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UNC Health Hospitals Receive Quality Achievement Awards

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.

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Daniels Selected Chief Operating Officer UNC Hospitals

Daniels Selected Chief Operating Officer UNC Hospitals

Rowell Daniels, PharmD, MS, FASHP has been selected to the permanent position of Chief Operating Officer for UNC Hospitals.

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Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy

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.

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Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds

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.

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Eat Local and Help Locals through the Chatham Food Hub

Eat Local and Help Locals through the Chatham Food Hub

UNC Health teamed up with partners from UNC-Chapel Hill, Chatham County, and NC State to create a "drive-thru food hall" at Bray Park in Siler City, including free meals for low-income customers through the CORA Food Pantry.

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Scientists Discover Curious Clues in the War Between CF Bacteria

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.

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Hayes-Jordan Elected to American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Directors

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.

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UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

Melissa Caughey, PhD, instructor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the senior author of a recently published study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF.

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Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as the organization’s first System Executive Director for Health Equity. In the role of System Executive Director for Health Equity, Dr. Cené will lead a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to plan, implement, and evaluate science-based strategies and interventions to help address the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate health disparities and impede health equity in our state.

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Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

A comprehensive UC San Francisco-led study flagged drug components in need of more rigorous review to be sure they are safe. The UNC School of Medicine lab of Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, conducted important screening studies to confirm the findings.

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Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

UNC Lineberger researchers demonstrated that patients with advanced, relapsed/refractory forms of the common blood cancer showed a high rate of durable responses to CAR-T cell immunotherapy.

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School of Medicine, Gillings Researchers Co-author Viewpoint on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

School of Medicine, Gillings Researchers Co-author Viewpoint on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Bonnie Shook-Sa, DrPH, and Alison Aiello, PhD, at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Ross Boyce, MD, at the UNC School of Medicine, published a viewpoint piece on the pitfalls of certain types of early SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies.

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COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big

COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big

Published in NEJM, this perspective article co-authored by UNC School of Medicine’s Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, and Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, and Boston University’s Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH, recognizes that social policy solutions are needed to advance health equity, along with health policy and individual-level efforts.

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UNC Medical Center's ECMO Program Wins Gold ELSO Award

UNC Medical Center's ECMO Program Wins Gold ELSO Award

The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. UNC's ECMO Director is Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.

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“Heroes Health” Mental Wellness App Launched by UNC School of Medicine & UNC Health

“Heroes Health” Mental Wellness App Launched by UNC School of Medicine & UNC Health

The app is available through the App Store/Google Play Store in the United States, free of charge to first responders, healthcare workers and their organizations.

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Health, Bioethics Experts and Advocates Publish Guidance for Research on HIV, Co-infections in Pregnancy

Health, Bioethics Experts and Advocates Publish Guidance for Research on HIV, Co-infections in Pregnancy

The PHASES Working Group, co-led by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, and Kristen Sullivan, PhD, at UNC-Chapel Hill, with researchers at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, launched ethics guidance at hivpregnancyethics.org -- a project dedicated to ending the evidence gap for pregnant women around HIV and co-infections.

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From H1N1 to COVID-19, ICU Physician-Researcher’s Career Focused on Helping the Sickest

From H1N1 to COVID-19, ICU Physician-Researcher’s Career Focused on Helping the Sickest

Christine Vigeland, MD, found her calling during residency as the H1N1 pandemic was ending in 2010. She dedicated her career to researching acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and treating ICU patients. Ten years later, the knowledge she’s gained and her continued commitment to the most critical patients are guiding her through another pandemic.

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