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Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

The findings suggest that therapeutics targeting the path between two critical brain regions, the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, represent potential treatments for addiction and other neuropsychiatric diseases.

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Family House Diaries - Jean Rogers:  A Smile of Gratitude

Family House Diaries - Jean Rogers: A Smile of Gratitude

A smile, even a crooked one, speaks volumes about a Robeson County native’s gratitude for her family, her medical team and the fellow patients she met along the way.

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Board of Directors’ Special Committee Meets to Review WakeMed Proposal

A Special Committee of the University of North Carolina Health Care System Board met today to begin its review of the WakeMed proposal to purchase Rex Healthcare.

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Survey finds ‘staggeringly high rate of spanking’ in North Carolina

A new survey led by UNC researchers finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.

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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 scientists describe new protein’s role in immune response to pathogens

UNC scientists describe new protein’s role in immune response to pathogens

A new finding by UNC scientists provides a window into how the immune system initially reacts to a virus invader, as well as how a subgroup of proteins plays a role in returning the immune system to a normal surveillance function.

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Genetic finding offers hope for orphan disease

New research conducted at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers hope for people with a rare disorder called Chuvash polycythemia.

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Dr. Bill Roper named to "65 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems"

Dr. Bill Roper named to "65 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems"

Dr. Roper is one of three physician leaders in North Carolina who were included on the list, which represents “some of the brightest leadership in the health care industry,” according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

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Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

In comparing data from experiments with Hepatitis A and Hepatitis C, the research team found that Hepatitis A virus, which causes only acute, self-limited disease, is more efficient at inhibiting the host’s interferon response, and that the virus can actually linger in the body for almost a year.

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Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Having a history of eating disorders or abuse may increase a woman’s risk for developing depression during and after pregnancy, according to new research from UNC. The finding could influence how doctors screen patients during prenatal visits.

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Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care

Pardee Hospital announces an affiliation with UNC Health Care

At its June 15 meeting, the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved an affiliation agreement with the UNC Health Care System. This management agreement can help achieve cost savings and increased services for residents of Henderson County.

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27 UNC physicians named ‘top regional doctors’

Castle Connolly regional top doctors are those physicians who have been nominated by their peers - and deemed appropriate by Castle Connolly’s physician led research team - as being among the very best – the top 10 percent - of physicians in their specialty within their region.

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Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Recent news stories highlighted how music therapy helped Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot to her head. At North Carolina Children's Hospital, music therapist Elizabeth Fawcett engages chronically ill children with singing, song writing and playing musical instruments as a way to help them cope with their diseases.

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NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

Anton, a member of the Neuroscience Center at UNC, was awarded the grant for his research in the mapping of neuronal placement in the developing cerebral cortex.

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A Brand New Day - Patient stories from Rex

A Brand New Day - Patient stories from Rex

Rex Healthcare is excited to announce the premier of new commercials - A Brand New Day! The commercials 'star' Rex patients who share their inspiring stories.

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Follow-up letter to WakeMed from President Ross

UNC System President Thomas Ross sent the following letter to WakeMed on May 27 in response to WakeMed's unsolicited offer to purchase Rex Healthcare.

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Smoke-free outdoor spaces on college campuses are widespread across North Carolina

State program successful in promoting smoke-free policy adoption that protects young adults from secondhand smoke. Outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina’s colleges and universities.

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Youth tobacco prevention media campaign reaches record levels of awareness

Preliminary results show that the campaign successfully reaches over 80 percent of youth statewide with a strong prevention message, even as it faces possible defunding.

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How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

Blazing temperatures can bring on serious illness if you're not careful. Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals, offers tips on protecting yourself and your family against extreme heat.

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30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

On June 5, 1981, the first medical article about a disease eventually known as AIDS was published. The following timeline highlights HIV/AIDS research and treatment at the University of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Health Care System since 1981.

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