Vital Signs

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

New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

UNC’s Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer will speak about their new book at Quail Ridge Book Store in Raleigh on Oct. 28.

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Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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How Hand Hygiene Becomes Contagious

How Hand Hygiene Becomes Contagious

The hand hygiene program Clean In, Clean Out has been part of the landscape here at the UNC Medical Center for just over four years – recently passing the amazing milestone of half a million observations. As we enter year five of the program, we look back at some of the ways it has changed the culture in Chapel Hill and what’s the next big thing in hand hygiene at the Medical Center.

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UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

The five-year, NIH-funded research study aims to create better, more personalized asthma treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the lung condition.

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Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Meltzer-Brody to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, will headline the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' weekly Science Cafe series on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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Urgent Message for Apple users re: High Sierra update

Urgent Message for Apple users re: High Sierra update

Recently the new Apple Macintosh operating system (High Sierra) was released in the Apple App Store. If you have an Apple computer it is likely that you have seen a prompt to download and install this update. PLEASE DO NOT install the update at this time. This update will cause problems with Microsoft Office and the UNC wireless eduroam enrollment process. Campus IT groups are currently working with the vendors for a resolution. Please monitor this page for updates.

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Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Preliminary findings from a study led by UNC Lineberger's Bhisham Chera, MD, and Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, suggest a genetic test for HPV16 in blood could be useful to help assess risk for patients and identify patients suitable for lower treatment doses.

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Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

In lab experiments, UNC School of Medicine researchers showed that blocking the gene Bpifb1 led to a striking increase in the mucin protein MUC5B in mucus.

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Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Researchers report in JAMA Dermatology that surgical treatment delays – defined as surgery that occurred more than six weeks after diagnosis – were common. Medicaid patients were 36 percent more likely than private insurance patients to experience delays.

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CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10

CIDD Investigator Forum set for Oct. 10

Postdoc Meghan Swanson to present “Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment Behind Emerging Language”

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