Vital Signs

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

Organization for Autism Research Makes Inaugural Gift for Groundbreaking Project at UNC

Organization for Autism Research Makes Inaugural Gift for Groundbreaking Project at UNC

Led by Kara Hume at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice is a continually updated resource of evidence-based best practices and online instruction.

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Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments

Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Keith Burridge, PhD, and published in the Journal of Cell Biology, examined the role of the physical structure of the nucleus in cell movement through different surfaces.

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A prescription for fruits and veggies

A prescription for fruits and veggies

A new study led by researchers at UNC, including Dana Neutze, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine, and NC State University will give a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center, in addition to connecting them with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers will track changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers—the revenue and risks associated with the program.

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UNC School of Medicine faculty recognized for highly cited research

UNC School of Medicine faculty recognized for highly cited research

Eleven UNC School of Medicine faculty members were named as highly cited researchers in the annual Thomas Reuters list.

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Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

UNC School of Medicine scientists show that therapies to break up mucus in toddlers might offer the best route to a longer life for CF patients.

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Nash UNC Health Care Names L. Lee Isley as CEO

Nash UNC Health Care Names L. Lee Isley as CEO

Isley has served as CEO for Granville Health System in Oxford, NC, since 2006, and has held a variety of roles in his 30-year health care career.

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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

Thomas Egan, MD, 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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 Narrowing the gap toward precision medicine for pancreatic cancer

Narrowing the gap toward precision medicine for pancreatic cancer

To improve treatment and our understanding of one of the deadliest cancers in the United States, UNC Lineberger's Jen Jen Yeh, MD, was involved in two studies that take different approaches to precision medicine for pancreatic cancer.

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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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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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