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Participating in HIV Cure Research - with a UNC Study Participant & Dr. David Margolis

Participating in HIV Cure Research - with a UNC Study Participant & Dr. David Margolis

What are some reasons to participate in HIV cure research? A UNC research study participant, Rob, shares his personal reasons, and describes his involvement in recent studies. Dr. David Margolis, who leads HIV cure research at UNC, joins the conversation and describes where cure research is today, including specifics on Vorinostat trials, and where their work is headed. Dr. Margolis is a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is Director of the HIV Cure Center at UNC. He also is the Principal Investigator for CARE, the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication.

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Pursuing Health and Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Pursuing Health and Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Dr. Dorey Glenn Takes Pediatric Nephrology Education to Thimphu, partially funded by a Global Partnership Award from the UNC Global Office of International Collaboration.

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Bridge Counselors Engage Patients in Care

Bridge Counselors Engage Patients in Care

Robin Akins remembers receiving a phone call from a patient living with HIV she had been trying to reach for months. Dealing with the sudden loss of a family member had prevented the patient from keeping appointments at the UNC Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic. Akins works as the clinic’s bridge counselor, ensuring people living with HIV remain in care.

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Longobardi Awarded $1.7 Million Grant to Investigate Biological Factors that Contribute to Development of Osteoarthritis After Joint Injury

Longobardi Awarded $1.7 Million Grant to Investigate Biological Factors that Contribute to Development of Osteoarthritis After Joint Injury

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center scientist Lara Longobardi, PhD, is conducting research designed to yield important new insights into the causes of osteoarthritis, with the goal of helping identify better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

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Scientists Map Molecular Mechanisms Crucial for New Approach to Heart Disease Therapy

Scientists Map Molecular Mechanisms Crucial for New Approach to Heart Disease Therapy

Scientists led by UNC McAllister Heart Institute researcher Frank Conlon, PhD, reveal detailed molecular events underlying the transformation of ordinary fibroblast cells into therapeutic cardiac muscle cells.

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Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Victoria Bautch, PhD, was recently awarded $6.5 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute. The award will enable the Bautch Lab to study the molecular and cellular control of angiogenesis, a naturally occurring process responsible for the formation and growth of blood vessels.

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HIV-Related Challenges Facing Women & Minorities - with Dr. Adaora Adimora

HIV-Related Challenges Facing Women & Minorities - with Dr. Adaora Adimora

Women and minorities often face extra challenges related to preventing and treating HIV, especially for those in a high-risk environment or who have difficulty accessing medical care. Dr. Adaora Adimora describes specific ways to help these individuals have better outcomes. Dr. Adimora is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

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Dr. Paul Chelminski Leads Multi-Institutional Study on Opioid Use

Dr. Paul Chelminski Leads Multi-Institutional Study on Opioid Use

UNC’s Paul R. Chelminski, MD, MPH, and Timothy J. Ives, PharmD, MPH, CPP, have been sounding the alarm about proper opioid prescribing for decades. Now their treatment methods are the focus of a multi-institutional study on opioid use that could one day change how all health care providers approach chronic pain management.

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Living a Long Life with HIV - with Dr. David Wohl

Living a Long Life with HIV - with Dr. David Wohl

Over half of the people living with HIV in the United States are age fifty and older. Dr. David Wohl talks about the importance of not only controlling the virus, but taking good care of your overall health and well-being. He says that while there are some additional challenges people living with HIV face, there are things people can do to improve their chances of living a long and healthy life. Dr. Wohl is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He co-directs HIV services for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, and co-directs the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

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Flythe Earns Woods Junior Faculty Award

Flythe Earns Woods Junior Faculty Award

Jennifer Flythe, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology, has been selected as this year’s James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award winner.

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HIV Treatment - with Dr. Joe Eron

HIV Treatment - with Dr. Joe Eron

How effective is HIV treatment today? What sorts of side effects do they cause? Dr. Joe Eron addresses concerns and questions related to HIV medications in this HIV Matters episode. He explains how they work in the body, and describes the latest research being done to improve treatment. Dr. Eron is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

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Getting Care for HIV - with Dr. Claire Farel

Getting Care for HIV - with Dr. Claire Farel

When someone is diagnosed with HIV, what kind of care do they need? What can they expect from their first visit to the UNC ID Clinic? Dr. Claire Farel answers these questions and many more in this podcast about getting medical care for HIV. Dr. Farel is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is Medical Director of the UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic.

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Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, is Conducting Innovative Research Into the Effectiveness of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Knee Osteoarthritis

Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, is Conducting Innovative Research Into the Effectiveness of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Knee Osteoarthritis

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center investigator Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, and her colleague Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, (UNC Department of Exercise and Sport Science), are researching High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as a new, promising approach to add to rehabilitation programs for people with knee osteoarthritis.

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Rheumatologist Beth L. Jonas, M.D., Receives Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship

Rheumatologist Beth L. Jonas, M.D., Receives Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship

Beth L. Jonas, M.D., a leading rheumatology thought leader, has been awarded the endowed Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Arthritis Research.

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Preventing HIV with PrEP - with Dr. Christopher Hurt

Preventing HIV with PrEP - with Dr. Christopher Hurt

As the first episode in "HIV Matters," Dr. Falk welcomes Dr. Christopher Hurt for a discussion on preventing HIV with PreP. Dr. Hurt talks about what PrEP is, how to get it, and who might want to consider using PrEP. Dr. Hurt is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is Co-Director of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

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The UNC McAllister Heart Institute Receives a Grant to Advance a Novel Therapy for Heart Failure

The UNC McAllister Heart Institute Receives a Grant to Advance a Novel Therapy for Heart Failure

A $1.9 Million NIH grant will enable new studies of alpha-1-adrenergic receptors in the heart. Dr. Brian Colwell Jensen, an associate professor in the division of cardiology and the department of pharmacology, will serve as principal investigator for research that considers how metabolic alterations provide cardioprotection.

