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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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UNC study offers first clinical evidence of anti-cancer drug triggering viral infection

A new study led by UNC scientists shows that a common cancer drug can activate a viral infection that, paradoxically, can help anti-viral medications eradicate virus-associated cancer.

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Key protein aids in DNA repair

Findings have potential for cancer, other age-related diseases

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UNC’s Dr. Sean McLean receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award

UNC’s Dr. Sean McLean receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award

McLean, an assistant professor of pediatric surgery in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, is one of only 11 nationwide selected this year to receive an award from the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.

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UNC’s Bill Roper named to board of Partnership for a Healthier America

UNC’s Bill Roper named to board of Partnership for a Healthier America

Partnership for a Healthier America also named former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Newark Mayor Cory Booker as honorary co-chairs of the organization and Dr. James R. Gavin III as chair of the board.

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Biofeedback more effective than EGS and massage for chronic rectal pain

Biofeedback more effective than EGS and massage for chronic rectal pain

Biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome, according to a study published in the journal Gastroenterology. UNC's William E. Whitehead, Ph.D., is a co-author of the study.

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Depression affects how women with PMDD respond to stress, pain

Depression affects how women with PMDD respond to stress, pain

These findings give physicians more reason to search for a more specific diagnosis and could possibly lead to more precise treatments, said UNC's Susan Girdler, Ph.D.

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