August

Hayes-Jordan Elected to American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Directors
Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor, Chief of the division of general pediatric surgery, has been elected a governor of the board of directors for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
New Chatham Food Hub connects communities with access to local food during COVID-19 pandemic
The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and UNC Health worked with Chatham County and N.C. State Extension partners to create a one-stop food hub at Bray Park in Siler City, which includes free meals and non-perishable foods for low-income customers as well as meals for purchase from local restaurants and farmers struggling to remain solvent during the pandemic.
Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy
Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, research conducted at an EPA facility on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus shows that expired and sterilized used N95 masks are still very good at protecting wearers. This work was led by UNC School of Medicine's Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, Phillip Clapp, PhD, and William Bennett, PhD.
Scientists Discover Curious Clues in the War Between CF Bacteria
In a new study, researchers in the UNC School of Medicine lab of Peggy Cotter, PhD, describe in detail the different weaponry bacteria use to establish infection in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, depending on their age.
Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds
Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, is the paper’s first author, and an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, director of UNC Tobacco Intervention Programs and professor of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine, is the study’s senior author.
UNC Health Alliance reduced the cost of care for 140,000 Blue Cross NC members and earned $17.5 million in quality and shared savings payments
In the first year of the Blue Premier alternative payment program, more than 80 primary care practices achieved top quality performance and significant financial savings for patients.
UNC Health Hospitals Receive Quality Achievement Awards
Seven UNC Health hospitals have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The Days of COVID-19 Inside the Medical Intensive Care Unit
The 30-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at UNC Medical Center currently houses three-quarters of COVID-related patients. As patients are hospitalized across the U.S., nurse manager Loc Culp explains what life is like inside her unit as her staff adapts to this new way of critical care.
Media Briefing on COVID-19 Clinical Trials
This UNC Health/UNC School of Medicine media briefing featured three UNC infectious diseases experts discussing clinical studies and research related to COVID-19: Cindy Gay, MD, David Wohl, MD, and Susan Pedersen.
Family on the Frontline: The Healthcare Workers behind the UNC-Chapel Hill Respiratory Diagnostic Center
When the need arose for a COVID-19 testing site at the Medical Center in Chapel Hill, a team began to assemble – a team that became a family filled with health care workers who stepped up during an unprecedented challenge and fulfilled essential roles they never thought they would experience.
Researchers Argue Health Care Systems Should Use ‘Food as Medicine’ Interventions
Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, co-authored a British Medical Journal analysis suggesting nutritional interventions delivered through health providers are associated with improved health outcomes.
Chatham Hospital Recognized As Honoree In 2020 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care (EOC) Award
Chatham Hospital is one of three hospitals nationwide to recognized by the American Hospital Association as part of the 2020 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care (EOC) Award.
UNC Researchers Launch Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Treatments
This study includes phase 2 and phase 3 elements to expedite the evaluation of treatments for adults with moderate cases of COVID-19, with the goal of preventing severe disease that can lead to hospitalizations. The principal investigator is David Wohl, MD, professor of infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine.
Scientists Show How Brain Flexibility Emerges in Infants
Cognitive flexibility, which refers to the brain’s ability to switch between mental processes in response to external stimuli and different task demands, seems to begin developing during the first two years of life, which is much earlier than previously thought. UNC BRIC researchers led by Weili Lin, PhD, used magnetic resonance imaging techniques to show the emergence of a functional flexible brain during early infancy.
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