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

UNC wins competitive NIH grant to study how nicotine affects lungs

UNC wins competitive NIH grant to study how nicotine affects lungs

UNC Marsico Lung Institute researchers Rob Tarran, PhD, and Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, will lead a $2.3-million, five-year project, which will include the study of electronic cigarettes.

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UNC labs awarded Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research grants

UNC labs awarded Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research grants

The UNC School of Medicine and NC TraCS announced that three labs were selected for $50,000 pilot grants to further Alzheimer’s Disease research being conducted at UNC.

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Cavender part of new diabetes drug study to combat cardiovascular disease

Cavender part of new diabetes drug study to combat cardiovascular disease

Diabetes is known as the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The connection is one that Matthew Cavender, MD, MPH, has closely considered, especially when it comes to a relatively new drug class for diabetes.

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Researchers find molecular trigger for brain inflammation

Researchers find molecular trigger for brain inflammation

UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?

Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?

For the elderly and people with neurodegenerative conditions, balance is not taken for granted. UNC and NC State biomedical engineers are using a new virtual reality system that might one day be used to reveal balance impairments currently undetectable during conventional testing or normal walking.

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De Silva lab awarded $3 million federal contract to develop Zika test

De Silva lab awarded $3 million federal contract to develop Zika test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded contract will allow UNC researchers to develop serological diagnostics for the Zika virus, which could mean more accurate testing for potential recent and remote exposure to the virus.

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UNC Researchers Identify a New HIV Reservoir

UNC Researchers Identify a New HIV Reservoir

Findings reveal a second target for cure research. Jenny Honeycutt, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the division of infectious diseases, is the study's lead author.

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UNC Lineberger receives $4 million gift to support promising new cancer treatment

Alice Lehman of Charlotte has donated $4 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to fund the new cellular immunotherapy research program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Ten-year study shows steady increase in type 1, 2 diabetes in U.S. youth

Ten-year study shows steady increase in type 1, 2 diabetes in U.S. youth

The study found there was an average of 1.8 percent increase each year of youth with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes and an average of 4.8 percent per year increase of newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes cases among the same population.

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Lineberger researchers speak at N.C. Executive Mansion for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation

Lineberger researchers speak at N.C. Executive Mansion for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation

Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina to bring attention to this second-leading cause of cancer death among women. UNC Lineberger researchers joined First Lady Kristin Cooper at the Executive Mansion Monday at a luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.

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UNC to Create and Test Injectable Long-Acting Implant to Prevent HIV/AIDS

UNC to Create and Test Injectable Long-Acting Implant to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Implant could offer long-acting, removable form of prevention not currently available. Martina Kovarova, PhD, of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Global Health and Infectious Disease, and Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, are collaborating on the project.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

The 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting meeting in Washington, D.C., April 1-5, is expected to draw more than 20,000 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and others, including UNC Lineberger faculty, to discuss advances in the field of cancer science.

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Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

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UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

With a more accurate understanding of the characteristics and function of the receptor MRGRPX2, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers were also able to create chemical probe that will allow them study the receptor more precisely.

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Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, Chelsea Anderson, MPH, and their colleagues report that women diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely, and to babies whose weights were below normal. Cancer survivors also had a slightly higher rate of cesarean section deliveries.

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Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Poor oral health and food scarcity major contributors to malnutrition in older adults

Findings point to need for dental care and food assistance programs in elderly. Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, is a senior author of the study.

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New insights on side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

New insights on side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

A study led by Ronald C. Chen, MD, examines quality-of-life outcomes for modern treatment choices most patients will face, including active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation treatment, and brachytherapy.

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The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

University of North Carolina scientists found that mucin proteins, which make mucus thick and sticky, fail to unfold properly in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis. And they found the lack of water in the lung can trigger the misfolding mucins.

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Early pregnancy treatment of subclinical thyroid dysfunction has no impact on infant cognitive outcomes

Early pregnancy treatment of subclinical thyroid dysfunction has no impact on infant cognitive outcomes

A comprehensive clinical trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, challenges three decades worth of observational studies by conclusively demonstrating that treatment between eight and 20 weeks of gestation does not have an impact on adverse outcomes in children through five years of age.

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