Vital Signs - July 2, 2009

UNC study rewrites textbook on key genetic phenomenon
Because females carry two copies of the X chromosome to males’ one X and one Y, they harbor a potentially toxic double dose of the more than 1000 genes that reside on the X chromosome.
Study shows that a combination of common genetic variations can lead to schizophrenia
A multi-national group of investigators, including a scientist at UNC-Chapel Hill, has discovered that nearly a third of the genetic basis of schizophrenia may be attributed to the cumulative actions of thousands of common genetic variants. The effects of each of these genetic changes, innocuous on its own, add up to a significant risk for developing both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
UNC scientists tackle viral mysteries
Scientists know that some cancers are triggered by viruses, which take over cellular systems and cause uncontrolled cell growth. Doctors – and patients who get shingles late in life – have also known for many years that some viruses, particularly the herpes virus, can lie dormant in a person’s cells for long periods of time and then reactivate, causing disease. These viruses also cause significant disease in immunosuppressed people and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Aerobic activity may keep the brain young
In a UNC study to be published July 9 in the American Journal of Neuroradiology, physically active elderly people showed healthier cerebral blood vessels than those who are not active.
Ewend honored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Matthew G. Ewend, M.D., director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center program in neuro-oncology, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Tips for a happy and healthy Independence Day
It’s hard to resist the allure of fireworks on the Fourth of July. After all, it’s the oldest celebration in the nation. But each year, thousands of careless revelers are injured.
NC Cardiovascular Update 2009
The Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology present the NC Cardiovascular Update 2009, on Sept. 25-26 at the Friday Center.
Fifth Annual UNC Conference on Eating Disorders: Tools for the Management of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Your Practice and the Schools
The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct.17, at the Friday Center.
July 4 entertainment and fireworks at Kenan Stadium
The Town of Chapel Hill, in cooperation with UNC-Chapel Hill, 1360 WCHL and the Town of Carrboro, will present a July 4th celebration at Kenan Memorial Stadium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Johnny White and The Elite Band are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m. Gates open and children's entertainment begins at 7 p.m.
July 4 transit details
Both Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit will operate on a reduced Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. Neither service will run on July 4.
Rheumatology/Allergy Specialty Clinic has relocated
The faculty and staff of the Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology Division at UNC are delighted to have moved to their new clinic, conveniently located at Carolina Pointe II, at the corner of Interstate 40 and Hwy. 54.
AWARE for All The Triangle
UNC-Chapel Hill helps sponsor Aware for All on Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at North Carolina Central University's School of Education. AWARE for All is an educational program that is free and open to the public for the purpose of providing education to help people make informed decisions about clinical research participation.
UNC Health Care no longer included in University online directory
Beginning the week of July 20, UNC Health Care employees will no longer be listed alongside University employees in the University online directory hosted at
2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk
The 2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the RBC Center.
UNC Health Care launches Commitment to Communities
Caring for the people of North Carolina is an integral part of the UNC Health Care mission. With that in mind, UNC Health Care External Affairs has developed the Commitment to Communities program to expand its outreach into the community both locally and statewide.