Top Ten Stories of 2013!

Check out this list of our most popular stories this year based on page views on our newsroom website.


GraysonClampGrayson hears his father's voice for the first time
Grayson Clamp, a 3-year-old from Charlotte, received the auditory brain stem implant in a child done as part of an FDA clinical trial during a surgery done this spring at UNC Hospitals.

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Zylka Researchers discover a potential cause of autism
Key enzymes are found to have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops. 


Urzyme planet illustrationNew findings from UNC School of Medicine challenge assumptions about origins of life
UNC biochemists resurrect “molecular fossils” to conduct experiments that undercut the predominant scientific theory of how life began on Earth. 




Bondurant HallUNC School of Medicine named Best Medical School for Primary Care
The School ranked 1st in Primary Care and 22nd in Research overall in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Best Medical School Rankings. Family Medicine, Rural Medicine and AIDS were also listed as top ten specialties.




SONY DSCUNC neuroscientists discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain
Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at UNC have shown that dendrites actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. The finding could help researchers better understand neurological disorders.


StavasUNC doctor and daughter help victims at Boston Marathon
Joseph M. Stavas, MD, a professor of Radiology at the UNC School of Medicine, ran the Boston Marathon with his daughter, Natalie. Both were at mile marker 26 when the bombings occurred. Watch this video from the Boston Globe to see how the father-daughter team helped victims of the attack in the immediate aftermath.


MaryamMaryam's Journey
A North Carolina nonprofit organization and a UNC Hospitals volunteer partnered to bring an 8-year-old girl with congenital heart problems to UNC for medical treatment.


BurksSublingual immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for peanut allergy
Daily doses of a liquid containing peanut powder, in gradually increasing amounts, enabled patients with peanut allergy to safely consume peanut in amounts at least 10 times greater than their baseline.




HerpesUNC researchers discover gene that suppresses herpes viruses
A research team led by Blossom Damania, PhD, found that suppressing the TLK enzyme causes the activation of the lytic cycle of both EBV and KSHV. During this active phase, these viruses begin to spread and replicate, and become vulnerable to anti-viral treatments.



Miao cellsImmune cell suicide alarm helps destroy escaping bacteria
A University of North Carolina School of Medicine study may have implications for thwarting the effects of bioterrorism attack with lethal microbes, as well as finding a way to save people in septic shock, an overwhelming bacterial infection of the blood.

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