Aug. 8, 2007

Carolina in the News

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:

International Coverage

Swifter decline for coral reefs
BBC News

Coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans are disappearing faster than had previously been thought, a scientific study has shown. ...John Bruno and Elizabeth Selig from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, US, and colleagues, looked at reefs in a large area of ocean stretching from western Indonesia, in the Indian Ocean, to French Polynesia, in the Pacific.
To view the broadcast interview with John Bruno: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_6930000/newsid_6936400?
redirect=6936436.stm&news=1&nbram=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&asb=1

UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/aug07/coraldecline080707.html

Pacific Ocean coral reefs dying faster than expected: study
The Associated Press

Coral reefs in much of the Pacific Ocean are dying faster than thought, with little difference between well-protected and poorly managed areas, says a study released Wednesday. Researchers from the University of North Carolina examined some 6,000 surveys of more than 2,600 coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific — stretching from the Indonesian island of Sumatra to French Polynesia — conducted between 1968 and 2004. "We found the loss of reef-building corals was much more widespread and severe than previously thought," said John Bruno, who conducted the study along with Elizabeth Selig. "Even the best managed reefs in the Indo-Pacific suffered significant coral loss over the past 20 years."
Related Links: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/08/070807-coral-loss.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/08/08/eacoral108.xml
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/08/content_6495675.htm

Overweight couples boosting obesity epidemic: study
The Sidney Morning Herald (Australia)

People select partners of a similar size to them, according to scientists, who say the trend is contributing to Britain's obesity epidemic. ...The number of overweight people in the world overtook the number of malnourished for the first time in 2006, according to Professor Barry Popkin, director of the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina.

Study: Gene defects cause lung tumors
United Press International

A U.S. study has identified a tumor suppressor gene known as LKB1 that is mutated in nearly a quarter of all human lung cancers. ...Now scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School have found mutations of LKB1 in mice result in tumors that are more aggressive and more likely to spread throughout the body. "Defects in this gene appear to result in a much nastier form of lung cancer, a disease that is bad to begin with," said Dr. Norman Sharpless, an assistant professor of medicine and senior author of the study.

Regional Coverage

Brunswick to test system to measure rain, flooding
The Sun-News (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Brunswick County is getting coastal N.C.'s first system to tell emergency management officials during the days preceding a hurricane how fast water is rising at eight locations so they can decide whether they need to try to speed up evacuations or set up detour routes. The system is a prototype being developed through a collaborative effort between N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill and should be in place by the end of this month, said Randy Thompson, Brunswick's emergency services director.

State & Local Coverage

Murdock to welcome univ. researchers
The Charlotte Observer

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday night for university researchers and administrators. ... The space will serve as a temporary home for researchers from N.C. A&T State University, N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill.

Duke, UNC gifts enhance the region (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

The Durham-Chapel Hill area owes no small part of its national profile and economic success to our top-tier research universities, one public and one private. ...The university's commitment to scholarship aid allows many able but financially challenged students to attend. Especially at UNC, our flagship public university, the commitment to debt-free aid for deserving students has achieved national recognition but comes, of course, with a price tag. And again especially at UNC, every dollar raised from private donors deflects a greater burden on students through tuition or taxpayers through state dollars.

The jury's still out on the effects of diet soft drinks (Commentary)
The Charlotte Observer

Soft-drink makers just can't catch a break these days. Regular sugar-packed soft drinks, blamed for rising obesity rates in children, have been the target of school vending machine vigilantes and parents on junk food patrol. But new research findings focus on the effects of diet soft drinks on health. ...Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at UNC

Assessing heart risks in young athletes (Commentary)
The Chapel Hill News

As a parent, I have gotten used to the nagging concerns about bruises, scratches, and even broken bones that can occur in children participating regularly in organized athletic events. These scary outcomes seem like a reasonable tradeoff for the pleasure, discipline, and health benefits that our kids gain from these activities. ...Cam Patterson is chief of cardiology for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals, and the UNC Health Care System.

Issues & Trends

Chapel Hill's old post office to be used for voting
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Early voters in Orange County will be able to cast their ballots on Franklin Street this fall. The Board of Elections voted Tuesday to make the old post office building one of three early voting sites.

Post office chosen for one-stop voting site
The Chapel Hill Herald

The Orange County Board of Elections and representatives of the UNC community reached a compromise Tuesday, choosing the Chapel Hill post office as the town's one-stop voting site for the 2007 municipal election.

Experts: Too Many Burn Units Closed
Time.com

U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster.


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