Vital Signs

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

With Grace and Good Humor

With Grace and Good Humor

Fifteen years ago, Nancy Raasch was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Then, in 2009, came multiple myeloma. Despite these malignancies, she refuses to let cancer define her.

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OIS Security Bytes: Secure Email Attachments

OIS Security Bytes: Secure Email Attachments

UNC’s Office of Information Systems will be posting bite-size IT Security tips for our users. This week's update focuses on how to make certain email attachments are secure. For more information, contact your local IT Support or chat with us at help.med.unc.edu.

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Seizures and Epilepsy with Drs. Bradley Vaughn and Hae Won Shin

Seizures and Epilepsy with Drs. Bradley Vaughn and Hae Won Shin

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & Cristy will be talking with Bradley Vaughn, MD, and Hae Won Shin, MD, from UNC's Department of Neurology about Seizures and Epilepsy.

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UNC Health Care affiliates ranked highly in first-ever Hospital Compare star ratings

UNC Health Care affiliates ranked highly in first-ever Hospital Compare star ratings

Chatham Hospital is one of only three in North Carolina to receive five stars. Four other UNC Health Care affiliates received four stars. In addition, Becker's Hospital Review named UNC Hospitals as one of 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015.

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Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

Cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012

A new study by UNC researchers has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

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Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

A cancer genomics study led by UNC Lineberger researchers and other scientists involved in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute-backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer, was selected as one of the top 10 clinical research achievements of the year.

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Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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King's College visits UNC

On April 9 and 10, UNC's Department of Social Medicine hosted visitors from King's College London's Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine in a joint event, "Pedagogical Encounters: Engaging Social Sciences & Global Health."

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IHQI Seed Grant Program Symposium

The Seed Grant Program promotes the development of expertise in quality improvement at UNC Hospitals and Faculty Physician and Physician Network practices. The symposium will showcase six projects.

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IHQI Quality Improvement Speaker Series: Quality Improvement Through Collaborative Networks

Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH, associate professor of Pediatrics will discuss his work with ImproveCareNow, a network of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care centers in the US and England. Kappelman will explain the multidisciplinary approach of ImproveCareNow and discuss how to leverage the network approach to enhance QI projects.

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MacNider Hall Network Maintenance April 18 - 19

OIS and ITS will be performing network maintenance on the 3rd Floor MacNider Hall Saturday April 18 and 19, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. This work is in preparation for the Voice over IP (VoIP) phone upgrade. During the maintenance networking services will be unreliable throughout the day.

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UNC Researchers Discuss Need for Repeat Kidney Biopsies in Patients with Lupus Nephritis

UNC Researchers Discuss Need for Repeat Kidney Biopsies in Patients with Lupus Nephritis

Fernanda Schober, MD, Glomerulonephritis and Vasculitis Fellow at The UNC Kidney Center, and Will Pendergraft, MD, PhD, assistant professor, just published an editorial in Lupus Science & Medicine in which they review a recent study of specific biomarkers in lupus nephritis and provide their expert opinions on the need for repeated kidney biopsies to help treat patients with lupus nephritis and identify meaningful biomarkers that could predict disease development and response to therapy.

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Nutrition and Cancer with T. Colin Campbell

Nutrition and Cancer with T. Colin Campbell

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & Cristy will be talking with T. Colin Campbell, PhD, professor emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. The theme of this week's conversation will be "Nutrition and Cancer."

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UNC-TV to Host Online Discussion on Gynecological Oncology

On April 22 at 8 p.m., UNC-TV program North Carolina Science Now will host an online discussion with UNC Gynecological Oncologists John Boggess, MD and John Soper, MD. They will talk about their rock band N.E.D – No Evidence of Disease – and its mission to raise awareness of and support women with gynecological cancers.

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Verde Receives PEO Scholar Award

Verde Receives PEO Scholar Award

UNC School of Medicine MD/PhD student Audrey Verde has received the 2015 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO), a national group dedicated to the advancement of women in academics. The Scholar Award is a $15,000 scholarship for women pursuing a doctorate-level degree.

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Recapping the 2015 Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Awards Presentation

The Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Awards are presented to residents who both demonstrate sincere dedication to patients and their families and maintain exemplary professional and interpersonal interactions with colleagues, staff, patients and visitors. This year, six outstanding physicians were honored.

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Boggess, Pardo-Manuel de Villena tabbed as first Smithies Investigators

Boggess, Pardo-Manuel de Villena tabbed as first Smithies Investigators

Kim Boggess, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, professor of genetics, were selected as the inaugural Oliver Smithies Investigators, a program created to recognize senior research faculty members at the UNC School of Medicine who have made major contributions within and beyond their disciplines but who have not yet been appointed to distinguished professorships.

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