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Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

In a preliminary finding (abstract 5568) presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD and Temitope Keku, PhD revealed they have found bacteria in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Researchers also uncovered a trend toward a distinct bacterial profile in women with ovarian cancer.

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Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

A national health claims analysis of cancer patients who were younger than age 65 and had metastatic disease revealed that nearly two-thirds were admitted to the hospital or visited the emergency room in the last 30 days of their lives. The UNC Lineberger researchers who led the study also found that nearly a third of patients died in the hospital.

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UNC Researchers Share ‘Nine Truths’ for World Eating Disorders Action Day

UNC Researchers Share ‘Nine Truths’ for World Eating Disorders Action Day

UNC eating disorder experts Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, and Stephanie Zerwas, PhD, bring awareness to conditions affecting more than 70 million people worldwide.

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Duke/UNC Team Testing New Strategies to Prevent Clotting in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

Duke/UNC Team Testing New Strategies to Prevent Clotting in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

CTSA collaborative funding award supports mouse-model research. Nigel Mackman, PhD, of UNC, and Rebekah White, MD, of Duke are leading the effort.

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Leading the evolution of nursing care at UNC

Leading the evolution of nursing care at UNC

Cathy Madigan, DNP, was recently appointed as Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of UNC Hospitals, where she has also served as director of cardiac services, associate chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing. We sat down with Madigan to learn more about what brought her to nursing, what it’s like to pursue a doctorate while helping to lead a large academic medical center and how nursing at UNC is adapting to a rapidly changing health care environment.

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Dance with me Daddy

Dance with me Daddy

After her stepfather suffered a life-threatening heart attack, Jaime Sexton just wanted to dance with him one more time before his bypass surgery. And with the help of nurses at the UNC Medical Center, she got her wish.

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In all U.S. regions, broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

In all U.S. regions, broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that in all nine regions of the country, a majority of adults supported increasing the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales. They also found the most support for increasing the minimum age to 21 rather than to 20 or 19.

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Sancar earns UNC Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor

Sancar earns UNC Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor

Winning the Gardner Award is the latest in a long line of international achievements for Sancar, who shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his groundbreaking work on DNA repair.

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 Researchers link gene expression patterns of normal tissue to breast cancer prognosis

Researchers link gene expression patterns of normal tissue to breast cancer prognosis

In the journal npj Breast Cancer, researchers reported they identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

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Finding Home, Fighting Sepsis

As a travel nurse, Ila Mapp encountered instances of sepsis early in her career that stick with her today. As Nurse Manager of the Adult Specialty Care Team at UNC Hospitals, she uses those experiences to assist Code Sepsis, the ongoing organizational effort to reduce sepsis mortality.

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Minority Men in Medicine Group Builds Legacy of Mentorship

Minority Men in Medicine Group Builds Legacy of Mentorship

The group’s current members help mentor elementary school students in Durham, while also benefiting from the guidance of the program’s graduate physicians. The group is led by first-year medical students Andrew Alexander and Roman Blount, IV.

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The Power of Blood

The Power of Blood

Thanks to support from the NC TraCS Institute, a UNC School of Medicine researcher’s unique expertise could one day thwart America’s top killer.

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Damania Named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research

Damania Named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research

Blossom Damania, PhD, has been named the vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine. She will assume the new role effective July 1. Terry Magnuson, PhD, who has held the position since 2010, has been named the vice chancellor for research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Damania, the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has served as assistant dean for research since 2014.

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From Chemical Engineering to Computing

From Chemical Engineering to Computing

Uduak Ndoh, UNC School of Medicine’s new assistant dean for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, says his unique background will help him form fruitful partnerships with faculty.

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UNC Liver Center partners with Halifax County physicians to improve hepatitis C care

UNC Liver Center partners with Halifax County physicians to improve hepatitis C care

Led by Michael Fried, MD, web-based physician mentoring yields an impressive rate of cure for patients of the Rural Health Group.

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Lenoir Memorial Enters Into Partnership Agreement With UNC Health Care

The Board of Directors of Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, NC, has unanimously voted to enter into a management services agreement with UNC Health Care.

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Life-extending benefits of liver cancer drug not realistic for many patients

Life-extending benefits of liver cancer drug not realistic for many patients

The drug sorafenib can have serious side effects and significant out-of-pocket costs for advanced liver cancer patients, according to a study led by UNC’s Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH.

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Celebrating the Class of 2016

Celebrating the Class of 2016

On May 7, the UNC School of Medicine’s Class of 2016 gathered with friends, family, and faculty in Memorial Hall to celebrate graduation. The 172-member class selected William Fischer, II, MD, as its commencement speaker.

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UNC Medical Center named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America 2016"

UNC Medical Center named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America 2016"

According to Becker's Hospital Review, "The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of medical innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities."

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Rare diseases to take center stage at special NC General Assembly event

At a special all-day event June 7, The NC Rare Disease Advisory Council will offer clinicians, researchers, patients, and advocates a voice on rare diseases in North Carolina.

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