In the News This Week…

Setup of state health care exchange resumes, 8-22-11, The News & Observer

(Under the Dome)—report about a work group that resumed work this week on a new state health benefits exchange plan for North Carolina.

Cut Medicare, Help Patients, 8-23-11, The New York Times

Op-ed by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, oncologist, vice provost and professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jeffrey B. Liebman, professor of public policy at Harvard.

Survey: 1 in 10 employers might end health coverage, 8-25-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP writer Tom Murphy reports on a survey conducted in July that finds a mix of large and small employers may end health benefits once health benefits exchanges start.

ASU gets $2 million grant to train health-care workers, 8-20-11, Winston-Salem Journal

Writer Richard Craver reports on a $2 million grant given by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC to help train personnel in the health-care and mental health-care sectors.

New Durham school provides health care training, 8-19-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Katelyn Ferral reports on the Durham Public School’s new City of Medicine Academy and its role in encouraging young people to pursue careers in health care and science.

Duke Health to acquire Person County hospital, 8-19-11, Triangle Business Journal

Writer Jason deBruyn reports on Duke University Health System’s plan to buy Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro.

Mission, UNC Asheville join on health project, 8-19-11, Asheville Citizen-Times

Staff writer John Boyle reports on a new health care initiative involving UNC Asheville and Mission Health System, utilizing the new Wilma M. Sherrill Center which houses the university’s health and wellness academic program and the NC Center for Health and Wellness.

U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine, 8-19-11, The New York Times

Writer Gardiner Harris reports on efforts to reduce critical shortages of drugs used to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses.

Hip Implant Complaints Surge, Even as the Dangers Are Studied, 8-23-11, The New York Times

Writers Barry Meier and Janet Roberts report on an analysis of federal data that suggest serious problems with some types of artificial hips.

Heart attack patients get quicker treatment, 8-23-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP writer Marilynn Marchione reports on a new study that finds hospitals are treating heart attack patients more rapidly and within current guidelines.

She gets a grant to study what makes you sick, 8-21-11, The News and Observer

Tar Heel of the Week feature by correspondent Marti MaGuire looks at the work of NC State University professor and food safety researcher Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD.

Drug kiosks aim to ease access to medication, 8-22-11, The News and Observer

Reprinted from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reporter Jackie Crosby writes about use of ATM-like machines to dispense drugs in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Keep your medicines out of danger zone, 8-23-11, The News and Observer/The New York Times

New York Times writer Walecia Konrad examines how extreme heat can alter medicines, creating potential harm for patients.

UNC project digs into arthritis, 8-25-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Thomas Goldsmith reports on a one-of-a-kind research project that is providing data for researchers trying to unravel the mysteries of arthritis.


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