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Featured Physician: Jennifer "Jenny" Flythe, MD, MPH

Featured Physician: Jennifer "Jenny" Flythe, MD, MPH

Dr. Flythe is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology. Her specialty areas are hemodialysis patient care and research, advanced kidney disease patient care, patient-centered outcomes research and epidemiology.

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Featured Physician: Eric Klett, MD

Featured Physician: Eric Klett, MD

Dr. Klett is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism. His specialty areas include general endocrinology, thyroid disease, lipid disorders, and transgender medicine.

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New Approaches to HIV Clinical Trials for Black Women and HIV

New Approaches to HIV Clinical Trials for Black Women and HIV

US black women and HIV prevention is the focus of a new intervention strategy by Drs. Ada Adimora, Joe Eron and Stephen Cole in the department of medicine's division of infectious diseases.

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Fear of Movement is Associated with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Fear of Movement is Associated with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC) scientists and affiliated researchers have published a new study in Arthritis Care and Research.

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Dr. Myron Cohen Researches Antibodies to Develop HIV Vaccine

Dr. Myron Cohen Researches Antibodies to Develop HIV Vaccine

In observance of World AIDS Day, WRAL News interviewed Dr. Myron Cohen from the division of infectious diseases about UNC research that will help develop an HIV vaccine.

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UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

An elimination diet resulted in 40% of eosinophilic esophagitis patients achieving a histologic response, which was maintained in 20% after two years of treatment.

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New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

Three UNC researchers, two from the department of medicine, are joining forces with investigators at RTI International to devise solutions to address the opioid epidemic and related public health problems in eight counties in North Carolina's western tip.

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 Dr. Amanda Nelson and Dr. Yvonne Golightly Lead the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project as Co-Principal Investigators

Dr. Amanda Nelson and Dr. Yvonne Golightly Lead the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project as Co-Principal Investigators

For more than 25 years, the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project has established itself as one of the premier longitudinal research studies world-wide regarding the causes, societal implications, and means of addressing the impact of osteoarthritis. Ongoing research is providing important new insights regarding how osteoarthritis is diagnosed and assessed clinically, as well as how it can be addressed in community settings.

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National Clinical Trial Finds Certain Treatments for Blood Clots Not Effective

Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine and member of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, co-authored the results of a large-scale multicenter clinical trial focusing on catheter-directed thrombolysis and its effects.

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Normalizing the Conversation, Putting Advance Care Planning into Practice

Normalizing the Conversation, Putting Advance Care Planning into Practice

Dr. Margaret Drickamer, professor of geriatric medicine and medical director of UNC Hospice, participated in an international consensus study aimed at defining and normalizing advance care planning. The results have been published in The Lancet Oncology.

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Consult Service gets Ventilator Dependent Patients on the ROAD

Consult Service gets Ventilator Dependent Patients on the ROAD

Dr. Thomas Bice has received the Physician of the Year Award by the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. The award recognizes his efforts to coordinate the ROAD (Respiratory Optimization and Assistance for Discharge) Team at UNC Medical Center.

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TARC and Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Researchers Publish New Studies

TARC and Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Researchers Publish New Studies

The UNC Thurston Arthritis Center and Osteoarthritis Action Alliance are at the forefront of basic science and clinical research, publishing several new studies in the North Carolina Medical Journal.

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Back to Bedside Grant Is Awarded to UNC Medicine Residents

Back to Bedside Grant Is Awarded to UNC Medicine Residents

A rounding intervention promises to improve resident-patient connections, fostering meaningful face time.

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Pediatric Kidney Trial Combines a Simple Diet with Moments of Magic

Pediatric Kidney Trial Combines a Simple Diet with Moments of Magic

Disney is a place to make wishes and memories, not necessarily the place to go on a diet. But what if it could change a child’s life? That’s what researchers are hoping to learn. Two-year-old Nadiya Dockery with nephrotic syndrome was one of 20 children who participated in a grand medical experiment at Disney Resorts in August, joined by her mom Kaley Williams of Sanford, NC.

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Lung Transplant Patient Story - with Andy Nelson

Lung Transplant Patient Story - with Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson is a person who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant. He shares his story here as part of our series, "Understanding Organ Transplant." Andy talks about the progression of his illness, his journey to getting new lungs, and his recovery since the transplant.

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Ronald J. Falk, MD, Received the Distinguished John P. Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology

Ronald J. Falk, MD, Received the Distinguished John P. Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, chair of the department of medicine, has received the distinguished John P. Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). The award was presented November 4, 2017 during ASN's Kidney Week Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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UNC Men's Basketball Coach Roy Williams Speaks to Medicine Residents at Grand Rounds

UNC Men's Basketball Coach Roy Williams Speaks to Medicine Residents at Grand Rounds

Coach Roy Williams spoke to medicine residents at Grand Rounds last week, giving his highest praise for an education program that continues to develop leaders in medicine.

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Heart Transplant - with Dr. Patty Chang

Heart Transplant - with Dr. Patty Chang

Dr. Ron Falk welcomes Dr. Patty Chang to discuss heart transplant in the final episode of the podcast series, "Understanding Organ Transplant." Topics include evaluation for heart transplant, recovery and follow-up, and the differences between a heart transplant and a ventricular assist device. Dr. Chang is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and is the Director of the Heart Failure and Transplantation Program at UNC.

