Vital Signs

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

UNC neuroscientist headlines Science Café

Watch video of UNC researcher Flavio Frohlich, PhD, speak at last week's Science Café at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Frohlich is an assistant professor of psychiatry, cell biology & physiology, and biomedical engineering at the UNC School of Medicine.

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UNC researcher finds safer, less-invasive method of staging endometrial cancer

UNC researcher finds safer, less-invasive method of staging endometrial cancer

Using dye to map cancer metastases, Emma Rossi, MD, and UNC collaborators lead large study to help patients avoid complications from surgery.

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UNC Center for Health Innovation and AARP  Collaborate on Digital Health Solutions for the 50+ Population

UNC Center for Health Innovation and AARP Collaborate on Digital Health Solutions for the 50+ Population

The second Digital Health Innovation SprintTM will address the challenge of how can wearables be used to galvanize the 50+ population to take the right medications as prescribed?

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 Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

UNC Lineberger researchers Hy Muss, MD, Shlomit Strulov Shachar, MD, and colleagues report in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that a measure of muscle mass and muscle quality developed at UNC could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for side effects that could require hospitalization.

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Autism study gains national attention

Autism study gains national attention

Published last week in the journal Nature, the research shows it is possible to use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will go on to develop autism as toddlers.

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Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Published today in Nature, the discovery has major implications for the study of motivation, decision making, as well as addiction and other disorders.

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Researchers implicate suspect in heart disease linked to diabetes

Researchers implicate suspect in heart disease linked to diabetes

In their study of the IRS-1 protein, researchers at the University of North Carolina found a new lead for reversing or preventing heart disease associated with diabetes.

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Grateful for Every Breath

Grateful for Every Breath

In 1990, Howell Graham was the first patient at UNC Hospitals with cystic fibrosis to receive a double lung transplant. Over the years he has tried several times, but couldn’t quite find the right words to say ‘thank you’ for the gift he received. Now, he says he’s finally ready.

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 Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Ronald Chen, MD, found that a group of prostate cancer patients reliably reported their own medical histories when their responses were compared to their medical records.

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 Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

With a $1.74 million grant from the NIH, UNC Lineberger researchers led by H. Shelton Earp, MD, will study a potential new strategy for improving immunotherapy drug responses in patients with melanoma.

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Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.

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