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NCCU, UNC win $12M for research
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
N.C. Central University and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill have won a grant that will help them dramatically expand their health and medical research collaborations. The universities announced Friday that they were recipients of a five-year, $12 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. Funding from the award, which the universities had been jointly pursuing for about six years, will flow to research, hiring new professors, preventive education measures and encouraging more undergraduates at both schools to work on the causes and prevention of minority health disparities.
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What do genes say about how tall you will be?
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Dr. Karen Mohlke is associate professor of genetics and a member of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences at the UNC School of Medicine. She explains how the genetics of common traits such as height and eye color is much more complicated than the pea-plant genetics we might remember from our old textbooks. Questions and answers have been edited.

A women's team tip for male athletes (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
As a male, former athlete, I have watched an explosion of misdeeds by some college male athletes with dismay. We know that the majority of male college athletes are good students, role models and law-abiding. Yet it is shocking to see high-profile college male athletes with dismissals from school or sports teams for substance abuse, cheating or assault and robbery, occurring across the country. (Adam O. Goldstein, M.D., is a professor at the UNC School of Medicine.)

Grant Will Further UNC and NC Central Partnership
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will share almost $12 million with N.C. Central’s Biomedical Research Institute after receiving a grant from the Comprehensive Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership. It’s the largest research grant in Central’s history and it was made possible through its partnership with UNC over the past several years.

At-home infertility tests cause concerns
United Press International
At-home infertility tests for women are not foolproof because of the cutout levels of the hormone used, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Anne Z. Steiner of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine says these infertility tests may label many women as infertile who actually go on to have children naturally.

Home fertility tests questioned
The Washington Post
There's some new research out that is raising questions about those home fertility tests that are being sold in drug stores. A new study found that the tests may incorrectly label women infertile even though they are still capable of having babies. ...So Anne Steiner of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and colleagues studied 100 women who were considered at risk for fertility problems because of their age.

Health Care Vote Puts Democrats on Defensive
The New York Times
...The Democrats have been less enthusiastic about promoting the requirement, starting in 2014, that most Americans obtain insurance or the coming tax-financed expansion of subsidized insurance. “You can argue the Democrats should have done more with the popular parts of the bill,” said Jonathan B. Oberlander, who teaches health care politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “and this speaks to the problem they have selling it, especially to insured Americans.”
The ‘Tipsy’ Gene (Blog)
The Wall Street Journal
Do you get really tipsy after one or two drinks? Researchers at the University of North Carolina say that up to twenty-percent of the population has a gene variant that makes it difficult for some people to drink very much, without feeling inebriated. Such an effect may actually be helpful in protecting people from developing a problem with alcohol.  Professor Kirk Wilhelmsen, the lead researcher on the study, says this research tells us a lot about how the brain reacts to alcohol and may lead to better treatments for alcoholism.

UNC aims to reduce cancer disparities
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have received a $3.9 million grant to help reduce cancer health disparities in 13 North Carolina counties. Scientists at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Gillings School of Global Pubic Health will use the five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to work to study cancer rates – and ways to reduce them – among different races in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Edgecombe, Guilford, Halifax, Montgomery, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham and Wilson counties.

Report: 20% have trouble with alcohol
The Triangle Business Journal
Think you can drink your friends under the table, then you may actually have a greater chance in being an alcoholic. A new research from UNC states almost 20 percent of the adult population have a gene variant that makes it real tough for them to drink alcohol in excess. he in fact feel inebriated after one drink.

Are You Fertile? Don't Rely on a Drug-Store Fertility Test to Tell You (Blog)
We women are accustomed to peeing on chemically-treated sticks to learn what our bodies are up to. Pregnancy tests administered in the confines of the master bathroom are more accurate than ever, but new research indicates that home fertility tests can't be relied upon. A quarter of women were labeled infertile by the tests, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, although in actuality they had no more trouble getting pregnant than other study participants.

Researchers at Philadelphia conference announce progress toward noninvasive colon cancer test
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)
The Holy Grail of colorectal cancer prevention - a reliable screening test that users don't dread and avoid - appears to be getting close. ...University of North Carolina researcher David Ransohoff, who has worked with Exact Sciences both as a paid and unpaid adviser, has seen other promising screening tests turn into disappointments. "These results should be confirmed in other appropriate populations," he said.

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