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Liver Transplant - with Dr. David Gerber and Dr. Skip Hayashi

Liver Transplant - with Dr. David Gerber and Dr. Skip Hayashi

Dr. Ron Falk welcomes two UNC transplant experts, Dr. David Gerber and Dr. Skip Hayashi, to discuss liver transplant in the third episode of the podcast series, "Understanding Organ Transplant." They talk about cirrhosis, the MELD score and how it is used, recovery, and more related topics. Dr. David Gerber is a Professor of Surgery in the UNC Department of Surgery and is the Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery. Dr. Skip Hayashi is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and is the Medical Director of the Liver Transplant program at UNC.

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Dr. John Buse leads clinical trial of new diabetes treatment

Dr. John Buse leads clinical trial of new diabetes treatment

The study is designed to evaluate whether TTP399 is well tolerated when administered as an add-on to insulin therapy and can improve daily glucose profiles and HbA1c in people living with type 1 diabetes.

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New study aims to reduce opioid use while managing chronic pain

New study aims to reduce opioid use while managing chronic pain

A principal investigator of the study is UNC’s Dr. Paul Chelminski, from the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, who has extensive experience studying best practices of prescribing and managing long-term opioid use.

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Lupus Patients Now Have the Option to Administer Benlysta at Home

Lupus Patients Now Have the Option to Administer Benlysta at Home

Lupus patients who previously needed to visit an infusion center to receive the drug Benlysta, now have the option to administer the medicine themselves at home using a novel "auto-injector" device, thanks in part to the efforts of Dr. Saira Sheikh, a UNC rheumatologist and allergist/immunologist who directs the lupus and clinical trials programs at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Defining the Burden of Hepatitis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Defining the Burden of Hepatitis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hepatitis C virus is a curable infectious disease, but treatment remains unavailable in resource-limited settings like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC Ministry of Health asked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to help determine the burden of infection and find a way to connect people infected with the virus to treatment. Using laboratory equipment readily available in developing countries, researchers from UNC and Abbott Diagnostics were able to define and map the burden of disease in the DRC. Their findings were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Kelli Allen, PhD, Investigates Pain Management Interventions for the Military and Veterans

Kelli Allen, PhD, Investigates Pain Management Interventions for the Military and Veterans

Members of the military and veterans are disproportionally affected by pain, and the government is searching for ways to help them deal with this widespread and growing problem. New research being conducted thanks to multiple grants recently awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Defense, and the US Veterans Administration will investigate the feasibility, safety and effectiveness for a number of non-drug approaches for pain management and related conditions.

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Kidney Transplant Patient Story - with Kevin Howell

Kidney Transplant Patient Story - with Kevin Howell

In the second episode of the podcast series, "Understanding Organ Transplant," Dr. Ron Falk welcomes Kevin Howell, who is a kidney transplant recipient. Kevin shares his story about getting sick and the challenges he had accepting reality. He talks about being on dialysis while working full-time, finding an unexpected kidney donor, and his recovery to health.

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Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

In lab experiments and animal models, UNC and NC State researchers led by Zhen Gu, PhD, designed synthetic beta cells to secrete insulin in response to high blood sugar.

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Simple Genetic Test Promises Better Outcomes in Heart Stent Patients

Simple Genetic Test Promises Better Outcomes in Heart Stent Patients

A study co-authored by Rick Stouffer, III, MD, the Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine, chief of cardiology at UNC, highlights potential of personalized medicine in patients with cardiovascular disease.

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Medicine Chair Ronald J. Falk, MD, Will Receive the John P. Peters Award

Medicine Chair Ronald J. Falk, MD, Will Receive the John P. Peters Award

The American Society of Nephrology presents Department of Medicine Chair Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, with the John P. Peters Award this Saturday, November 4, 2017.

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Kidney Transplant - with Dr. Alex Toledo and Dr. Karin True

Kidney Transplant - with Dr. Alex Toledo and Dr. Karin True

In this first episode of the podcast series, "Understanding Organ Transplant," Dr. Ron Falk welcomes two UNC transplant experts to discuss kidney transplant; they cover topics including benefits of an early transplant, living versus deceased donor organs, preparation and recovery from surgery, and more related topics. Dr. Alex Toledo is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UNC, and Dr. Karin True is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at UNC.

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New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

Three UNC researchers are joining forces with investigators at RTI International to devise solutions to address the opioid epidemic and related public health problems in eight counties in North Carolina's western tip.

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Willis Co-Authors American Heart Association Scientific Statement

Willis Co-Authors American Heart Association Scientific Statement

UNC McAllister Heart Institute member Monte Willis, MD, is a co-author of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association regarding the burden of heart disease among African Americans. Heart disease is the leading killer of all Americans, but in African Americans, heart disease develops earlier, and deaths from heart disease are higher than in Caucasian Americans.

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UNC McAllister Heart Institute Turns Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle

UNC McAllister Heart Institute Turns Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle

Publishing their work in Nature, UNC School of Medicine researchers with the UNC McAllister Heart Institute show how their new research platform helped them discover new cell subpopulations and crucial cellular players in the process of turning damaged heart tissue back into healthy heart muscle. The research platform could be used to study other biological processes and create tailored therapies.

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Jensen and Colleagues Identify Underlying Causes of Cardiotoxicity of New Therapies Used to Treat Cancers.

Jensen and Colleagues Identify Underlying Causes of Cardiotoxicity of New Therapies Used to Treat Cancers.

