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

Neurons, brain cancer cells require the same little-known protein for long-term survival

Neurons, brain cancer cells require the same little-known protein for long-term survival

UNC researchers lay the groundwork for a new approach to brain cancer treatments and a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease.

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UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots

UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots

Eliminating an enzyme known as factor XIII shrinks clots by 50 percent. The discovery could lead to a safer alternative to blood thinners for patients at high risk of deep vein thrombosis.

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Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

Though cancer screening has come a long way, physicians still do not thoroughly discuss with patients the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures before decisions are made to undergo the screenings, according to a new study co-authored by a UNC physician.

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Rutala and Weber describe key considerations for selecting disinfectants

Rutala and Weber describe key considerations for selecting disinfectants

A new article, authored by William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and David J. Weber, MD, MPH, explains five key considerations that health care professionals should take into account when selecting the optimal disinfectant for decontamination of environmental surfaces.

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Fat of the Bone

Fat of the Bone

Maya Styner, MD, unveils a new kind of study showing how a high-fat diet, exercise, and diabetes medications can change the insides of our bones.

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Song awarded grant to study brain cell restoration after stroke

Song awarded grant to study brain cell restoration after stroke

Juan Song, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology, received a 4-year, $308,000 Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association to investigate how brain cells called interneurons influence the regeneration of the hippocampus region of the brain after stroke.

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The Brain on Light

The Brain on Light

Graduate student Alice Stamatakis uses optogenetics to study the complicated circuitry behind reward, addiction, and aversion.

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UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

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Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

The discovery from UNC School of Medicine researchers overturns a controversial research study and offers a path for creating and testing CF treatments.

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Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? New research provides part of the explanation.

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Frequent in-person home visits can reduce both readmission and death for patients with heart failure

Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

The work, by UNC researchers, adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that nontraditional approaches to health care are becoming ever more important in managing health and disease.

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The John B. Graham Society's 47th Annual Student Research Day

The John B. Graham Society's Student Research Day features poster and oral presentations given by UNC medical students. This year, we are honored to host Nobel laureate Peter Agre, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, as our keynote speaker.

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UNC study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

UNC study finds massive cost savings in high-tech pathogen-identification method

The new technology is more efficient than, cheaper than, and as accurate as conventional lab tests used to identify bacterial and fungal infections in patient samples.

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UNC researchers find new target for chronic pain treatment

UNC researchers find new target for chronic pain treatment

Researchers led by Mark Zylka, PhD, also found a compound that could become a new treatment for conditions such as arthritis, shingles, and back pain.

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