March

UNC researchers unravel clues, develop interventions for autism

UNC researchers unravel clues, develop interventions for autism

Thu, Mar 31, 2011 — As World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, approaches, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine hunt for new treatments and interventions for the disorder.

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Tet further revealed! Studies track protein relevant to stem cells, cancer

Tet further revealed! Studies track protein relevant to stem cells, cancer

Wed, Mar 30, 2011 — UNC biochemist Yi Zhang, PhD, whose team conducted the studies, called the findings an important step in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind cell differentiation and the development of cancer.

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Ten-year-old neurosurgery patient catches first pitch, presents $10,000 check to his surgeon

Ten-year-old neurosurgery patient catches first pitch, presents $10,000 check to his surgeon

Mon, Mar 28, 2011 — Zion Kenlaw, an aspiring baseball catcher, was diagnosed with a brain cyst last October. One week later, he and his family traveled from Wilmington, N.C. to UNC Hospitals for surgery to remove the cyst.

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UNC to lead study of new option for some colon cancer patients

UNC to lead study of new option for some colon cancer patients

Mon, Mar 28, 2011 — The study is sponsored by UNC Lineberger and financially supported by Bayer HealthCare AG, which will provide study medication free of charge to patients enrolled on the trial.

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UNC physician-scientist receives grant to study breast cancer brain metastases

UNC physician-scientist receives grant to study breast cancer brain metastases

Fri, Mar 25, 2011 — The grant will fund laboratory research to test whether a new class of drugs called PARP-inhibitors, which have successfully been used to treat other types of cancers, along with nanoparticle anti-cancer agents may be effective in treating brain metastases from triple-negative breast cancer.

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Bryan Roth honored for excellence in clinical pharmacology

Bryan Roth honored for excellence in clinical pharmacology

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 — Dr. Roth's work in pharmacology and drug discovery has earned him numerous patents and he has published nearly 300 articles in, among many other publications, Science, Nature, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Match Day 2011

Match Day 2011

On March 17, 148 fourth-year medical students found out where they'll be spending the next few years of their medical training. The UNC Medical School graduates will be in residency programs across 29 states. 53 of the students will stay right here in North Carolina.

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New public-private partnership will improve health care delivery at more than 130 clinics in Malawi

New public-private partnership will improve health care delivery at more than 130 clinics in Malawi

Thu, Mar 17, 2011 — The USAID-funded Lilongwe Relief Fund Trust of Malawi (LMRFT), in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several other public and private partners, has begun implementing the Safeguard the Family Project, which is aimed at decreasing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and reducing maternal and infant mortality.

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Warm weather exercise alert: Ozone levels pose health risk even below current U.S. air safety standard

Warm weather exercise alert: Ozone levels pose health risk even below current U.S. air safety standard

Thu, Mar 17, 2011 — Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with colleagues from the Environmental Protection Agency found that breathing a level of ozone at 0.06 parts per million (ppm), which is below the current U.S. standard of 0.075 ppm, can decrease lung function in healthy young adults.

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Family House Diaries: Johnny and Phyllis Deal

Family House Diaries: Johnny and Phyllis Deal

Thu, Mar 17, 2011 — An uncommon tumor and two co-existing conditions it triggered have given a 55-year-old Lenior, N.C., man a roller-coaster of a medical journey. He’s also gained a precious gift: more time with his grandson.

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UNC named 12th U.S. HHT Center of Excellence by HHT Foundation

UNC named 12th U.S. HHT Center of Excellence by HHT Foundation

Mon, Mar 14, 2011 — Raj Kasthuri, MD, is director of the new center of excellence for the treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome, an inherited disorder of the blood vessels that can cause excessive bleeding.

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Scientists identify molecule that can increase blood flow in vascular disease

Scientists identify molecule that can increase blood flow in vascular disease

Thu, Mar 10, 2011 — UNC researchers have discovered that a molecule called Wnt1 can improve the function of endothelial progenitor cells, increasing the blood flow to organs that previously had been cut off from the circulation.

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Sparling named fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

Sparling named fellow of American Academy of Microbiology

Thu, Mar 10, 2011 —P. Frederick Sparling, MD is J. Herbert Bate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology Emeritus in the UNC School of Medicine. He is also director of the Southeastern STI Cooperative Research Center and the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infections.

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New hope for lupus patients

Thu, Mar 10, 2011 — Yesterday the FDA approved Benlysta, the first new drug for lupus to be approved in more than 50 years.

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Packed house at Smithies symposium

Packed house at Smithies symposium

Wed, Mar 9, 2011 — 2009 Nobel Laureate Thomas A. Steitz, PhD, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and professor of chemistry at Yale, wowed the crowd with a lecture complete with video animations and music.

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UNC study finds oral tongue cancer increasing in young, white females

UNC study finds oral tongue cancer increasing in young, white females

Tue, Mar 8, 2011 — The increasing incidence was most dramatic for white females ages 18 to 44. They had a percentage change of 111 percent. Interestingly, the incidence decreased for African American and other racial groups.

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real doctors, real people — James Howard

real doctors, real people — James Howard

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 — Dr. James Howard, a neurologist at UNC for 33 years, picked up glass blowing after his wife gave him a free class to try it out. Ever since, he's been spending his Saturdays and Sundays in front of two, 2,000-degree ovens.

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