Brian Jensen, MD, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology, and colleagues identified for the first-time mechanisms underlying the cardiotoxicity of kinase inhibitors used to treat cancer.

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UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

An elimination diet resulted in 40% of eosinophilic esophagitis patients achieving a histologic response, which was maintained in 20% after two years of treatment.

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When Time is Muscle: UNC Cardiologists Beat the Clock

When Time is Muscle: UNC Cardiologists Beat the Clock

Calculating the risk of heart failure, cardiogenic shock, and death at the time of an angioplasty procedure can be critically important because early initiation of blood pressure support can improve survival.

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Pfizer opens facility to advance gene therapy for hemophilia in Sanford, North Carolina

In August 2017, Pfizer committed to building a $100 million gene therapies plant in North Carolina and, in exchange, North Carolina committed to providing the drugmaker with a quarter-million dollars' worth of help. Pfizer will expand an 11,000-square-foot plant in Sanford, North Carolina that it acquired last year when it bought gene therapies biotech Bamboo Therapeutics in a deal valued at up to $688 million. Bamboo bought the facility last year from the University of North Carolina about the time that Pfizer made its initial investment in the company.

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Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

Skills of the Cardiologist, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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Cohen Authors Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

Cohen Authors Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

Myron Cohen, MD, from the division of infectious diseases has co-authored a perspective about broadly neutralizing antibodies.

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Three Faculty Physicians From Medicine Chosen to UNC School of Medicine Leadership Academy

Three Faculty Physicians From Medicine Chosen to UNC School of Medicine Leadership Academy

Dr. Saira Sheikh, Dr. Carlton Moore and Dr. Richard Wardrop have been selected to participate in the UNC School of Medicine's Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM).

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Reception to honor the life and career of Harold R. Roberts, MD

Reception to honor the life and career of Harold R. Roberts, MD

A reception to honor the life of renowned researcher and beloved faculty member Harold Roberts, MD, will be held Saturday, November 11 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Carolina Club.

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Solving Complex Cases With Compassion

Solving Complex Cases With Compassion

Patients come because they know UNC cares. The division of hospital medicine responds with care plans that better serve them, and this contributes to physician wellbeing.

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Mackman Is Selected For 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award

Mackman Is Selected For 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award

Nigel Mackman, PhD, John Parker Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, has been selected by the American Heart Association and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) to receive the 2017 ATVB Distinguished Achievement Award.

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Ebola Is Detected in Semen of Survivors Two Years After Infection

Ebola Is Detected in Semen of Survivors Two Years After Infection

William A. Fischer II, M.D., an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and David A. Wohl, M.D., in the division of infectious diseases discuss how the Ebola virus RNA can persist in the semen of survivors more than two years after the onset of infection.

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Rapid Diagnostic Test Helps Distinguish between Severe and Uncomplicated Malaria in Africa

Rapid Diagnostic Test Helps Distinguish between Severe and Uncomplicated Malaria in Africa

“In many areas of rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, malaria is inevitable. Children will be infected,” said Ross Boyce, M.D., MS.c., study author and a fellow in the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases.

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 A Gillings Innovation Lab Award Funds Hepatitis Prevention in Africa

A Gillings Innovation Lab Award Funds Hepatitis Prevention in Africa

A team of UNC researchers will use funds from the Gillings School of Global Public Health to test two interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Vorinostat Renders Dormant HIV Infection Vulnerable to Clearance

Vorinostat Renders Dormant HIV Infection Vulnerable to Clearance

The ability for HIV to hide in the body in a dormant state makes curing the 40 million people living with the virus a challenge. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown the drug Vorinostat reverses this latency, causing resting CD4 T-cells to express HIV.

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Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

"Because of how society views the medical profession, physicians are leaders. Whether you knew this or not when you started your first day, you are. Leaders communicate a vision, engender trust and buy-in of those they are leading, and nurture a spirit of teamwork to enable realization of that vision." -- Dr. Keisha Gibson

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Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient Story

Alpha-Gal Allergy Patient Story

As the fourth and final episode in our "Conversations on Food Allergy" series, patient JoAnne Van Tuyl joins Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Scott Commins to talk about her experience with getting diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy. JoAnne recounts her first allergic reaction to meat, and provides some tips to others for coping and eating with this allergy. Dr. Scott Commins is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Congressman David Price Tours UNC Medical Center's Benign Hematology Clinic

Congressman David Price Tours UNC Medical Center's Benign Hematology Clinic

The congressman was then honored with the Cure HHT’s Champion Award for his work securing funding for a multi-state pilot program that will be headquartered in Chapel Hill and led by Raj Kasthuri, MD, director of UNC’s HHT Center of Excellence. Dr. Kasthuri is also an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology.

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UNC Hematology Giant Harold R. Roberts, MD, Died September 9

UNC Hematology Giant Harold R. Roberts, MD, Died September 9

Following is a message from Dr. Lisa Carey, chief of the division of hematology and oncology, and Dr. Nigel Key, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, on the passing of Dr. Harold Roberts. This will be updated as information becomes available.

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Alpha-Gal Allergy - with Dr. Scott Commins

Alpha-Gal Allergy - with Dr. Scott Commins

Dr. Scott Commins describes alpha-gal allergy, which scientists believe is triggered by a tick bite and can cause a reaction to red meat. Dr. Commins talks about the symptoms of a reaction, how one can be tested for the allergy, and changes in diet recommended for patients who have alpha-gal. Dr. Scott Commins is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Congratulations to Medicine Physicians, Named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® List

Congratulations to Medicine Physicians, Named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® List

Seventy-six (76) faculty physicians in the Department of Medicine have been named to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® list. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this peer selected honor as a result of the biennial Best Doctors Poll.

