Vital Signs

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

Grateful for Every Breath

Grateful for Every Breath

In 1990, Howell Graham was the first patient at UNC Hospitals with cystic fibrosis to receive a double lung transplant. Over the years he has tried several times, but couldn’t quite find the right words to say ‘thank you’ for the gift he received. Now, he says he’s finally ready.

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UNC researcher to headline upcoming Science Café

UNC researcher to headline upcoming Science Café

UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, will be the featured scientist at the Science Café at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. The event takes place Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

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 Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Ronald Chen, MD, found that a group of prostate cancer patients reliably reported their own medical histories when their responses were compared to their medical records.

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 Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

With a $1.74 million grant from the NIH, UNC Lineberger researchers led by H. Shelton Earp, MD, will study a potential new strategy for improving immunotherapy drug responses in patients with melanoma.

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Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.

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“That rare and wonderful thing called hope”: A UNC alum’s Lewy body dementia diagnosis and the doctor who made all the difference

“That rare and wonderful thing called hope”: A UNC alum’s Lewy body dementia diagnosis and the doctor who made all the difference

A recent News & Observer article highlights the work of Dan Kaufer, MD, director of the UNC Memory Disorders Center, and how he helps patients diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.

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How Life Survives: UNC researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA repair

How Life Survives: UNC researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA repair

Findings come from an advanced DNA sequencing application developed by the lab of University of North Carolina Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar.

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