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drugs can cause heart damage--studies
Two Parkinson's disease drugs cause the same kind of heart damage that
led to the withdrawal of the diet drug combination "fen-phen,"
according to two studies published on Wednesday. ..."We recommend
that physicians not prescribe drugs that have this biochemical property,"
said Bryan Roth, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, who was not involved in the trials, but viewed the data and commented
on it in The New England Journal of Medicine, where both studies appeared.
Related link: http://www.themoneytimes.com/articles/20070104/anti_parkinson
Drugs May Have More Risks
The Associated Press (National)
The risk of heart valve damage with two drugs for Parkinson's disease
may be far greater than was known, new research suggests. ..."This
is an extraordinarily high risk," said Dr. Bryan Roth, a pharmacology
professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Find Harm in 2 Parkinsons Drugs
The New York Times
Two drugs used to treat Parkinsons disease and other disorders
can seriously damage heart valves, researchers are reporting. ...I
would just recommend not prescribing these drugs, said that researcher,
Dr. Bryan L. Roth, who wrote an analysis of the research that accompanied
the articles in The Journal. Dr. Roth is a professor of pharmacology
and medicinal chemistry at the University of North Carolina School of
Medicine and director of the psychoactive drug screening program at
the National Institute of Mental Health.
Related link: http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/01/03/hscout600564.html
Parkinson's drugs tied to heart woes
The Los Angeles Times
Two drugs once commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease, pergolide
and cabergoline, produce heart valve defects in as many as a quarter
of the patients who use them, Italian and German researchers reported
today. ..."This is not a rare side effect," said Dr. Bryan
L. Roth of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who wrote
an editorial accompanying the report. "That's an extraordinarily
Related link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116786524665766413.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Medication Linked to Heart Problems
"All Things Considered," National Public Radio
Dr. Brian Roth of the University of North Carolina, was featured on
yesterday's (Jan. 3) edition of "All Things Considered." Two
drugs long prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease have been linked
to heart-valve problems. Two studies in this week's New England Journal
of Medicine present strong evidence that the drugs cause scarring of
heart valves in nearly 30 percent of Parkinson's patients.
of Louisville to offer tuition assistance program
Associated Press (National)
based its program on the "Carolina Covenant" program at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While about 20 schools
around the country employ similar assistance programs, the University
of Louisville is the only Kentucky college to use the plan.
of L announces effort to fight rising tuition
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Starting this fall, the University of Louisville plan to offer a program
aimed at making college attainable for students around the state who
otherwise might not be able to go...The program, the first of its kind
in Kentucky, is modeled after the University of North Carolinas
Carolina Covenant program, which began in 2003, U of L officials said.
Related links: http://louisville.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2007/01/01/daily20.html
Vets and Feeding Children
Marine Captain Rye Barcott, University of North Carolina alumni, was
named Person of the Year by ABC News. As a Marine serving in Iraq, Capt.
Rye Barcott was fighting on two fronts. He split his time between fighting
with U.S. troops and running a charity in a notorious slum in Nairobi,
Kenya, to fight poverty and diffuse ethnic tensions. He got involved
in the project during a college semester abroad.
Past & Future
Chris Roush, an assistant journalism professor at the University of
North Carolina, was featured yesterday (Jan. 3) on CNBC discussing the
future of Home Depot. Home Depot is up on the day after CEO Bob Nardelli's
resignation, but that doesn't mean the future is all rosy.
Reinstates Accused Lacrosse Players
"Morning Edition," National Public Radio
University of North Carolina law professor Joe Kennedy was featured
on yesterday's (Jan. 4) "Morning Edition" commenting on the
conduct of conduct of Durham DA Nifong. Duke University has agreed to
reinstate two former students who are accused of sexually assaulting
a woman at a lacrosse team party last year. The decision comes after
the prosecutor dropped rape charges against the two men, as well as
against a third former lacrosse player who has since graduated.
Job Title for Druggists: Diabetes Coach
The New York Times
In an office behind the Hersheys candy rack at a Kerr Drug here,
Stuart Rohrbaugh shifts in his chair as his pharmacist stares at a dangerously
high blood sugar reading from last month. ...While diabetics have often
shown significant improvements in controlling their blood sugar soon
after taking diabetes education classes, they typically relapse within
three months, according to a study released in March 2003 by the Journal
of the American Pharmaceutical Association. The report was co-written
by Carole W. Cranor, a pharmacoeconomist who was then at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
oddest science stories of 2006
The Amazon River apparently changed its mind a few times in history.
South Americas majestic waterway currently flows east into the
Atlantic Ocean. But scientists found this year that millions of years
ago, the great river flowed east to west and at one time went in both
directions at once.
Note: This story was generated by a study conducted by Russell
Mapes, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill geology graduate
student Dr. Drew Coleman, a professor of geology in UNC's College of
Arts and Sciences and Mapes' advisor.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/oct06/mapesamazon101906.htm
on Billion-Dollar Campaigns at 28 Universities
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 28 American universities that are seeking to raise at least $1-billion
collected a total of $433.5-million in gifts and pledges during the
last month for which they had data available. ...The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, $1.93-billion as of November 30 (increase of
$30-million in the last month); the goal is $2-billion by 2007.
State and Local
will pay for lessons on Europe
The Chapel Hill Herald
Chapel Hill teacher is going global with a grant intended to bring a
flavor of Europe into her Smith Middle School classroom. ...McMahon
got the idea to apply for the grant after she met with advisers at World
View, a UNC-Chapel Hill international program for educators, and the
UNC Center for European Studies. She did all of the research and wrote
the grant with support from Smith staff and district administrators.
swing in the politics of medical education? (Opinion column)
The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte is fond of pointing out two things. ...That forecast led University
of North Carolina officials to approach officials at Carolinas Medical
Center last month with this idea: Partner with UNC Chapel Hill to start
a Charlotte-based medical school. Fifty students would complete their
first two years at UNC Chapel Hill's medical school, some two hours
away. They would complete their training at CMC.
puts new spin on pulsars
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...WHO CARES? Amateur and professional astronomers for sure. Pulsars
are far from Earth. Scientists study them remotely, with telescopes
and computer models. Any insight into their basic workings gives a more
accurate view of the universe, said UNC-Chapel Hill astrophysicist Chris
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