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Peanut Allergy - with Dr. Wesley Burks

Peanut Allergy - with Dr. Wesley Burks

Dr. Wesley Burks discusses peanut allergy in this second episode of our Conversations on Food Allergy podcast series. Dr. Burks addresses anxieties families have concerning peanut allergy, how to respond to a reaction, and describes the current research and treatments. Dr. Wesley Burks is the Curnen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC and he is the Executive Dean for the School of Medicine. Dr. Burks is a pediatric allergist and immunologist and sees patients at UNC who have food allergies, and is the Executive Director for the UNC Food Allergy Initiative.

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The Frontlines of Care Are Changing at UNC Medical Center

The Frontlines of Care Are Changing at UNC Medical Center

While one patient waits coughing into a mask, another could present with chest pain or arrive by ambulance after a trauma. The ER cares for people with every imaginable issue. Some are life-threatening. Some are not, but they all require immediate care. How does a medical center compassionately serve each and use resources efficiently? The answer is UNC’s 1 Memorial Observation Unit.

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UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC will be well represented at a signature nephrology event this fall. Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, chief of the division of pediatric nephrology and assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, and Patrick H. Nachman, MD, FASN, Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor and deputy director of the UNC Kidney Center, have been invited to serve on the International Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference on Glomerular Diseases.

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NC Congressman David E. Price to Receive Award from Cure HHT

Cure HHT to Present Congressman David E. Price with its "Champion Award" at Launch of Multi-State Pilot Program Headquartered at UNC Chapel Hill

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NPR Osteoarthritis Health Story Features UNC's Dr. Richard Loeser

NPR Osteoarthritis Health Story Features UNC's Dr. Richard Loeser

Dr. Richard Loeser was recently interviewed for an NPR health story about the increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. The story "6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear" aired on NPR's Morning Edition, August 15, 2017.

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UNC-Chapel Hill physical therapist Jennifer Newman to moderate and speak at sessions during NHF meeting

UNC Hemophilia Treatment Center physical therapist Jennifer Newman, PT, MSPT, will moderate and speak at sessions on August 24, 2017 and August 25, 2017 at the National Hemophilia Foundation annual meeting in Chicago.

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Brian Jensen, MD, Delivers 2017 Whitehead Lecture

Brian Jensen, MD, Delivers 2017 Whitehead Lecture

The 2017 Whitehead Lecture took place on Wednesday, August 9. This year's lecture was delivered by Brian C. Jensen, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, and awards were presented after the lecture to faculty and students.

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Learning How Two Gut Pathogens Worsen Malnutrition In Children

Learning How Two Gut Pathogens Worsen Malnutrition In Children

Dr. Luther Bartelt is a faculty physician in the division of infectious diseases, researching two gut pathogens commonly found in malnourished children that impair growth. Dr. Bartelt developed a laboratory mouse model of co-infection during malnutrition, and the results of his work have been published in PLOS Pathogens.

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UNC-Project Malawi Looks Forward to Future Discovery

UNC-Project Malawi Looks Forward to Future Discovery

From a vaccine for malaria to ending the HIV epidemic, UNC infectious diseases researchers in Malawi gear up to take on more challenges in a changing country. UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt recently visited UNC-Project Malawi, as did Vital Signs Editor Jamie Williams who published the following report.

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UNC Study Advances the Ability to Expose Latent HIV

UNC Study Advances the Ability to Expose Latent HIV

UNC researchers led by Nancie Archin, PhD, and David Margolis, MD, have shown that interval dosing of the drug Vorinostat reverses HIV latency and is well-tolerated in people living with HIV. However, while Vorinostat makes latent HIV easier to detect, it does not clear or deplete infection, meaning additional advances will be needed to achieve a cure.

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Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, Discusses Collaborations In Medicine On WCHL Radio

Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, Discusses Collaborations In Medicine On WCHL Radio

YOUR HEALTH® featured Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, a professor of general medicine and director of UNC’s physician assistant program, on WCHL 97.9.

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Department of Medicine Faculty Physicians Recognized For Carolina Care Excellence

Department of Medicine Faculty Physicians Recognized For Carolina Care Excellence

Congratulations to department of medicine providers who received the 2017 UNC Health Care and UNC Faculty Physicians Award for Carolina Care Excellence.

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NIH Renews UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program

NIH Renews UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed funding for the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program. This five-year grant (2017-2022) supports mentored training at 16 affiliated sites in low- and middle-income countries. All are affiliated with at least one of the UJMT consortium’s four U.S. institutions: UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University.

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Joseph Eron, MD, Is the New Vice Chair of the NIH HIV Research Network

Joseph Eron, MD, Is the New Vice Chair of the NIH HIV Research Network

UNC Professor of Medicine Joseph Eron, MD, from the division of infectious diseases, has been named Vice Chair of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). The ACTG is the largest network of research sites in the world dedicated to finding a cure for HIV, as well as opportunistic infections that exploit a weakened immune system caused by HIV.

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Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care

Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care

Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH, has published "Screening Adults for Depression in Primary Care" in the July issue of Medical Clinics of North America.

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Learning How Blood Vessels Control Their Destiny

Learning How Blood Vessels Control Their Destiny

Recent work in the lab of Victoria Bautch, PhD, co-director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, sheds light on how trafficking proteins produced by endothelial cells blunt signaling proteins that control vessel growth and patterning, processes that affect disease.

