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 Babies delivered by C-section before 39 weeks more likely to have serious health problems

Babies delivered by C-section before 39 weeks more likely to have serious health problems

A new study conducted in part at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy, to mothers who previously had an elective C-section, are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks.

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FitzGerald to oversee new joint airport authority effort

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine senior administrator will lead joint efforts to establish a new airport authority in Orange County.

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UNC Health Care, Piedmont Health Services partner to provide a high-quality, cost-effective system of care for the uninsured

UNC Health Care, the UNC School of Medicine and Piedmont Health Services have agreed to work together to create a high-quality cost effective system of care for the uninsured that gives patients access to a medical home, care coordination, medications, and access to diagnostic and specialty services in a timely manner.

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200 UNC doctors listed among the state’s best for 2007-2008

Two hundred UNC physicians have been named among the state’s best doctors on BusinessNC.com, the Web site of Business North Carolina magazine.

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Arjun Deb wins New Scholar Award in Aging from Ellison Medical Foundation

Arjun Deb, M.D., an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has received a 2008 New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation.

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UNC study ties ending moderate drinking to depression

Scientific evidence has long suggested that moderate drinking offers some protection against heart disease, certain types of stroke and some forms of cancer. But new research shows that stopping drinking – including at moderate levels – may lead to health problems including depression and a reduced capacity of the brain to produce new neurons, a process called neurogenesis.

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UNC Health Care, Chatham Hospital sign letter of intent for hospital purchase

Representatives of the UNC Health Care System and Chatham Hospital have signed a letter of intent for UNC Health Care to purchase the 25-bed critical access facility in Siler City, N.C., for $11.3 million.

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Five specialties at UNC Hospitals ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

Five medical specialties offered at the University of North Carolina Hospitals rank among the top 50 programs of their kind nationwide in U.S. News’s 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals, accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Monday, July 14.

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Dr. Lisa Carey inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Dr. Lisa Carey, associate professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and medical director of the UNC Breast Center, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.

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UNC doctor develops innovative tissue regeneration approach for abdominal fistula repair

Dr. Joseph Stavas, Vice Chair of Radiology in the UNC School of Medicine, has developed an innovative catheter-based approach for abdominal fistula repair that uses an extracellular collagen matrix material derived from pig intestines.

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Non-whites receive harsher sentences for inflicted traumatic brain injury of children

Non-white defendants are nearly twice as likely to receive harsher prison sentences than white defendants in North Carolina criminal cases stemming from inflicted traumatic brain injury of young children. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers from the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who tracked down what happened in every such case prosecuted in North Carolina in 2000 and 2001. Their study appears in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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UNC cancer researcher receives American Brain Tumor Association grant

Qian Zhang, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded an $80,000 research fellowship by the American Brain Tumor Association.

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UNC Health Care offers new option to make infertility treatment more affordable

UNC Health Care has launched a new program to help make IVF more affordable. UNC’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is the only IVF provider in the Triangle to offer the IntegraMed Shared Risk Refund Program. The program is offered through IntegraMed America Inc., a company that provides treatment-financing programs for infertility patients.

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Samulski wins achievement award from American Society for Gene Therapy

R. Jude Samulski, Ph.D., director of the Gene Therapy Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received the inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award given by the American Society for Gene Therapy.

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UNC Health Care is first in Carolinas to offer ‘GPS for the Body’ treatment

UNC Health Care is the first medical center in North Carolina or South Carolina to begin treating cancer patients with a new system that tracks movement of the prostate to provide safer, more accurate radiation therapy.

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Study provides clues to preventing and treating cancer spread

Isn’t it odd that cancer cells from one organ, such as the skin, can travel and take root in a totally different organ, like the lung?

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UNC doctor recognized as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine"

The American College of Emergency Physicians has recognized Dr. Judith E. Tintinalli, professor and chair emeritus in the department of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.”

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Adult stem cells aid fracture healing; UNC study lays groundwork for potential treatments

In an approach that could become a new treatment for the 10 to 20 percent of people whose broken bones fail to heal, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that transplantation of adult stem cells can improve healing of fractures.

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UNC medical geneticist cautions against rushing into genetic testing

CHAPEL HILL – Just because scientific advances now allow individuals to learn their genetic make-up doesn’t mean they should rush into genetic testing in hopes of making revolutionary improvements to their health, cautions a geneticist and practicing physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Hospitals performs second U.S. implant of new hearing improvement device

Surgeons at UNC Hospitals performed the second implantation in the United States of the Vibrant Soundbridge® (VSB) device as a treatment for conductive and mixed hearing loss using direct round window cochlear stimulation.

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