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Solving a 40-year-old mystery, UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

Solving a 40-year-old mystery, UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

New targeted therapies for pain, Parkinson's disease, and depression carry the promise of greater benefit for patients without serious side effects.

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Top of the Line

Top of the Line

The next chapter in the story of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center begins with a new director, Ned Sharpless, an oncologist with a story to tell.

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A powerful technique to further understanding of RNA

A powerful technique to further understanding of RNA

Qi Zhang sees himself as a warrior. In his lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he wages war on genetic diseases such as cancer and heart disease on a battlefield measured with single atoms.

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UNC hematologist part of the Choosing Wisely® task force

UNC hematologist part of the Choosing Wisely® task force

Dr. Alice Ma, MD, from the Division of Hematology Oncology, was on the Choosing Wisely® task force for the American Society of Hematology (ASH). ASH recently released a list of the five most common hematologic tests, treatments, and procedures that should be questioned by patients and physicians.

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Ear tubes vs. watchful waiting: tubes do not improve long-term development

Ear tubes vs. watchful waiting: tubes do not improve long-term development

Study suggests tubes, adenoidectomy reduce fluid in the middle ear and improve hearing in the short term, but tubes did not improve speech or language for children with middle ear fluid.

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Out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence for cancer patients

Out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence for cancer patients

The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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Updated visitor restrictions across UNC Hospitals begin Friday, Jan. 17

Because of a continuing active flu season, children 12 years old and younger will not be permitted to visit patients in any inpatient areas, waiting areas and/or play rooms across all of UNC Hospitals. Normal visiting policies for children 12 years old and younger remain in effect for outpatient areas within UNC Hospitals.

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UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013

UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013

The work of Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, is featured by Autism Speaks in its list of 10 major advances in autism research in 2013.

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Family House Diaries:  2013 Year in Review

Family House Diaries: 2013 Year in Review

From the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge Mountains and everywhere in between, we've met some of the finest people in the state.

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2013 Year in Review: real doctors, real people and RN: Real Nurses

2013 Year in Review: real doctors, real people and RN: Real Nurses

Photojournalist Nathan Clendenin recounts 2013 highlights from each of these two popular video series.

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Nash Health Care announces affiliation with UNC Health Care

Nash Health Care Systems today announced that it will affiliate with UNC Health Care. This management services agreement allows Nash Health Care to acquire managerial and operational resources from UNC Health Care.

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Spurred by food allergies, two esophagus conditions stump doctors

Spurred by food allergies, two esophagus conditions stump doctors

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine found that two on-the-rise esophagus conditions are so similar that even a biopsy is not enough to distinguish one disease from the other.

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Taking on the System

Taking on the System

Tina Schade Willis, a pediatric ICU doctor and winner of the UNC Fuller Award, works to improve teamwork among hospital staff to benefit patients and their families.

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Physicians often fly blind on medication dosing in premature infants

Physicians often fly blind on medication dosing in premature infants

Despite government efforts to promote research on medications used in children, huge gaps persist in knowledge about medication safety and efficacy in the most vulnerable — newborns receiving care in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) — according to a study by UNC researchers.

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New gene therapy proves promising as hemophilia treatment

New gene therapy proves promising as hemophilia treatment

Researchers package specialized blood platelets with genes that express clotting factor, leading to fewer bleeding events.

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Screening decisions must balance potential benefits with potential patient harms

Screening decisions must balance potential benefits with potential patient harms

Screening to detect medical conditions has become standard practice for many diseases, but insufficient attention has been paid to the potential for harm, according to research by a team led by Russell Harris, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Many of the most popular children’s movies from recent years feature both “obesogenic” behaviors and weight-related stigmatizing content, a study by UNC researchers finds.

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