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

Successful Peanut Allergy Clinical Trial Results Published in NEJM

Successful Peanut Allergy Clinical Trial Results Published in NEJM

The treatment, AR101 from Aimmune Therapeutics, was based on research conducted in the lab of Wesley Burks, MD. It significantly increased the amount of peanut protein tolerated. UNC’s Edwin Kim, MD, MS, was PI at the UNC site of this international trial.

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Can Scientists Change Mucus to Make It Easier to Clear, Limiting Harm to Lungs?

Can Scientists Change Mucus to Make It Easier to Clear, Limiting Harm to Lungs?

UNC School of Medicine and Duke University researchers, led by Brian Button, PhD, show why coughing can’t force mucus free from airways to help people battle cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis, and how new treatments could alter mucus to make coughing more therapeutic.

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UNC Researcher Finds Gender Disparities in Admissions, Treatment for Heart Attack Patients, Earns Nomination for AHA Award

UNC Researcher Finds Gender Disparities in Admissions, Treatment for Heart Attack Patients, Earns Nomination for AHA Award

Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, was nominated for the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award for Young Investigators in Training for his study showing young women are having proportionally more heart attacks than young men.

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Der receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Der receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

The National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award supports accomplished leaders in cancer research.

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 By solving a mystery of gene repair, scientists uncover an exception to biology’s rules

By solving a mystery of gene repair, scientists uncover an exception to biology’s rules

UNC Lineberger's Dale Ramsden, PhD, and his colleagues published a major study in the journal Science revealing surprising findings about the way major breaks in our DNA are repaired.

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Six UNC Health Care Hospitals Earn Top Safety Grades from Leapfrog

The latest hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group are out, and six hospitals affiliated with UNC Health Care received top “A” grades for their work in protecting patients and delivering excellent care.

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A cancer diagnosis changed their wedding plans, but strengthened their bond

A cancer diagnosis changed their wedding plans, but strengthened their bond

A diagnosis with a rare type of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia just days before his wedding influenced Dustin Riedesel's perspective on marriage, and inspired him and his now-wife, Katie, to raise money to support cancer research.

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Center for Transplant Care Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Procedures

Center for Transplant Care Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Procedures

The program’s major milestone was celebrated in the lobby of the UNC Children’s Hospital Monday morning with speeches from physicians that have made the program possible, along with a kidney transplant patient and his living donor.

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Blue Cross NC, UNC-Chapel Hill Collaborate to Expand Rural Primary Care

Blue Cross NC, UNC-Chapel Hill Collaborate to Expand Rural Primary Care

Blue Cross NC to invest $800,000 in a new UNC-Chapel Hill program that improves access to care, education and employment opportunities throughout Rockingham County.

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Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Neuroscientists and chronic pain experts at the UNC School of Medicine used a weak alternating current of electricity to target a specific part of the brain and significantly decrease chronic lower back pain in all participants of a small clinical trial.

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Qian Appointed Associate Director of McAllister Heart Institute

Qian Appointed Associate Director of McAllister Heart Institute

Li Qian, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been named the associate director of McAllister Heart Institute effective October 1, 2018.

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UNC Medical Center resumes accepting emergency cases

UNC Medical Center resumes accepting emergency cases

The Medical Center has resumed accepting emergency cases and is accepting transfers on a case-by-case basis, and UNC Health Care clinics in the Chapel Hill area will resume normal operations today at noon.

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UNC Medical Center temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to water main break

UNC Medical Center temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to water main break

UNC Medical Center is temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to the OWASA water main break. Additionally, we are not accepting transfer patients. Trauma patients are currently being redirected to other facilities in the area.

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