October

UNC Center for Health Innovation recognized again by Becker’s Hospital Review
This is the third year in a row that the Center has been included on Becker’s list.
CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10
Postdoc Meghan Swanson to present “Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment Behind Emerging Language”
Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients
Preliminary findings from a study led by UNC Lineberger's Bhisham Chera, MD, and Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, suggest a genetic test for HPV16 in blood could be useful to help assess risk for patients and identify patients suitable for lower treatment doses.
Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type
Researchers report in JAMA Dermatology that surgical treatment delays – defined as surgery that occurred more than six weeks after diagnosis – were common. Medicaid patients were 36 percent more likely than private insurance patients to experience delays.
Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease
In lab experiments, UNC School of Medicine researchers showed that blocking the gene Bpifb1 led to a striking increase in the mucin protein MUC5B in mucus.
UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project
The five-year, NIH-funded research study aims to create better, more personalized asthma treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the lung condition.
Biomarkers of low ovarian reserve may not predict fertility as previously thought
Age still remains best predictor of a woman’s reproductive potential.
Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish
In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.
Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will headline the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' weekly Science Cafe series on Thursday, Oct. 19.
How hand hygiene becomes contagious
The hand hygiene program Clean In, Clean Out has been part of the landscape here at the UNC Medical Center for just over four years – recently passing the amazing milestone of half a million observations. As part of International Infection Prevention Week, we look back at some of the ways it has changed the culture in Chapel Hill and look forward to the next big thing in hand hygiene at the Medical Center.
New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community
UNC’s Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer will speak about their new book at Quail Ridge Book Store in Raleigh on Oct. 28.
Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus
UC San Francisco and UNC-Chapel Hill team solves first ever high-resolution structure of dopamine receptor. Details of the work were published today in Science.
Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute
Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Oct. 17.
Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Research led by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, shows how to adapt an existing HIV testing method to detect hepatitis C virus.
Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?
UNC School of Medicine researchers lead new study showing that e-cigarettes trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses in human airways.
FDA approves eculizumab for generalized myasthenia gravis
UNC's James F. Howard, MD, was the lead investigator in the clinical trial that led to FDA approval.
How to Turn Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle: New Details Emerge
Publishing their work in Nature, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Li Qian, PhD, show how their new research platform helped them discover new cell subpopulations and crucial cellular players in the process of turning damaged heart tissue back into healthy heart muscle. The research platform could be used to study other biological processes and create tailored therapies.
UNC Blood Donation Center: 20 years helping donors give life
By collecting platelets, the Center is helping to provide UNC Medical Center with a steady and stable supply of a blood product that is very expensive and very difficult to obtain. For donors, many of whom are Medical Center employees, it’s a way to have a positive and possibly life-saving impact on the life of a stranger.
Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment
In lab experiments and animal models, UNC and NC State researchers led by Zhen Gu, PhD, designed synthetic beta cells to secrete insulin in response to high blood sugar.
UNC Medical Center Offers Innovative Non-surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate
Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) is a catheter-based procedure to help improve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.
Timing could matter to how responsive cancer cells are to treatment, study suggests
In a new study published in Cell Systems, UNC Lineberger's Jeremy Purvis, PhD, and colleagues report that the timing of when DNA damage occurs within these different checkpoints matters to a cell’s fate.
SHAC celebrates half century of service
Generations of students have made volunteering at the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) a UNC School of Medicine rite of passage. The organization is kicking off its 50th year on Oct. 26 with a reception for current students and alumni.
One Mind nonprofit pledges $8 million for UNC-led posttraumatic brain injury study
UNC’s Samuel McLean, MD, was a featured speaker at a small music festival to raise big money for posttraumatic brain injury research.
Gut bacteria bolster disease research in labs
In the journal Cell, researchers at UNC, NIH, and Baylor show how gut bacteria from wild mice is likely very important for the accurate modeling of human diseases in the lab.
Why do some head knocks cause more damage than others?
As researchers piece together puzzling patterns of brain damage after concussions, UNC researchers led by Gianmarco Pinton, PhD, found that damaging shock waves intensified deep inside the brain after head impacts.
Football Position and Length of Play Affect Brain Impact
Results from a newly published UNC study co-authored by MD/PhD student Michael Clark showed that non-speed players with a history of recurrent concussion had lower white matter integrity and lower measure of activation during cognitive tasks.
UNC Health Care Hospitals Receive Top Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group
UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, Johnston Health and High Point Regional earn “A” grades for patient safety.
UNC bioethicists analyze new CDC interim guidelines for Zika testing in pregnancy
Elana Jaffe and Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, are co-authors of a JAMA Viewpoint article arguing that patients and providers across the country should be aware of the ways in which these guidelines shift more responsibility into their hands.
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