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ALS: New Clues to the Cause and How Future Drugs Might Reverse Disease

ALS: New Clues to the Cause and How Future Drugs Might Reverse Disease

UNC and NC State researchers team up to reverse TDP-43 protein aggregation, a hallmark of degenerative diseases.

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Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? Findings from the UNC School of Medicine shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

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A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

Longtime UNC family medicine researcher Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, wrote a book that employs the latest clinical evidence to help those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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UNC Health Care honored as 'Most Wired Advanced'

UNC Health Care honored as 'Most Wired Advanced'

UNC Health Care is one of only 27 systems in the United States to be recognized as a 'Most Wired Advanced’ health system by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for its use of information technology to improve patient care and clinical integration.

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Teen ACL injuries on the rise, UNC researchers call for wider use of injury prevention programs

Teen ACL injuries on the rise, UNC researchers call for wider use of injury prevention programs

New research from UNC shows that rates of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction are increasing sharply, with the most dramatic increase among girls aged 13-17.

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Kenan Charitable Trust Awards $1.5 million to UNC Health Affairs Schools

Kenan Charitable Trust Awards $1.5 million to UNC Health Affairs Schools

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the UNC School of Medicine $1.5 million to establish interprofessional clinical experiences for health professions students in rural areas of the state, launching the UNC Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI).

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Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, new guidance says

Pregnant women should be included in Zika virus vaccine research, new guidance says

The inclusion of pregnant women in Zika virus vaccine research is crucial to solving the international health crisis, according to new guidance published by UNC’s Center for Bioethics and two other universities.

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How blood vessels control their destiny

How blood vessels control their destiny

UNC researchers define the importance of the decoy receptor VEGFR1 in the process of angiogenesis, in findings that could have important implications in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

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 Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

In the journal Nature Nanotechnology, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Andrew Wang, MD, report on strides made in the development of a strategy to improve the immune system's detection of cancer proteins by using “sticky” nanoparticles.

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UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC’s Anne Lyerly, MD, published an opinion piece in JAMA Pediatrics that urges scientists to use lessons learned during the Rubella outbreak as they work to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, specifically as it relates to the ethics of including pregnant women in vaccine trials.

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Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

UNC and University of Florida researchers created viruses to deliver gene therapies while evading pre-existing immune system responses. Aravind Asokan, PhD, led the research team at UNC.

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UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

A Research Triangle Park startup founded by Zhen Gu, PhD, a biomedical engineer with joint faculty appointments at UNC and NC State University received a $5.8 million cash infusion to continue translation efforts of ‘smart’ insulin devices.

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UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

New insulin degludec has comparable cardiovascular safety rates to insulin glargine U100 but with less risk of triggering low blood sugar.

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Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Hyman B. Muss, MD, presented preliminary findings from several studies focused on older adults with cancer.

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Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

UNC study uncovers crucial function of a yeast enzyme Set2 whose well-conserved human counterpart is often mutated in cancers, especially kidney cancer.

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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

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Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

In the first large pragmatic trial of its kind in the United States, results from a UNC School of Medicine study show that checking finger-stick blood sugars may not help diabetes patients who do not use insulin.

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UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

A phase 2, double-blind study of the investigational medication, brexanolone, in the treatment of women with severe PPD published in The Lancet. Clinical trials are currently underway at UNC.

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Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.

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Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017 in Chicago, researchers presented promising data for two different investigational drug regimens used to treat melanoma that has spread to the brain, a common and deadly complication of this cancer.

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New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

UNC Lineberger member William Y. Kim, MD, and his colleagues report in the journal Nature Communications they have created mouse models of both papillary and clear cell renal cell carcinoma that faithfully mimic the genetic changes seen in tumors of patients with these cancers.

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 With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

Recognizing that her husband now had a chance for a new, healthier life thanks to a stem cell transplant, Jackie Hannah secretly arranged for a ceremony for her husband David and her to renew their marriage vows. While he was in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in March, just after the transplant, and still dressed in his pajamas, David married Jackie again with hospital staff in attendance.

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Black, white men view impacts of prostate cancer treatment differently, study finds

Black, white men view impacts of prostate cancer treatment differently, study finds

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Ronald C. Chen surveyed 1,171 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in North Carolina, finding that while both white and black men were concerned about curing their cancer and the quality-of-life impacts of treatment, more black men considered other social and personal factors -- such as recovery time and cost -- to be very important in their treatment decision-making.

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 Payments linked to higher odds of doctors prescribing certain cancer drugs

Payments linked to higher odds of doctors prescribing certain cancer drugs

In preliminary findings that will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017 in Chicago on Saturday, June 3, researchers show that when physicians had to choose between multiple, on-patent drugs for metastatic kidney cancer and chronic myeloid leukemia, they were more likely to prescribe drugs from companies they had received general payments from.

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Researchers continue to seek strategy for starving brain tumors

Researchers continue to seek strategy for starving brain tumors

In the journal Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger researchers led by member Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, report in the latest in a series of attempts to shut down the energy production machinery in medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. The findings may help researchers identify a suitable therapeutic target within the sugar metabolism pathway, and provide clues to a scientific mystery surrounding the confounding way that some cancer cells get energy from sugar.

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Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk in black women

Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk in black women

In findings published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers confirmed the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk in a study in black women. The association has been seen in other studies drawn from majority white populations.

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