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Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production

Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production

UNC Lineberger researcher Blossom Damania, PhD, postdoctoral researcher Aadra Bhatt, PhD, and colleagues have discovered a slick trick a virus uses to spur cancerous cell growth in its host: the virus initiates a signal that mimics one of the host cell’s own signals.

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Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

A study by UNC Lineberger researcher G. Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues uncovered the genetic mechanism for how acute myeloid leukemia cells with a specific DNA mutation stay as undifferentiated cells, rather than maturing into healthy blood cells.

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New ImPACT initiative puts graduate students on the path toward successful science careers

New ImPACT initiative puts graduate students on the path toward successful science careers

The immersion internship program pairs young scientists with leading companies and organizations throughout the Triangle to bolster experience outside academia.

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UNC a lead site in clinical trial of three hepatitis C medications

UNC a lead site in clinical trial of three hepatitis C medications

Dr. Michael Fried, director of the UNC Liver Center, is a co-principal investigator of the PRIORITIZE Study.

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Chancellor to hold Zika awareness event for UNC campus community

Chancellor to hold Zika awareness event for UNC campus community

UNC School of Medicine researcher and public health officials to discuss Zika research and prevention at upcoming event for students, faculty and staff at campus event.

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UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC School of Medicine faculty members took on critical roles in amending diagnostic criteria questionnaires for functional GI disorders, which affect millions of people worldwide.

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New Program Launches to Address North Carolina’s Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

New Program Launches to Address North Carolina’s Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

The first class of 13 MedServe fellows is participating in a two-week training institute in Chapel Hill from June 20 to July 1 before joining clinics across the state for two years.

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E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immune defense

E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immune defense

The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, but toxicologists at UNC are now uncovering how use of e-cigarettes affect genes involved in upper airway immune defense.

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The Quiet Professional

The Quiet Professional

Retired Green Beret medic Todd Williams earned three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, among other service recognitions, during his distinguished 28-year military career. Today, he helps lead nontraditional students, including military veterans with medical experience, on a path toward becoming physician assistants through the UNC School of Medicine’s recently launched Physician Assistant Program.

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The re-programmer: Qian receives global award for stem cell research

The re-programmer: Qian receives global award for stem cell research

Qian’s award-winning research explores cellular reprogramming in cardiac regeneration and disease modeling.

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UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

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Diabetes drug lowers risk of cardiovascular complications, kidney disease

Diabetes drug lowers risk of cardiovascular complications, kidney disease

For the first time, a large clinical trial showed across-the-board cardiovascular benefit of a diabetes drug – liraglutide – a much-needed outcome for people with type 2 diabetes.

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UNC School of Medicine hosts medical simulation for Carolina Athletics

UNC School of Medicine hosts medical simulation for Carolina Athletics

Coaches and sports administrators participate in stressful simulation exercises to prepare themselves for the worst medical emergencies they might see.

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UNC’s de Silva leads expert panel on Zika research, response

UNC’s de Silva leads expert panel on Zika research, response

Seventy-five percent of people infected with Zika don’t show any symptoms. An expert panel at RTI International delved into the issues surrounding the virus, including the lack of diagnostic tools.

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UNC researchers awarded pilot grants for Zika research

UNC researchers awarded pilot grants for Zika research

UNC investigators will study diagnostics, transmission, and neurological effects of Zika, which has been reported in 62 countries and territories.

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Renovating primary care at the UNC Family Medicine Center

Renovating primary care at the UNC Family Medicine Center

With its grand re-opening, the UNC Family Medicine Center celebrates an extensive facility renovation and a redesigned care model. The updated facility will allow Family Medicine to keep up with growing demand, provide a wider variety of services, and offer extended hours.

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A Clear Path Forward

A Clear Path Forward

On June 14, Susan Girdler, PhD, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and the director of the Stress & Health Research Program at the UNC School of Medicine, will travel to Washington, D.C., for the first-ever United State of Women Summit, convened by the White House.

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The Bigger the Bottle, the Bigger the Baby?

The Bigger the Bottle, the Bigger the Baby?

A new UNC School of Medicine study shows that the size of a bottle may contribute to greater weight gain and size for formula-fed infants, putting them at greater risk for obesity later in life.

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Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

More than one-in-four cancer patients had to pay more for medical care than they could afford, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD. A reported 18 percent were unable to afford their prescription medications.

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