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Creating an "Alzheimer's friendly" home for your loved one

Creating an "Alzheimer's friendly" home for your loved one

Susan Coppola, an associate professor of occupational therapy at the UNC School of Medicine, explains how making simple changes at home can help an Alzheimer's patient stay healthier, happier and more independent.

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Molecular battle in cancer cells offers clues for treatment

Molecular battle in cancer cells offers clues for treatment

Researchers investigating a genetic mutation in brain cancer and leukemia patients have discovered how one cancer metabolite battles another normal metabolite to contribute cancer development.

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New molecule could save brain cells from neurodegeneration, stroke

New molecule could save brain cells from neurodegeneration, stroke

This discovery could herald a new treatment to prompt brain cells to survive in the wake of neurodegeneration or acute injury like stroke.

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UNC surgeons pioneer new approach to aneurysms: Go through the nose

UNC surgeons pioneer new approach to aneurysms: Go through the nose

Dr. Anand V. Germanwala and Dr. Adam M. Zanation have published a paper describing a surgery they performed that is believed to be the first reported clipping of a ruptured brain aneurysm through a patient's nose.

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Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is among six UNC faculty members who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

The study, which began in August 2010 and will be conducted entirely at UNC, seeks to enroll a total of 320 women ages 45 to 55 who are in the menopause transition. All will be randomized to receive treatment with estradiol (estrogen replacement) skin patches or placebo.

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BCBSNC, UNC Health Care Announce Partnership to Launch Novel Patient-Centered Practice

BCBSNC, UNC Health Care Announce Partnership to Launch Novel Patient-Centered Practice

The first-of-its-kind medical practice in North Carolina aims to improve health, increase satisfaction, and reduce health care costs for patients. This venture would be the first product of what Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UNC Health Care expect will be an ongoing collaboration in which they work together to enhance health care quality, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and reduce health care costs.

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UNC study provides further insight into racial disparities in breast cancer

The results show that basal-like breast cancer is equally aggressive in African American and white women, and that African American women had worse outcomes no matter what kind of breast cancer they developed.

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Rifaximin provides significant relief of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Rifaximin provides significant relief of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Two studies, conducted in part at the UNC School of Medicine, found that the benefits of treatment with rifaximin persisted for 10 weeks after patients stopped taking the broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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real doctors, real people - David Tate

real doctors, real people - David Tate

Dr. David Tate, a cardiologist at UNC and a musician, has been known to leave his banjo in a patient’s room for ready access during rounds. For Tate, music is one way he can connect with his patients, and allow them to feel more real and more human, despite the needles and wires that connect them to all kinds of mechanical devices.

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Duke, UNC study: Light is accurate way to identify pre-cancerous cells in esophagus

Duke, UNC study: Light is accurate way to identify pre-cancerous cells in esophagus

A device developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University and successfully tested on patients during a clinical trial led by UNC-Chapel Hill holds the promise of being a less invasive method for testing patients suspected of having Barrett’s esophagus.

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Cynthia Powell, MD elected President-Elect of American Board of Medical Genetics

Cynthia Powell, MD elected President-Elect of American Board of Medical Genetics

The American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Dr. Powell will assume the position of President of the Board in 2012.

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UNC physicians receive grant to train specialists in geriatric care

This grant will expand geriatrics training to five medical specialties and subspecialties training faculty, residents and fellows through the Alliance for Geriatric Education in Specialties (AGES).

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UNC scientists pinpoint link between light signal and circadian rhythms

UNC scientists pinpoint link between light signal and circadian rhythms

A new paper by Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD and his colleagues takes an important step in understanding the underlying molecular signals that influence a broad array of biological processes ranging from the sleep-wake cycle to cancer growth and development.

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International team including UNC scientist probes DNA function

International team including UNC scientist probes DNA function

This is the first-ever integrated analysis of the molecular processes that control genome function in an animal, which has the potential to speed understanding of the molecular processes in human cells.

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Tools used to decipher 'histone code' may be faulty

Tools used to decipher 'histone code' may be faulty

Recent research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a number of issues with histone antibodies, the main tools used to decipher this code, suggesting they may need more rigorous testing.

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The top 10 stories and videos from 2010

The top 10 stories and videos from 2010

As we close out 2010, take a look back at the most popular stories and videos from the past year at UNC Health Care ...

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Family House Diaries - Wesley Telsrow:  Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

Family House Diaries - Wesley Telsrow: Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

A double-lung transplant gives a 22-year-old cystic fibrosis patient a new lease on life, complete with gratitude. For the first time in his young life, Wesley Telsrow can sleep lying down rather than sitting up and laugh without coughing.

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UNC scientists discover potential strategy to improve cancer vaccines

UNC scientists discover potential strategy to improve cancer vaccines

The team found that the absence of the function of a protein called NLRP3 can result in a four-fold increase in a tumor’s response to a therapeutic cancer vaccine. If this finding proves consistent, it may be a key to making cancer vaccines a realistic treatment option.

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Should you go gluten-free?

Should you go gluten-free?

The market for gluten-free food, touted as a cure for all ills, has grown by double digits in the past five years. But are such health claims half-baked? Maya Jerath, MD, PhD, the director of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, gives the “dough-down” on the gluten-free diet.

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