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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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UNC evaluation: N.C. tobacco prevention programs are saving lives and money

UNC evaluation: N.C. tobacco prevention programs are saving lives and money

The UNC-led evaluation concluded that fewer youths are taking up smoking, more public places have become smoke-free and more adults that smoke are quitting, thanks to tobacco prevention programs funded by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

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Empathy for Mr. Grinch?

Empathy for Mr. Grinch?

Dr. Cynthia Bulik reveals that watching the Glee holiday special re-invigorated her "empathy for the Grinch," who may, she suspects, be suffering from depression.

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real doctors, real people - Samuel Jones

real doctors, real people - Samuel Jones

Dr. Samuel Jones, a surgeon and assistant director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, also trains for and competes in triathlons on the side.

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UNC expert: Combining exenatide with insulin may be 'best result ever' for diabetes patients

UNC expert: Combining exenatide with insulin may be 'best result ever' for diabetes patients

A new study finds that combining the newer diabetes drug exenatide with insulin provides better blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes than insulin alone and helps promote weight loss.

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UNC-led team tests commonly-used antibodies

UNC-led team tests commonly-used antibodies

In a paper published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, UNC's Jason Lieb and colleagues from across the country describe how they tested more than 200 antibodies against 57 histone modifications (or flavors) in three different organisms, using three different tests commonly used in this kind of genetic analysis.

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UNC team discovers mechanistic link between genetic variation and risk of atherosclerotic disease

UNC team discovers mechanistic link between genetic variation and risk of atherosclerotic disease

Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have shown that common genetic variants located near these genes are associated with diseases of aging such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and frailty. Yet how these variants contribute to the risk of these ailments was not known.

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Heat helped hasten life's beginnings

Heat helped hasten life's beginnings

New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigating the effect of temperature on extremely slow chemical reactions suggests that the time required for evolution on a warm earth is shorter than critics might expect.

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242 UNC physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

242 UNC physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

Many of these doctors are also listed in the November 2010 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, as part of its annual compilation of the best doctors in North Carolina.

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A conversation with Dr. Ada Adimora on World AIDS Day

A conversation with Dr. Ada Adimora on World AIDS Day

This video is a conversation with UNC epidemiologist Dr. Ada Adimora as she shares her perspective on the impact of HIV infection.

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Raj Pruthi named chief of urologic surgery in UNC School of Medicine

Raj Pruthi named chief of urologic surgery in UNC School of Medicine

In addition to his new role as division chief, Pruthi is an associate professor of surgery and director of urologic oncology. He also serves as disease group leader for the Genitourinary Oncology program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Arjun Deb awarded Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators

Arjun Deb awarded Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators

The Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Prize is one of the oldest and prestigious awards offered by the American Heart Association and encourages new investigators to continue research careers in basic cardiovascular science.

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Family House Diaries: A Thanksgiving to Remember

Family House Diaries: A Thanksgiving to Remember

A double-lung transplant gives a Lincoln County, N.C., woman a second chance at life, allowing her to witness the birth of her first granddaughter, attend her son’s wedding and meet the lung donor’s family to thank them face-to-face for their selfless generosity.

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UNC Hospitals earns Magnet designation for nursing excellence

UNC Hospitals earns Magnet designation for nursing excellence

UNC Hospitals is one of 378 facilities in the world, and among only 6 percent of all U.S. hospitals, that have earned Magnet designation.

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Mortal chemical combat typifies the world of bacteria

Mortal chemical combat typifies the world of bacteria

New research led by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the University of California, Santa Barbara, describes new complexities in the close chemical combat waged among bacteria.

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Can you prevent Alzheimer's disease by doing crossword puzzles?

Can you prevent Alzheimer's disease by doing crossword puzzles?

For National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month this November, two Alzheimer's disease experts at the University of North Carolina explain what researchers know – and don’t know – about preventing the disease.

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Cystic fibrosis gene typo is a double whammy

Cystic fibrosis gene typo is a double whammy

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have demonstrated that the gene mutated in cystic fibrosis not only controls traffic on the chloride highway, but also keeps the sodium highway from being overused.

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