January

The Ultimate Telemedicine: UNC Expert Helps Treat Astronaut’s Blood Clot During NASA Mission
Blood clot expert Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, consulted NASA on how to treat a U.S. astronaut’s deep vein thrombosis during a mission on the International Space Station. Moll co-wrote a case study on the successful treatment that has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
UNC Hospitals and UNC REX Implement New Visitor Restrictions Due to Flu
Visitor restrictions aimed at protecting patients and staff as number of flu cases increases.
Remembering Dr. Robert Bashford
Dr. Robert Bashford, Associate Dean for Rural Initiatives and former Associate Dean for Admissions at the UNC School of Medicine, has passed away. Read a message from Drs. Wesley Burks and Cristy Page.
Life’s Clockwork: Scientist Shows How Molecular Engines Keep Us Ticking
Charles Carter, PhD, published seminal work on the inner workings of chemical machines inside our cells that turn energy into action, the foundation of life.
A Full Breakdown of All Vaping Industry Academic Scholarships to High Schoolers
Led by Adam Goldstein, MD, UNC Family Medicine researchers published details on how electronic cigarette companies offer academic scholarships to high school-age teenagers and young adults, showing a disconnect between the industry’s desire to increase vaping among young people and the desire of health advocates to decrease such usage.
Researchers find clues to drug resistance in medulloblastoma subtype
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and Kirk Wilhelmsen, MD, PhD, have new evidence to explain how drug resistance develops in a major subtype of medulloblastoma, the most common invasive brain tumor in children.
Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, Appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
UNC Department of Family Medicine professor and vice chair of research, Katrina Donahue MD, MPH, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as one of its newest members.
Remembering Dr. Jeffrey Houpt
Jeffrey L. Houpt, MD, Dean Emeritus of the UNC School of Medicine, and former CEO of UNC Health Care, passed away on January 13 at the age of 78.
Improving Cardiovascular Health of the Most Vulnerable
Heart disease and stroke are major causes of pre-mature mortality and morbidity in North Carolina, and there are significant racial and geographic disparities in cardiovascular care, morbidity and mortality. A two-year pilot project led by Rick Stouffer, MD, shows how the cardiovascular health of the most vulnerable patients can be improved with free medications.
Researchers Reverse HIV Latency, Important Scientific Step Toward Cure
Overcoming HIV latency – induction of HIV in CD4+ T cells that lay dormant throughout the body – is a major step toward creating a cure for HIV. For the first time, scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory University, and Qura Therapeutics – a partnership between UNC and ViiV Healthcare – have shown that a new approach can expose latent HIV to attack in two different animal model systems with little or no toxicity.
UNC Health Care Expands Services Available for Children in Wake County
UNC Children’s Raleigh clinic and a new pediatrics wing at UNC REX Hospital will improve care for kids.
UNC Senior Alliance Ranked #1 Nationally in Clinical Quality
Among 34 Pay-for-Performance Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations
UNC Lineberger discovery would allow researchers to fine-tune activity of cancer-hunting immune cells
Researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s Gianpietro Dotti, MD, reported new findings about the regulation of co-stimulatory molecules that could be used to activate cancer-killing immune cells – chimeric antigen receptor T-cells, or CAR-T. The molecules could also be used to decrease the activity of these cells.
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