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Skin patch dissolves fat, could help treat diabetes

Skin patch dissolves fat, could help treat diabetes

Through lab experiments, UNC, NC State, and Columbia University researchers developed a microneedle skin patch that delivers nanoparticles full of fat-shrinking drugs to potentially treat obesity and diabetes.

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UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

As part of a five-year, $7.5 million award, UNC researchers led by Joseph Piven, MD, will follow up on innovative imaging studies to create interventions to help children with autism.

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UNC lung researchers awarded $12.5-million NIH grant to develop new drug compounds

UNC lung researchers awarded $12.5-million NIH grant to develop new drug compounds

The National Institutes of Health has awarded four UNC experts a translational program project grant (tPPG) to develop and test therapeutics aimed at reducing the hyper-concentration of mucus often found in cystic fibrosis and asthma patients.

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DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

Joseph DeSimone, PhD, was selected because of his achievements in developing and commercializing advanced technologies in green chemistry, nanoparticle fabrication, precision medicine and 3-D printing.

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Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

The calculator will provide policy makers and advocates with an approximation of the return on investment for interventions that enable women to breastfeed.

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Remembering renowned blood researcher Harold Roberts

Remembering renowned blood researcher Harold Roberts

This past weekend, long-time UNC School of Medicine professor Harold Roberts, MD, passed away. He and Kenneth Brinkhous developed the first highly purified factor VIII, which remains the primary therapy for people with hemophilia.

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Tamera Coyne-Beasley featured in UNC Women in Science series

Tamera Coyne-Beasley featured in UNC Women in Science series

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, as well as director of the North Carolina Child Research Health Network at the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NCTraCS). She is the president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Her research focuses on sexual health, vaccines, injury, and violence prevention among adolescents.

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NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

The National Institute on Aging awarded a $2.6-million, five-year grant to UNC’s Mohanish Deshmukh’s lab to explore miR-29, a key molecule that helps mature brain cells avoid death.

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UNC precision medicine symposium, workshop set for October 31

UNC precision medicine symposium, workshop set for October 31

Sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Office of Research and NC TraCS, the sessions will focus on leveraging the strengths of UNC researchers and UNC Health Care to develop research related to precision medicine.

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Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy

Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, compared the cost of the generic and brand-name version of capecitabine, which was one of the first high-priced chemotherapy pills to come off patent in the United States. Their findings offer a glimpse into what could be happening with generic competition in this specialty drug market.

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When the Brain’s Wiring Breaks

When the Brain’s Wiring Breaks

The UNC lab of Anne Taylor discovers key molecular details of a common type of brain injury and a possible new treatment strategy.

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Can E-cigarettes help COPD patients quit smoking and reduce harm to lungs?

Can E-cigarettes help COPD patients quit smoking and reduce harm to lungs?

Using data from two studies on COPD, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine are trying to understand the effects of e-cigarettes on use patterns and whether they can mitigate the worst health outcomes of COPD. Initial results of a preliminary study do not reflect positively on e-cigarettes.

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Chronic Bronchitis: New Insights Could Lead to First Diagnostic Test and Better Treatments

Chronic Bronchitis: New Insights Could Lead to First Diagnostic Test and Better Treatments

A New England Journal of Medicine study describes how airway dehydration makes mucus thick – the hallmark of chronic bronchitis, the precursor to deadly COPD.

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Remembering Dr. Peter Petrusz

Remembering Dr. Peter Petrusz

Long-time faculty member Peter Petrusz was a leader in the study of hormones important for the growth, development, and maintenance of neural structures.

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Congressman David Price tours UNC Medical Center’s benign hematology clinic

Congressman David Price tours UNC Medical Center’s benign hematology clinic

The congressman was then honored with the Cure HHT’s Champion Award for his work securing funding for a multi-state pilot program that will be headquartered in Chapel Hill and led by Raj Kasthuri, MD, director of UNC’s HHT Center of Excellence.

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Staring down the widowmaker

Staring down the widowmaker

Roger Darr’s heart attack was caused ventricular fibrillation, or “sudden cardiac death”. Most patients who experience ventricular fibrillation at home do not survive. But thanks to high quality CPR provided by his quick-thinking wife, first responders, the Emergency Room staff at Central Carolina Hospital, and the providers at the UNC Medical Center, Roger is around to tell his story.

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UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

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Unraveling Alzheimer’s: New Study Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad

Unraveling Alzheimer’s: New Study Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad

In a first-of-its-kind study, UNC researchers show how a damaging cascade of events inside brain cells – and related to Alzheimer’s disease – can be stopped or reversed.

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From the Ground Up: The State of Cancer Care in Malawi

From the Ground Up: The State of Cancer Care in Malawi

Satish Gopal, MD, head of UNC’s cancer care efforts at UNC-Project Malawi, will welcome collaborators from across the region for the Malawi Cancer Care Symposium on Aug. 28 and 29.

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