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June 29, 2010

How bad are your past sins really?
Let's be honest: Many of us -- OK, most of us -- weren't exactly paragons of health in our youth. And we can't help wondering: Will those margaritas, junk-food binges, forgotten condoms, or even that one bong hit eventually come back to haunt us? ...The more you do it, the greater the risk," says Dr. Fulton Crews, Ph.D., director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Plus, because the liver is responsible for breaking down alcohol and clearing it from the body, heavy drinking -- more than a few drinks a day for over 10 years -- can cause hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

Whooping cough becoming a bigger health concern
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Whooping cough is becoming a big health concern, particularly in California where they've seen more than 900 cases this year, up from 200 last year. Now, other states concerned about the spread. ...“And what they do is they cough, cough, cough, cough and then they ‘whoooooop,’” said UNC Epidemiologist Dr. David Weber. “It's when they've been aspiring, after they've been coughing so much, they get that like ‘whooping’ sound.” Weber, an infectious disease expert, says the cough becomes suspicious after it lasts more than three weeks.

Matthews leads UNC division
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Catherine Matthews has been named chief of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine, effective July 1. ...She is actively involved in research regarding incontinence and prolapse. One of her first objectives at UNC is to create a "Pelvic Floor Center of Excellence."


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