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Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Tuesday. Sharpless, who served as director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from January 2014 – June 2017, succeeds Harold E. Varmus, MD, who stepped down as the NCI director in March 2015. Douglas R. Lowy, MD, has been serving as acting director since April 2015.

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New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

UNC’s Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer will speak about their new book at Quail Ridge Book Store in Raleigh on Oct. 28.

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Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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How Hand Hygiene Becomes Contagious

How Hand Hygiene Becomes Contagious

The hand hygiene program Clean In, Clean Out has been part of the landscape here at the UNC Medical Center for just over four years – recently passing the amazing milestone of half a million observations. As we enter year five of the program, we look back at some of the ways it has changed the culture in Chapel Hill and what’s the next big thing in hand hygiene at the Medical Center.

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Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will headline the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' weekly Science Cafe series on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

The five-year, NIH-funded research study aims to create better, more personalized asthma treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the lung condition.

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The Self-Made Scientist

The Self-Made Scientist

Andrew Hinton was working in the shipyards around Norfolk, Virginia, when his young daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies. That diagnosis, as stressful as it was, gave him the passion to change the course of his life, which led him to the UNC School of Medicine where he is enrolled in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program and beginning work towards earning his PhD.

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Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

In lab experiments, UNC School of Medicine researchers showed that blocking the gene Bpifb1 led to a striking increase in the mucin protein MUC5B in mucus.

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Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Researchers report in JAMA Dermatology that surgical treatment delays – defined as surgery that occurred more than six weeks after diagnosis – were common. Medicaid patients were 36 percent more likely than private insurance patients to experience delays.

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Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Preliminary findings from a study led by UNC Lineberger's Bhisham Chera, MD, and Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, suggest a genetic test for HPV16 in blood could be useful to help assess risk for patients and identify patients suitable for lower treatment doses.

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CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10

CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10

Postdoc Meghan Swanson to present “Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment Behind Emerging Language”

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Can T cells be unleashed to attack skin tumors?

Can T cells be unleashed to attack skin tumors?

Maureen Su, MD, and colleagues report on a potential new way to fight melanoma by blocking one of the immune system’s checks and balances, thus freeing immune cells to attack tumors and kill cancer cells.

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The Four-Legged Volunteer

The Four-Legged Volunteer

As part of the Tar Heal Paws program, Sadie and her owner Jamie Lynn Russell volunteer their time to bring fur therapy to patients and families at UNC Medical Center and other UNC Health Care facilities. Sadie is one of fourteen canine volunteers to be featured in the first series of Tar Heal Paws trading cards, which are now being distributed to patients who receive a visit.

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How do cancer cells release their “brakes” to allow division?

How do cancer cells release their “brakes” to allow division?

Research led by Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, details a specific cellular pathway that allows replication and division – key information in the search for better ways to halt tumor growth.

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Post Heart Attack: How can scar tissue be turned back into healthy heart muscle?

Post Heart Attack: How can scar tissue be turned back into healthy heart muscle?

For the first time, UNC scientists detail crucial differences in two leading methods for generating heart muscle cells, a key strategy for new post-heart attack therapies.

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Two School of Medicine professors earn UNC Hettleman prizes

Two School of Medicine professors earn UNC Hettleman prizes

Mara Buchbinder and Spencer Smith were awarded $5,000 as Hettleman Prize winners, Buchbinder for her work on social and ethical health care challenges and Smith for his work on understanding the roles of brain connections in human health.

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Burks publishes clinical practice article in NEJM

Burks publishes clinical practice article in NEJM

The article, written by Dr. Wesley Burks of UNC and Dr. Stacie M. Jones of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is published in the September 21, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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