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Water supply update: Tap water now safe to drink and use for hand hygiene


Based on test results OWASA received early Saturday afternoon, it is now safe to drink tap water and use tap water for hand hygiene at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and at our clinics supplied by OWASA.

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From Zimbabwe to Chapel Hill

From Zimbabwe to Chapel Hill

Nearly a decade ago, fearing for her life, UNC medical student Tendai Kwaramba fled Zimbabwe and the ruthless regime of Robert Mugabe. Today, she's a political refugee living in the United States, on her way to becoming a physician.

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Revolutionary approach for treating glioblastoma works with human cells

Revolutionary approach for treating glioblastoma works with human cells

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Shawn Hingtgen, PhD, reach a critical milestone for treating brain cancer.

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Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

With a whiff of the opposite sex, these hormone-sensitive neurons trigger pro-social behavior in mice and could play roles in anxiety, depression, and other mood-related conditions in humans.

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UNC receives $2.5-million grant to explore new therapy for anhedonia

UNC receives $2.5-million grant to explore new therapy for anhedonia

As part of NIMH’s Experimental Therapeutics Initiative and led by Gabriel Dichter, PhD, researchers will use neuroimaging to evaluate a new treatment for decreased motivation and pleasure, symptoms that are common to many psychiatric disorders.

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This is LSD attached to a brain cell serotonin receptor

This is LSD attached to a brain cell serotonin receptor

For the first time, UNC School of Medicine researchers crystalized the structure of LSD attached to a human serotonin receptor of a brain cell, and they may have discovered why an “acid trip” lasts so long.

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Collaboration offers genetic testing for NC newborns

Collaboration offers genetic testing for NC newborns

A new NIH-funded consortium in North Carolina will offer Early Check, a free newborn screening done in partnership with the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, UNC, Duke University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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 Researchers unlock mechanism of drug resistance in aggressive breast cancer

Researchers unlock mechanism of drug resistance in aggressive breast cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers find how triple negative breast cancer cells are able to bypass treatment with trametinib, an FDA-approved drug. The researchers also used lab models of breast cancer to test a potential treatment approach that could prevent resistance.

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 U.S. cancer death rate declines, but work is needed to address local disparities

U.S. cancer death rate declines, but work is needed to address local disparities

UNC Lineberger researchers Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, called for tailored, local-level cancer prevention, screening and treatment efforts to address regional disparities in cancer mortality rates in an editorial published in JAMA on Tuesday.

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On target: UNC researcher arms platelets to deliver cancer immunotherapy

On target: UNC researcher arms platelets to deliver cancer immunotherapy

UNC, NCSU biomedical engineering research team’s findings show that engineered platelets can deliver antibodies to kill cancer cells before they can grow or spread elsewhere in the body.

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The Unintended Consequences of Centralized Blood Banking and What To Do About It

The Unintended Consequences of Centralized Blood Banking and What To Do About It

According to Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine, the WHO should amend its centralization policy to help doctors save lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

UNC's Dr. David Weber and Dr. William Rutala are co-authors of the study, which found that adding UV light to standard cleaning cut transmission of 4 resistant bacteria by 30 percent.

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Effective Monday, Jan. 23: Visitor restrictions across UNC Hospitals for children under 12

To ensure the safety of our patients, children ages 11 and younger are prohibited from visiting inpatient areas and waiting rooms at UNC Hospitals (at the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough locations) beginning Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

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A Gene’s Journey from Covert to Celebrated

A Gene’s Journey from Covert to Celebrated

Unmasking a previously misunderstood gene, University of North Carolina scientists discover an unlikely potential drug target for gastrointestinal cancers.

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Another molecular clue in the mysterious influence of microbiota in the gut

By focusing on small molecules called microRNAs in stem cells of the intestine, UNC School of Medicine researchers have proposed a new mechanism by which gut microbes might help keep us healthy or make us sick.

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Are you ready to explore baby’s genome?

Are you ready to explore baby’s genome?

UNC clinical geneticists are part of a national consortium of researchers studying the ins and outs of genome sequencing for newborn health screenings and beyond.

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