May

Drug industry marketing direct to consumers and doctors may lead to prescription overuse

Sunday, May 31, 2009 — Prescription drugs are heavily promoted to health care providers worldwide. But in only two countries, the U.S. and New Zealand, prescription drugs are also strongly promoted directly to consumers.

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Landmark UNC-led study finds radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 — A landmark clinical trial led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher concludes that radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for dysplasia in people with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.

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University Cancer Research Fund Creates Winning Research Partnership

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 — Nancy Allbritton, MD, PhD and David Lawrence, PhD both arrived in Chapel Hill in 2007.

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UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors Elects Chair, Vice-Chair

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 — Betty Ray McCain of Wilson, N.C. and Gordon Grubb of Raleigh, N.C. have been elected chair and vice-chair of the Board of Visitors of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center is part of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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'Eating for two' has consequences for mom and baby

'Eating for two' has consequences for mom and baby

Friday, May 22, 2009 — A new study finds that women who eat an extra 500 calories a day during pregnancy increase their risk of gaining too much weight by 10 percent. Gaining too much weight is linked with complications at birth, such as pre-eclampsia or requiring a C-section, as well as higher odds that both mom and child will be obese later in life.

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Second annual Battle Award recognizes groundbreaking cancer research

Friday, May 22, 2009 — Nancy Raab-Traub, Ph.D., Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Microbiology and immunology, has been awarded the second Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of her work.

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Some like it hot: human nose too cold for bird flu

Friday, May 15, 2009 — It’s now widely known that influenza type A viruses that usually infect ducks and other water birds can jump species to infect the human respiratory tract. Such transmission from birds to humans remains rare and tends to happen when some of the 16 subtypes of avian influenza manage to mutate by applying proteins on their surfaces taken from human flu viruses.

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Baseball tips for parents: Keeping your slugger off the DL

Baseball tips for parents: Keeping your slugger off the DL

Thursday, May 14, 2009 — UNC's Dr. Alex Creighton offers tips to help parents and their kids enjoy an injury-free baseball season.

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Study shows chemotherapy improves survival among older breast cancer patients

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 — The average age of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer is 63, so it is critical to have effective proven, therapies for an older patient population. But older women with breast cancer are underrepresented in clinic trials, so there is little data on the effects of chemotherapy used in addition to other therapies such as surgery.

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18-year-old from Uganda comes to UNC Hospitals for heart repair procedure

18-year-old from Uganda comes to UNC Hospitals for heart repair procedure

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 — For the last three years, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has sent a medical team once a year to Kampala, Uganda, the capital of the African nation. In Kampala the UNC Project-Uganda team helped establish a children’s heart surgery unit at Mulago Hospital and performed many life-saving heart repair procedures on children who would otherwise go without treatment.

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UNC study identifies genetic cause of most common form of breast cancer

UNC study identifies genetic cause of most common form of breast cancer

Monday, May 11, 2009 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that defects in one tumor-suppressor gene, called p18, may override the rest, eventually leading to cancer.

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UNC-Duke study: Impaired brain plasticity linked to Angelman syndrome learning deficits

UNC-Duke study: Impaired brain plasticity linked to Angelman syndrome learning deficits

Sunday, May 10, 2009 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Duke University find that impaired brain plasticity may explain how disruption of a single gene in the brain can cause severe cognitive deficits.

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UNC Health Care offers help for pregnancy-related anxiety and depression

UNC Health Care offers help for pregnancy-related anxiety and depression

Friday, May 8, 2009 — In November, UNC Health Care opened what might be the only inpatient perinatal psychiatry program in the country.

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The Family House Diaries: Blessings and Lessons from a High-Risk Pregnancy

The Family House Diaries: Blessings and Lessons from a High-Risk Pregnancy

Thursday, May 7, 2009 — This is the first in a new series from UNC Health Care that focuses on the stories of UNC Hospitals patients and their families who live at the States Employees' Credit Union Family House in Chapel Hill while receiving or awaiting treatment.

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UNC surgeon performs live surgery broadcast to ACOG meeting in Chicago

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 — On Tuesday, May 5, John F. Steege, M.D., performed a surgery at the University of North Carolina Hospitals that was broadcast live to attendees at the 57th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chicago.

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UNC study: new approach promises greater success for predicting drug safety

Monday, May 4, 2009 — A new UNC study published online in the journal Genome Research describes a new, more effective and less costly method for testing drugs for potential toxicity and one that could also result in more people benefiting from existing drugs.

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Toddlers with autism more likely to have enlarged amygdala, UNC study finds

Toddlers with autism more likely to have enlarged amygdala, UNC study finds

Monday, May 4, 2009 — Toddlers with autism appear more likely to have an enlarged amygdala, a brain area associated with functions such as the processing of faces and emotion, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine researchers has found.

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