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Genetics underlie the formation of the body’s back-up bypass vessels

Genetics underlie the formation of the body’s back-up bypass vessels

The new knowledge could help inform the current development of what are called collaterogenic therapies – drugs or procedures that can cause new collaterals to form and enlarge before or after a person suffers tissue damage from a blocked artery in the heart, brain, or peripheral tissues.

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Family House Diaries: Dana DiPerna Pillsbury

Family House Diaries: Dana DiPerna Pillsbury

A breast cancer recurrence yields a serendipitous journey for a high school English teacher from Davidson, N.C., and leaves her with far more than the disease has taken away.

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UNC physician receives $8 million from NIH to extend kidney disease project

UNC physician receives $8 million from NIH to extend kidney disease project

This award allows a team led by Dr. Ronald Falk to continue their work on glomerulonephritis and vasculitis caused by anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA), which is the most common form of rapidly progressing glomerular disease.

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Whooping cough on the rise: Add vaccine to your back-to-school checklist

Whooping cough on the rise: Add vaccine to your back-to-school checklist

California declared a whooping cough epidemic this summer when more than 2,700 cases were reported in the state by mid-August and seven infants had died. Prevent an outbreak in North Carolina by immunizing your family before school starts.

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Consumers need protection from unrealistic claims of home genetic tests, new report states

Consumers need protection from unrealistic claims of home genetic tests, new report states

In a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine, UNC medical geneticist James P. Evans, MD, PhD and co-authors write that medical professionals “must ensure that rapidly evolving and multiplying genomic technologies are responsibly harnessed and that their promise is not oversold to the public.”

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A healthy school lunch for your child, tater-tot free

A healthy school lunch for your child, tater-tot free

Childhood diets have been blamed for everything from the obesity epidemic to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Liz Watt, a registered dietitian at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, explains how to make packing a healthy school lunch easy.

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real doctors, real people - Dr. James Yankaskas

real doctors, real people - Dr. James Yankaskas

Dr. James Yankaskas began his career designing planes. Really? The guy who helps countless cystic fibrosis patients is into aeronautics? Yep. That’s where it all began for him.

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Protecting your back, neck and arms from 'laptop-itis'

Protecting your back, neck and arms from 'laptop-itis'

Purchasing a laptop computer has become a ritual for many new college students. But using a laptop often leads to posture problems, which can have serious long-term health consequences. UNC expert Dr. Kevin Carneiro explains how students can guard themselves from “laptop-itis” from orientation to final exams.

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Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find

Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find

Three studies led by UNC researchers find that spanking and other forms of corporal punishment of children are still common in the U.S. and worldwide, despite bans in 24 countries.

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UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

The award recognizes UNC Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

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UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

First-year college students are at risk for gaining weight and developing eating disorders. Two University of North Carolina Health Care experts weigh in on how to develop healthy eating habits on campus.

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Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay

Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay

UNC researchers have identified an enzyme that blocks chronic pain by robbing a major pain pathway of a key ingredient. The enzyme could prevent lasting pain after surgery.

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A 'Miracle Baby' at UNC Hospitals

A 'Miracle Baby' at UNC Hospitals

17-month old Jessiah Jackson was rushed to UNC Hospitals with a metal rod stuck in his brain. UNC neurosurgeon Dr. Anand V. Germanwala removed the rod and helped to save the little boy's life. Jessiah is being called a 'Miracle Baby' and has earned national attention along with Dr. Germanwala.

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New directors appointed at five North Carolina AHEC campuses

The campus directors will work with AHEC clerkship directors based at the UNC School of Medicine and with UNC’s Office of Medical Education and other UNC faculty to sustain and improve medical student education at each of the sites.

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UNC Project-Uganda partners with GE Foundation

UNC Project-Uganda partners with GE Foundation

The partnership will advance the clinical and educational goals of the pediatric heart program.

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Marschall Runge named director of NC TraCS Institute

As principal investigator for UNC's CTSA grant from the NIH, Runge has the financial, human resource and strategic oversight responsibilities for one of the largest CTSAs in the country.

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UNC physician authors editorial on cost-effectiveness study for colon cancer screening

UNC physician authors editorial on cost-effectiveness study for colon cancer screening

Russell Harris, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at UNC and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, wrote the editorial in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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UNC study questions use of paid medical expert witnesses in malpractice cases

UNC study questions use of paid medical expert witnesses in malpractice cases

The study suggests that the use of experts who are blinded to both the medical outcome and the litigation may be a more objective way of determining whether or not the standard of care has been met.

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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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