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UNC study: Most kidney dialysis patients not prepared for emergency evacuation

UNC study: Most kidney dialysis patients not prepared for emergency evacuation

A survey of kidney dialysis patients by UNC School of Medicine researchers finds that most have not taken the emergency preparedness measures that would enable them to survive a hurricane or any other disaster that disrupts power and water services.

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Family House Diaries: It’s All About the Journey

Family House Diaries: It’s All About the Journey

Sherri Jutz of New Bern, N.C., is living with myasthenia gravis, a condition that robs her of the energy she needs to do even the simplest tasks and to enjoy leisure pastimes. But she isn't angry about this, Jutz says, and is grateful for what she has. This is her story.

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N.C. Children's Hospital ranked as one of the best in the nation

U.S. News & World Report has ranked N.C. Children’s Hospital as ninth in the nation among those caring for children with respiratory disorders and 23rd for diabetes and endocrinology.

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Study pinpoints new role of molecule in the health of body's back-up blood circulation

Study pinpoints new role of molecule in the health of body's back-up blood circulation

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered that the abundance of tiny specialized blood vessels in a healthy individual and their growth or remodeling into “natural bypass vessels” depends on how much of a key signaling molecule -- called nitric oxide -- is present.

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Brian Goldstein named UNC Hospitals’ executive vice president and COO

Brian Goldstein named UNC Hospitals’ executive vice president and COO

Goldstein currently serves as UNC Hospitals’ chief of staff and as the UNC School of Medicine’s executive associate dean for clinical affairs.

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Newton is elected chair of American Board of Family Medicine

Newton is elected chair of American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. Warren P. Newton, chair of UNC's Department of Family Medicine and executive associate dean for medical education at UNC’s School of Medicine, has been elected chair of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Dr. Sullivan's project is one of 15 selected out of 170 proposals submitted by researchers worldwide. Each will each receive $100,000 annually in support of one year of research.

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UNC researchers receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant to develop male contraceptive

UNC researchers receive $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant to develop male contraceptive

The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by James Tsuruta, PhD, and Paul Dayton, PhD, titled “Ultrasound as a long-term, reversible contraceptive.”

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China needs comprehensive public health intervention to control syphilis epidemic

China needs comprehensive public health intervention to control syphilis epidemic

Syphilis is currently at epidemic proportions in China and rates of infection will continue to grow unless a more comprehensive, coordinated effort of control is implemented, according to an editorial by UNC's Dr. Joseph D. Tucker.

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Losing, then finding her voice becomes a work of art

Margie Beth Labadie, an artist, adjunct assistant professor and coordinator of the Digital Academy at UNC-Pembroke, lost her speaking voice for several months because of a rare fungal infection but regained it after receiving treatment at the UNC Voice Center.

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UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

A pathology test may help doctors distinguish between two separate but overlapping esophageal disorders that require different courses of treatment, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

These results, from the first longitudinal brain imaging studies of children with Fragile X Syndrome, were published online in this week’s early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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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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