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Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio

Dr. Scott Commins Discussed Meat Allergy With WUNC's Frank Stasio

Dr. Scott P. Commins was a guest on WUNC's The State of Things on July 11, 2017. In his interview with Frank Stasio, Dr. Commins talked about piecing together the meat allergy puzzle.

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Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment

Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment

Gerald Hladik, MD, chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, has been featured in a Hospitals and Health Networks article explaining the need for early detection of kidney disease.

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UNC Project Malawi Is Featured On ABC-11 News

UNC Project Malawi Is Featured On ABC-11 News

UNC Project Malawi is a partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health focused on research, care and training in the capital city of Lilongwe. The project was featured on ABC-11 News.

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Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

The 2017 Raven Rock Ramble raised over $30,000 last month to assist kidney patients with emergency needs, while also promoting awareness of organ donation. The annual event celebrates the joy of cycling after one man’s kidney transplant. It also gives back to a continuum of care at the UNC Kidney Center.

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Linda Raftery is Named Vice Chair for Department of Medicine Administration

Linda Raftery is Named Vice Chair for Department of Medicine Administration

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine has announced that Linda Raftery has been appointed Vice Chair for Administration

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UNC’s Department of Medicine Introduces New Telemetry Protocol

UNC’s Department of Medicine Introduces New Telemetry Protocol

Medicine’s telemetry protocol has been replaced by a new model aimed at improving the value of patient care achieved per unit of cost. This is the first project to be approved and implemented by the Department of Medicine’s Value Care Action Group.

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UNC Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, Tells USA Today About Alpha-Gal and a Rare Meat Allergy Caused By the Lone Star Tick

UNC Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, Tells USA Today About Alpha-Gal and a Rare Meat Allergy Caused By the Lone Star Tick

Allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD, in medicine's division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has been featured in USA Today explaining a rare meat allergy from tick bites.

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The Department of Medicine Announces Leadership Transitions,  Beth L. Jonas, MD, Has Been Appointed Interim Chief for the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

The Department of Medicine Announces Leadership Transitions, Beth L. Jonas, MD, Has Been Appointed Interim Chief for the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of UNC’s Department of Medicine has announced that Beth L. Jonas, MD, will lead the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Leadership transitions for the Thurston Arthritis Research Center have also been announced, made by Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean for UNC’s School of Medicine

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UNC researchers present at the 12th HHT International Scientific Conference

The HHT International Scientific Conference is held every other year. It is the premier conference on HHT, and over 250 basic and clinical researchers from around the world attend and present their work. The 12th HHT International Scientific Conference was held from June 8-11, 2017 in Dubrovnik.

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Registration for the 9th Symposium on Hemostasis now open

The 9th Symposium on Hemostasis, "Advances in the Clinical and Basic Sciences of Coagulation," will be held April 12-14, 2018, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Is the Finger-Stick Blood Test Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment?

Is the Finger-Stick Blood Test Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment?

New type 2 diabetes research from UNC department of family medicine researcher Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, and UNC department of medicine researcher Laura Young, MD, PhD, could change the way non-insulin users manage the disease.

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New Leadership Will Guide the Future of McAllister Heart Institute

New Leadership Will Guide the Future of McAllister Heart Institute

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has announced new leadership that will build on the successes of the McAllister Heart Institute (MHI).

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NOTES from Japan

NOTES from Japan

After a sabbatical in Japan, Ian Grimm, MD, has introduced new forms of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to UNC Medical Center.

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NOTES from Japan

NOTES from Japan

After a sabbatical in Japan, Ian Grimm, MD, has brought two forms of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) back to UNC.

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Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

Another Reason to Exercise: Burning Bone Fat – a Key to Better Bone Health

UNC School of Medicine researchers use new imaging methods to show that running burns fat in bone marrow, with benefits for bone health. The best effect was seen in obese mice. Maya Styner, MD, a physician and assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, was the study's lead author.

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Beyond Condoms: New Approaches to HIV Prevention

Beyond Condoms: New Approaches to HIV Prevention

The UNC Division of Infectious Diseases has launched three simultaneous studies to help prevent HIV within the most susceptible populations.

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Thurston Researchers Present New Scientific Findings at the 2017 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress

Thurston Researchers Present New Scientific Findings at the 2017 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress

When the leading osteoarthritis (OA) thought leaders from across the globe recently gathered in Las Vegas, NV, experts from the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center were there to share insights gleaned from important new research. While speaking in venues ranging from plenary sessions to poster presentations, Thurston scientists shared finding on topics ranging from how knee shape affects OA, to studies of the genetic influences on the development of OA.

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Rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, Answered Listener Questions About Arthritis on NPR's "The People's Pharmacy"

Rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, Answered Listener Questions About Arthritis on NPR's "The People's Pharmacy"

The topic of arthritis is more complicated than it might seem, with over 100 forms of this sometimes debilitating disease affecting people of all ages. To help shed light on the subject, leading rheumatologist Beth Jonas, MD, recently joined Joe and Terry Graedon to answer listener's questions on The People's Pharmacy.

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Lifetime Risk Of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis in Hands is Approximately 40% According to Study

Lifetime Risk Of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis in Hands is Approximately 40% According to Study

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand is a common condition that causes serious limitations in the daily activities of millions of Americans. The scientific community has statistics on the lifetime risk of developing symptomatic OA of the knee and hip. Now, thanks to the work of leading researchers, it is has data illuminating the risk of symptomatic hand OA.

