Top 10 stories for 2014

Come and relive the past year with us as we count down the top 10 most popular stories from our news team based on page views. We've also put together a short list of staff recommended stories from the past year. We'll see you in 2015!

Dr. Fischer with a child in the village of Kissdougou.Dispatch from Guinea: Containing Ebola

UNC’s Dr. William Fischer II has been working in an isolation area in Gueckedou, Guinea since May, 2014 as part of a team from Doctors without Borders trying to help reduce mortality from Ebola Virus in rural communities. With Dr. Fischer’s permission, we posted a series of his emails, giving insight into the effort to contain the deadly pathogen.


FreedomAwardUNC Health Care receives 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from Department of Defense

In July, UNC Health Care was named one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Support Freedom Award, the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees.


Bestdoc14260 UNC doctors listed in The Best Doctors in America® 2014

Nationally, only five percent of doctors are honored in the Best Doctors in America® database. UNC Health Care was well represented on the list, with 260 physicians recognized with this prestigious honor.


Researchers led by Mark Zylka, PhD, also found a compound that could become a new treatment for conditions such as arthritis, shingles, and back pain. This discovery, could lead to new kind of pain reliever for the more than 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain in the United States alone.



Photo collage of UNC medical students on Match Day after discovering where they will complete their residency. Match Day!

This year's Match Day Celebration at UNC’s Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB) saw 163 fourth-year medical students (99 percent of the class) find out where they'll be spending the next few years of their medical training as residents. Check out candid shots of the excited students captured in our Match Day photobooth.



Patience, Evan, Jordan and Eliana Leino/Photo by Max Englund, UNC Health CareA Mother and an Advocate

Patience Leino serves as chair of N.C. Children’s Hospital’s Family Advisory Board. She called the work a labor of love, a chance for her to honor the memory of the son she lost soon.


Nancy Klauber-DeMore, MD, professor of surgeryImproved ultrasound imaging provides alternate way to visualize tumors

The new technique, developed by UNC researchers, would be cheaper and could allow doctors to visualize tumors without the use of radiation.

Four-year-old Payton is battling a rare blood disorder called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Since her bone marrow transplant, she isn’t feeling herself — but she’s not fighting alone. Her best friend and CPAL, Lindsay Cannon, is right beside her.

Lennox PierceA Special Bond

Two days after Lennox Pierce was born, he was flown to N.C. Children's Hospital’s Level IV NICU for lifesaving treatment. Two years later, the Pierces reunited with their providers and other NICU families at Sunday’s Newborn Critical Care Center's graduate reunion.


Michael Steiner, MD, assistant professor in the department of pediatricsEar tubes vs. watchful waiting: tubes do not improve long-term development

The systematic review of more than 40 studies found that implanting tubes in the ears of children who have persistent or recurrent episodes of otitis media with effusion (OME) improves hearing over a short period but is less likely to improve long-term cognitive and functional development.







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