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UNC study ties ending moderate drinking to depression

Scientific evidence has long suggested that moderate drinking offers some protection against heart disease, certain types of stroke and some forms of cancer. But new research shows that stopping drinking – including at moderate levels – may lead to health problems including depression and a reduced capacity of the brain to produce new neurons, a process called neurogenesis.

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UNC Health Care, Chatham Hospital sign letter of intent for hospital purchase

Representatives of the UNC Health Care System and Chatham Hospital have signed a letter of intent for UNC Health Care to purchase the 25-bed critical access facility in Siler City, N.C., for $11.3 million.

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Five specialties at UNC Hospitals ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

Five medical specialties offered at the University of North Carolina Hospitals rank among the top 50 programs of their kind nationwide in U.S. News’s 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals, accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Monday, July 14.

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Dr. Lisa Carey inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Dr. Lisa Carey, associate professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and medical director of the UNC Breast Center, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.

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UNC doctor develops innovative tissue regeneration approach for abdominal fistula repair

Dr. Joseph Stavas, Vice Chair of Radiology in the UNC School of Medicine, has developed an innovative catheter-based approach for abdominal fistula repair that uses an extracellular collagen matrix material derived from pig intestines.

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Non-whites receive harsher sentences for inflicted traumatic brain injury of children

Non-white defendants are nearly twice as likely to receive harsher prison sentences than white defendants in North Carolina criminal cases stemming from inflicted traumatic brain injury of young children. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who tracked down what happened in every such case prosecuted in North Carolina in 2000 and 2001. Their study appears in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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UNC cancer researcher receives American Brain Tumor Association grant

Qian Zhang, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded an $80,000 research fellowship by the American Brain Tumor Association.

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UNC Health Care offers new option to make infertility treatment more affordable

UNC Health Care has launched a new program to help make IVF more affordable. UNC’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is the only IVF provider in the Triangle to offer the IntegraMed Shared Risk Refund Program. The program is offered through IntegraMed America Inc., a company that provides treatment-financing programs for infertility patients.

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Samulski wins achievement award from American Society for Gene Therapy

R. Jude Samulski, Ph.D., director of the Gene Therapy Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received the inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award given by the American Society for Gene Therapy.

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UNC Health Care is first in Carolinas to offer ‘GPS for the Body’ treatment

UNC Health Care is the first medical center in North Carolina or South Carolina to begin treating cancer patients with a new system that tracks movement of the prostate to provide safer, more accurate radiation therapy.

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Study provides clues to preventing and treating cancer spread

Isn’t it odd that cancer cells from one organ, such as the skin, can travel and take root in a totally different organ, like the lung?

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UNC doctor recognized as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine"

The American College of Emergency Physicians has recognized Dr. Judith E. Tintinalli, professor and chair emeritus in the department of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.”

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Adult stem cells aid fracture healing; UNC study lays groundwork for potential treatments

In an approach that could become a new treatment for the 10 to 20 percent of people whose broken bones fail to heal, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that transplantation of adult stem cells can improve healing of fractures.

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UNC medical geneticist cautions against rushing into genetic testing

CHAPEL HILL – Just because scientific advances now allow individuals to learn their genetic make-up doesn’t mean they should rush into genetic testing in hopes of making revolutionary improvements to their health, cautions a geneticist and practicing physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Hospitals performs second U.S. implant of new hearing improvement device

Surgeons at UNC Hospitals performed the second implantation in the United States of the Vibrant Soundbridge® (VSB) device as a treatment for conductive and mixed hearing loss using direct round window cochlear stimulation.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks North Carolina Children's Hospital in nation’s top 10 for children with respiratory disorders

U.S. News and World Report has recognized North Carolina Children's Hospital as seventh in the nation among the Top 30 children's hospitals caring for children with respiratory disorders. The ranking will appear in the magazine's 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics and available on newsstands Monday, June 2.

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New federally funded health initiative to speed benefits of science to North Carolinians

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $61 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that will help speed up how scientific discoveries directly benefit patients in communities across North Carolina.

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Radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus

Interim results from a nationwide clinical trial led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher suggest that radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for dysplasia in people with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.

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UNC Health Care is first in the Triangle to offer new system for stopping strokes

UNC Health Care has a new tool for stopping a stroke that is already under way, by removing a blood clot in the brain blood vessel that caused the stroke to begin.

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UNC team finds new target for treatment of advanced prostate cancer

UNC team finds new target for treatment of advanced prostate cancer

A recent study by UNC researchers, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, provides evidence for a theory demonstrating that expression of one of a group of genes found only in humans and non-human primates can promote androgen receptor activity in concert with other proteins called coregulators.

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