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Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Findings point to need for dental care and food assistance programs in elderly. Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, is a senior author of the study.

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Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, Chelsea Anderson, MPH, and their colleagues report that women diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely, and to babies whose weights were below normal. Cancer survivors also had a slightly higher rate of cesarean section deliveries.

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UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

On Friday, March 17, the UNC School of Medicine held the annual Match Day celebration. Students and their families gathered to celebrate and to learn where the students will complete their residency training. Check out this graphic with more information on this year's Match results.

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The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

University of North Carolina scientists found that mucin proteins, which make mucus thick and sticky, fail to unfold properly in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis. And they found the lack of water in the lung can trigger the misfolding mucins.

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UNC plant genetics research could lead to more phosphate-efficient crops

Phosphate is a key nutrient vital for best crop yields, but the global supply is limited and could peak in 30 years. This UNC research details how soil bacteria enhance phosphate-seeking in plants to aid plant survival.

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UNC Discount Available for Precision Medicine World Conference

UNC Discount Available for Precision Medicine World Conference

The annual Precision Medicine World Conference, which is typically held in Silicon Valley, will come to the east coast this year: May 24-25 at Duke University. It will feature several prominent speakers including UNC's William Roper, MD, MPH, Charles Perou, PhD, and Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD. Registration is open now, and those who register before April 3 will receive a 30 percent discounted rate.

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New insights on side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

New insights on side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

A study led by Ronald C. Chen, MD, examines quality-of-life outcomes for modern treatment choices most patients will face, including active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation treatment, and brachytherapy.

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UNC Health Care notifies prenatal patients of possible information breach

Women seen for prenatal appointments between 2014 and 2017 may have filled out an informational form that was erroneously sent to the health department in their county.

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Adventure in the Face of Cancer

Adventure in the Face of Cancer

At 28 years old, Dave Carbonell was months away from completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at UNC. Then cancer struck – acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, after years of intense treatment, he’s cancer free, working as an Emergency Department physician in California and helping other young adults during their cancer journey.

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Match Day: Sharing the Moment

Match Day: Sharing the Moment

No one gets through medical school alone. Just before Match Day, members of this year's class took some time to reflect on those who have helped push them along the way, and those whose examples they would like to emulate as they move on into residency.

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New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

The state-wide program to help patients across North Carolina grew out of the successful doctor mentorship initiative led by Michael Fried, MD, Director of the UNC Liver Center.

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AAAAI Installs New President at 2017 Annual Meeting

AAAAI Installs New President at 2017 Annual Meeting

David B. Peden, MD, MS, FAAAAI, is Andrews Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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U.S. News places UNC among nation’s best medical schools

U.S. News places UNC among nation’s best medical schools

Several UNC School of Medicine specialties ranked near the top in the magazine’s annual rankings.

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Smith Recognized With American College of Cardiology Top Honor

Smith Recognized With American College of Cardiology Top Honor

Sidney C. Smith, Jr, MD, will be presented with the Master of the ACC Award at ACC’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

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'Good' bacteria is possible solution for unchecked inflammation in bowel diseases

'Good' bacteria is possible solution for unchecked inflammation in bowel diseases

In a study published in journal Nature Immunology, researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, describe how inflammation can go unchecked in the absence of a certain inflammation inhibitor called NLRP12. In a harmful feedback loop, this inflammation can upset the balance of bacteria living in the gut. Beneficial bacterial may be the key to reversing inflammation in the absence of this key regulator.

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Earp, Ting recognized for career achievements in cancer research

Earp, Ting recognized for career achievements in cancer research

H. Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Cancer Care and the Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, and Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and William Rand Kenan Professor of Genetics, have been honored with the Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.

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‘Conversations with Innovators:’ UNC hematologist on promising drug trials for treating painful crises in sickle cell patients

‘Conversations with Innovators:’ UNC hematologist on promising drug trials for treating painful crises in sickle cell patients

Kenneth Ataga, MD, director of the UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program, was featured in a video by the American Society of Hematology in which he discussed the favorable results of a yearlong clinical trial studying crizanlizumab as a therapy to prevent and treat painful crisis events in patients with sickle cell disease.

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Improving Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Improving Geriatric Emergency Medicine

UNC Health Care recently held a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Boot Camp to generate ideas for improving emergency care for elderly adults. The boot camp was the result of UNC Health Care’s participation in the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative, a national collaborative of health-care systems seeking to produce better outcomes for these patients.

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UNC Health Care reiterates patient policy

Due to uncertainty regarding current U.S. immigration policy, patients are signaling their fear of deportation should they seek medical care. We want to make clear that our policy regarding patients and personal information has not changed.

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UNC neurologist to headline Brain Health Awareness Week event

UNC neurologist to headline Brain Health Awareness Week event

This Is Your Brain: A lecture and Q&A with UNC neurologist Dan Kaufer, MD, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the UNC Fed Ex Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill.

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