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Parents ranked cancer prevention as No. 1 provider reason for HPV vaccination

Parents ranked cancer prevention as No. 1 provider reason for HPV vaccination

A survey led by UNC Lineberger's Melissa Gilkey, PhD, and collaborators found that parents ranked cancer prevention as the most compelling reason health care providers can give for recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

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UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

A study led by UNC’s Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. to determine if the Tdap vaccine given to a mother will reduce the chances of her child developing pertussis during the first 18 months of life. The results show a decrease in overall cases of pertussis, and most notably, in pertussis hospitalization in infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy.

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UNC Medical Center receives two Mission: Lifeline awards from American Heart Association

UNC Medical Center receives two Mission: Lifeline awards from American Heart Association

Both awards recognize the implementation of specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

UNC researchers led by Frank Conlon, PhD, shed light on how gene defects lead to congenital heart malformations.

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UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers in the US

UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers in the US

The directors of the 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, have issued a joint statement endorsing gender-neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening.

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UNC brain stimulation experts host inaugural conference

UNC brain stimulation experts host inaugural conference

Flavio Frohlich, PhD, director of the Carolina Neurostimulation Center, hosted the first Carolina Neurostimulation Conference, a trainee-led event at UNC-Chapel Hill in May.

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The Measure of a Doctor

The Measure of a Doctor

As Harold Pillsbury, MD, retires as chair of UNC Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery, we take a look back at his career through the eyes of one of his patients.

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University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant Studies program

University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant Studies program

The $1.2 million gift will be used to accommodate more students, recruit top faculty and develop rural sites for students to participate in clinical rotations.

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T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, UNC researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that T cells in the brain may be an important HIV reservoir that should be targeted by HIV cure approaches.

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More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

A study by UNC Lineberger's Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, and colleagues assessed whether monitoring prostate cancer patients following treatment with a PSA test every three months versus once a year would provide a long-term survival benefit.

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Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues led by Catherine C. Coombs, MD, show that blood cell mutations accounted for as many as 8 percent of the mutations identified in large-scale genetic sequencing efforts at two major academic centers.

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Jaspers, Clapp featured in NY Times for e-cigarette research

Jaspers, Clapp featured in NY Times for e-cigarette research

Researchers in lab of Ilona Jaspers, PhD, found that the common food additive cinnamaldehyde impaired cilia -- the hair-like structures on lung cells crucial for proper respiratory function.

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UNC Health Care CEO, Medical School Dean Bill Roper Plans to Step Down in 2019

UNC Health Care CEO, Medical School Dean Bill Roper Plans to Step Down in 2019

Dr. Roper led expansion efforts in education, research, and clinical care that improved health for all North Carolinians.

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Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Research led by UNC School of Medicine MD/PhD student Jamie Jarmul, PhD, suggests physicians should defer to traditional 10-year risk score and existing statin guidelines in lieu of genetic tests.

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UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

Network also launches AFib support group and a smartphone app to help people with AFib manage their condition

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Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement

Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement

Hundreds of students, representing five divisions in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences, received degrees between May 11 to May 13, 2018.

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Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, was recently awarded grant funding totaling more than $800,000 to further her research on the underlying biological factors that may influence the development and mortality of endometrial cancer in both Caucasian and African-American women.

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Arrival of Three Mannequins Will Increase High-Fidelity Patient Simulations

Arrival of Three Mannequins Will Increase High-Fidelity Patient Simulations

The School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center has three new mannequins to facilitate simulations for students. This is the first purchase of a mannequin in nearly a decade and provides a new educational tool that reinforces UNC’s standard of safety.

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Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

The seminar “Understanding Melanoma: From Prevention to Treatment" was hosted by the UNC Lineberger and the Melanoma Research Foundation on May 14 for patients and caregivers at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. Physicians, researchers, patients and staff spoke about advances in treatment and care for melanoma, research and prevention, as well as best practices to address the psychosocial aspects of care.

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