December

UNC scientists pinpoint link between light signal and circadian rhythms

UNC scientists pinpoint link between light signal and circadian rhythms

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 — A new paper by Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD and his colleagues takes an important step in understanding the underlying molecular signals that influence a broad array of biological processes ranging from the sleep-wake cycle to cancer growth and development.

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International team including UNC scientist probes DNA function

International team including UNC scientist probes DNA function

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 — This is the first-ever integrated analysis of the molecular processes that control genome function in an animal, which has the potential to speed understanding of the molecular processes in human cells.

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Back by popular demand: Santa is ready to ride!

Back by popular demand: Santa is ready to ride!

Monday, December 20, 2010 — Santa first came to see a team of UNC medical experts at this time last year. He was back again recently for his annual check-up. The medical team says that Santa is tanned, rested and ready for the big ride he has coming up.

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Tools used to decipher 'histone code' may be faulty

Tools used to decipher 'histone code' may be faulty

Thursday, December 16, 2010 — Recent research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a number of issues with histone antibodies, the main tools used to decipher this code, suggesting they may need more rigorous testing.

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The top 10 stories and videos from 2010

The top 10 stories and videos from 2010

As we close out 2010, take a look back at the most popular stories and videos from the past year at UNC Health Care ...

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Family House Diaries – Wesley Telsrow: Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

Family House Diaries – Wesley Telsrow: Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 — A double-lung transplant gives a 22-year-old cystic fibrosis patient a new lease on life, complete with gratitude. For the first time in his young life, Wesley Telsrow can sleep lying down rather than sitting up and laugh without coughing.

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UNC scientists discover potential strategy to improve cancer vaccines

UNC scientists discover potential strategy to improve cancer vaccines

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 — The team found that the absence of the function of a protein called NLRP3 can result in a four-fold increase in a tumor’s response to a therapeutic cancer vaccine. If this finding proves consistent, it may be a key to making cancer vaccines a realistic treatment option.

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Should you go gluten-free?

Should you go gluten-free?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — The market for gluten-free food, touted as a cure for all ills, has grown by double digits in the past five years. But are such health claims half-baked? Maya Jerath, MD, PhD, the director of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, gives the “dough-down” on the gluten-free diet.

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UNC evaluation: N.C. tobacco prevention programs are saving lives and money

UNC evaluation: N.C. tobacco prevention programs are saving lives and money

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — The UNC-led evaluation concluded that fewer youths are taking up smoking, more public places have become smoke-free and more adults that smoke are quitting, thanks to tobacco prevention programs funded by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

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Empathy for Mr. Grinch?

Empathy for Mr. Grinch?

Monday, December 13, 2010 — Dr. Cynthia Bulik reveals that watching the Glee holiday special re-invigorated her "empathy for the Grinch," who may, she suspects, be suffering from depression.

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Breast cancer genetic subtyping licensed for development

Monday, December 13, 2010 — Technology developed by UNC Lineberger members may lead to diagnostic test

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real doctors, real people — Samuel Jones

real doctors, real people — Samuel Jones

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 — Dr. Samuel Jones, a surgeon and assistant director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, also trains for and competes in triathlons on the side.

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UNC expert: Combining exenatide with insulin may be ‘best result ever’ for diabetes patients

UNC expert: Combining exenatide with insulin may be ‘best result ever’ for diabetes patients

Monday, December 6, 2010 — A new study finds that combining the newer diabetes drug exenatide with insulin provides better blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes than insulin alone and helps promote weight loss.

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UNC-led team tests commonly-used antibodies

UNC-led team tests commonly-used antibodies

Sunday, December 5, 2010 — In a paper published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, UNC's Jason Lieb and colleagues from across the country describe how they tested more than 200 antibodies against 57 histone modifications (or flavors) in three different organisms, using three different tests commonly used in this kind of genetic analysis.

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UNC team discovers mechanistic link between genetic variation and risk of atherosclerotic disease

UNC team discovers mechanistic link between genetic variation and risk of atherosclerotic disease

Thursday, December 2, 2010 — Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have shown that common genetic variants located near these genes are associated with diseases of aging such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and frailty. Yet how these variants contribute to the risk of these ailments was not known.

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Heat helped hasten life’s beginnings

Heat helped hasten life’s beginnings

Tuesday, December 2, 2010 — New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigating the effect of temperature on extremely slow chemical reactions suggests that the time required for evolution on a warm earth is shorter than critics might expect.

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240 UNC physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

240 UNC physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012

Thursday, December 2, 2010 — Many of these doctors are also listed in the November 2010 issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, as part of its annual compilation of the best doctors in North Carolina.

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A conversation with Dr. Ada Adimora on World AIDS Day

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 — This video is a conversation with UNC epidemiologist Dr. Ada Adimora as she shares her perspective on the impact of HIV infection.

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Raj Pruthi named chief of urologic surgery in UNC School of Medicine

Raj Pruthi named chief of urologic surgery in UNC School of Medicine

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 — In addition to his new role as division chief, Pruthi is an associate professor of surgery and director of urologic oncology. He also serves as disease group leader for the Genitourinary Oncology program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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