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Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

In comparing data from experiments with Hepatitis A and Hepatitis C, the research team found that Hepatitis A virus, which causes only acute, self-limited disease, is more efficient at inhibiting the host’s interferon response, and that the virus can actually linger in the body for almost a year.

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Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Having a history of eating disorders or abuse may increase a woman’s risk for developing depression during and after pregnancy, according to new research from UNC. The finding could influence how doctors screen patients during prenatal visits.

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Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care

Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care

At its June 15 meeting, the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved an affiliation agreement with the UNC Health Care System. This management agreement can help achieve cost savings and increased services for residents of Henderson County.

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27 UNC physicians named ‘top regional doctors’

Castle Connolly regional top doctors are those physicians who have been nominated by their peers - and deemed appropriate by Castle Connolly’s physician led research team - as being among the very best – the top 10 percent - of physicians in their specialty within their region.

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Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Recent news stories highlighted how music therapy helped Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot to her head. At North Carolina Children's Hospital, music therapist Elizabeth Fawcett engages chronically ill children with singing, song writing and playing musical instruments as a way to help them cope with their diseases.

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NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

Anton, a member of the Neuroscience Center at UNC, was awarded the grant for his research in the mapping of neuronal placement in the developing cerebral cortex.

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A Brand New Day - Patient stories from Rex

A Brand New Day - Patient stories from Rex

Rex Healthcare is excited to announce the premier of new commercials - A Brand New Day! The commercials 'star' Rex patients who share their inspiring stories.

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Follow-up letter to WakeMed from President Ross

UNC System President Thomas Ross sent the following letter to WakeMed on May 27 in response to WakeMed's unsolicited offer to purchase Rex Healthcare.

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Smoke-free outdoor spaces on college campuses are widespread across North Carolina

State program successful in promoting smoke-free policy adoption that protects young adults from secondhand smoke. Outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina’s colleges and universities.

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Youth tobacco prevention media campaign reaches record levels of awareness

Preliminary results show that the campaign successfully reaches over 80 percent of youth statewide with a strong prevention message, even as it faces possible defunding.

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How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

Blazing temperatures can bring on serious illness if you're not careful. Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals, offers tips on protecting yourself and your family against extreme heat.

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30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

On June 5, 1981, the first medical article about a disease eventually known as AIDS was published. The following timeline highlights HIV/AIDS research and treatment at the University of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Health Care System since 1981.

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Stem cell treatment may offer option for broken bones that don’t heal

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown in an animal study that transplantation of adult stem cells enriched with a bone-regenerating hormone can help mend bone fractures that are not healing properly.

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UNC and Rex team up to fight cancer

UNC and Rex team up to fight cancer

The May 21 edition of "Rex on Call" discussed how UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare work in partnership to care for cancer patients. UNC and Rex oncologists, plus a cancer survivor, answered questions about this valuable relationship and the benefits to Wake County patients.

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real doctors, real people - Stuart Gold

real doctors, real people - Stuart Gold

Dr. Stuart Gold's patients describe him as both compassionate and weird. You'll have to watch the video to see what they mean by "weird." But in terms of compassion, Gold gives a lot of his time and energy outside of the clinic to promoting awareness of childhood cancer and raising much needed research funds.

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Of Mice and Men: UNC-led team solves mouse genome dilemma

Thanks to an in-depth analysis by a team led by Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, in the UNC Department of Genetics and Gary Churchill, PhD, at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, researchers will be able to use an online resource dubbed the Mouse Phylogeny Viewer to select from among 162 strains of laboratory mice for which the entire genome has been characterized.

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Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth, UNC laboratory study shows

Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth, UNC laboratory study shows

Tacrolimus, a drug that is commonly used to prevent organ transplantation rejection, inhibits breast cancer growth in pre-clinical studies. The finding from UNC scientists was reported in the May 26 Public Library of Science.

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UNC study: Pelvic widening continues throughout a person's lifetime

UNC study: Pelvic widening continues throughout a person's lifetime

A study by UNC researchers finds surprising evidence that the pelvis continues to grow wider even after people stop growing taller. This increase in pelvic width may account for a significant portion of the weight gain that many people experience as they get older.

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UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

The UNC team used a statewide database to collect information on over 35,000 Emergency department (ED) visits. They learned that the top three problems that brought patients to the ED were related to pain, respiratory distress, and gastrointestinal issues (mostly nausea and vomiting).

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Consortium identifies genome regions that could influence severity of cystic fibrosis

A team of researchers, including a number from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, have pinpointed regions of the genome that contribute to the debilitating lung disease that is the hallmark of cystic fibrosis.

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