Vital Signs

This week's collection of news and events from the School of Medicine

UNC Health Care Hospitals Ranked Nationally and Rated as “High Performing”

UNC Health Care Hospitals Ranked Nationally and Rated as “High Performing”

UNC Medical Center nationally ranked in five adult specialties, scored as high performing in five more. Four other UNC Health Care hospitals rated high performing for common adult procedures and conditions.

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Researchers Reveal Miscarriage Cause, Key Cellular Targets of Potential Drugs

Researchers Reveal Miscarriage Cause, Key Cellular Targets of Potential Drugs

UNC School of Medicine researchers show how a rare gene defect disrupts an important interaction between proteins, including cellular receptors crucial to cell function and human health.

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Doctor-patient discussions neglect potential harms of lung cancer screening, study finds

Doctor-patient discussions neglect potential harms of lung cancer screening, study finds

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH, report in JAMA Internal Medicine that their analysis of 14 audio-recorded office visit discussions between doctors and patients found the quality of the conversation about lung cancer screening was “poor” and discussion of the potential harms of screening was “virtually nonexistent.” In addition, the doctors spent less than a minute, on average, discussing the issue.

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 Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

In the journal Cancer Immunology Research, scientists led by UNC Lineberger's Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, revealed that a molecule called interleukin-35 plays a role in suppressing cancer-fighting immune cells in pancreatic cancer.

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UNC School of Medicine Welcomes Class of 2022

UNC School of Medicine Welcomes Class of 2022

The UNC School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2022 to campus with orientation activities beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Bright Delivers Whitehead Lecture

Bright Delivers Whitehead Lecture

This year’s Whitehead Lecture was delivered by Cedric Bright, MD, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Director of the Office of Special Programs.

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Review of scientific evidence on effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods for contraception underscores need for higher quality studies

Review of scientific evidence on effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods for contraception underscores need for higher quality studies

The systematic review led by UNC’s Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, MD, was published this week in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It reviewed 53 studies of the effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods and rated the studies for their quality.

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Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Chair Dale Jenkins Announce Search Committee for Successor to William L. Roper, MD, MPH

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt and UNC Health Care Board of Directors Chair Dale Jenkins have named Robert A. Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as chair, and Charles D. Owen, vice chair of the UNC Health Care Board of Directors, as vice chair for the search committee.

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