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Week of June 1 - 4

HIV-infected not getting early treatment
The Times of India
A new study warns that HIV-infected people in the United States and Canada are not getting treatment early enough. Researchers conducted a study of 45,000 patients to reach the conclusion. ... In an accompanying editorial, Cynthia Gay, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, agreed: "These findings reveal that despite such compelling data, there is much room for improving our ability to link more HIV-infected individuals with effective treatment prior to immunological deterioration."

UNC to pay rescuer's hospital bill
The Chapel Hill News
UNC Hospitals expects to pick up the hospital bills for Joey Shelton, the Pittsboro man who was hit by a car as he tried to stop a kidnapping in Chapel Hill this month, a spokeswoman said Friday. ... On Thursday, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp publicly thanked the Shelton brothers. "The Sheltons are very humble and haven't really looked for any public accolades," Thorp told campus trustees. "But thanks to Joey and Freddie Shelton for taking care of one of our students."
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Dating, Sex and Herpes (Blog)
The New York Times
Can you have herpes but never even know it? Can the herpes simplex virus spread even if you don’t have symptoms? And how do you navigate the maze of sex and dating when you know you are infected with herpes? Those are among the questions recently posed by readers of the Consults blog. Here, Dr. Peter A. Leone, associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Public Health, provides advice about symptom-free herpes, telling your partner you have herpes and more.
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Children's hospital makes Top 10 in nation
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Intensive, innovative regimens of world-class medical care at N.C. Children's Hospital are enabling children with respiratory disorders to live longer, spend less time in the hospital and enjoy a higher quality of life, according to Alan Stiles, the hospital's chief physician and chairman of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. If Stiles is understandably proud and excited about those developments, a major study has validated them. U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals, the most extensive listing of its kind, ranked N.C. Children's Hospital as ninth in the nation among those caring for children with respiratory disorders and 23rd for diabetes and endocrinology.
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Health officials say flu vaccine will be ready early
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Health officials say North Carolina can expect a typical flu season this fall and winter – and – this time, a vaccine will be ready early. “I think as soon as they can get it, as soon as it becomes available, August, September, October - you should go get the vaccine,” said Dr. David Weber, an epidemiologist and associate director of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

New UNC Imaging Center Opens
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC has opened the doors to a brand new research facility on its campus. The UNC-Olympus Research Imaging Center had its grand opening Thursday.  The facility features start-of-the-art microscopes and equipment endowed to the university by Olympus America Inc.  The center’s co-director Dr. James Bear says collaborative research from scientists in multiple fields will be encouraged through the use of the facility’s equipment.

Don't let your guard down about mumps
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Mumps was a prevalent childhood disease more than 50 years ago. After 1957, required vaccinations made it a rare disease in the U.S. Mumps might be rare in this country, but experts say it is still prevalent in other parts of the world. “A million people come and arrive in the United States from abroad each year, so there's always the possibility of these diseases,” said Dr. David Weber, an epidemiologist and associate director of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Last Haitian earthquake patient leaves N.C. Jaycee Burn Center
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The last burn patient from Haiti was discharged from the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center today. Eriek Louis was the worst burned of three patients who were airlifted from the earthquake-ravaged country for treatment at the burn center at UNC Hospitals. The other patients have already been discharged and are living in the area as they receive out-patient therapy.
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Health leaders honored at club
The Chapel Hill Herald
At its 12th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Chapel Hill-based NC Prevention Partners and leaders from the health, hospital, school, and business communities honored standout leaders who make it easier for North Carolinians to reduce tobacco use, eat healthier and get more physical activity. ...This Year’s Award Winners for Prevention Excellence were: ...Quitline Champion Hospitals, including UNC Hospitals, for leading their sector in linking tobacco users to the NC Quitline to help them successfully quit tobacco.

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