August

UNC Hospitals reduces central-line associated bloodstream infections by 85 percent

UNC Hospitals reduces central-line associated bloodstream infections by 85 percent

Monday, August 30, 2010 — A new study shows that several interventions implemented over a 10-year period prevented an estimated 887 infections and 244 deaths and saved UNC Hospitals more than $20 million in treatment costs.

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Bear wins Hettleman Prize

Bear wins Hettleman Prize

Thursday, August 26, 2010 — Four promising faculty members in diverse fields have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Lineberger scientists awarded grant to study impact of genetic variations on breast cancer chemotherapy

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 — UNC scientists have received a $215,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to study genomics, genetics, and clinical breast cancer behavior. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists will conduct research on how genetic variations in individual patients affect their ability to metabolize chemotherapy.

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  UNC Hospitals receives performance achievement award from American College of Cardiology Foundation

UNC Hospitals receives performance achievement award from American College of Cardiology Foundation

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 — UNC Hospitals is one of only 26 hospitals nationwide to receive this award, which recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

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Government urges universal flu vaccinations

Government urges universal flu vaccinations

Monday, August 23, 2010 — The flu kills more than 35,000 people in the United States in an average year—and most of those deaths could be prevented with a simple vaccine. After last year’s H1N1 outbreak, the government says everyone over the age of 6 months needs a flu shot this year.

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UNC physician receives $8 million from NIH to extend kidney disease project

UNC physician receives $8 million from NIH to extend kidney disease project

Thursday, August 20, 2010 - This award allows a team led by Dr. Ronald Falk to continue their work on glomerulonephritis and vasculitis caused by anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA), which is the most common form of rapidly progressing glomerular disease.

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AIDS virus changes in semen make it different than in blood

AIDS virus changes in semen make it different than in blood

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - The new findings are significant because the nature of the virus in the male genital tract is of central importance to understanding the transmission process and the selective pressures that may impact the transmitted virus.

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Genetics underlie the formation of the body’s back-up bypass vessels

Genetics underlie the formation of the body’s back-up bypass vessels

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - The new knowledge could help inform the current development of what are called collaterogenic therapies – drugs or procedures that can cause new collaterals to form and enlarge before or after a person suffers tissue damage from a blocked artery in the heart, brain, or peripheral tissues.

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Family House Diaries: Dana DiPerna Pillsbury

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - A breast cancer recurrence yields a serendipitous journey for a high school English teacher from Davidson, N.C., and leaves her with far more than the disease has taken away.

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Whooping cough on the rise: Add vaccine to your back-to-school checklist

Whooping cough on the rise: Add vaccine to your back-to-school checklist

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - California declared a whooping cough epidemic this summer when more than 2,700 cases were reported in the state by mid-August and seven infants had died. Prevent an outbreak in North Carolina by immunizing your family before school starts.

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Consumers need protection from unrealistic claims of home genetic tests, new report states

Consumers need protection from unrealistic claims of home genetic tests, new report states

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - In a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine, UNC medical geneticist James P. Evans, MD, PhD and co-authors write that medical professionals “must ensure that rapidly evolving and multiplying genomic technologies are responsibly harnessed and that their promise is not oversold to the public.”

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UNC Hospitals to offer free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 22-23

August 16, 2010 — UNC Hospitals will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23. The screenings are open to all men ages 40 through 75 and will take place in the Urology Clinic on the second floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital at 101 Manning Drive in Chapel Hill. Walk-ins are welcome, or call 919-966-1316 to schedule an appointment.

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A healthy school lunch for your child, tater-tot free

A healthy school lunch for your child, tater-tot free

August 12, 2010 — Childhood diets have been blamed for everything from the obesity epidemic to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Liz Watt, a registered dietitian at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, explains how to make packing a healthy school lunch easy.

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Introducing our new video series: real doctors, real people

August 11, 2010 — Stephanie Crayton, UNC Health Care's media relations manager, introduces our new video series franchise, "real doctors, real people."

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UNC Lineberger clinicians receive grant to evaluate effect of chemotherapy on aging

August 11, 2010 — UNC scientists have received a one-year $223,000 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to study the effect of chemotherapy on aging in older women with breast cancer.

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  Protecting your back, neck and arms from 'laptop-itis'

Protecting your back, neck and arms from 'laptop-itis'

August 11, 2010 — Purchasing a laptop computer has become a ritual for many new college students. But using a laptop often leads to posture problems, which can have serious long-term health consequences. UNC expert Dr. Kevin Carneiro explains how students can guard themselves from “laptop-itis” from orientation to final exams.

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  Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find

Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide, UNC studies find

August 9, 2010 — Three studies led by UNC researchers find that spanking and other forms of corporal punishment of children are still common in the U.S. and worldwide, despite bans in 24 countries.

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UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

UNC Hospitals qualifies for American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Recognition for heart attack care

August 5, 2010 — The award recognizes UNC Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

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UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

August 4, 2010 — First-year college students are at risk for gaining weight and developing eating disorders. Two University of North Carolina Health Care experts weigh in on how to develop healthy eating habits on campus.

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Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay

Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay

August 3, 2010 — UNC researchers have identified an enzyme that blocks chronic pain by robbing a major pain pathway of a key ingredient. The enzyme could prevent lasting pain after surgery.

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