Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Stepfamily stress during the holidays
United Press International
The holiday season can heap sizable stress and frustration on stepfamilies, a U.S. social worker says. Anne Jones of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says 20 percent to 25 percent of children will be part of a stepfamily before age 18. Peace and cheer, she says, can be especially challenging for stepfamilies, also known as blended families.
These Fake Pills May Help You Feel Better
Confronted with a patient suffering from pain or a chronic disease for which no drugs are effective, doctors sometimes prescribe a sugar pill or vitamin. ..."We're learning that it isn't useful to draw such rigid distinctions between mind and body," says James Bodfish of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, one of the authors on the ADHD studies. "What we think of as physical disorders can be helped with psychological treatments and vice versa," he says.
State and Local Coverage
State: Smoking ban cutting exposure to secondhand smoke
...A survey conducted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that 42 percent of people dine out more often since the ban took effect, compared with 8.3 percent who dine out less often.
Researchers target depression during pregnancy
The Star News (Wilmington)
...Up to half of pregnant women experience depressive symptoms, and about 13 percent develop antepartum depression, according to a researcher at East Carolina University who recently received a grant to study interventions that might help women through those emotions. ...For the project, she will collaborate with colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.
UNC letter names 10 who got benefits
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The University of North Carolina has not made any determinations concerning any "organizations" that may have provided impermissible benefits to UNC football players, according to a letter written Tuesday by UNC vice chancellor and general counsel Leslie C. Strohm.
Issues and Trends
TOP 10 in 2010: Ross to replace Bowles
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
In August, the UNC Board of Governors turned to Davidson College President Thomas Ross to replace Erskine Bowles as president of the UNC System. Ross will go from leading a small, elite liberal arts college with 1,800 students to overseeing a 17-campus university system with more than 220,000 students. He will assume the helm of the UNC System on Jan. 1.