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WUNC Public Radio Interviews Dr. Scott Commins Regarding Poorly Understood "Alpha-gal" Meat Allergy
UNC is one of only several locations in the United States that is conducting clinical studies of a meat allergy some people develop after being bitten by a tick. Dr. Scott Commins, a researcher and leading expert on this unusual food allergy, was recently interviewed by WUNC Public Radio to help increase public awareness for an increasingly common health condition that too often goes undiagnosed.
Dr. Scott Commins Interviewed by USA Today Regarding Meat Allergy Believed to be Related to Tick Bites
Scientists are working hard to learn more about a little-known meat allergy that can appear suddenly among people with no previous history, and is believed to be related to tick bites. The allergy -- known as alpha-gal -- can sometimes go undiagnosed for months or even years, because it does not behave like other food allergies. UNC is one of a handful of institutions in the U.S. that are conducting clinical studies related to alpha-gal. Dr. Scott Commins, who is one of the first scientists to study this allergy was recently interviewed by USA Today. Read on to learn more...
UNC Department of Medicine Announces Leadership Advancements and Transitions
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 UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center have also been announced, made by Wesley Burks, MD, Executive Dean for UNC’s School of Medicine.
Leigh Callahan, PhD, Conducts Radio Interview Regarding Arthritis Clinical Trial in N.C.
Medical research conducted in controlled environments has repeatedly proven that weight loss and exercise can offer significant benefits such as pain reduction for many people with osteoarthritis (OA), including knee OA. But researchers want to know more about how well these kinds of programs work (and can be optimized) in “real world,” community settings. Arthritis researcher Leigh Callahan, PhD, with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center is leading a clinical trial in Johnston, Forsythe and Haywood Counties in NC. To learn more, click this (Link).
New Data From Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project Shows Lifetime Risk Of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis in Hands is Approximately 40%
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. And now, thanks to the work of leading researchers, it is has data illuminating the risk of symptomatic hand OA. To learn more, click this (Link).
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.