Vital Signs

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

Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?

Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?

UNC School of Medicine researchers lead new study showing that e-cigarettes trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses in human airways.

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Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

UC San Francisco and UNC-Chapel Hill team solves first ever high-resolution structure of dopamine receptor. Details of the work were published today in Science.

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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 part of International Infection Prevention Week, we look back at some of the ways it has changed the culture in Chapel Hill and look forward to the next big thing in hand hygiene at the Medical Center.

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Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Research led by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, shows how to adapt an existing HIV testing method to detect hepatitis C virus.

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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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Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Sharpless sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute

Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Oct. 17.

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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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Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

Skills of a Tar Heel, 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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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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