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Milk thistle, taken by many people for liver disease, ineffective as treatment for hepatitis C

Milk thistle, taken by many people for liver disease, ineffective as treatment for hepatitis C

A new multicenter trial finds that taking silymarin (milk thistle) has no effect on serum ALT or levels of the hepatitis C virus in people with chronic hepatitis C infection.

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Three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Three UNC specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News

Overall, eleven specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

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Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism

Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism

The First Year Inventory, a 10-minute questionnaire filled out by parents after a child’s first birthday, shows promise in identifying children who are later diagnosed with autism or other developmental problems.

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real doctors, real people - Richard Hobbs

real doctors, real people - Richard Hobbs

Dr. Richard Hobbs began learning Spanish at a young age. While living in Alabama he quickly became known among the Hispanic community as "their doctor." Now he puts his Spanish to even greater use at the Samaritan Health Center in Durham, N.C.

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UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award for heart attack care

UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award for heart attack care

The award recognizes UNC Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

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Zolotor named new vice president at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Zolotor named new vice president at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has been selected as the new vice president at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM).

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Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

Antibodies reverse Type 1 diabetes in new immunotherapy study

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have used injections of antibodies to rapidly reverse the onset of Type I diabetes in mice genetically bred to develop the disease.

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Healing and Helping - Kate Menard, MD

Healing and Helping - Kate Menard, MD

As an Employee Ambassador, Kate Menard, MD earned a donation of $250 to Project Graduation through UNC Health Care's Ambassador Recognition Program.

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Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underlying factors

Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underlying factors

New research led by Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, a psychiatric geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

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Chat Transcript - What the Supreme Court's verdict on health care reform really means

On Friday, June 29, UNC Health Care hosted a live chat on its Facebook page with Dr. Jonathan Oberlander to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

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New understanding of cell metabolism provides therapeutic target

New understanding of cell metabolism provides therapeutic target

One of the reasons that cancer cells proliferate is that they metabolize fuel differently from normal cells. A team led by Blossom Damania, PhD, reports that two inter-related metabolic processes contribute to cell proliferation in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Damania is professor of microbiology and immunology in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Oberlander to host live Facebook chat on health care law decision

Oberlander to host live Facebook chat on health care law decision

Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy & Management at UNC, will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act.

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A statement from Dr. William L. Roper on the Supreme Court's health care reform decision

A statement from Dr. William L. Roper on the Supreme Court's health care reform decision

Please read the following statement from Dr. William L. Roper, CEO of the UNC Health Care System and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, regarding the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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UNC’s expertise in rare disease leads to patient-family education weekend

UNC’s expertise in rare disease leads to patient-family education weekend

UNC physicians and scientists are teaming with the PCD Foundation this weekend to present a weekend-long family education program taking place this Friday through Sunday (June 29-July 1).

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RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

RN: Real Nurses - Barbara Riff

Parking difficulties inspired Barbara Riff to take motorcycle lessons with her son. Now she commutes to work via motorcycle and frequently takes motorcycle trips for fun.

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AHEC helps rural physicians embrace trend of using electronic health records

The initiative is part of a national effort by President Barack Obama’s administration to rapidly increase the use of electronic health records in monitoring and tracking improvements in patient care.

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Study identifies factors related to violence in veterans

Study identifies factors related to violence in veterans

Veterans with protective factors in place such as employment, living stability and social support were 92 percent less likely to report severe violence than veterans without these factors.

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Research suggests new cause to blame for spinal muscular atrophy

Research suggests new cause to blame for spinal muscular atrophy

UNC scientists have discovered that a commonly held assumption is wrong and that a separate role of the SMN gene – still not completely elucidated -- is likely responsible for the disease’s manifestations.

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Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50

A new study finds that 62 percent of women aged 50 and older say that their weight or shape negatively impacts on their life.

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