News from UNC Children's

Medicine's Mentors: Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD
At UNC Health Care, we understand that our achievements -- as individuals and as a healthcare system -- would be impossible without the people who challenged, helped, and encouraged us along the way. In Medicine’s Mentors, our new video series, UNC Health Care professionals and medical students share stories of those who helped shape them and discuss what makes mentorship at UNC Health Care unique. Here, Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, opens up about her experiences from Mississippi to Spelman College to Wayne State University to UNC.
Teen lucky to be alive after oral surgery results in sepsis Within hours of undergoing routine wisdom teeth surgery, Burlington teen Ayanna Smith found herself in the fight of her life. The cause? Sepsis. After Ayanna's mom and providers realized how dire the situation had become for her, she was quickly rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UNC Children’s, where her team of providers, including Drs. Ben Haithcock and Tina Schade Willis, among many others, helped save her life. After more than 40 days in the hospital, she is now recovering and resuming her life. Watch and read this feature by WRAL.
The Bigger the Bottle, the Bigger the Baby?
A new UNC School of Medicine study shows that the size of a bottle may contribute to greater weight gain and size for formula-fed infants, putting them at greater risk for obesity later in life.
N.C. Children’s Hospital one of “America’s Best”
North Carolina Children’s Hospital has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”
A Novel Approach to Treating Food Allergies
For most 8-year-olds, life is pretty carefree. Whether eating lunch in the school cafeteria or going to an amusement park with friends, most kids don’t think twice about the associated risks. But for those with a severe food allergy, it’s a different story.
E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immune defense
The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, but toxicologists at UNC are now uncovering how use of e-cigarettes affect genes involved in upper airway immune defense.
Promise Grant Applications Now Open
The UNC Children’s Promise Grant Program is designed to advance programs, services, and other hospital-based initiatives that directly impact care and specific patient-related needs. Since 2002, the program has awarded more than $1 million in grants.
UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study
Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of personalized treatments.
Incorporating fun into care
For young patients facing a difficult time, a little bit of carefree fun goes a long way.
A Long-term Research Relationship
As a high school student, Caitlin Burk began working in the research lab of Wesley Burks, MD. Now, eight years later, she continues that work while balancing the demanding schedule of a third-year medical student.
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