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O’Brien Honored with Distinguished Andrologist Award

O’Brien Honored with Distinguished Andrologist Award

The American Society of Andrology recognized O’Brien’s research on male fertility.

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UNC Physician Assistant Program Now Accepting Student Applications

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Physician Assistant (PA) program began accepting student applications on April 22, for the first class of students to enroll in January 2016. The UNC PA Program represents UNC’s commitment to help address the current and projected health-care needs of the citizens of North Carolina, especially in underserved communities.

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Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded contracts totaling more than $12 million to Michael Kappelman, Kelli Allen and Donna Evon. The largest of the three awards, to Dr. Kappelman, is a 5-year, $8 million contract to compare the effectiveness of two drug therapies in the treatment of Crohn’s disease in children.

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The Family Disease

The Family Disease

Cystic fibrosis took five of her siblings at a young age. Now, Wanda O’Neal, PhD, is part of a team of UNC researchers searching for reasons why. Their latest work has provided new insights that will help unravel why a sixth sibling with CF is living a productive life as he turns 50.

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The Man from Kansas

The Man from Kansas

Born in a former frontier town, UNC graduate student Patrick McCarter explores how our cells respond to dangerous changes in their environment.

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UNC Health Care affiliates ranked highly in first-ever Hospital Compare star ratings

UNC Health Care affiliates ranked highly in first-ever Hospital Compare star ratings

Chatham Hospital is one of only three in North Carolina to receive five stars. Four other UNC Health Care affiliates received four stars. In addition, Becker's Hospital Review named UNC Hospitals as one of 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015.

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Student-run symposium focuses on translational medicine

Student-run symposium focuses on translational medicine

The sixth annual Translational Medicine Symposium was held this week at the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building at UNC. The event features students trained to engage in the clinical side of research

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Quick thinking, communication and intervention lead to improved outcome for stroke patient

Quick thinking, communication and intervention lead to improved outcome for stroke patient

On a late January morning this year, Patrick Pope was in his Clinton home, juggling a grandchild on each knee. His wife, Sylvia, was in the kitchen keeping an eye on the chicken she’d just placed in the oven. She heard a loud sound from the living room and rushed in to find her husband had collapsed, still tightly gripping the hand of one grandchild.

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Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

A new study by UNC researchers has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

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Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

A cancer genomics study led by UNC Lineberger researchers and other scientists involved in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute-backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer, was selected as one of the top 10 clinical research achievements of the year.

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With Grace and Good Humor

With Grace and Good Humor

Fifteen years ago, Nancy Raasch was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Then, in 2009, came multiple myeloma. Despite these malignancies, she refuses to let cancer define her.

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Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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A Legacy of Care

A Legacy of Care

In the late 1960s, when Frederick Burroughs, MD, opened his practice in Southeast Raleigh, he was the first Board Eligible African-American pediatrician in Wake County. It’s a distinction he’s proud of, but it doesn’t come close to defining his career in medicine.

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UNC Hospitals team first in North Carolina to perform new procedure to treat severe epilepsy

UNC Hospitals team first in North Carolina to perform new procedure to treat severe epilepsy

In February, UNC neurologist Hae Won Shin, MD, and neurosurgeon Eldad Hadar, MD, were the first in the state to implant the NeuroPace RNS System following the medical device’s recent FDA approval. In clinical trials, the NeuroPace system greatly reduced the number of seizures experienced by patients with severe epilepsy.

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UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC sequenced the RNA for 10,000 tumor samples as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer.

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Lower survival rates connected with high-risk melanoma with mutations, study finds

Lower survival rates connected with high-risk melanoma with mutations, study finds

A UNC Lineberger-led study found that people with higher-risk melanoma containing either BRAF or NRAS gene mutations had lower survival rates.

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Researchers find new approach to treat drug-resistant HER2-positive breast cancer

Researchers find new approach to treat drug-resistant HER2-positive breast cancer

Using human cancer cell lines, UNC scientists identified various ways that HER2-positive breast cancer tumors resist therapy, and they discovered a potential combination therapy to overcome multiple mechanisms of resistance and kill cancer cells.

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Nash Health Care Chaplain Sows Seeds For Healthy Living

Nash Health Care Chaplain Sows Seeds For Healthy Living

The latest installment in our Real Medicine video series features the Rev. Richard Joyner, head of hospital chaplaincy at Nash Health Care, who started a community garden in a small rural town where he teaches kids to grow vegetables.

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