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First comprehensive report on state's multiple tobacco programs shows major successes

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 — North Carolina is making huge strides in tobacco use prevention and cessation, according to the first comprehensive evaluation of the state’s multiple tobacco programs, recently released by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.

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Shared survival mechanism explains why 'good' nerve cells last and 'bad' cancer cells flourish

Monday, December 15, 2008 — Cancer cells and nervous system neurons may not look or act alike, but both use strikingly similar ways to survive, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Moll honored by National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia

Thursday, December 11, 2008 — Stephan Moll, M.D., an associate professor in the division of hematology and oncology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, recently received the first Medical and Scientific Leadership Award given by the National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT).

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UNC set to take charge of U.S. energy department’s Collaborative Cross research project

Thursday, December 11, 2008 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in January begins moving its unique colony of 8,000 mice known as the Collaborative Cross to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Buse receives American Diabetes Association’s distinguished service award

Monday, December 8, 2008 — UNC's John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., recently received the Banting Medal for Service from the American Diabetes Association after completing a term as the ADA’s president for medicine and science.

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Five tips for surviving the holidays

Monday, November 24, 2008 — Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, an expert in anxiety disorders and professor of psychiatry and psychology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences, offers five tips for coping with holiday-related stress.

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UNC researchers to host international disease surveillance conference in Raleigh

Monday, November 24, 2008 — Researchers from the department of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine are hosting the 2008 International Society for Disease Surveillance annual conference at the Raleigh Convention Center Dec. 3 to Dec. 5.

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UNC expands brain imaging study of infants at risk for autism

Monday, November 24, 2008 — A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers using brain imaging of infants to examine changes in their brains and behavior that may mark the onset of autistic symptoms is being substantially expanded after receiving an additional $3.25 million in funding.

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UNC researchers find clue to stopping breast cancer metastasis

Monday, November 17, 2008 — If scientists knew exactly what a breast cancer cell needs to spread, then they could stop the most deadly part of the disease: metastasis. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine takes a step in that direction.

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UNC, Yale partner to study effects of cocaine use on mother-infant relationships

Thursday, November 13, 2008 — Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale University have been awarded almost $10 million to study the many ways cocaine use during pregnancy can negatively affect interactions between mothers and their infants.

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Largest studies of robotic-assisted surgery for gynecologic procedures find fewer complications

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 — Doctors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown in the largest groups of patients to date that robotically-assisted surgery provides superior short-term outcomes for two gynecologic procedures.

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UNC study: text messaging may help children fight off obesity

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 — A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that cell phone text messaging could be used to reduce children’s chances of becoming overweight or obese later in life, by helping them monitor and modify their own behaviors now.

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Without enzyme, biological reaction essential to life takes 2.3 billion years: UNC study

Monday, November 10, 2008 — All biological reactions within human cells depend on enzymes. Their power as catalysts enables biological reactions to occur usually in milliseconds. But how slowly would these reactions proceed spontaneously, in the absence of enzymes – minutes, hours, days? And why even pose the question?

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UNC Lineberger launches 44 county study of breast cancer in black women

Thursday, October 30, 2008 — A new study seeking to improve scientists’ understanding of breast cancer, including why the disease’s fatality rate is higher in African-American women, is getting underway in 44 counties in North Carolina.

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Five ways to get more from your doctor: UNC researchers' tips for patients

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 — These days, going to the doctor may seem more like speed dating than care giving. Patients get a few minutes with the clinician, and he or she does most of the talking.

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UNC scientists to study potential predictor of dangerous condition in cancer patients

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 — Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have received a grant of almost $2 million to investigate a potential early-warning indicator of venous thromboembolism, a leading cause of disability and death in cancer patients.

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UNC School of Medicine professor edits new handbook on myasthenia gravis

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 — UNC's Dr. James F. Howard Jr. is the editor of a new book, “Myasthenia Gravis: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals."

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UNC awarded $4.8 million to test dengue fever vaccines

Thursday, October 16, 2008 — The Carolina Vaccine Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $4.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create and test possible vaccines for dengue fever.

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UNC researchers receive grants to improve Alzheimer's care

Thursday, October 16, 2008 — Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $540,000, three-year grant for a project aimed at increasing the number of doctors in North Carolina with expertise in treating patients with Alzheimer’s dementia.

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UNC scientists awarded grant to study causes of pediatric cancer

Thursday, October 16, 2008 — Andrew Olshan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma.

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