Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

UNC granted $13.6M to use nanotechnology against cancer
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC cancer researchers have won a $13.6 million grant to work to use nanotechnology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute is directed to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The 'holy grail' of stem cells is pursued
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Stem cells mature into most types of cells in the body, but what makes a stem cell a stem cell? Until now, scientists didn't know. Using mouse embryonic stem cells, Yi Zhang, a UNC-Chapel Hill biochemistry and biophysics professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, identified a protein called Tet 1 as being the "on" switch for a stem cell. Tet 1 activates a gene called Nanog that helps stem cells reproduce and maintain their pluripotency - the ability to become any type of cell.

Triangle hospitals fare poorly in quality study
The Triangle Business Journal
Despite being home to several nationally recognized hospitals, the Triangle didn’t fare well in a new study of health care quality. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area was ranked 42nd for overall hospital care among the nation’s 50 largest areas by population, according to CareChex, a division of The Delta Group, a Greenville, S.C. health care information services company.

Cancer research yields NCI grant
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year, $13.6 million grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (C-CCNE) for research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer with advances in nanotechnology. The center, at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was launched in 2005 as part of NCI's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. The C-CCNE, one of eight original centers in the national program, is one of nine funded in the new phase.

Get vaccines beyond that flu shot
The Charlotte Observer
Every parent knows children must be immunized against all sorts of diseases - measles, mumps, chickenpox - before starting school. ..."They cough to the point that they essentially run out of air," said Dr. Tony Moody, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. "They literally turn blue. Then they take in a huge breath. That creates that 'whoop' sound."

Prostate Cancer Center pits doctors against UNC
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among men and is the second-leading killer. Yet, a proposal to build a prostate cancer treatment center in Raleigh has pitted a small group of doctors against UNC Health Care, one of the state's largest health care providers.

UNC granted $2.3M to use nanotechnology against pancreatic cancers
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC-Chapel Hill scientists have received a $2.3 million grant to use nanotechnology to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancers, the university announced Wednesday. The five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships is in addition to a five-year grant, announced Monday, that calls for NCI to provide $13.6 million in funding to a UNC team led by Joel Tepper and Joseph DeSimone, who will study the possible uses of nanotechnology to diagnose and treat a range of cancers.
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'Home and Away' party nets $160K for SECU Family House
The Chapel Hill Herald
The 2010 "Home and Away" House Party, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals' annual gala, raised a total of $160,000. Three hundred and twenty partygoers attended the function Friday at The Carolina Inn, and bid on silent and live auction excursions to domestic and international resorts. The Live and Silent Auctions raised more than $30,000, while an open request for bids of $500, $250 and $100 raised $22,700. Sponsorships and ticket sales raised in excess of $100,000 prior to the party itself.

Genes offer opportunities for growth, study finds
Reuters (Wire Service)
Upset because you are too short or too tall? An international DNA scan shows it may not be as easy as blaming a parent for passing along the wrong gene. ..."These investigators had once been competing with each other to find height genes, but then realized that the next step was to combine their samples and see what else could be found," said Karen Mohlke of the University of North Carolina, who worked on the study.

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