March

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

A first of its kind study shows that who we inherit genetic variants from – our mother or father – is crucial for the development of diseases and for research studies aimed at finding causes and potential treatments.

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Osteoarthritis Action Alliance relocates to UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center

Osteoarthritis Action Alliance relocates to UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center

Management of the alliance, which was created by the Arthritis Foundation and the CDC in 2011, has been transferred to the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Your Digital Footprint: 5 Tips for Health Care Professionals

Your Digital Footprint: 5 Tips for Health Care Professionals

Marjorie Stiegler, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology, offers these tips for health care professionals to take charge of their online presence.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Last month, the Department of Anesthesiology took simulation to a new level with a two-day, full-scale, high-fidelity training for residents that served two purposes: testing residents on a variety of competencies and preparing them for new accreditation standards and board certification processes.

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Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask this and other critical questions. The study was lead by Jacqueline Halladay, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine.

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UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

TV segment focused diabetes prevention and screening and featured John Buse, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Endocrinology, executive associate dean for clinical research.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it.

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Protein in the brain can 'put the brakes' on binge drinking

Protein in the brain can 'put the brakes' on binge drinking

A new study led by UNC researchers identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.

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UNC School of Medicine remains elite in U.S. News and World Report rankings

UNC School of Medicine remains elite in U.S. News and World Report rankings

The School of Medicine is ranked 2nd for Primary Care and 22nd for Research in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Medical School Rankings. Family Medicine, Rural Medicine and AIDS were all listed as top ten specialties.

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Repeated exposure of children to secondhand smoke is child abuse, Goldstein argues

Repeated exposure of children to secondhand smoke is child abuse, Goldstein argues

Dr. Adam Goldstein, who is director of the tobacco intervention programs in the UNC School of Medicine, argues his point in an opinion piece published in the March/April 2015 issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

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New gene therapy for hemophilia shows potential as safe treatment

New gene therapy for hemophilia shows potential as safe treatment

Research showed that bleeding events were drastically decreased in animals with hemophilia B. Using a viral vector to swap out faulty genes proved safe and could be used for the more common hemophilia A.

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Congratulations to our Health Care Heroes!

Congratulations to our Health Care Heroes!

UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare combined to field eight winners in the Triangle Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Awards for 2015! We've listed our winners below. Congratulations to them all!

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Detecting the Sensors

Detecting the Sensors

Graduate student Jon Hagar is uncovering how our immune systems can overreact to infection and trigger a life-threatening condition.

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A Single-Cell Breakthrough

A Single-Cell Breakthrough

UNC School of Medicine scientist Scott Magness and collaborators use their newly developed technology to dissect properties of single stem cells. The advancement will allow researchers to study gastrointestinal disorders and cancers like never before.

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All About Team - Rec Basketball at UNC Hospitals

All About Team - Rec Basketball at UNC Hospitals

Basketball is synonymous with UNC. And within UNC Hospitals, this legacy holds true. Passion for the court reverberates through the halls. The employees hunger for it, and UNC Hospitals’ Employee Recreation and Wellness fuels this desire.

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Researchers identify timeline for HIV replication in the brain

Researchers identify timeline for HIV replication in the brain

A new study in PLoS Pathogens shows that HIV can infect the brain early on and should be combated as soon as possible with antiretroviral therapy to limit risk of dementia

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Match Day: A Dream Fulfilled

Match Day: A Dream Fulfilled

Four UNC School of Medicine students detail the different paths that led them to Match Day.

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UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Match Day

On Friday, March 20, excited fourth year UNC School of Medicine students and their families packed the auditorium of the Medical Biomolecular Research Building for the annual Match Day event. The day serves as a celebration of both the completion of medical school and students learning where they will go to complete their residency training.

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Patient at UNC Hospitals is first in U.S. to receive newly approved cochlear implant

Patient at UNC Hospitals is first in U.S. to receive newly approved cochlear implant

Dr. Harold Pillsbury performed the surgery to implant a newly FDA-approved device that enables wearers to have MRI scans when needed. This was not possible with earlier cochlear implant models.

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New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer.

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Returning the Favor

Returning the Favor

Bruce Cairns credits his military experience with shaping his perspective and making him a better doctor. Today, as a way of giving back, he’s assisting Special Forces medics with educational and career-development opportunities through the Advanced Medic Instructor Training program – a program that paved the way for the UNC School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program.

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UNC Neuroscience Center lab featured on UNC-TV

UNC Neuroscience Center lab featured on UNC-TV

Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was featured on North Carolina Now, a nightly program on UNC TV.

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UNC-Duke collaboration probes the depths of gut health

UNC-Duke collaboration probes the depths of gut health

UNC stem cell expert Scott Magness, PhD, and Duke microbiome researcher John Rawls, PhD, are using a $50,000 grant to develop a new technology to study the co-dependent relationship between the human gut and its resident bacteria.

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UNC Hospitals receives 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades

This distinction, given by Healthgrades, recognizes hospitals as leaders in patient experience based on responses to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

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UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC sequenced the RNA for 10,000 tumor samples as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer.

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