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UNC study finds that hot and cold senses interact

UNC study finds that hot and cold senses interact

This discovery has implications for how people perceive hot and cold temperatures and for why people with certain forms of chronic pain experience heightened responses to cold temperatures.

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For the first time, researchers isolate adult stem cells from human intestinal tissue

For the first time, researchers isolate adult stem cells from human intestinal tissue

The accomplishment provides a much-needed resource for scientists eager to uncover the true mechanisms of human stem cell biology. It also enables them to explore new tactics to treat inflammatory bowel disease or to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which often damage the gut.

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Hepatitis A virus discovered to cloak itself in membranes hijacked from infected cells

Hepatitis A virus discovered to cloak itself in membranes hijacked from infected cells

A team led by Dr. Stanley Lemon discovered that hepatitis A virus does not have an envelope when found in the environment, but acquires one from the cells that it grows in within the liver. It circulates in the blood completely cloaked in these membranes.

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Review: Few Effective, Evidence-Based Interventions to Prevent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Review: Few Effective, Evidence-Based Interventions to Prevent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The review summarizes the results of a systematic review of clinical interventions for adults exposed to at least one traumatic event such as war, a natural or manmade disaster, motor vehicle accidents, community violence, sexual assault or domestic violence.

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Johnston Health selects UNC Health Care as strategic partner

Johnston Health selects UNC Health Care as strategic partner

On Monday, April 1, the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners announced that it is entering into exclusive negotiations for a partnership with UNC Health Care.

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Newly approved blood thinner may increase susceptibility to some viral infections

Newly approved blood thinner may increase susceptibility to some viral infections

A study led by UNC researchers indicates that a newly approved blood thinner that blocks a key component of the human blood clotting system may increase the risk and severity of certain viral infections, including flu and myocarditis.

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Innate immune system can kill HIV when a viral gene is deactivated

Innate immune system can kill HIV when a viral gene is deactivated

Study published in PLoS Pathogens suggests new target for treatment and the eventual cure of HIV/AIDS

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RN: Real Nurses - Bren Sparling

RN: Real Nurses - Bren Sparling

Bren Sparling, an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, says she has always been a creative person.

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UNC Health Care and High Point Regional Complete Merger

UNC Health Care and High Point Regional Complete Merger

High Point Regional announced it has completed its merger with the UNC Health Care System effective April 1, 2013. “We proudly welcome High Point Regional’s trustees, physicians, staff and volunteers to the UNC Health Care team. With our shared mission and values, this partnership will further a comprehensive approach to health care that connects communities with the health care resources they need, provided by the local hospitals and doctors they trust,” said Gary Park, President, UNC Hospitals.

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Storming the gates:  UNC research probes how pancreatic cancers metastasize

Storming the gates: UNC research probes how pancreatic cancers metastasize

Researchers in the lab of Carol Otey, PhD, found that the protein palladin enhances the ability of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) to assemble organelles known as invadopodia to break down the barriers between cells and create pathways for tumors to spread throughout the body.

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Smithies named to first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy

Smithies named to first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy

Dr. Oliver Smithies, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is a 2007 Nobel Laureate whose work revolutionized research into the genetic basis of cancer.

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Researchers identify genetic sequence that helps to coordinate synthesis of DNA-packaging proteins

Researchers identify genetic sequence that helps to coordinate synthesis of DNA-packaging proteins

Research conducted in fruit flies at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has pinpointed a specific DNA sequence that both triggers the formation of the “histone locus body” and turns on all the histone genes in the entire block.

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Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia predate onset of symptoms

Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia predate onset of symptoms

Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a neural circuitry that is hyperactivated or stressed by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness seem to handle with ease.

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Don and Cindy Sills:  Fighting Disease, Raising Awareness

Don and Cindy Sills: Fighting Disease, Raising Awareness

A Craven County woman is diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer on her 35th wedding anniversary. Together, she and her husband are raising awareness about cancer while she fights the disease.

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Atypical brain circuits may cause slower gaze shifting in infants who later develop autism

Atypical brain circuits may cause slower gaze shifting in infants who later develop autism

These findings suggest that 7-month-olds who go on to develop autism show subtle, yet overt, behavioral differences prior to the emergence of the disorder.

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real doctors, real people - James Kurz

real doctors, real people - James Kurz

The advice Dr. Jim Kurz gives comes not only from his expertise in medicine but from his real life personal experience as well.

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Cohen, Cotter and Damania elected as 2013 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Cohen, Cotter and Damania elected as 2013 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Selection for fellowship is a highly competitive annual peer review process, based on scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced the field of microbiology.

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