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Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine

Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine

Gary Park, President of UNC Hospitals, contributed a column entitled Harmonious Healthcare for the September/October 2016 issue of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the official magazine of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The piece features the Environmental Services Gospel Choir, a UNC Hospitals employee-run volunteer choir that performs for patients and employees.

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Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.

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UNC receives $18 million to develop mobile technology to prevent and treat HIV in adolescents

UNC receives $18 million to develop mobile technology to prevent and treat HIV in adolescents

iTech project will target people under the age of 30, the population with most new HIV infections in US. The effort is led by Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine.

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New ALS discovery: scientists reverse protein clumping involved in neurodegenerative conditions

New ALS discovery: scientists reverse protein clumping involved in neurodegenerative conditions

By countering the tendency of the protein SOD1 to clump in motor neurons, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine find a way to protect neurons from toxic effects in lab experiments.

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Closing the Diversity Gap

Closing the Diversity Gap

UNC researchers publish special report exploring the reasons why PhD-trained scientists choose careers in or out of academia.

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Baby teeth and autism: UNC part of large NIH study of environmental risk factors

Baby teeth and autism: UNC part of large NIH study of environmental risk factors

Autism researchers will use new technology to study baby teeth of children who have siblings with autism to learn if siblings are more likely to develop the disorder if exposed to chemicals while in the womb.

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UNC awarded high-profile NIH grant to research environmental influences on child health

UNC awarded high-profile NIH grant to research environmental influences on child health

UNC School of Medicine’s Michael O’Shea, MD, is the principal investigator for the $5-million grant to analyze data and follow children over time to study the origins of diseases and conditions.

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Two UNC School of Medicine startup companies featured in Congressional event

Two UNC School of Medicine startup companies featured in Congressional event

Renovion and EpiCypher, spinouts from the work of David Henke, MD, and Brian Strahl, PhD, respectively, were celebrated this week at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Demo Day

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UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

To address full cardiac arrest of hospital patients, new measures reduced the average time between symptom onset and the start of treatment by 72 percent.

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Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Virologists with the UNC School of Medicine participated in last week's on-campus recording of a popular virology podcast.

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Spangler honored as 'Sepsis Hero' by Sepsis Alliance

Spangler honored as 'Sepsis Hero' by Sepsis Alliance

On Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, Sepsis Alliance held its fifth annual Sepsis Heroes: Celebrating Champions of Sepsis Awareness gala in New York City. UNC medical student Hillary Spangler was one of five honorees recognized as a Sepsis Hero. This annual event celebrates and applauds the work of individuals and organizations that have made great strides in raising sepsis awareness.

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Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

A UNC Lineberger study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment drew upon surveys that assessed health-related quality of life issues for women aged 20 to 74 years who lived in North Carolina and had breast cancer. The analysis was part of the third phase of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study.

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Scientists discover interplay of yin-yang antagonists vital for cell division

Scientists discover interplay of yin-yang antagonists vital for cell division

Although mutated versions of the protein Cdh1 have not been found in cancers, the protein’s degradation at a key moment during the cell cycle may spur on cancerous cell division.

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UNC hearing loss experts lead clinical trials of FDA-approved hearing implant

UNC hearing loss experts lead clinical trials of FDA-approved hearing implant

Ninety-seven percent of trial participants reported hearing improvements in the first year with the use of the SYNCHRONY EAS (Electric Acoustic Stimulation) Hearing Implant System. UNC implanted more patients than any other participating hearing center.

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Eleven UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked in top 30 by Doximity

Eleven UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked in top 30 by Doximity

UNC’s residency programs in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology and Urology are all ranked in the top 30 programs nationwide in the Doximity Residency Navigator.

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Researchers build a better opioid painkiller from scratch

Researchers build a better opioid painkiller from scratch

The new compound could reduce overdoses and possibly curb addiction, while addressing the needs of millions of people suffering with chronic pain.

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UNC researchers identify how hepatitis A virus causes liver injury

UNC researchers identify how hepatitis A virus causes liver injury

A new report in the journal Science describes how the virus can jump species, including to mice – a finding that has major implications for researching the disease and host immune responses to the virus. Jason Whitmire, PhD, and Stanley Lemon, MD, led the research team.

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With Open Arms

With Open Arms

UNC medical student Yousef Abu-Salha fulfilled a dream of caring for child refugees from Syria, while honoring the legacy of his slain sisters Yusor and Razan and best friend Deah -- Our Three Winners.

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UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Team Up to Reduce Tobacco Use

UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Team Up to Reduce Tobacco Use

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Cancer Hospitals, with support from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program, are collaborating on an innovative training program to prepare health care providers across North Carolina and the U.S. to better assist people addicted to tobacco products and help them become “tobacco free.”

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