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Outdated practice of annual cervical cancer screenings may cause more harm than good

About half of the obstetrician-gynecologists surveyed in a recent study said they continue to provide annual exams. Drs. Russell Harris and Stacey Sheridan of UNC say this is an outdated practice that may be more harmful than helpful.

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Factors influencing delay in breast cancer treatment differ for African-American and white women

Scientists found that among white women, household size and losing a job due to one's diagnosis were reasons for delay in treatment, while among African-American women, the type of treatment received influenced delay.

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Inhibiting macrophage MerTK signaling creates an innate immune response against cancer

Inhibiting macrophage MerTK signaling creates an innate immune response against cancer

New evidence by a UNC-led team shows that MerTK macrophage action in the microenvironment that surrounds cancer cells blunts the immune response, allowing the tumor cell to grow and metastasize.

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Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

Dr. Ethan Basch of UNC calls for pharmaceutical manufacturers to collect rigorous information on how drugs impact symptoms and quality of life starting early in drug development, and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include this information in drug labels.

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UNC begins clinical trial of EndoBarrier® for treatment of type 2 diabetes

UNC begins clinical trial of EndoBarrier® for treatment of type 2 diabetes

The ENDO Trial is currently enrolling adults between the ages of 21 and 65 who have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and are obese.

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UNC murine study predicts cancer drug responsiveness in human tumors

UNC murine study predicts cancer drug responsiveness in human tumors

A UNC research team found that genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) were able to accurately predict human response to a standard chemotherapy drug combination commonly used in the clinic.

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UNC researchers discover a gene’s key role in building the developing brain’s scaffolding

UNC researchers discover a gene’s key role in building the developing brain’s scaffolding

The gene, Arl13b, is necessary for the proper construction of the cerebral cortex. The finding offers new insights on normal brain development and illuminates some of the factors behind Joubert’s syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

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Teixeira named Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences

Teixeira named Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences

Teixeira, a native of Brazil whose research field is plant biology, works in the lab run by his UNC mentor, Jeff Dangl, PhD.

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RN: Real Nurses - Sarah Hassing

RN: Real Nurses - Sarah Hassing

Sarah Hassing, an RN in the PICU at North Carolina Children's Hospital, can make a cake look like almost anything.

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New HIV call center will link patients to life-saving care

New HIV call center will link patients to life-saving care

As we approach National HIV/AIDS Testing Day on June 27, a new call center will connect newly diagnosed North Carolinians with HIV care providers.

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Hearing Grayson's story around the world

Much of the world was fascinated late last week with the story and video footage of Grayson Clamp hearing for the first time. Grayson is a 3-year-old patient from Charlotte who is the first at UNC Hospitals, and among the first in the U.S., to receive an auditory brain stem implant as part of an FDA-approved trial. Watch and read just a few pieces of the coverage of Grayson's incredible story.

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Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Duke University have conducted one of the first studies to directly compare canine and human B-cell lymphoma by examining molecular similarities and differences between the two species.

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 Researchers identify key player in the genesis of human intestinal immunity

Researchers identify key player in the genesis of human intestinal immunity

Better treatments for people suffering from compromised intestinal immunity may emerge from a small-animal model of human intestinal immune development.

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Grayson hears his father's voice for the first time

Grayson hears his father's voice for the first time

Grayson Clamp, a 3-year-old from Charlotte, received the auditory brain stem implant in a child done as part of an FDA clinical trial during a surgery done this spring at UNC Hospitals.

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Most North Carolina high school students not asked about smoking by health care providers

Most North Carolina high school students not asked about smoking by health care providers

In a new survey, nearly two-thirds of North Carolina high school students who responded said that no health care professional they had seen asked them if they smoke, or advised them against smoking.

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Afghan girl departs for home after heart surgery at UNC

Afghan girl departs for home after heart surgery at UNC

A North Carolina nonprofit organization and a UNC Hospitals volunteer partnered to bring an 8-year-old girl with congenital heart problems to UNC for medical treatment.

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Kathy DeClue: A Second Chance to Say ‘I Do’

Kathy DeClue: A Second Chance to Say ‘I Do’

Kathy DeClue of Randolph County was featured in Family House Diaries in August 2012. She celebrated the success of a second stem cell transplant for leukemia by renewing her wedding vows with her husband of 41 years before 80 friends and family.

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UNC genetics researcher helps open Smithsonian exhibit

UNC genetics researcher helps open Smithsonian exhibit

Clinical geneticist James Evans, MD, PhD helped to open the exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. The high-tech, high-intensity display celebrates the 10th anniversary of production of the first complete human genome sequence also known as the genetic blueprint of the human body.

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Emergency department visits by mental health patients on the rise in North Carolina

Emergency department visits by mental health patients on the rise in North Carolina

A new study by UNC researchers finds that patients with mental health disorders are visiting North Carolina hospital emergency departments in growing numbers.

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Evans on Supreme Court DNA patent ruling

Evans on Supreme Court DNA patent ruling

James Evans, MD, PhD, an international expert in gene patenting and genetics policy, comments on the June 13, 2013 Supreme Court ruling regarding gene patenting.

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