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Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

Mending Hearts in Nicaragua

In February, three UNC interventional cardiologists and a team of dedicated health care professionals travelled to Nicaragua to perform a life-saving, minimally invasive procedure on as many patients as they could, and to bring the best in cardiac care to a country without heart surgeons.

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A Colorectal Screening Strategy Significantly Increases Testing In Groups With Low Rates

A Colorectal Screening Strategy Significantly Increases Testing In Groups With Low Rates

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH, report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that providing one-on-one support and customized tools for decision-making increased screening rates for patients at two community health centers in North Carolina and New Mexico.

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Researchers Find New HIV Target for Cure Research

Researchers Find New HIV Target for Cure Research

Researchers in the Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases have learned the HIV virus persists in macrophages, large white blood cells found in tissues throughout the body. The discovery has significant implications for HIV cure research.

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UNC and Duke Receive a $3M Federal Grant to Develop Better Diagnostic Tests for Zika

UNC and Duke Receive a $3M Federal Grant to Develop Better Diagnostic Tests for Zika

Researchers at UNC are working across departmental lines to answer questions about the Zika Virus. The Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Disease, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in collaboration with Duke University, have received a federal grant of $3M to develop a better diagnostic test for Zika.

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Former Department of Medicine Chair David Ontjes, MD, died on May 7

Former Department of Medicine Chair David Ontjes, MD, died on May 7

We are saddened to announce that Dr. David A. Ontjes, Department of Medicine Chair from 1981 to 1989, died on May 7, 2017. Dr. Ontjes specialized in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1964.

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UNC Internal Medicine Residents Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

UNC Internal Medicine Residents Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Department of Medicine held its annual end-of-year awards ceremony on May 1, 2017. Many outstanding residents and faculty were recognized for their clinical and academic excellence, honoring the legacies of those who preceded them. Following is a list of recipients who engender the shared and treasured spirit of Medicine.

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 Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Dr. Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, an Associate Professor of Medicine in UNC’s Division of Nephrology, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Education Program.

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UNC Gastroenterology at Digestive Disease Week 2017

UNC Gastroenterology at Digestive Disease Week 2017

UNC Gastroenterology traveled to Chicago, IL on May 6th-9th to give over one hundred presentations at this year’s Digestive Disease Week (DDW). DDW is the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery, and showcases the best and most innovative research in the field of gastroenterology.

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Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts New Members

Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts New Members

Three internal medicine residents have been inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Having an Autoimmune Condition...Without Having a Clear Diagnosis

Having an Autoimmune Condition...Without Having a Clear Diagnosis

This is Episode Eleven of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Falk interviews a patient who tells her experience of developing autoimmune disease symptoms. This patient describes what it's like to deal with symptoms that fit the description of an autoimmune disease process but is unable to receive a clear-cut diagnosis for what is happening. She talks about feelings of doubt and uncertainty as well as handling fatigue and flare ups, and provides listeners with her thoughts on how to cope when this happens.

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Food Allergy & Sensitivity - with Dr. Edwin Kim

Food Allergy & Sensitivity - with Dr. Edwin Kim

This is the first episode in our Conversations on Food Allergy podcast series, and Dr. Edwin Kim discusses the differences between a food allergy and a food sensitivity, how one can be tested and diagnosed, and the current research in this field. Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. Dr. Kim is an allergist who sees patients in the UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic, and he directs the UNC Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program as well as the UNC Food Allergy Initiative.

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Autoimmune Disease Coping Strategies

Autoimmune Disease Coping Strategies

This is Episode Twelve of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Delesha Miller Carpenter, PhD, MSPH describes strategies for coping with autoimmune disease, including specific behaviors patients can engage in to help cope with their disease, as well as the role of caregivers and support groups, and other topics to help those affected by an autoimmune disease. Dr. Carpenter is an Assistant Professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy.

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Research Day Celebrates the Work of Internal Medicine Residents

Research Day Celebrates the Work of Internal Medicine Residents

The Department of Medicine's Annual Research Day was held on April 18, 2017. Research Day is an opportunity for residents to present research projects to colleagues within the UNC community, celebrating accomplishments and fostering new collaborations.

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New Class of Medication Holds Promise for the Intimate Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

New Class of Medication Holds Promise for the Intimate Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Dr. Matthew Cavender, Improving Outcomes Through Cardiovascular Research: “We wanted to determine what therapies are cardiovascular specific that can improve outcomes with patients with diabetes. On the flip side, we considered drugs primarily geared toward treating diabetes that could be effective in patients with coronary disease.”

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Autoimmune Thyroid Disease - with Deepa Kirk, MD

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease - with Deepa Kirk, MD

This is Episode Ten of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Deepa Kirk discusses autoimmune thyroid disease, how it is diagnosed, different types of hormone treatments, and questions patients often ask about lifestyle and diet. Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and is also the Medical Director of the UNC Hospitals Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic.

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Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast

Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast

In Episode Nine of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," R. Balfour Sartor, MD, explains how the state of our microbiome affects disease.

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The Microbiome & How it Affects Disease - with R. Balfour Sartor, MD

The Microbiome & How it Affects Disease - with R. Balfour Sartor, MD

This is Episode Nine of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Balfour Sartor explains how the state of our microbiome affects disease. Dr. Sartor is the Midget Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology in the UNC Division of Gastroenterology and co-directs the UNC Multidisciplinary IBD Center.

