Aug. 9, 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

Barrier Reef needs $300m clean-up: WWF
The West Australian (Australia)

Conservationists say the federal government either invests $300 million on a Great Barrier Reef clean-up or risks its destruction. ...New research released by the University of North Carolina also showed Pacific coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef, are dying faster than ever before because of climate change, disease and coastal development.
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Rituxan cures blistering skin disease - study
Reuters (wire service)

Four weekly injections of the cancer drug Rituxan may be enough to provide a long-term cure for a rare but potentially fatal skin disorder characterized by blistering lesions that do not heal, French researchers reported on Wednesday. ...Dr. Luis Diaz of the University of North Carolina said the therapy should be restricted to patients who have not responded to conventional therapy or who cannot take the standard drugs.

National Coverage

Coral Worse Off Than Believed
Science Now Daily News

The first large-scale analysis of the world's largest reef system indicates that coral destruction is faster and more widespread than researchers previously thought. Over the past 2 decades, coral has disappeared at five times the rate of Earth's rainforests. ...Undaunted, John Bruno, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and colleagues spent 3 years compiling over 6000 independent surveys.
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UIC will get $9.6 million for autism research center
The Chicago Tribune

The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $9.6 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health as part of a broad research effort into causes of and treatment for autism and related disorders. ...UIC is one of five research centers and one network of sites involved in this effort. The others are the University of California, Los Angeles; UC, San Diego; University of Washington; University of Pittsburgh; and a network of sites led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Regional Coverage

High school football off to hot start
The Beacon News (Aurora, IL)

The gridiron turns into a griddle this time of year, and area football coaches and trainers will be keeping a close eye on the teenagers beneath the helmets. ...According to Fred Mueller, professor of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, five football players, ages 11 to 17, died from heat stroke in 2006.
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Science News Roundup: Cancerous news
The Stanford Daily (Stanford, CA)

...There’s news for human cancer patients this week too. Two stories hit the presses about the human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the fifth deadliest cancer in women. Scientists made history last year with the release of the Gardasil vaccine, a three-injection sequence that protects against the two strains of HPV most likely to cause cancer. The vaccine is great news for everyone, and the news got even better this week when University of North Carolina scientists announced that the strains causing cervical cancer are largely consistent across continents.
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State & Local Coverage

Murdock takes tour of institute offices, Core Lab Campus developer pleased with progress
The Independent Tribune (Concord/Kannapolis )

Researchers and business and community leaders walked the hot brick sidewalks in Cannon Village and shook hands with billionaire David Murdock. The Dole Food Co. owner toured the research institute offices of UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T University at the North Carolina Research Campus in downtown Kannapolis.

UNC one of six centers in project on autism
The Chapel Hill Herald

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of six centers of excellence nationwide selected to take part in a new autism research project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The network of sites will examine very early brain development in infants at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. Joseph Piven, M.D., is principal investigator for sites including UNC, Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Washington.
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Anti-tobacco college program successful, researchers say
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A program aimed at cutting tobacco use by North Carolina college students was a success, according to UNC-Chapel Hill researchers. ..."The Health and Wellness Trust Fund's Tobacco-Free College Initiative had a very strong first year, with policy gains, new coalitions and strong statewide support in such a short amount of time," said Adam Goldstein, professor of family medicine and director of UNC's Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP), in a statement
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Kindergartners can start strong with parents’ help
The Citizen-Times (Asheville)

For many children in Buncombe County, the first day of kindergarten is also their first experience in a classroom. For children who have never been through a pre-kindergarten program, that first day can be even scarier. ...“For kids who haven’t been to school, they might be a little more nervous because they aren’t familiar with the school culture and what that means,” said Kate Gallagher, a professor of early education at UNC Chapel Hill.

Marathon training, step by step
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...Yet marathons continue to grow in popularity. According to, 382,000 people ran at least one marathon in 2005, a 22 percent increase over 2000. "When you get involved in it, you realize it isn't about pain," says Dr. Peter Leone, a physician at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill who is training for his first marathon, in Philadelphia, in November. "It's about discipline and sticking with a plan."

'What do you expect? We're in the South'
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

"Our writers, our photographers, our filmmakers, constantly are shaped by heat," said Bill Ferris, who teaches history and folklore at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He cites William Faulkner and John Grisham, and the film "Cool Hand Luke."

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