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University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant Studies program

University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant Studies program

The $1.2 million gift will be used to accommodate more students, recruit top faculty and develop rural sites for students to participate in clinical rotations.

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T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, UNC researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that T cells in the brain may be an important HIV reservoir that should be targeted by HIV cure approaches.

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More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

A study by UNC Lineberger's Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, and colleagues assessed whether monitoring prostate cancer patients following treatment with a PSA test every three months versus once a year would provide a long-term survival benefit.

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Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues led by Catherine C. Coombs, MD, show that blood cell mutations accounted for as many as 8 percent of the mutations identified in large-scale genetic sequencing efforts at two major academic centers.

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Jaspers, Clapp featured in NY Times for e-cigarette research

Jaspers, Clapp featured in NY Times for e-cigarette research

Researchers in lab of Ilona Jaspers, PhD, found that the common food additive cinnamaldehyde impaired cilia -- the hair-like structures on lung cells crucial for proper respiratory function.

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UNC Health Care CEO, Medical School Dean Bill Roper Plans to Step Down in 2019

UNC Health Care CEO, Medical School Dean Bill Roper Plans to Step Down in 2019

Dr. Roper led expansion efforts in education, research, and clinical care that improved health for all North Carolinians.

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Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Research led by UNC School of Medicine MD/PhD student Jamie Jarmul, PhD, suggests physicians should defer to traditional 10-year risk score and existing statin guidelines in lieu of genetic tests.

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UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

Network also launches AFib support group and a smartphone app to help people with AFib manage their condition

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Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement

Department of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates 2018 Commencement

Hundreds of students, representing five divisions in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences, received degrees between May 11 to May 13, 2018.

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Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, was recently awarded grant funding totaling more than $800,000 to further her research on the underlying biological factors that may influence the development and mortality of endometrial cancer in both Caucasian and African-American women.

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Arrival of Three Mannequins Will Increase High-Fidelity Patient Simulations

Arrival of Three Mannequins Will Increase High-Fidelity Patient Simulations

The School of Medicine’s Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center has three new mannequins to facilitate simulations for students. This is the first purchase of a mannequin in nearly a decade and provides a new educational tool that reinforces UNC’s standard of safety.

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Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

The seminar “Understanding Melanoma: From Prevention to Treatment" was hosted by the UNC Lineberger and the Melanoma Research Foundation on May 14 for patients and caregivers at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. Physicians, researchers, patients and staff spoke about advances in treatment and care for melanoma, research and prevention, as well as best practices to address the psychosocial aspects of care.

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Remembering Stuart Bondurant, Dean Emeritus of the UNC School of Medicine

Remembering Stuart Bondurant, Dean Emeritus of the UNC School of Medicine

This past weekend, the UNC School of Medicine lost one of its great leaders, Stuart Bondurant, MD, who passed away at the age of 88. He served as dean for 15 years and interim dean for two more years.

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UNC Lineberger researchers show how viral protein helps drive cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers show how viral protein helps drive cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Blossom Damania, PhD, and Penny Anders, PhD, published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that explains how the viral protein vPK helps drive abnormal growth of immune cells called B cells. Their findings identify vPK as a potential druggable target to block or treat cancer in people infected with the virus.

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By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Chad Pecot, MD, report in the journal Nature Communications that for a particular subset of lung cancer tumors, there is a high prevalence of immune cells called inflammatory monocytes. These cells, which normally help to build clotting scaffolds to promote wound healing, also make it possible for tumor cells to migrate and spread to other parts of the body.

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Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy SEAL Robert Adams, MD, of the UNC Physicians Network, was featured on the Peer Spectrum Podcast to discuss his book "Six Days of the Impossible," a medical look at Navy SEAL hell week.

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Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nurse leadership experience and currently serves as the vice president of the American Nurses Association. He is also the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.

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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

The work was led by researchers in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Scientists identify brain cell types underlying schizophrenia

Scientists identify brain cell types underlying schizophrenia

Karolinska Institutet and UNC School of Medicine researchers, including Patrick Sullivan, PhD, have identified four specific types of brain cells associated with schizophrenia. The findings offer a roadmap for the development of new therapies to target the condition.

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Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

A new case report led by UNC's Maya Styner, MD, describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.

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