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Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Dr. Sullivan's project is one of 15 selected out of 170 proposals submitted by researchers worldwide. Each will each receive $100,000 annually in support of one year of research.

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UNC researchers receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant to develop male contraceptive

UNC researchers receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant to develop male contraceptive

The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by James Tsuruta, PhD, and Paul Dayton, PhD, titled “Ultrasound as a long-term, reversible contraceptive.”

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China needs comprehensive public health intervention to control syphilis epidemic

China needs comprehensive public health intervention to control syphilis epidemic

Syphilis is currently at epidemic proportions in China and rates of infection will continue to grow unless a more comprehensive, coordinated effort of control is implemented, according to an editorial by UNC's Dr. Joseph D. Tucker.

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Losing, then finding her voice becomes a work of art

Margie Beth Labadie, an artist, adjunct assistant professor and coordinator of the Digital Academy at UNC-Pembroke, lost her speaking voice for several months because of a rare fungal infection but regained it after receiving treatment at the UNC Voice Center.

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UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

A pathology test may help doctors distinguish between two separate but overlapping esophageal disorders that require different courses of treatment, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

These results, from the first longitudinal brain imaging studies of children with Fragile X Syndrome, were published online in this week’s early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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UNC study: Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics

UNC study: Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics

The study found that 18 percent of IBS patients surveyed reported they were currently using narcotics. These patients reported more abdominal pain, poorer health quality, more IBS-related limitations, more hospitalizations and surgeries, and that they were more likely to use antidepressants and antacid medications.

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UNC study: NAFLD patients have increased risk for poor outcomes after liver transplant

UNC study: NAFLD patients have increased risk for poor outcomes after liver transplant

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a bigger risk factor for liver transplant patients than obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC study: Fasting may not be needed for children’s cholesterol tests

Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that this may not always be necessary.

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Columbia scientist wins 10th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

The Perl prize carries a $10,000 award and is given to recognize a seminal achievement in neuroscience.

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Molecular marker could help spot pancreatic cancer early

Molecular marker could help spot pancreatic cancer early

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have identified a molecular marker of pancreatic cancer that may help spot the disease at its earliest stages, when it can be treated more successfully with surgery.

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UNC-led team develops ‘toolkit’ to address health literacy barriers

UNC-led team develops ‘toolkit’ to address health literacy barriers

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the “Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit,” which was prepared for AHRQ by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The toolkit, which can be downloaded as a PDF from the AHRQ website, is designed to help primary care doctors and their staffs learn how to communicate more effectively with their patients.

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Researchers find genetic variants linked to smoking behaviors

Researchers find genetic variants linked to smoking behaviors

In a paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, a UNC team reported that three genetic regions were associated with the number of cigarettes smoked per day, one region was associated with smoking initiation and one variant was associated with smoking cessation.

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Air-pollution expert explains how to take care of your lungs during ozone season

Air-pollution expert explains how to take care of your lungs during ozone season

April's warm, sunny days mark the beginning of ozone season. UNC Health Care expert David Peden, MD, the director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology at the UNC School of Medicine, explains what his research shows about ozone pollution and how you can protect yourself.

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Spring fever blossoms in warm weather – but is it a real ailment?

Two University of North Carolina medical professionals explain the “spring fever” phenomenon and how seasons affect our mood.

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Family House Diaries: Experiencing UNC as a patient, not a student

Family House Diaries: Experiencing UNC as a patient, not a student

24-year-old Cedric Faison of Battleboro, N.C., intended to spend this spring semester finishing his undergraduate music education degree at East Carolina University. Instead, he’s spent most of the term at UNC Hospitals being treated for a brain tumor.

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For children with hearing loss: The earlier the better for cochlear implants

For children with hearing loss: The earlier the better for cochlear implants

UNC was one of six medical centers to take part in this study, which is believed to be the first nationwide look at the impact of surgical timing on the success rate of the implants.

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UNC School of Medicine to establish new Department of Neurosurgery

UNC School of Medicine to establish new Department of Neurosurgery

The new department will be chaired by Matthew G. Ewend, MD, who currently serves as chief of the Division of Neurosurgery within the Department of Surgery.

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