Vital Signs

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

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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Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as the organization’s first System Executive Director for Health Equity. In the role of System Executive Director for Health Equity, Dr. Cené will lead a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to plan, implement, and evaluate science-based strategies and interventions to help address the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate health disparities and impede health equity in our state.

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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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Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

A comprehensive UC San Francisco-led study flagged drug components in need of more rigorous review to be sure they are safe. The UNC School of Medicine lab of Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, conducted important screening studies to confirm the findings.

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