Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
E.R. Doctors Face Quandary on Painkillers
The New York Times
...“You can be faulted for not treating a patient’s pain — it’s considered the ‘fifth vital sign,’ ” said Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, the assistant director of the emergency medicine department at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. “We have to ask a patient’s pain, on a scale of 0 to 10, as well as document a reassessment of their pain after treatment.”
Why you get the dizzies when standing up too fast
If you're seeing stars when you get out of bed in the morning, it's probably not because you slept with Halle Berry last night. There's actually a name for that dizziness you sometimes get when you go from laying down or sitting to standing up: orthostatic hypotension (OH). A little momentary brain static might seem like nothing, but according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, OH is linked to heart failure.
Inside Higher Ed
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Allen Hurlbert discusses how different species of migratory birds are responding to global climate change. Hurlbert is an assistant professor of biology at North Carolina, where his research lab investigates the structure of ecological communities.
State and Local Coverage
Marriage amendment debate rages one week before vote
A week before North Carolina voters head to the polls on a controversial marriage amendment to the state constitution, a panel discussion in Durham Monday joined both sides of the aisle in a spirited debate about the issue. ...University of North Carolina law professor Maxine Eichner, however, said there's no data to back up such a claim. "Same-sex couples do every bit as good a job (of raising children) as opposite-sex couples," she said.
Truth & Hope Tour makes stop in Salisbury
The Salisbury Post
...Levy spoke Monday night during the Rowan County leg of the statewide Truth & Hope Tour, which hopes to cast light on poverty in some of North Carolina’s communities that are struggling. ...The North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity organized the tour. It began Jan. 1 from Raleigh and made its first stop in Beaufort County.
Historian receives Guggenheim Fellowship
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Lisa Lindsay, an associate professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research. The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, based in New York City, appoints fellows based on prior achievement and exceptional promise in research and artistic creation.
Issues and Trends
UNC system health insurance costs to rise for students
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
On top of rising tuition and fees, those UNC system students who buy the university-sponsored health insurance plan will face steep premium increases in the next academic year. The cost of health insurance will climb from a range of $61 to $77 monthly to a range of $118 to $133 monthly, according to a memo sent from UNC President Tom Ross to the UNC Board of Governors. On an annual basis, most students will pay about $500 to $700 more in 2012-13, depending on the campus.