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UNC expert: Tick diseases on the rise in North Carolina

UNC expert: Tick diseases on the rise in North Carolina

Suburban development has created an ideal habitat for ticks, says Marcia Herman-Giddens, an adjunct professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Family House Diaries: Getting Life Back After a Liver Transplant

Family House Diaries: Getting Life Back After a Liver Transplant

Almost seven weeks after receiving a new liver, Dennis Foster, 56, returns to work part-time as a ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, forever grateful for a second chance thanks to the kindness of strangers.

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Unearthing King Tet: Key protein influences stem cell fate

Unearthing King Tet: Key protein influences stem cell fate

UNC researchers reveal how a protein called Tet1 helps stem cells keep their “stemness” in a paper published in Nature.

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International AIDS conference features UNC work

International AIDS conference features UNC work

New results and next steps are the focus of the year’s most important HIV/AIDS research gathering. UNC researchers present findings on antiretroviral drugs, prevention approaches and community interventions.

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Chris Ellington named a ‘CFO of the Year’ by Triangle Business Journal

Chris Ellington, MBA, executive vice president and chief financial officer at UNC Health Care, is one of 17 winners named in the Triangle Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards.

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Four specialties at UNC Hospitals ranked among nation’s best

UNC Hospitals has been ranked in four specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals. This is the 18th year in a row that UNC Hospitals has been ranked in multiple specialties.

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UNC scientists author editorial on international trials for vasculitis

UNC scientists author editorial on international trials for vasculitis

Ronald J. Falk, MD and Charles Jennette, MD, are international experts in vasculitis and co-authors of the editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Simple tools help parents understand a child's risk of obesity, make positive changes

Simple tools help parents understand a child's risk of obesity, make positive changes

A study at NC Children’s Hospital confirms previous reports that parents of overweight or obese children do not recognize their child’s weight problem. But arming pediatricians with a “toolkit” could address several problems.

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Expert: Sunscreen just the first step to skin protection

Expert: Sunscreen just the first step to skin protection

Applying sunscreen is a summer ritual for Americans hoping to protect their skin from burns, wrinkles and cancers. But researchers have raised questions about the safety of some sunscreens.

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Two UNC medical students named HHMI Medical Research Fellows

Two UNC medical students named HHMI Medical Research Fellows

Kerry Colby, a native of Wilmington, N.C. and Jordan Kemere, who grew up in Richardson, Texas, are among 74 students from 26 medical schools and two veterinary schools were chosen as fellows from a pool of 274 -- the largest number of applicants in the history of the program.

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Lindsey named executive associate dean for clinical affairs and chief of staff

Lindsey named executive associate dean for clinical affairs and chief of staff

As the executive associate dean for clinical affairs (EADCA), Lindsey will report to the School of Medicine’s new executive dean, Marschall Runge, MD, PhD. As EADCA, Lindsey represents the dean as necessary on matters relating to the clinical activities of the faculty of the School of Medicine.

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Family House Diaries: All things work together for good

Family House Diaries: All things work together for good

After losing their jobs and life savings, husband and wife Scott and Dottie Boeving of Wingate, N.C. are now fighting for their health. Dottie suffers from a soft-bone disease which makes mobility difficult, and Scott was diagnosed in 2009 with Stage IV non-Hodgkin's mantle cell lymphoma. Despite everything being taken away from them, Scott and Dottie are a model of faith, joy, and hope.

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UNC study: North Carolina leads nation in number of tobacco-free college campus policies

The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, found that in the first four years of the North Carolina Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative, 33 college campuses in North Carolina adopted tobacco-free policies, which prevent tobacco use to the maximum extent allowed by law.

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Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk

Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk

A new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine suggests that a shift in the balance between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria that populate our gut could be a harbinger of colon cancer.

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Maternal, infant antiretrovirals prevent breast milk HIV transmission

Maternal, infant antiretrovirals prevent breast milk HIV transmission

Each year about 200,000 infants worldwide become infected with HIV through breastfeeding, and in the developing world infant formula is both prohibitively expensive and associated with increased infant deaths.

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Study explores why blacks with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

Study explores why blacks with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

A new study led by UNC researchers that follows newly diagnosed lung cancer patients is one of the first to give reasons why patients don’t go on to get lung surgery and why surgery happens less often in blacks.

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Study: Specific PTSD symptoms related to anger and aggressiveness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Study: Specific PTSD symptoms related to anger and aggressiveness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Focusing on certain PTSD symptoms may be key to treating anger among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, according to a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Veterans Affairs researchers.

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Large study helps clarify the genetics of autism

Large study helps clarify the genetics of autism

The findings, published online June 9 in the journal Nature, support an emerging consensus among scientists that autism is caused by many “rare variants” or genetic changes found in less than one percent of the population.

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