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

Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy

Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, research conducted at an EPA facility on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus shows that expired and sterilized used N95 masks are still very good at protecting wearers. This work was led by UNC School of Medicine's Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, Phillip Clapp, PhD, and William Bennett, PhD.

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Daniels Selected Chief Operating Officer UNC Hospitals

Daniels Selected Chief Operating Officer UNC Hospitals

Rowell Daniels, PharmD, MS, FASHP has been selected to the permanent position of Chief Operating Officer for UNC Hospitals.

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Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds

Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds

Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, the paper’s first author, and an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, director of UNC Tobacco Intervention Programs and professor of Family Medicine at UNC School of Medicine, is the study’s senior author.

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Eat Local and Help Locals through the Chatham Food Hub

Eat Local and Help Locals through the Chatham Food Hub

UNC Health teamed up with partners from UNC-Chapel Hill, Chatham County, and NC State to create a "drive-thru food hall" at Bray Park in Siler City, including free meals for low-income customers through the CORA Food Pantry.

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Scientists Discover Curious Clues in the War Between CF Bacteria

Scientists Discover Curious Clues in the War Between CF Bacteria

In a new study, researchers in the UNC School of Medicine lab of Peggy Cotter, PhD, describe in detail the different weaponry bacteria use to establish infection in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, depending on their age.

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Hayes-Jordan Elected to American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Directors

Hayes-Jordan Elected to American Pediatric Surgical Association Board of Directors

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, Byah Thomason Doxey-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor, Chief of the division of general pediatric surgery, has been elected a governor of the board of directors for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

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UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

Melissa Caughey, PhD, instructor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the senior author of a recently published study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF.

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