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The latest cancer news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC Health Care receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation

UNC Health Care receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation

The designation recognizes UNC Health Care for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment.

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UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists have received a four-year $6.4 million grant to establish an effort they have named the North Carolina Clinical Genomic Evaluation by NextGen Exome Sequencing (NCGENES).

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The power to help, hurt and confuse: Direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

The power to help, hurt and confuse: Direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

Two UNC experts write that whole genome and whole exome sequencing technology “will routinely uncover both trivial and important medical results, both welcome and unwelcome … and presents the medical community with new challenges.”

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Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

The molecule is the protein Shc (pronounced SHIK), and new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, is seriously impaired without it.

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P Rex-1 protein key to melanoma metastasis

Researchers from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are part of a team that has identified a protein, called P-Rex1, that is key to the movement of cells called melanoblasts. When these cells experience uncontrolled growth, melanoma develops.

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Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

This laboratory discovery by UNC scientists could result in the development of a targeted therapy to treat Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant bone and soft tissue tumor of children and young adults.

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Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Researchers have long sought ways to avoid scarring of the heart after a heart attack. But now new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

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Martha Jean Greene: Living the bountiful life in spite of aggressive cancer

Martha Jean Greene: Living the bountiful life in spite of aggressive cancer

A life-long resident of Watauga County is the model for how to live life to the fullest despite an aggressive cancer that is as tough a fighter as she is.

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No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

One of the first-ever, UNC-led epidemiological studies to examine HPV-type competition in men found little evidence for potential type competition. Their findings are published in the online edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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2011 Oncology Nursing Excellence, Clinical Services Excellence Award winners

2011 Oncology Nursing Excellence, Clinical Services Excellence Award winners

Congratulations to Anne Dunlap and Betty Hinshaw for winning the 2011 Oncology Nursing Excellence Award. Sandee Cane and Melanie McNeill were also honored with the 2011 Clinical Services Excellence Award.

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Growing without cell division

Growing without cell division

An international team of scientists, including biologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, may have pinpointed for the first time the mechanism responsible for cell polyploidy, a state in which cells contain more than 2 paired sets of chromosomes.

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Biologically targeted nanoparticles may boost radiation therapy effects

Biologically targeted nanoparticles may boost radiation therapy effects

UNC scientists report what they believe is the first pre-clinical demonstration of the potential of molecularly targeted nanoparticles as a promising new class of agents that can improve chemoradiotherapy treatment.

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UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

UNC scientist receives grant to identify biomarkers for breast cancer recurrence risk

Melissa Troester, PhD, MPH, received $150,000 to support a research project with the goal of identifying biomarkers that will help doctors understand who is at highest risk for breast cancer recurrence.

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Study confirms males and females have at least one thing in common: upregulating X

Study confirms males and females have at least one thing in common: upregulating X

The finding provides clarity to a hotly debated topic in science and provides biologists with more information to interpret experiments involving genetic measurements in males and females.

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Morning UV exposure may be less damaging to the skin

Morning UV exposure may be less damaging to the skin

Study suggests that restricting sunbathing or visits to the tanning booth to morning hours would reduce the risk of skin cancer. That’s when DNA repair of UV radiation damage may run in high gear.

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Tim Richardson:  A gift to himself for a second chance

Tim Richardson: A gift to himself for a second chance

A 36-year-old Anson County man donates his own stem cells for a transplant to tame an exceptionally rare condition.

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UNC researcher to help lead new esophageal cancer network

UNC researcher to help lead new esophageal cancer network

Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, professor in the UNC School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, will co-direct Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet) projects.

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Project to improve use of cancer support services

Project to improve use of cancer support services

A project to improve the receipt of beneficial supportive care services for younger women who have breast cancer has received a grant of more than $780,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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