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Youth tobacco prevention media campaign reaches record levels of awareness

Thu, June 9, 2011 — Preliminary results show that the campaign successfully reaches over 80 percent of youth statewide with a strong prevention message, even as it faces possible defunding.

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How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

Wed, June 8, 2011 — Blazing temperatures can bring on serious illness if you're not careful. Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals, offers tips on protecting yourself and your family against extreme heat.

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30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

30 years of HIV/AIDS research and treatment at UNC

On June 5, 1981, the first medical article about a disease eventually known as AIDS was published. The following timeline highlights HIV/AIDS research and treatment at the University of North Carolina and University of North Carolina Health Care System since 1981.

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Stem cell treatment may offer option for broken bones that don’t heal

Mon, June 6, 2011 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown in an animal study that transplantation of adult stem cells enriched with a bone-regenerating hormone can help mend bone fractures that are not healing properly.

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real doctors, real people - Stuart Gold

real doctors, real people - Stuart Gold

Dr. Stuart Gold's patients describe him as both compassionate and weird. You'll have to watch the video to see what they mean by "weird." But in terms of compassion, Gold gives a lot of his time and energy outside of the clinic to promoting awareness of childhood cancer and raising much needed research funds.

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Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth, UNC laboratory study shows

Common transplant drug inhibits breast cancer growth, UNC laboratory study shows

Thu, May 26, 2011 — Tacrolimus, a drug that is commonly used to prevent organ transplantation rejection, inhibits breast cancer growth in pre-clinical studies. The finding from UNC scientists was reported in the May 26 Public Library of Science.

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UNC study: Pelvic widening continues throughout a person’s lifetime

UNC study: Pelvic widening continues throughout a person’s lifetime

Wed, May 25, 2011 — A study by UNC researchers finds surprising evidence that the pelvis continues to grow wider even after people stop growing taller. This increase in pelvic width may account for a significant portion of the weight gain that many people experience as they get older.

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UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

Mon, May 23, 2011 — The UNC team used a statewide database to collect information on over 35,000 Emergency department (ED) visits. They learned that the top three problems that brought patients to the ED were related to pain, respiratory distress, and gastrointestinal issues (mostly nausea and vomiting).

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Consortium identifies genome regions that could influence severity of cystic fibrosis

Mon, May 23, 2011 — A team of researchers, including a number from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, have pinpointed regions of the genome that contribute to the debilitating lung disease that is the hallmark of cystic fibrosis.

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Preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS with humanized BLT mice

Preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS with humanized BLT mice

Wed, May 18, 2011 — A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine further validates the use of humanized BLT mice in the fight to block HIV transmission.

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Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

Wed, May 18, 2011 — A new heart and a new kidney give a 28-year-old Wilson woman, unwell since age 7, a second chance at life. Crystal Sharpe becomes the 11th recipient of a heart and kidney transplant at UNC Hospitals.

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N.C. Children's Hospital ranked as one of the nation’s best

N.C. Children's Hospital ranked as one of the nation’s best

Tue, May 17, 2011 — North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking categories, including a Top 10 ranking in pulmonology — the only top 10 ranking achieved by any children’s hospital in North Carolina.

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Cell rigidity linked to activity in proteins associated with cancer

Cell rigidity linked to activity in proteins associated with cancer

Mon, May 16, 2011 — Innovative collaboration between physics and cell biology demonstrates pathway.

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The skinny on fat: Debate rages on pros, cons of low-fat diet

The skinny on fat: Debate rages on pros, cons of low-fat diet

Wed, May 11, 2011 — In recent years a fierce debate has raged among nutrition experts over the wisdom of prevailing dietary guidelines that emphasize eating less saturated fat. Two experts from the UNC Department of Nutrition cut through the chatter and explain what you can do to eat healthy.

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Team pinpoints role of key protein in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Team pinpoints role of key protein in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Tue, May 10, 2011 — A team based at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has established a connection between a known cancer gene called KRAS and a protein called Pim-1 kinase.

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Test for colon cancer screening beneficial for some seniors, but not for many others

Test for colon cancer screening beneficial for some seniors, but not for many others

Mon, May 9, 2011 — A new study of U.S. veterans ages 70 and older finds that the healthiest get the most benefit from current colon cancer screening methods. However, for many less healthy veterans the burdens of screening may outweigh the benefits.

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UNC research highlights at 2011 Digestive Disease Week

Mon, May 9, 2011 — Digestive Disease Week (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

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Normal stem cells made to look and act like cancer stem cells

Normal stem cells made to look and act like cancer stem cells

Thu, May 5, 2011 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, after isolating normal stem cells that form the developing placenta, have given them the same properties of stem cells associated with an aggressive type of breast cancer.

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UNC scientist receives grant to address lung cancer disparities

Samuel Cykert, MD, has received a $1.8 million five-year grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to study “Lung Cancer Surgery: Decisions Against Life Saving Care.”

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