November

Visitor restrictions in place for children under 12 in NCCC, PICU, BMTU at UNC Hospitals

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitor restrictions for children under 12 (age 11 years old and younger) are now in effect for the Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) at UNC Hospitals. These restrictions began Monday Nov. 2, 2015.

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Three Nobels and a Symposium

Three Nobels and a Symposium

UNC’s Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar welcomed University of California’s Randy Schekman, pioneer of protein secretion and champion of open-access scientific publishing.

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Honoring Eason

Honoring Eason

In 2013, Debbi and Walt Clarke experienced the unimaginable loss of their third child, Eason, who was stillborn at 37 weeks. To honor Eason, the Clarkes recently donated two CuddleCots to the North Carolina Women’s Hospital to help families who suffer similar losses, making the hospital the first in North Carolina to offer them to families.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Selected as Center for New Leadership Initiative

UNC-Chapel Hill Selected as Center for New Leadership Initiative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected UNC to lead an unprecedented national push to equip clinicians with leadership, team-building, and cultural competence skills to improve the health status of Americans.

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UNC School of Medicine Joins with AMA to Create Medical School of the Future

UNC School of Medicine Joins with AMA to Create Medical School of the Future

UNC is one of 20 schools invited to join an AMA-sponsored consortium working to reshape how future physicians are trained.

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Researchers shed pharmacological light on “dark” cellular receptors

Researchers shed pharmacological light on “dark” cellular receptors

UNC and UCSF labs create a new research tool to find homes for two orphan cell-surface receptors, a crucial step toward finding better therapeutics and causes of drug side effects.

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New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of Single Cigarettes

New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of Single Cigarettes

A new study from the UNC Family Medicine Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) finds that where an individual lives may impact their access to cheap or improperly marketed tobacco. Published in the Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal, the study by Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, MPH; Hannah M Baker, MPH; Leah M. Ranney, PhD; and Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, presents the first national evidence that neighborhood characteristics are closely associated with illegal sales of single cigarettes, or “loosies.”

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New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Findings provide an opportunity to develop drugs and vaccines for coronaviruses before they emerge from animals to cause a human epidemic

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Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event

Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event

UNC Medical Center's annual Veterans Day event honored veterans and celebrated the new UNC Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Nine of 20 incoming PA program students are veterans, and four of those students -- veterans with more than five decades of combined experience serving their country -- were in attendance.

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White Coats Black Doctors welcomes Dr. Damon Tweedy for Real Talk Event

White Coats Black Doctors welcomes Dr. Damon Tweedy for Real Talk Event

On Friday, Nov. 13, White Coats Black Doctors, a group started last school year by five UNC School of Medicine students, will welcome Damon Tweedy, MD, assistant professor, psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, for a live interview and discussion focused on the importance of increasing the numbers of African American medical students and physicians.

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UNC researchers find new way to force stem cells to become bone cells

UNC researchers find new way to force stem cells to become bone cells

Potential therapies based on this discovery could help people heal bone injuries or set hardware, such as replacement knees and hips.

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Roper named to '130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know'

Roper named to '130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know'

UNC Health Care CEO William L. Roper is included in the 2015 edition of "130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know," published by Becker's Hospital Review.

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UNC enrolling patients in Momentum 3 Clinical Trial

UNC enrolling patients in Momentum 3 Clinical Trial

UNC is one of 60 medical centers nationwide chosen to participate in the MOMENTUM 3 Clinical Trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the Thoratec® HeartMate 3™ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). This multi-center study will compare the HeartMate 3 LVAD to the HeartMate II® LVAD in advanced stage heart failure patients.

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Study Finds Surprising Links Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

Study Finds Surprising Links Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

According to new research from Duke and UNC, both victims of bullying and the bullies themselves could be at risk psychologically for anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

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Innovative course pairs medical students and law students

Innovative course pairs medical students and law students

In “Current Issues in Law & Medicine,” teams composed of both MD and JD students work together across traditional boundaries to explore the legal and medical considerations surrounding health care subjects.

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UNC and NCCU awarded $7.5 million for alcohol health disparities research

UNC and NCCU awarded $7.5 million for alcohol health disparities research

This funding will continue a research program investigating the molecular mechanisms of fetal alcohol pathology, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-related cancers, including breast cancer, and the effects of alcohol and marijuana on brain stem cells and neurotoxicity.

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Sepsis Survivor

Sepsis Survivor

Carol Fowler Durham, a nurse educator at the UNC School of Nursing, nearly died from septic shock. Today she shares her experiences with audiences around the country and serves as an important weapon for UNC Medical Center’s sepsis reduction initiative, Code Sepsis.

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Team Science for Turner Syndrome

Team Science for Turner Syndrome

With seed money from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC and a Translational Team Science Award from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC collaborators uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that could be the cause of painful chronic ear infections that plague people with chromosomal and genetic conditions.

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Neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia just as complex as the disorder itself

Neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia just as complex as the disorder itself

New analysis links cognitive, emotional, and intellectual symptoms to neurological ‘disruption’ in multiple brain regions – a finding with important implications for diagnosis and treatment.

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UNC Hospitals Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

UNC Hospitals Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

UNC Hospitals is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

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