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Blood clots and cancer: UNC professor identifies research priorities for National Institutes of Health

Blood clots and cancer: UNC professor identifies research priorities for National Institutes of Health

Nigel Key, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, led a national initiative to prioritize research in studying the prevalence and mechanisms of venous thrombosis in cancer patients.

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UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

The researchers point out in a commentary published in Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

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Finding the Next Step

Finding the Next Step

Blossom Damania, PhD, has built her research career tackling difficult questions in cancer and global health research. As she begins her new role as Vice Dean for Research, she’s considering one more: What’s next?

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Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. William A. Wood found that for patients treated in a hospital, the risk of death from acute myeloid leukemia was elevated in three regions of the state compared to a benchmark.

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Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

A study by UNC Lineberger researcher G. Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues uncovered the genetic mechanism for how acute myeloid leukemia cells with a specific DNA mutation stay as undifferentiated cells, rather than maturing into healthy blood cells.

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Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

More than one-in-four cancer patients had to pay more for medical care than they could afford, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD. A reported 18 percent were unable to afford their prescription medications.

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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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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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 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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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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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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New investigational compound shows promise against melanoma, lymphoma

New investigational compound shows promise against melanoma, lymphoma

Cancer patients with the EZH2 gene mutation could benefit from a new therapy UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger researchers have now tested successfully in lab models.

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‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

UNC Lineberger member Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers has found that for women who have had a false-positive mammogram result, their likelihood to get screened at recommended intervals depends on the timing of their last screen. Louise Henderson, PhD, will present the findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Monday, April 18.

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Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UNC School of Medicine professor and basic scientist Keith Burridge has conducted seminal research on the basic building blocks of cells for four decades.

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New optogenetic tool moves proteins within cells to study biological changes

New optogenetic tool moves proteins within cells to study biological changes

By using lasers, UNC School of Medicine scientists can switch off and on proteins to watch how cells react quickly to their new reality.

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UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC

UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC

Sancar, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, donated his prize money to a Chapel Hill foundation. Smithies donated his monetary award to four universities, including UNC.

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New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

A research team including Helen Lazear, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, has established a mouse model for testing of vaccines and therapeutics to battle Zika virus.

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