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UNC Lineberger researchers show how viral protein helps drive cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers show how viral protein helps drive cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Blossom Damania, PhD, and Penny Anders, PhD, published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that explains how the viral protein vPK helps drive abnormal growth of immune cells called B cells. Their findings identify vPK as a potential druggable target to block or treat cancer in people infected with the virus.

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By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Chad Pecot, MD, report in the journal Nature Communications that for a particular subset of lung cancer tumors, there is a high prevalence of immune cells called inflammatory monocytes. These cells, which normally help to build clotting scaffolds to promote wound healing, also make it possible for tumor cells to migrate and spread to other parts of the body.

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Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy SEAL Robert Adams, MD, of the UNC Physicians Network, was featured on the Peer Spectrum Podcast to discuss his book "Six Days of the Impossible," a medical look at Navy SEAL hell week.

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Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nurse leadership experience and currently serves as the vice president of the American Nurses Association. He is also the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.

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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

The work was led by researchers in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Scientists identify brain cell types underlying schizophrenia

Scientists identify brain cell types underlying schizophrenia

Karolinska Institutet and UNC School of Medicine researchers, including Patrick Sullivan, PhD, have identified four specific types of brain cells associated with schizophrenia. The findings offer a roadmap for the development of new therapies to target the condition.

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Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

A new case report led by UNC's Maya Styner, MD, describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.

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Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants

Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants

Of the three principal investigators awarded these prestigious NIH grants, two are researchers in the UNC Department of Pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine – Byran L. Roth and Gary Johnson.

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