December

RN: Real Nurses - Christie Grafford
Two dogs, two cats, three horses, two pot-bellied pigs, two prairie dogs and one registered nurse from pediatric surgical services at UNC Health Care: That’s what you’ll find if you visit Christie Grafford’s ten acres of land north of Roxboro in Hurdle Mills.
Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity
Many of the most popular children’s movies from recent years feature both “obesogenic” behaviors and weight-related stigmatizing content, a study by UNC researchers finds.
Dr. Sam Weir quoted by President Obama
On Dec. 3, President Barack Obama gave remarks on the Affordable Care Act and quoted Dr. Sam Weir from the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Weir is associate professor, director of continuous improvement and director of fellowship programs in the Department of Family Medicine. We've highlighted the mention of Dr. Weir in a transcript of the President's remarks.
Taking on the System
Tina Schade Willis, a pediatric ICU doctor and winner of the UNC Fuller Award, works to improve teamwork among hospital staff to benefit patients and their families.
Understanding Our Immunity
Five questions for Yisong Wan, a new Jefferson-Pilot fellow who is uncovering the roles of T cells in disease cures and causes.
Screening decisions must balance potential benefits with potential patient harms
Screening to detect medical conditions has become standard practice for many diseases, but insufficient attention has been paid to the potential for harm, according to research by a team led by Russell Harris, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
New gene therapy proves promising as hemophilia treatment
Researchers package specialized blood platelets with genes that express clotting factor, leading to fewer bleeding events.
Physicians often fly blind on medication dosing in premature infants
Despite government efforts to promote research on medications used in children, huge gaps persist in knowledge about medication safety and efficacy in the most vulnerable — newborns receiving care in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) — according to a study by UNC researchers.
Spurred by food allergies, two esophagus conditions stump doctors
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine found that two on-the-rise esophagus conditions are so similar that even a biopsy is not enough to distinguish one disease from the other.
Poverty influences children’s early brain development
A new study provides concrete evidence that poverty can change how the brain grows.
Nash Health Care announces affiliation with UNC Health Care
Nash Health Care Systems today announced that it will affiliate with UNC Health Care. This management services agreement allows Nash Health Care to acquire managerial and operational resources from UNC Health Care.
New guidelines for management of high blood pressure released
Dr. Sidney Smith of UNC is a member of the expert panel that wrote the new guidelines.
2013 Year in Review: real doctors, real people and RN: Real Nurses
Photojournalist Nathan Clendenin recounts 2013 highlights from each of these two popular video series.
UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013
The work of Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, is featured by Autism Speaks in its list of 10 major advances in autism research in 2013.
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