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In a paper published recently in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine, and his colleagues have taken an important step in understanding the underlying molecular signals that influence a broad array of biological processes ranging from the sleepwake cycle to cancer growth and development.

Scientists who work in this field, known as chronobiology, have identified the genes that direct circadian rhythms in people, mice, fruit flies, fungi and several other organisms.


Hospitals serving both large and small populations face a number of challenges. Regardless of size, they all face the same regulatory demands. Federal, state and local agencies impose a number of requirements on all healthcare facilities. While attracting a sufficient number of board certified physicians is a challenge in all cities and towns, it is even more so in smaller communities.

Resort communities, like Highlands, face the additional problems of seasonal population swings. The hospital serves nearly 30,000 people during the spring and summer months.


If the war against childhood obesity was a race, America would still be at the starting line.

Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. About one out of every three children or teens is overweight or at risk of being overweight. Because children’s bodies are still developing, the damage to organs triggers medical problems extending throughout their lifetimes, according to a report issued by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act President Obama signed on March 23, 2010, set in motion a wide range of healthcare reforms. Although many of its more sweeping changes won’t be fully activated until 2014, several key elements already went live in September 2010.

If you have employer-provided health insurance that runs on a calendar year, this means those new features finally kicked in on Jan. 1, 2011. If you have individual coverage, you may have already seen the changes; if your plan’s fiscal year starts later, you may have to wait awhile longer. Here are a few noteworthy changes:


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