Vital Signs

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

Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Last month, the Department of Anesthesiology took simulation to a new level with a two-day, full-scale, high-fidelity training for residents that served two purposes: testing residents on a variety of competencies and preparing them for new accreditation standards and board certification processes.

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UNC Diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

UNC Diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

TV segment focused diabetes prevention and screening and featured John Buse, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Endocrinology, executive associate dean for clinical research.

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New study: Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

New study: Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

What is it like to be someone who smokes in today’s increasingly smoke-free world? How can providers best interact with their patients who smoke and support their efforts to become tobacco-free? A new study by researchers from the UNC Department of Family Medicine and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center represents one of the first efforts to ask these and other seemingly simple, yet critical, questions. The study was lead by Jacqueline Halladay, MD, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine.

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Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

The findings could lead to more personalized approaches to controlling platelet activity during heart attacks and other vascular emergencies and diseases. Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, member of the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC, is senior author of the paper.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

A first of its kind study shows that who we inherit genetic variants from – our mother or father – is crucial for the development of diseases and for research studies aimed at finding causes and potential treatments.

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Recapping Community Service and Advocacy Day

Recapping Community Service and Advocacy Day

On Friday, Feb. 20, UNC School of Medicine Students took time to reflect on the importance of serving the community.

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McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

On March 15, Paul McIntosh will run in the Tobacco Road Marathon. The second-year medical student is running to honor those suffering from Pompe disease, a rare, genetic condition he was diagnosed with in 2012.

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Spring Medical Alumni Banquet

The UNC School of Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumnus Awards, Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented at the Spring Medical Alumni Banquet on Friday, April 17.

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RTI Speaker Series - Session 2 Diagnostic Error in Medicine

Mark Graber, senior fellow in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program at RTI, has more than 30 years’ experience in academic medicine and health care research with a focus on quality of care and patient safety. Graber is an internationally recognized authority on diagnostic error in medicine and has published extensively in this area.

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2015 UNC School of Medicine Merrimon Lecture

The 2015 Merrimon Lecture, given by H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Practice, is titled, "Seven Assumptions that Drive Too Much Health Care."

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Sleeping Too Much or Too Little: Answers on YOUR HEALTH with Dr. Heidi Roth

Sleeping Too Much or Too Little: Answers on YOUR HEALTH with Dr. Heidi Roth

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & Cristy will be talking with Heidi Roth, MD, associate professor and sleep specialist at UNC's Department of Neurology. The theme of the conversation will be "Sleeping Too Much or Too Little?"

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UNC Family Medicine February Newsletter

Find out what's happening at UNC Family Medicine with their February edition of The Intercom.

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Feeding a Hungry World Lecture

On March 2, Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, MD, MPH, clinical professor, Community Health and Human Development, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, will deliver a lecture on her international work with the Children's Oral Health and Nutrition Project.

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Researchers pin down genetic pathways linked to CF disease severity

Researchers pin down genetic pathways linked to CF disease severity

New findings from the UNC School of Medicine may shed light on why cystic fibrosis patients with the same genetic mutation can have different disease severity and may react differently to medications

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UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.

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Upcoming CPR certification courses

Need your CPR certification renewed? TABS, an organization affiliated with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, has scheduled two CPR courses (basic life support for healthcare providers) with CPR Carolina on Feb. 23 and 24. School of Medicine students are welcome to attend.

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CDC Special Project funding announcement

The CDC released 11 PRC Special Interest Project Announcements that are only available to CDC-Sponsored Prevention Research Centers. Letters of Intent are due March 6 and full applications are due on April 8. Applications must be completed by April 1 for routing and submission to the Office of Sponsored Research.

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