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Steiner Honored with Schweitzer Leadership Award

Steiner Honored with Schweitzer Leadership Award

Beat Steiner, MD, was recognized by the North Carolina chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for his service to vulnerable people, particularly those living with severe mental illness and substance abuse issues.

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Page named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Page named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the department of Family Medicine, effective March 30.

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‘The joy of science’: Remembering Dr. Smithies, Carolina’s first Nobel laureate

‘The joy of science’: Remembering Dr. Smithies, Carolina’s first Nobel laureate

Hundreds of Carolina faithful gathered together on Tuesday evening to pay tribute to Dr. Oliver Smithies, a world-renowned scientist and UNC’s first Nobel Laureate, who passed away after a short illness in January. He was 91.

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Cancer burden for aging U.S. HIV population projected to shift

Cancer burden for aging U.S. HIV population projected to shift

UNC researcher Jessica Y. Islam, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported findings today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the United States is projected to decrease through 2030. Researchers project that there will be a decrease in cancers linked to the advanced stage of HIV infection -- AIDS.

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Lineberger researchers speak at N.C. Executive Mansion for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation

Lineberger researchers speak at N.C. Executive Mansion for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation

Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina to bring attention to this second-leading cause of cancer death among women. UNC Lineberger researchers joined First Lady Kristin Cooper at the Executive Mansion Monday at a luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.

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Parise, Kramer vie for UNC faculty chair post

Parise, Kramer vie for UNC faculty chair post

Leslie Parise, PhD, professor and chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine is running for faculty chair against Lloyd Kramer, PhD, professor of history in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. The elections will be held April 7–19 by electronic ballot emailed to all eligible faculty members.

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Remembering Paul Bunce

Remembering Paul Bunce

Dr. Bunce was a founding clinical faculty member of the UNC School of Medicine and established the division of urology. He passed away on March 18 at the age of 100.

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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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Rotating at UNC REX Healthcare

Rotating at UNC REX Healthcare

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine students will have the opportunity to conduct clinical rotations at UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh. Marc Weinberg, the first student to take advantage of the new partnership, will soon complete his training there.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

The 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting meeting in Washington, D.C., April 1-5, is expected to draw more than 20,000 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and others, including UNC Lineberger faculty, to discuss advances in the field of cancer science.

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Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

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UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

With a more accurate understanding of the characteristics and function of the receptor MRGRPX2, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers were also able to create chemical probe that will allow them study the receptor more precisely.

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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 at Duke

UNC Discount Available for Precision Medicine World Conference at Duke

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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