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Alan D. Stiles, MD, Lookout Terrace officially open for play

The Alan Davis Stiles, MD, Lookout Terrace at the NC Children’s Hospital officially opened for patients and their families on Friday, April 19, with a dedication ceremony attended by approximately 150 people.

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 Varmus delivers third annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium

Varmus delivers third annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium

Dr. Harold E. Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and co-winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes, was invited to campus by UNC’s Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies.

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Paws for Love: Pryntzka visits with medical students

Paws for Love: Pryntzka visits with medical students

UNC School of Medicine students were greeted by a furry friend during Wednesday’s lunch break at the Beach Café, as Pryntzka, a certified therapy dog, planted himself outside the cafeteria. Rita Kuwahara, a second-year medical student brought Pryntzka to the Beach to ease the stress students are facing from schoolwork and exams.

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A piece of history (and research) goes up

A piece of history (and research) goes up

Mon, July 11, 2011 — Stephanie Crayton of UNC Health Care's News Team shares her thoughts, in words and video, after witnessing the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. On board the shuttle were a group of 30 mice being sent into space as part of a UNC-led study of an experimental treatment for bone loss.

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UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

Mon, July 11, 2011 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year federal grant to develop ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. Tackling this latent virus is considered key to a cure for AIDS.

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Second round of Health-e-NC pilot projects funded statewide

Wed, July 6, 2011 — Five new projects have been funded under the second round of Health-e- NC (Health for Everyone in North Carolina) grants program. The program provides pilot funding in support of the University Cancer Research Fund’s strategic goal of optimizing cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

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Bone loss prevention experiment on the last space shuttle flight

Bone loss prevention experiment on the last space shuttle flight

Tue, July 5, 2011 — Researchers in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University joint biomedical engineering department will be at the Kennedy Space Center for the last space shuttle launch of the NASA program as Atlantis departs for its final mission into Earth’s orbit.

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The Cancer Genome Atlas completes detailed ovarian cancer analysis

Thu, June 30, 2011 — As part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, UNC Lineberger researchers have contributed to the most comprehensive an integrated view of cancer genes for any cancer type produced to date.

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Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

Wed, June 29, 2011 — The findings suggest that therapeutics targeting the path between two critical brain regions, the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, represent potential treatments for addiction and other neuropsychiatric diseases.

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Family House Diaries - Jean Rogers: A Smile of Gratitude

Family House Diaries - Jean Rogers: A Smile of Gratitude

Wed, June 29, 2011 — A smile, even a crooked one, speaks volumes about a Robeson County native’s gratitude for her family, her medical team and the fellow patients she met along the way.

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Survey finds ‘staggeringly high rate of spanking’ in North Carolina

Tue, June 28, 2011 — A new survey led by UNC researchers finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.

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UNC scientists describe new protein’s role in immune response to pathogens

UNC scientists describe new protein’s role in immune response to pathogens

Mon, June 27, 2011 — A new finding by UNC scientists provides a window into how the immune system initially reacts to a virus invader, as well as how a subgroup of proteins plays a role in returning the immune system to a normal surveillance function.

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Genetic finding offers hope for orphan disease

Wed, June 22, 2011 — New research conducted at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers hope for people with a rare disorder called Chuvash polycythemia.

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Dr. Bill Roper named to ‘65 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems’

Dr. Bill Roper named to ‘65 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems’

Wed, June 22, 2011 — Dr. Roper is one of three physician leaders in North Carolina who were included on the list, which represents “some of the brightest leadership in the health care industry,” according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

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Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

Acute Hepatitis A evades immune system more effectively than chronic cousin

Mon, Jun 20, 2011 — In comparing data from experiments with Hepatitis A and Hepatitis C, the research team found that Hepatitis A virus, which causes only acute, self-limited disease, is more efficient at inhibiting the host’s interferon response, and that the virus can actually linger in the body for almost a year.

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Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Thu, June 16, 2011 — Having a history of eating disorders or abuse may increase a woman’s risk for developing depression during and after pregnancy, according to new research from UNC. The finding could influence how doctors screen patients during prenatal visits.

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Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Music therapy helps patients cope with illness, regain health

Wed, June 15, 2011 — Recent news stories highlighted how music therapy helped Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot to her head. At North Carolina Children's Hospital, music therapist Elizabeth Fawcett engages chronically ill children with singing, song writing and playing musical instruments as a way to help them cope with their diseases.

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NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

Tue, June 14, 2011 — Anton, a member of the Neuroscience Center at UNC, was awarded the grant for his research in the mapping of neuronal placement in the developing cerebral cortex.

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Smoke-free outdoor spaces on college campuses are widespread across North Carolina

Fri, June 10, 2011 — State program successful in promoting smoke-free policy adoption that protects young adults from secondhand smoke. Outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina’s colleges and universities.

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