Family Medicine

The latest news from the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Researchers find combined therapy for RA may help speed remission

RTI and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, including Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, and Beth Jonas, MD, analyzed results from 22 studies to support combination therapy as a way improve outcomes for some rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

Two new projects are part of a NIH-funded network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is a co-principal investigator for one study and site-PI for the other.

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Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

UNC Family Medicine researchers Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, lead new study on teen rates for using e-cigarette devices to vape marijuana.

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UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, in the department of family medicine and Laura Young, MD, PhD, and John Buse, MD, PhD, in the department of medicine were featured in this American Diabetes Association video about the MONITOR Trial and a $1.3 million PCORI-funded effort to translate UNC diabetes research into the clinic.

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UNC School of Medicine’s  Dr. Harry Stafford Receives Humanitarian Award

UNC School of Medicine’s Dr. Harry Stafford Receives Humanitarian Award

Dr. Stafford is being recognized for "his continued efforts in sports medicine and heart health. His efforts continue to impact our local communities and student-athletes across North Carolina.”

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UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill selected Evan Ashkin, MD, professor of family medicine, and allied health graduate student Mariel Marshall as recipients of 2019 Diversity Awards.

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Ruff to Run Boston Marathon

Ruff to Run Boston Marathon

Dr. Sarah Ruff, a physician at UNC Family Medicine at Southpoint, was selected from more than 500 applicants nationwide to run the Boston Marathon with a team of 18 health professionals.

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UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Second Straight Year

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Second Straight Year

In the annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st for primary care, 23rd in research, 4th for family medicine, 9th for rehabilitation counseling, 11th for obstetrics and gynecology, 20th for psychiatry, and 26th for internal medicine.

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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in NIH finding, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30.

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TBJ Selects Seven Health Care Heroes from UNC Medical Center, School of Medicine

TBJ Selects Seven Health Care Heroes from UNC Medical Center, School of Medicine

Triangle Business Journal selected seven medical and research leaders as Health Care Heroes, including former Dean and UNC Health Care CEO William Roper, current Dean and CEO Wesley Burks, and the student-led organization White Coats Black Doctors.

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UNC researchers awarded $1.3 million to put diabetes discovery into practice across the U.S.

UNC researchers awarded $1.3 million to put diabetes discovery into practice across the U.S.

A landmark UNC School of Medicine study showed that the finger prick blood glucose test is unnecessary for most people with type 2 diabetes, and now researchers Katrina Donahue and Laura Young received a PCORI grant to implement their findings across the country.

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UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis

A study led by UNC’s Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. to determine if the Tdap vaccine given to a mother will reduce the chances of her child developing pertussis during the first 18 months of life. The results show a decrease in overall cases of pertussis, and most notably, in pertussis hospitalization in infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy.

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Cigarillo packaging can influence product perception, study finds

Cigarillo packaging can influence product perception, study finds

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Adam Goldstein, MD, and Clare Meernik, MPH, surveyed 2,664 young adults who were current users, never users, or past users of little cigars and cigarillos, finding cigarillo packs with colors and containing a flavor descriptor were rated more positively for taste and smell. Health warnings didn’t fully mitigate the draw of the packaging.

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UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

The UNC School of Medicine ranks 16th overall in NIH funding; 6th among public universities. The department of cell biology and physiology is the highest ranked at 2nd overall.

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Rodgers to deliver 14th Annual Huntley Lecture

Rodgers to deliver 14th Annual Huntley Lecture

Denise V. Rodgers, MD, FAAFP, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will deliver the 14th Annual Robert R. Huntley, MD Lecture, presented by the Department of Family Medicine. The title of her lecture is "Persistent Health Disparities: Understanding the Role of Social Determinants, Implicit Bias and Racism."

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Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

In a study led by UNC Family Medicine’s Adam Goldstein, MD, researchers found that efforts are needed to help youth remain nicotine free – especially those adolescents who aren’t otherwise susceptible to smoking cigarettes.

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Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors

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UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

A $340,000 The Duke Endowment grant helps UNC Family Medicine physician Evan Ashkin expand Formerly Incarcerated Transition program into Orange County.

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A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

Longtime UNC family medicine researcher Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, wrote a book that employs the latest clinical evidence to help those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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