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UNC School of Medicine remains elite in U.S. News and World Report rankings

UNC School of Medicine remains elite in U.S. News and World Report rankings

The School of Medicine is ranked 2nd for Primary Care and 22nd for Research in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Medical School Rankings. Family Medicine, Rural Medicine and AIDS were all listed as top ten specialties.

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Protein in the brain can 'put the brakes' on binge drinking

Protein in the brain can 'put the brakes' on binge drinking

A new study led by UNC researchers identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it.

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Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Last month, the Department of Anesthesiology took simulation to a new level with a two-day, full-scale, high-fidelity training for residents that served two purposes: testing residents on a variety of competencies and preparing them for new accreditation standards and board certification processes.

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UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

TV segment focused diabetes prevention and screening and featured John Buse, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Endocrinology, executive associate dean for clinical research.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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Osteoarthritis Action Alliance relocates to UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center

Osteoarthritis Action Alliance relocates to UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center

Management of the alliance, which was created by the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC in 2011, has been transferred to the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

A first of its kind study shows that who we inherit genetic variants from – our mother or father – is crucial for the development of diseases and for research studies aimed at finding causes and potential treatments.

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McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

On March 15, Paul McIntosh will run in the Tobacco Road Marathon. The second-year medical student is running to honor those suffering from Pompe disease, a rare, genetic condition he was diagnosed with in 2012.

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Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask this and other critical questions. The study was lead by Jacqueline Halladay, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine.

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Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

The findings could lead to more personalized approaches to controlling platelet activity during heart attacks and other vascular emergencies and diseases. Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, member of the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC, is senior author of the paper.

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Researchers pin down genetic pathways linked to CF disease severity

Researchers pin down genetic pathways linked to CF disease severity

New findings from the UNC School of Medicine may shed light on why cystic fibrosis patients with the same genetic mutation can have different disease severity and may react differently to medications

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UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.

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Homes for Receptors

Homes for Receptors

Graduate student Kate Lansu searches for what activates orphan G protein-coupled receptors – a group of molecules that many scientists think could be good targets for new, more effective medications for a host of conditions, including chronic pain.

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The Gift of Transplant

The Gift of Transplant

David Gerber first witnessed the gift of transplant as a medical student. Today, as chief of abdominal transplant surgery at UNC Hospitals he performs transplant surgeries for patients and as a Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserves serves as a valuable resource of transplant services for military families.

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R2d2 beats Mendel: scientists discover a selfish gene that breaks the ‘law of segregation’

R2d2 beats Mendel: scientists discover a selfish gene that breaks the ‘law of segregation’

The finding has implications for the field of evolutionary genetics and biomedical science, including new ways to research human conditions, such as Down syndrome.

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Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

The latest installment in our Real Medicine video series features one of our Patient Ambassadors for North Carolina Children's Hospital.

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Bubonic Bottleneck: UNC scientists overturn dogma on the plague

Bubonic Bottleneck: UNC scientists overturn dogma on the plague

The current outbreak of the plague in Madagascar shines a light on the need for new approaches to treat the ancient pathogen. A new UNC study unexpectedly unravels a long-held theory on how a fleabite leads to infection.

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Largest ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthen genetic links to obesity

Largest ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthen genetic links to obesity

UNC researchers led by Karen Mohlke, PhD, and Kari North, PhD, including a consortium of researchers, find 89 new genetic locations that will help scientists pinpoint genes that play roles in different obesity traits.

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Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers.

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