Vital Signs

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

Brewer, Lazard lead publication in Tobacco Control

Brewer, Lazard lead publication in Tobacco Control

UNC Lineberger’s Noel Brewer, PhD, and Allison Lazard, PhD, led a study titled, “Communicating about chemicals in cigarette smoke: impact on knowledge and misunderstanding.”

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Exercising While Restricting Calories Could be Bad for Bone Health

Exercising While Restricting Calories Could be Bad for Bone Health

UNC School of Medicine’s Maya Styner, MD, led research showing that the combination of cutting calories and exercising can make bones smaller and more fragile in animals, whereas exercise on a full-calorie diet has a positive impact on bone health.

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Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

In a new study, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Benjamin Vincent, MD, report the discovery of a method for predicting whether abnormal proteins produced by cancer cells could trigger an immune response.

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Researcher recognized for perseverance that led to study, plans for trials in pancreatic cancer

Researcher recognized for perseverance that led to study, plans for trials in pancreatic cancer

Kirsten Bryant, PhD, Ariel Pani, PhD, and John Pryor, PhD, are this year's recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award, which recognizes outstanding work by postdoctoral research associates at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Researchers report favorable survival, fewer side effects after reduced therapy for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

Researchers report favorable survival, fewer side effects after reduced therapy for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

UNC Lineberger’s Bhishamjit Chera, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology, found that reducing the intensity of radiation treatment for patients with human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer produced a promising survival rate with fewer side effects.

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Fraher Receives the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership

Fraher Receives the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine presented Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, director of the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center, with the Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership at the NCIOM 2019 Annual Meeting.

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UNC Urgent Care 24/7 Provides Free Medical Care for Hurricane Dorian Victims

UNC Urgent Care 24/7 Provides Free Medical Care for Hurricane Dorian Victims

Patients affected by Hurricane Dorian in North Carolina can access medical care around-the-clock via UNC Urgent Care 24/7.

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Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Frank Conlon, PhD, co-led a study showing which proteins and pathways are conserved in four major animal models and humans, providing insights into which models are best for specific research of human disease.

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UNC to Host Annual National Centers for AIDS Research Meeting

The UNC Center for AIDS Research will host the National Centers for AIDS Research meeting November 5-8, including the scientific symposium at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

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Vaping may harm fertility in young women

Vaping may harm fertility in young women

Led by Kathleen Caron, PhD, UNC School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette use during pregnancy impairs metabolic health in animal models.

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