September

Treating pregnant women for mild gestational diabetes reduces serious birthing problems

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 — Treating pregnant women for mild gestational diabetes resulted in fewer cesarean sections and other serious birthing problems associated with larger than average babies, according to a study conducted in part at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Awarded Cancer Genome Atlas Grant

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 — National effort will shape the future of cancer research and treatment.

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UNC wins $8.6 million NIH award to establish a Center of Excellence to study underlying causes of psychiatric disorders

UNC wins $8.6 million NIH award to establish a Center of Excellence to study underlying causes of psychiatric disorders

Monday, September 28, 2009 — Autism, depression, anxiety. Antipsychotic drug side effects. What are the genetic and environmental factors that underlie and contribute to these complex problems? And how do genes and environment interact to shape them?

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UNC expert: Better decision support tools needed for prostate cancer screening choice

UNC expert: Better decision support tools needed for prostate cancer screening choice

Monday, September 28, 2009 — Michael Pignone, M.D., M.P.H., reviews the pros and cons of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening in an editorial he wrote for the Sept. 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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UNC’s Carey to deliver December commencement address

UNC’s Carey to deliver December commencement address

Thursday, September 24, 2009 — Dr. Lisa Carey, associate professor of medicine and UNC Breast Center medical director, will deliver the December commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chancellor Holden Thorp has announced.

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Reinvesting in basic research, one scientist at a time

Thursday, September 24, 2009 — Portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) went to basic science research. Here's an example of how some of that money is being used in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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UNC scientists garner new NIH awards for high risk, transformative research

UNC scientists garner new NIH awards for high risk, transformative research

Thursday, September 24, 2009 — Three scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have received prestigious awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at encouraging “high risk” and innovative research.

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Family House Diaries: A Renewed Enthusiasm for Life

Family House Diaries: A Renewed Enthusiasm for Life

Thursday, September 24, 2009 — Russell Ford received a heart transplant at UNC Hospitals in July 2009 after suffering from congestive heart failure for 10 years. This is his, and his family's, story.

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UNC Lineberger program series to help cancer survivors

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 — Carolina Well, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship Program, is offering a program for cancer survivors “Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment.” Developed by and in partnership with the Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the program was created to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.

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UNC genetics professor named to NIH stem cell research review panel

UNC genetics professor named to NIH stem cell research review panel

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 — The National Institutes of Health has named UNC Sarah Graham Kenan genetics professor and chair Terry R. Magnuson, Ph.D., to a panel that will review the acceptability for federal research funds of human embryonic stem cell lines.

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UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 — In the study, published in the September/October 2009 issue of journal Academic Pediatrics, a sample of 163 parents of children seen at pediatric clinics at UNC and Vanderbilt University were tested to assess their understanding of BMI, their health literacy and their math abilities.

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Dedication of N.C. Cancer Hospital highlights new face of cancer care

Dedication of N.C. Cancer Hospital highlights new face of cancer care

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 — More than triple the previous cancer clinic space, which was located in a 1950s-era building, the new hospital was funded by the state of North Carolina and designed with patients and families in mind.

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UNC joins leading research universities to launch research news Web site

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of 35 research universities involved in a new Web project called Futurity (www.futurity.org), which was officially launched Tuesday (Sept. 15).

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Blood vessels contribute to their own growth and oxygen delivery to tissues and tumors

Monday, September 14, 2009 — The findings, published in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Developmental Cell, could give important insights into the formation of the vasculature needed to feed new tumors.

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Public invited to attend Sept. 26 open house of new NC Cancer Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill

Thursday, September 10, 2009 — Members of the public are invited to tour the new NC Cancer Hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 101 Manning Drive on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 — A UNC study, which appears in the Sept. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), could lead to earlier detection and diagnosis of cystic fibrosis liver disease and better treatment options for the patients affected by the disease.

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Patient art gallery at UNC unveils new exhibition

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 — The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Schizophrenia Treatment & Evaluation Program will host the 2009 fall opening of “Brushes With Life: Art, Artists and Mental Illness,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, on the third floor of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital at 101 Manning Drive on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. For additional information, contact Tana Hartmann at (919) 843-7971 or thartman@med.unc.edu.

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UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection—medicine’s holy grail

UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection—medicine’s holy grail

Friday, September 4, 2009 — Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate HIV infection.

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Researchers identify critical gene for brain development, mental retardation

Friday, September 4, 2009 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have now discovered that establishing the neural wiring necessary to function normally depends on the ability of neurons to make finger-like projections of their membrane called filopodia.

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UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, September 3, 2009 — Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes.

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Patient-doctor communication with patients who have high blood pressure is worse for blacks than for whites, study finds

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 — Black patients with high blood pressure experience poorer communication with their doctors than white patients do, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher has found.

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