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NCCU and UNC Lineberger receive NCI Partnership Grant

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded one of two Comprehensive Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership Grants in the nation to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Study details molecular structure of major cell signaling pathway

Study details molecular structure of major cell signaling pathway

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have reported the exact molecular structure and mechanisms of a major cell signaling pathway that serves a broad range of functions in humans.

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Family House Diaries: Gwen and Marty Tyson

Family House Diaries: Gwen and Marty Tyson

An uncommon but serious bone marrow disorder sends mortgage banker Gwen Tyson of Kitty Hawk, N.C., to UNC Hospitals for two bone marrow transplants. Slowly, Tyson’s blood counts are rising, and she looks forward to being back on her bicycle pedaling 14 miles at daybreak.

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Scientists find gene linked to alcoholism

Scientists find gene linked to alcoholism

The variant, in a gene called CYP2E1, is associated with a person’s response to alcohol. For the ten to twenty percent of people that possess this variant, those first few drinks leave them feeling more inebriated than the rest of the human population, who harbor a different version of the gene.

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UNC School of Medicine establishes two regional campuses

UNC School of Medicine establishes two regional campuses

The expansion enables UNC to increase its medical school class size from 160 students to 170 in 2011 and to 180 in 2012 by sending some third- and fourth-year medical students to Asheville and Charlotte to complete their clinical education.

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Study shows team approach benefits cancer patients

In a study published in the journal Urologic Oncology, researchers showed that a multidisciplinary approach changed the initial diagnosis or treatment recommendations in almost 65 percent of cases.

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Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities celebrates new space

The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities is one of the few comprehensive centers for developmental disabilities in the United States dedicated to research, training and multi-disciplinary comprehensive clinical services for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

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Older women with normal T-scores may not need bone mineral density screening for 10 years

Older women with normal T-scores may not need bone mineral density screening for 10 years

A new study led by UNC's Dr. Margaret L. Gourlay finds that women aged 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density scores may not need screening again for 10 years. She presented these results on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) in Toronto.

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Wake Heart & Vascular Affiliates with UNC Health Care

Wake Heart & Vascular Associates (Wake Heart) announced Friday, Oct. 15, it will affiliate with the UNC Health Care System. This affiliation will take place in January 2011.

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Anti-vomiting drug could prevent thousands of hospitalizations, save millions of dollars

An economic analysis led by Canadian researchers, in collaboration with UNC's Michael J. Steiner, MD, concludes that routinely giving ondansetron to children with gastroenteritis-induced vomiting would prevent thousands of hospitalizations and save millions of dollars each year.

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UNC receives federal funding to expand pediatrics primary care residency program

This 5-year grant will be used to create four additional intern slots per academic year, beginning in 2011, for resident physicians in UNC’s Department of Pediatrics who plan to pursue careers in primary care.

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N.C. Children’s Hospital part of $12-million grant to create first-of-its-kind disease registry for inflammatory bowel disease

This extraordinary collaboration will make available electronic medical record data about symptoms, treatments and outcomes for patients at multiple locations throughout the United States. It will allow doctors and researchers to assess which treatment strategies are having the greatest positive impacts on patients.

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First clinical trial of gene therapy for muscular dystrophy lends insight into the disease

First clinical trial of gene therapy for muscular dystrophy lends insight into the disease

The trial, based on therapy designed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, showed that some patients mount an immune response to dystrophin protein even before they have received the gene therapy.

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Piedmont Health’s 40th anniversary celebration set for Saturday, Oct. 9

Piedmont Health’s 40th anniversary celebration set for Saturday, Oct. 9

Piedmont Health was founded in 1970 by a group of health care professionals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and local community members concerned with access to primary health care in the community.

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2010 White Coat Ceremony

2010 White Coat Ceremony

One of the defining moments for medical students is the White Coat Ceremony.

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real doctors, real people - Dr. Maria Ferris

real doctors, real people - Dr. Maria Ferris

Photojournalist Nathan Clendenin introduces his video profile of Dr. Maria Ferris, a kidney disease specialist who also has quite a flair for making beautiful wedding cakes.

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Is being a 'weekend warrior' bad for your health?

Is being a 'weekend warrior' bad for your health?

Work and family obligations keep many people from exercising on a regular basis. But working out only once a week or less puts you at risk of injury. Jeffrey Spang, MD, an expert at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, explains how you can develop a long-term, healthy approach to exercise.

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No sponge left behind

No sponge left behind

A UNC study shows radio frequency tags may help prevent surgical sponges from being left in patients after operations.

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UNC scientist receives NIH director’s New Innovator Award

UNC scientist receives NIH director’s New Innovator Award

The $1.5 million grant will fund Dr. Ben Major's work to address a significant medical science challenge: identifying the full complement of genes that functionally contribute to specific cellular and disease processes such as cancer.

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