Vital Signs

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

Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

UNC Lineberger’s Donald Rosenstein, MD, and Justin Yopp, PhD, have published a compelling book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” that recounts the lessons a group of widowed fathers learned in responding to loss and grief.

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Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy

Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy

UNC’s Dr. Thomas Egan says that the change in policy was long overdue. However, because the change happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in response to litigation, it came as a “tsunami” that was “sudden, unexpected, and may have huge consequences.”

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Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Research conducted by Susan Girdler, PhD, and David Rubinow, MD, and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to conclude that a year of hormone therapy can effectively prevent the onset of depressive symptoms for women during the menopause transition.

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Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors

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Three UNC autism research studies earn end-of-year honors

Three UNC autism research studies earn end-of-year honors

Autism Speaks, Spectrum, and the NIH singled out innovative work from Joseph Piven’s research team as top studies advancing the field of autism research in 2017.

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