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Sjogren's Syndrome - with Beth Jonas, MD

Sjogren's Syndrome - with Beth Jonas, MD

This is Episode Eight of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Beth Jonas tells listeners about Sjogren's syndrome and how patients can manage the condition. Dr. Jonas is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, and directs the UNC Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. She is a rheumatologist with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis - with Beth Jonas, MD

Rheumatoid Arthritis - with Beth Jonas, MD

This is Episode Seven of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Beth Jonas describes rheumatoid arthritis, how it is diagnosed and treated, and lifestyle changes that can help patients. Dr. Jonas is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, and directs the UNC Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. She is a rheumatologist with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

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Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

In Episode Six of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Jama Darling, MD, talks about autoimmune hepatitis, how it is different from other types of hepatitis, the importance of liver biopsy, and treatments of the disease. Darling is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Dr. Amy Shaheen Shines in Patient Care and Teaching, Recognized for Educational Research That Combines Both

Dr. Amy Shaheen Shines in Patient Care and Teaching, Recognized for Educational Research That Combines Both

Dr. Amy Shaheen, Medicine Professor for the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, has received the Charles H. Griffith, III MD, Educational Research Award.

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Autoimmune Hepatitis - with Jama Darling, MD

Autoimmune Hepatitis - with Jama Darling, MD

This is Episode Six of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Jama Darling talks about autoimmune hepatitis, the importance of liver biopsy, how it is different from other types of hepatitis, and treatments of the disease. Dr. Darling is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

Gerald Hladik, MD, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has announced the appointment of Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

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Lupus - with Saira Sheikh, MD

Lupus - with Saira Sheikh, MD

This is Episode Five of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Saira Sheikh discusses lupus & how it is diagnosed and treated, and offers suggestions on how to cope with the challenges of this disease. Dr. Sheikh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and directs the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology at UNC; she also directs the Clinical Trials Program for the UNC Thurston Arthritis Center.

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New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

The state-wide program to help patients across North Carolina grew out of the successful doctor mentorship initiative led by Michael Fried, MD, Director of the UNC Liver Center.

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Orchestrating Arrivals for Patient-Centered Care

Orchestrating Arrivals for Patient-Centered Care

UNC Department of Medicine Innovates Admissions Hub, Medical Admitting Officers Set Pace for Inpatient Care.

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Long featured in third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture"

Long featured in third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture"

In the third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Millie Long, MD, MPH, and Ron Falk, MD, talk about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)--what it is, how it's different from IBS, and the long journey patients often have on the road to diagnosis. She also discusses what can help patients feel better.

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Multiple Sclerosis - with Ana Felix, MD, MBBCh

Multiple Sclerosis - with Ana Felix, MD, MBBCh

This is Episode Four of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." Dr. Ana Felix talks with Dr. Ron Falk about multiple sclerosis (MS), the different forms of the disease, getting an MRI, and issues related to treatment. Dr. Felix is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at UNC.

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Dr. Millie Long to Assume Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Millie Long to Assume Fellowship Program Director

Starting July 1, 2017, Dr. Millie Long assumes directorship of the GI Fellowship Program from Dr. Ryan Madanick, who served as Director from 2009-2017. Dr. Madanick's tenure saw the graduation of 30 core fellows and 11 advanced fellows, as well as bringing our program into the 21st century to be more flexible and responsive.

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Research Spotlight - Dr. Shehzad Sheikh

In each e-newsletter we profile research being done by one of our 40+ faculty members. This winter/spring we are highlighting Dr. Shehzad Sheikh from our IBD program.

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Clinical Spotlight - C. Difficile Program

Clinical Spotlight - C. Difficile Program

In each e-newsletter we highlight one of our outstanding clinical programs. Today, we interview Dr. Sarah McGill who leads our fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) program to cure Clostridium difficile infection.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease - with Millie Long, MD, MPH

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - with Millie Long, MD, MPH

This is Episode Three of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture." This episode features Dr. Millie Long with an in-depth look at inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - what it is, how it's different from IBS, and the long journey patients often have on the road to diagnosis. She also discusses what can help patients feel better. Dr. Long is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at UNC.

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UNC’s Department of Medicine Hosts Annual NC Chapter Meeting for American College of Physicians

UNC’s Department of Medicine Hosts Annual NC Chapter Meeting for American College of Physicians

Every year the NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting brings residents, researchers and physician educators together to share internal medicine advances and connect with colleagues. This year it was UNC’s turn to showcase exceptional faculty and excellence in medical education.

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Getting Diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease - with Patrick Nachman, MD

Getting Diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease - with Patrick Nachman, MD

This is Episode Two of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," a new Chair's Corner podcast series. Dr. Ron Falk and Dr. Patrick Nachman talk about the process of getting diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and what can help people get through this. Dr. Nachman sees patients who have vasculitis and other diseases that affect the kidney; he is a Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina Division of Nephrology.

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Scientists Closer to Finding Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Scientists Closer to Finding Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

David R. Clemmons, MD, is a Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine in the Department's Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and UNC's Diabetes Care Center. UNC Health Care's Newsroom has published an article about his research, featured in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Decision Aids about Goals of Care for Advanced Dementia Can Lead to Better Palliative Care

Decision Aids about Goals of Care for Advanced Dementia Can Lead to Better Palliative Care

Families and caregivers often face difficult decisions about medical treatments when it comes to taking care of patients with dementia, and making those decisions can be overwhelming.

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Esophagus 2017 - A CEDAS co-hosted CME Event

On Saturday, February 4th, the UNC Center of Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, along with the UNC Department of Medicine and UNC Department of Surgery will host Esophagus 2017 at the UNC Friday Center. This course will cover evidence-based, multidisciplinary updates on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to esophageal diseases including topics such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders, and emerging clinical problems.

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Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Ronald Falk, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine has announced that Gerald Hladik, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

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