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Busby-Whitehead appointed chair of national healthy aging

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 — Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, a professor in the department of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, has been elected chair of the board of the American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging.

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UNC study hints at new approaches to prevent transplant rejection

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 — To prevent the rejection of newly transplanted organs and cells, patients must take medicines that weaken their entire immune systems. Such potentially life-saving treatments can, paradoxically, leave those receiving them susceptible to life-threatening infections.

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Pillow Talk: When your valentine has had a heart attack

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 — Drs. Cam Patterson and Paula Miller, both UNC Health Care cardiologists, tackle a taboo subject: Is it OK for a couple to resume their sex life after one of them has had a heart attack? And if so, what do they need to be aware of?

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Back by popular demand: 2009 UNC Mini-Medical School

Monday, February 9, 2009 — The annual Mini-Medical School series is back again with a program of lectures and discussions hosted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Chronic low back pain on the rise: UNC study finds 'alarming increase' in prevalence

Monday, February 9, 2009 — The proportion of people suffering from long term, impairing low back pain has more than doubled in North Carolina since the early 1990s, according to a new study.

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UNC study: New genomic test may guide breast cancer treatment choices

Monday, February 9, 2009 — Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new genomic test designed to help clinicians predict which breast cancer patients are most likely to survive the disease and which treatments may be most effective in increasing those chances of survival.

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Matters of the Heart: Helping a family member with heart disease

Friday, February 6, 2009 — Cam Patterson, M.D., chief of cardiology for UNC Health Care, explains five things you can do to help a friend or family member who has heart disease.

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UNC Lineberger scientist's research funded by Joan's Legacy grant program

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 — William Y. Kim, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has received a two-year, $100,00 grant from the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation through the Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer grant program.

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Possible drug target for obesity treatment a no-brainer: UNC study

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 — Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered a gene that when mutated causes obesity by dampening the body’s ability to burn energy while leaving appetite unaffected.

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Boucher to receive award from American Thoracic Society

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 — Richard Boucher, M.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the American Thoracic Society’s 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award.

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UNC study: Tinkering with the circadian clock can suppress cancer growth

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that disruption of the circadian clock – the internal time-keeping mechanism that keeps the body running on a 24-hour cycle – can slow the progression of cancer.

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UNC study: Mental illness by itself does not predict future violent behavior

Monday, February 2, 2009 — People with mental illness alone are no more likely than anyone else to commit acts of violence, a new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. But mental illness combined with substance abuse or dependence elevates the risk for future violence.

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Rosenstein to join UNC Lineberger to lead new cancer support program

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 — Donald L. Rosenstein, M.D., will join the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as director of the new UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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UNC women’s gymnastics shares the love with Get REAL & HEEL on Valentines Day

Monday, January 25, 2010 — The University of North Carolina women’s gymnastics team will hold its annual Blue & Pink meet on February 14 at newly-renovated Carmichael Auditorium. The Tar Heels will take on the University of Maryland in a special meet that includes a cancer awareness health fair, benefiting the Get REAL & HEEL program.

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UNC study supports role of circadian clock in response to chemotherapy

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 — For years, research has hinted that the time of day that cancer patients receive chemotherapy can impact their chances of survival. But the lack of a clear scientific explanation for this finding has kept clinicians from considering timing as a factor in treatment.

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Dr. Joseph Piven named editor of new journal

Monday, January 12, 2009 — UNC's Joseph Piven, M.D. has been named editor-in-chief of the newly created Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

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Babies delivered by C-section before 39 weeks more likely to have serious health problems

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 — A new study has found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy, to mothers who previously had an elective C-section, are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks.

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UNC faculty elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Thursday, December 18, 2008 — Three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC grants license to start-up medical imaging company

Thursday, December 18, 2008 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has granted NextRay Inc. an exclusive license to develop and commercialize defraction enhanced imaging (DEI) technology, which creates X-ray images through the defraction instead of the absorption of X-ray beams.

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UNC professor recognized for service to HIV/STD care in North Carolina

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 — Peter A. Leone, M.D., associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2008 Marty Prairie Award.

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