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UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

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Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

The discovery from UNC School of Medicine researchers overturns a controversial research study and offers a path for creating and testing CF treatments.

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5 Tips for Young Women Building Careers as Medical Researchers

5 Tips for Young Women Building Careers as Medical Researchers

Seventh-year MD-PhD students Kate Hacker and Audrey Verde have a lot in common. They’re both from Wilmington – Kate from Delaware’s, Audrey from North Carolina’s – they share a weakness for books/television shows involving forensics, and they’re passionate about medical research. Most recently, their interests merged when they co-founded UNC Advocates for MD-PhD Women in Science, a student group committed to reducing gender disparities in medical research. Reaching out to young women interested in becoming physician-scientists is one of their goals. These 5 tips from them are designed to help young women researchers promote themselves and discover career opportunities.

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Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the Gender Gap

Kate Hacker and Audrey Verde, seventh-year students in the MD-PhD program at Carolina, were aware of gender disparities in science. It wasn’t until they became more familiar with the research, however, that the inequalities pushed them to act.

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UNC concussion researcher participates in White House summit

UNC concussion researcher participates in White House summit

The invitation for Kevin Guskiewiz came after a series of expert interviews with the White House Office of Science and Technology, where he was asked his thoughts about new directions for concussion research.

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Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? New research provides part of the explanation.

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Jeff Mazza: A New Kidney, A New Life

Jeff Mazza: A New Kidney, A New Life

A former Chapel Hill dentist now retired in Carteret County gets a second chance at life thanks to the donation of a kidney from his adult son.

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UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

The UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center has been selected as the new home for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), the Arthritis Foundation announced on May 28.

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Frequent in-person home visits can reduce both readmission and death for patients with heart failure

Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

The work, by UNC researchers, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that nontraditional approaches to health care are becoming ever more important in managing health and disease.

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UNC researchers find new target for chronic pain treatment

UNC researchers find new target for chronic pain treatment

Researchers led by Mark Zylka, PhD, also found a compound that could become a new treatment for conditions such as arthritis, shingles, and back pain.

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UNC study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

UNC study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

The new technology is more efficient than, cheaper than, and as accurate as conventional lab tests used to identify bacterial and fungal infections in patient samples.

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Scaling a Great Wall

Scaling a Great Wall

Graduate student Lindsay Jaacks conducts the first ever study of diet and type 1 diabetes in a developing country and sets her sights on the effects of pollution.

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Antidepressant use in pregnancy may be associated with structural changes in the infant brain

UNC researchers found that Chiari type 1 malformations of the brain are more common in children of depressed mothers treated with a certain group of antidepressants during pregnancy; genes and severity of illness may be involved.

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Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

Although alcohol use disorders are associated with many health problems, including cancers, stroke and depression, fewer than one-third of people with the disorders receive any treatment and less than 10 percent receive medications to help reduce alcohol consumption.

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Researchers sneak drugs into cancer cells before triggering release

Researchers sneak drugs into cancer cells before triggering release

By waiting to trigger the drug's potency, the method may provide a better route toward treating malignant tumors.

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Real Medicine: UNC Spine Surgeon has Humble Beginning in Burma

Real Medicine: UNC Spine Surgeon has Humble Beginning in Burma

Moe Lim, MD, is a spine surgeon in the UNC Department of Orthopaedics. This video is the first in a new UNC Health Care System series called, “Real Medicine: Stories that Connect.”

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Study finds large increase in Type 1 and 2 diabetes among U.S. youth

Study finds large increase in Type 1 and 2 diabetes among U.S. youth

This is the largest study of childhood diabetes in diverse populations ever done in the U.S., says Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, who has led the study for eight years.

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