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

Can a smart patch prevent blood clots?

Can a smart patch prevent blood clots?

In lab experiments, North Carolina researchers developed the first patch to monitor blood viscosity and release blood thinning medication as needed.

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New investigational compound dramatically reduces sickle cell pain crises

New investigational compound dramatically reduces sickle cell pain crises

The drug, called SelG1, also reduced the frequency of pain crises in people with sickle cell disease and reduced the number of days they spent in the hospital.

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UNC clinical trials play crucial role in FDA approval for diabetes drug

UNC clinical trials play crucial role in FDA approval for diabetes drug

Led by John Buse, MD, PhD, director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center, the clinical research of UNC doctors and the participation of thousands of patients culminates in a new, effective, and safe daily injectable drug to combat type-2 diabetes.

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 Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especially for youth

Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especially for youth

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, concluded in a study published in Tobacco Control that banning non-menthol flavors like fruit and candy could reduce use of most tobacco products across the globe, especially among adolescents.

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Celebrating Student Research

Celebrating Student Research

On Nov. 11, the UNC School of Medicine celebrated the 48th annual Student Research Day, hosted by the John B. Graham Student Research Society.

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It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of muscle, heart defects

It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of muscle, heart defects

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from their fetal forms to their adult forms. Not doing so could lead to muscle defects and disorders.

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Following the ‘Tinman’

Following the ‘Tinman’

Inspired by a genetic discovery by her PhD mentor, UNC heart researcher Li Qian followed the ‘Tinman’ down the yellow brick road to an award-winning career in science, including the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine.

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Can nanotechnology help develop a workable dengue virus vaccine?

Can nanotechnology help develop a workable dengue virus vaccine?

UNC School of Medicine researchers Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, are creating a nanoparticle vaccine that in experiments showed increased antibody responses against one serotype of dengue virus. The de Silva group is collaborating with the UNC laboratories of Chris Luft, PhD, (pharmacy and chemistry), Jenny Ting, PhD, (genetics), and Mike Miley,PhD, (pharmacology), as well as Liquidia Pharmaceuticals to use the same nanoparticle platform to develop a vaccine for all four serotypes of the virus.

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Researching the Receptors

Researching the Receptors

At this year’s Smithies Nobel Symposium lecture, Stanford’s Brian Kobilka spoke on the importance of GPCRs in drug development.

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UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research consortium

UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research consortium

The UNC School of Medicine was one of two U.S. institutions named to an international research consortium funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, which invested $49 million in Zika research and vaccine development at more than 20 laboratories in Europe and Brazil.

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Researchers find childhood hypertension associated with cognitive issues

Researchers find childhood hypertension associated with cognitive issues

Research conducted by a nationwide team, including the UNC School of Medicine's Stephen Hooper, PhD, found associations between hypertension and cognitive issues in children. The research was published in The Journal of Pediatrics and also highlighted by The New York Times in a recent article.

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Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brain cancer treatment?

Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brain cancer treatment?

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. Timothy R. Gershon report preclinical findings showing promise for targeting a gene linked to microcephaly in infants as a treatment for medulloblastoma.

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Study raises concerns about timely follow-up to positive mammogram for the uninsured

Study raises concerns about timely follow-up to positive mammogram for the uninsured

In the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers report that uninsured women under age 65 who received their mammogram at community screening clinics in North Carolina were less likely to get follow-up within a year of a positive mammogram, and had higher odds of missing a 60-day window for follow-up care.

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UNC scientists identify “collateral vessel” gene that protects against stroke damage

UNC scientists identify “collateral vessel” gene that protects against stroke damage

Variants of the human version of the gene may help explain why people differ so much in their ability to survive artery blockages.

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Online group therapy may be effective treatment for bulimia nervosa

Online group therapy may be effective treatment for bulimia nervosa

Study led by UNC researchers compared group therapy delivered via online chat to face-to-face group therapy

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Paper vs. electronic: How a dermatology prescription is written affects adherence

Paper vs. electronic: How a dermatology prescription is written affects adherence

Adewole S. Adamson, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the UNC School of Medicine, found that patients given electronic prescriptions were more likely to pick up and fill their dermatological prescriptions than those patients who were given a traditional, written prescription.

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UNC Research: 'We've Seen Powerful Results'

UNC Research: 'We've Seen Powerful Results'

In a new video produced by the Higher Education Works Foundation, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt touts the many research accomplishments seen on campus over the past few years, specifically citing work in biomedical science and cancer research.

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Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

National Institute of Justice funds research to develop a tool to identify abuse in this setting.

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