August

Dr. Anthony Charles meets President Clinton in Malawi
Members of the UNC Malawi Surgical Initiative meet with former President Bill Clinton about surgical and burn care.
UNC-Malawi cancer pathology laboratory is a model for Sub-Saharan Africa
The laboratory has provided an invaluable service to patients and has also built capacity at a national teaching hospital, according to an analysis of the first 20 months of operation published online by PLOS ONE.
Statewide transitional care program cuts hospital readmissions for Medicaid patients
Dr. Darren DeWalt of UNC is a co-author of the study, which found that participants in a transitional care program initiated by Community Care of North Carolina were 20 percent less likely to be readmitted to the hospital.
New data reveal extent of genetic overlap between major mental disorders
Dr. Patrick Sullivan of UNC is a co-author of the study, which found that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share the most common genetic variation.
North Carolina Area Health Education Center Program names new director
Warren Newton, MD, MPH, will lead NC AHEC beginning in September
$5.6 million NIH grant funds new UNC osteoarthritis research center
Arthritis affects 50 million people in the United States, with more than 27 million of those suffering the disabling pain of OA, a form of arthritis that causes joint swelling and degeneration.
NIH awards $4 million grant to UNC and Egan for lung transplant research
This three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a clinical trial to study assessment and transplantation of lungs from victims of sudden death.
UNC Hospitals recognized for quality in cardiac care
Hospital among first to receive new designation for delivering quality and cost-efficient cardiac procedures
real doctors, real people - Michelle Cabrera and Odette Houghton
Michelle Cabrera, MD and Odette Houghton, MD, met as colleagues in the UNC Department of Ophthalmology. Both are surgeons -- one helps give sight to children the other helps to save the retina -- and both share a love of climbing and so started climbing together.
UNC Hospitals named one of 'Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Hospitals'
These rankings were compiled by staff at MHAdegree.org. They gathered social media stats for all of the hospitals listed as “Nationally Ranked” for at least one adult specialty by U.S. News & World Report and used the number of followers and the amount of activity on each platform to calculate a score.
NIH and UNC researchers define role of protein vinculin in cell movement
This study shows that cell mobility occurs through the interactions between the protein vinculin and the cytoskeletal lattice formed by the protein actin.
UNC researchers identify cellular distress signal
Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered that a well-known associate of G protein-coupled receptors -- a common target of FDA-approved drugs -- may play a critical role in mounting a rescue effort to avert an intracellular meltdown.
New study shows on balance that prostate cancer prevention drug appears to provide benefit
The research team included Dr. Paul Godley of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Norman Sharpless appointed director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Sharpless succeeds H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp, MD, as center director. Dr. Earp will continue as director of UNC Cancer Care, a role in which he coordinates cancer care and research across the School of Medicine, the University and UNC Health Care System.
From the YaYas’ Kitchens to SECU Family House, It’s All about Belonging
A group of Triangle-based women who have been friends for nearly 30 years share their culinary talents with guests at SECU Family House. For all, it’s about more than the food.
Study provides strongest clues to date for causes of schizophrenia
A genome-wide association analysis led by Dr. Patrick Sullivan of UNC identifies 22 places in the human genome that play a role in development of the mental disorder.
Moderate physical activity does not increase risk of knee osteoarthritis
Adults age 45 and older who engaged in moderate physical activity up to two and a half hours a week did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a 6-year follow-up period.
Sen. Kay Hagan visits UNC's CASTLE program in Durham
While there, Sen. Hagan met Grayson Clamp, a 3-year-old boy from Charlotte, N.C. who is able to hear now after receiving an auditory brainstem implant at UNC as part of an FDA-approved investigational trial. A video showing Grayson hearing his father's voice for the first time has garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube.
Hispanics urged to perform skin self-exams, discuss cancer risk with physicians
More than three-quarters of Hispanic patients in North Carolina aren’t performing skin self-exams (SSE) to detect possible skin cancers, and physicians need to do a better job of educating their patients about this potentially life-saving practice, say researchers in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
RN: Real Nurses - John Collier
As a clinical nurse IV in the outpatient clinics of N.C. Cancer Hospital, Collier plays many roles from nurse manager to caring for patients. He's used to playing different roles though as he's been into drama and theater about as long as he's been in nursing.
Researchers discover how a chemical used in chemotherapies affects genes linked to autism
Key enzymes are found to have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops.
FDA, academia and industry team up to end hepatitis C
The Hepatitis C Therapeutic Registry and Research Network, or HCV-TARGET, is led jointly by investigators at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and University of Florida and is sponsored in part by multiple pharmaceutical companies.
UNC researchers find promising new angle for drugs to prevent stroke and heart attack
A new study — the first to apply a new screening technique to human platelets — netted a potential drug target for preventing dangerous blood clots in high-risk people.
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