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

The Unintended Consequences of Centralized Blood Banking and What To Do About It

The Unintended Consequences of Centralized Blood Banking and What To Do About It

According to Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, of the UNC School of Medicine, the WHO should amend its centralization policy to help doctors save lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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A Gene’s Journey from Covert to Celebrated

A Gene’s Journey from Covert to Celebrated

Unmasking a previously misunderstood gene, University of North Carolina scientists discover an unlikely potential drug target for gastrointestinal cancers.

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Another molecular clue in the mysterious influence of microbiota in the gut

By focusing on small molecules called microRNAs in stem cells of the intestine, UNC School of Medicine researchers have proposed a new mechanism by which gut microbes might help keep us healthy or make us sick.

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UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

UNC's Dr. David Weber and Dr. William Rutala are co-authors of the study, which found that adding UV light to standard cleaning cut transmission of 4 resistant bacteria by 30 percent.

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Are you ready to explore baby’s genome?

Are you ready to explore baby’s genome?

UNC clinical geneticists are part of a national consortium of researchers studying the ins and outs of genome sequencing for newborn health screenings and beyond.

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Are prebiotics the answer for lactose intolerance?

Are prebiotics the answer for lactose intolerance?

New research led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and NC State University demonstrates the effectiveness of using prebiotics to change the composition of the gut microbiome of those suffering from lactose intolerance.

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Anemia protects African children against Malaria

Anemia protects African children against Malaria

UNC researchers have proven these concerns valid after finding iron deficiency anemia actually protects children against the blood-stage of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Africa, and treating anemia with iron supplementation removes this protective effect. Morgan Goheen, PhD, is the study's lead author.

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Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient symptom reporting

Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient symptom reporting

In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, professor of medicine and director of UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Outcomes Research Program, addressed the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.

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Should biomedical graduate schools ignore the GRE?

Should biomedical graduate schools ignore the GRE?

UNC research shows test scores don’t forecast productivity or success in graduate programs within the experimental sciences.

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New study identifies most important factors in aesthetic surgery patient decisions

New study identifies most important factors in aesthetic surgery patient decisions

UNC School of Medicine researchers, led by Cindy Wu, MD, used a crowdsourcing model to identify what potential patients value most when seeking an aesthetic surgeon.

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The science of baby’s first sight

The science of baby’s first sight

UNC scientists conduct seminal experiments to unveil how early-in-life visual experiences – simply trying to see – sculpt a particular subnetwork of brain circuitry we need in order to see properly.

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Start-up with UNC ties secures $2.9 million to develop blood test for cancer

Start-up with UNC ties secures $2.9 million to develop blood test for cancer

A start-up company co-founded by UNC Lineberger researcher Andrew Wang has raised $2.9 million to commercialize a test designed to capture cancer cells circulating in the blood.

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Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC scientists expand the use of light to control protein activity in cells

Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC scientists expand the use of light to control protein activity in cells

The new research technique, developed by researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has the potential to illuminate the roles of previously inaccessible proteins important for health and disease.

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Caranasos collaborates with researchers from NC State to develop synthetic cardiac stem cell

Caranasos collaborates with researchers from NC State to develop synthetic cardiac stem cell

Thomas Caranasos, MD, director, adult cardiac surgery, has collaborated with researchers from N.C. State, as well as Universities in China and Japan, to develop a synthetic cardiac stem cell.

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Nelson honored by Rheumatology Research Foundation

Nelson honored by Rheumatology Research Foundation

Amanda Nelson, MD, a rheumatologist at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, has received the “Innovative Research Award” from the Rheumatology Research Foundation. This grant will enable her to study the association between features of osteoarthritis that are observable with ultrasound compared to x-ray observations and symptoms, as well as the potential influence of factors such as age, sex, race, obesity and prior injury.

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Inside the world of cell signaling: a G-protein breakthrough

Inside the world of cell signaling: a G-protein breakthrough

UNC scientists led by John Sondek, PhD, created a new biochemical tool to block specific types of downstream G-protein signaling, opening new avenues of research and potential drug design and discovery.

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White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

This kind of new brain imaging study could help identify cognitive problems and psychiatric disorders very early and develop appropriate interventions.

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 For invasive breast cancer, researchers identify biomarkers of treatment response

For invasive breast cancer, researchers identify biomarkers of treatment response

UNC Lineberger researchers reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium they have identified biomarkers they believe can be used as part of a larger model to predict how patients with HER2-positive operative breast cancer will respond to the targeted treatment trastuzumab, commercially known as Herceptin, and chemotherapy.

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Cigar warning labels are not equally believable among adolescents

Cigar warning labels are not equally believable among adolescents

Less than 50 percent of surveyed teens found it ‘very believable’ that cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes, according to a first-of-its-kind UNC School of Medicine study.

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Scientists find new way to reverse immune suppression caused by HIV

Scientists find new way to reverse immune suppression caused by HIV

By blocking a specific cell signaling pathway in lab animals, researchers reversed signs of chronic immune activation, thereby boosting T-cell recovery and viral suppression.

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