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Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers.

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Another breastfeeding benefit: preparing baby’s belly for solid food

Another breastfeeding benefit: preparing baby’s belly for solid food

A close examination of gut bacteria reveals that exclusively breastfed babies are better equipped for the transition to solids and potentially an early life with fewer stomach woes

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Creative Writing, Clinical Learning

Creative Writing, Clinical Learning

Second-year medical student Eric Tran blends passion for language, medicine, and serving the underserved.

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Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients. James Byrne, PhD, a medical student and member of Joseph DeSimone’s lab, led the research by constructing the device and examining its ability to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs effectively to pancreatic cancer tumors, as well as two types of breast cancer tumors.

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Brain scans predict effectiveness of talk therapy to treat depression

Brain scans predict effectiveness of talk therapy to treat depression

UNC researchers lead first brain connectivity study pointing toward a new image-based diagnostic model – a roadmap to ensure patients receive the best treatment as quickly as possible. Gabriel S. Dichter, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology, is a senior author of the study.

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Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Parents using these strategies, known as Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART), reported significant improvements in their child’s sensory responsiveness, communication and socialization.

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In Good and Caring Hands

In Good and Caring Hands

Martin McCaffrey, MD, CAPT, USN (Ret), has taken the lessons he learned in the Navy and applied them to helping military families as they cope with the challenges of having a newborn in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Hospitals.

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New deep-brain imaging reveals separate functions for nearly identical neurons

New deep-brain imaging reveals separate functions for nearly identical neurons

For the first time, UNC neuroscientist Garret Stuber, PhD, imaged activity patterns of individual brain cells in freely moving mice to link specific basic behaviors to particular neurons.

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UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

A study co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV -- the latest finding of a collaborative scientific effort designed to map out the genomic changes driving cancer.

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Parsing the Pathways

Parsing the Pathways

Graduate student Kathleen Mulvaney investigates the newly discovered interplay between two of the proteins that allow cells to divide.

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MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

UNC researchers find that the bigger the differences in brain activity related to emotion regulation, the more severe the autism. Gabriel Dichter, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology was the paper's senior author.

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Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

UNC geneticists led by Terry Magnuson, PhD, and Ron Chandler, PhD, create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Becoming Less Super as a Specialist

Becoming Less Super as a Specialist

Dr. David Wohl, an HIV/AIDS specialist at UNC, reflects on the reasons why he now finds himself drawn to fighting Ebola.

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Patient older age not an issue in revision cochlear implantation

Patient older age not an issue in revision cochlear implantation

Sometimes patients with coclear implants need to have a second or "revision" implantation surgery because of device failure. A new UNC study finds that adults age 65 and older do just as well in speech perception after revision cochlear implantation as those younger than 65.

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Diabetes researcher earns ADA grant to design nanoparticles to control blood sugar

Diabetes researcher earns ADA grant to design nanoparticles to control blood sugar

The research by Zhen Gu, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC-NCSU joint department of biomedical engineering, aims to improve methods for delivering precise amounts of medications less frequently.

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Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving birth may face greater risk

Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving birth may face greater risk

Postpartum depression (PPD) may have a diverse clinical presentation and this has critical implications for diagnosis, treatment and understanding the underlying biology of the illness, a new study finds.

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Two UNC Hospitals programs nationally ranked among ‘2015 Top Medical Residency Programs'

Two UNC Hospitals programs nationally ranked among ‘2015 Top Medical Residency Programs'

UNC’s obstetrics and gynecology residency was ranked No. 5 nationwide and No. 1 in the South, and UNC's family medicine residency was ranked No. 7 nationwide. In addition, 11 UNC programs were named among the Top Residencies of the South.

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Princeton’s David Tank wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Princeton’s David Tank wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (photo by Winfried Denk)

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Runge connects past with present

Runge connects past with present

John Runge, a PhD student in Genetics and Molecular Biology, shares his thoughts on how studying the history of medicine can help inform today's researchers.

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5 sayings from your mother that will keep you and your loved ones healthy this winter!

5 sayings from your mother that will keep you and your loved ones healthy this winter!

As flu season kicks into high gear, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate director of hospital epidemiology at UNC Medical Center, shares five "sayings from your mother" that will prevent infection and keep you and your loved ones healthy this winter. Graphics by Max Englund, UNC Health Care.

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