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June 7 - 11, 2010

Abraxane outperforms Taxol in lung cancer study
Reuters (Wire Service)
Abraxis Bioscience Inc said its cancer drug Abraxane outperformed the generic drug Taxol in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, without requiring patients to take steroids or antihistamines, U.S. researchers said on Saturday. ...The 31 percent improvement in response met the study's main goal, said Dr. Mark Socinski of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, who presented his findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago.
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Most People With HIV Begin Care Too Late
HealthDay News
Americans and Canadians infected with HIV are not getting diagnosed quickly enough after exposure, resulting in a potentially harmful delay in lifesaving treatment, a new large study suggests. ...Writing in an editorial that accompanied the study, Dr. Cynthia Gay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill expressed concern over the findings. "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," she said in a news release.

A rarefied world atop academia
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
In her two decades at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Etta Pisano gained international fame for advancing digital mammography technology and playing among the university's big dogs in reaping million-dollar research grants. Now Pisano is leaving to become dean of the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Medicine in Charleston. It's a big blow to UNC-CH, but it's also a step in the oddly slow pace of equality for women in science.

UNC-Olympus research center opens
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC has opened the doors of a new facility designed to be one of the world's most sophisticated research centers devoted to life science imaging. The new UNC-Olympus Research Imaging Center provides researchers with advanced microscopes and camera equipment, software, consultation and expertise, in an environment intended to encourage the highest levels of scientific inquiry. The center is designed to stimulate collaboration among top life science research faculty members and will be available to guest researchers as well.

Kids' pain kept in check by team at UNC Hospitals
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...While all hospitals take care with children, the UNC Hospitals' pediatric pain team consists of nine specially trained anesthesiologists who work in an around-the-clock service dedicated exclusively to children. ..."Pediatric pain for many years has been very poorly understood," said Dr. Peggy McNaull, one of the pain team specialists. "People are frightened and timid about pain control in children, primarily because of the lack of understanding."

$12.5K raised for cancer research
The Chapel Hill Herald
The Carolinas Wireless Association raised $12,500 for ovarian cancer research at its annual charity golf event on May 20 at the 12 Oaks Country Club in Holly Springs. The proceeds were presented to Wesley C. Fowler Jr., a gynecologic oncologist, on behalf of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

Breastfeeding & Feminism
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
A provision in the new health care legislation aims to make it easier for new mothers to return to work and continue to nurse their babies. The provision revives a long-simmering debate in the field of feminist scholarship about the impact of breastfeeding on the status of women. Some say it shackles women to a life of domesticity, some say it is the personal duty of a “good” mother and others suggest both arguments are short-sighted. Host Frank Stasio discusses how something so personal became so political with: ...Alison Stuebe, Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician and professor at UNC-Chapel Hill...


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