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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

Fri, Feb 4, 2011 — It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don’t have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease. These findings by UNC researchers appear in the journal Genes and Development.

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UNC researchers developing computer models for pediatric airway problems

UNC researchers developing computer models for pediatric airway problems

Thu, Feb 3, 2011 — A team of UNC-Chapel Hill researchers has been awarded a $3.6 million grant to develop computer models that will allow physicians to predict which treatments will work best in children with upper airway problems.

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UNC-led program helps doctors, health-care centers adopt electronic health records

Tue, Feb 1, 2011 — More than 1,500 primary health-care providers around the state are adopting electronic health records and other technology with the help of the N.C. Area Health Education Centers Program.

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Scientists link protein to the insulation of the nervous system’s wiring

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 — This finding has particular importance because several neurodevelopmental disorders have recently been linked to genetic mutations in the complex developmental cascade containing Erk and its sister proteins.

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Membrane molecule keeps nerve impulses hopping

Membrane molecule keeps nerve impulses hopping

Wed, Jan 26, 2011 — New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine describes a key molecular mechanism in nerve fibers that ensures the rapid conductance of nervous system impulses.

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Health E NC projects to improve cancer prevention, outcomes

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 — The projects focus on areas of the state where cancers, and in particular breast, lung and colorectal cancers, are common and place a burden on the health of North Carolinians.

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Family House Diaries – How serious illness binds strangers in life-enriching ways

Family House Diaries – How serious illness binds strangers in life-enriching ways

Tue, Jan 25, 2011 — Serious illness most often brings devastating hardship, but it also has the potential to bring blessings with positive impact. Two couples from eastern North Carolina are living proof of how serious illness binds strangers in life-enriching ways.

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Biomarker test shows promise for melanoma diagnosis

Mon, Jan 24, 2011 — A new study shows that a test of biomarkers for DNA methylation is technically feasible and could aid in earlier, more precise diagnosis of melanoma.

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Free February 23 Melanoma Patient Day Symposium Features Updates and Support

Mon, Jan 24, 2011 — The program will feature talks by physician/scientists and a patient’s parents on topics ranging from indoor tanning to clinical trials and from genetic testing to psychosocial support for melanoma patients.

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UNC YOUR HEALTH radio program launches new show on 'Health and Healing'

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 — The first guest in the Health and Healing series is Kelly Bruno, a second-year medical student at UNC who is also an amputee, an Ironman triathlete and a former contestant on "Survivor: Nicaragua."

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Roundworm unlocks pancreatic cancer pathway

Roundworm unlocks pancreatic cancer pathway

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 — In a study published today in the Cell Press journal Developmental Cell, a team of researchers led by Channing Der, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill, took a step back to a simpler organism – a common roundworm – and made a discovery about how the Ras oncogene chooses a signaling pathway and how the consequences of that choice play out in cellular development – a key issue in cancer, which is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth.

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Creating an 'Alzheimer’s-friendly' home for your loved one

Creating an 'Alzheimer’s-friendly' home for your loved one

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 — Susan Coppola, an associate professor of occupational therapy at the UNC School of Medicine, explains how making simple changes at home can help an Alzheimer's patient stay healthier, happier and more independent.

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Molecular battle in cancer cells offers clues for treatment

Molecular battle in cancer cells offers clues for treatment

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 — Researchers investigating a genetic mutation in brain cancer and leukemia patients have discovered how one cancer metabolite battles another normal metabolite to contribute cancer development. Helping the “good guys” win that battle could yield new approaches for treatment.

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New molecule could save brain cells from neurodegeneration, stroke

New molecule could save brain cells from neurodegeneration, stroke

Tue, Jan 18, 2011 — This molecule, a tiny strand of nucleotides called microRNA-29 or miR-29, has already been shown to be in short supply in certain neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Thus, the discovery could herald a new treatment to prompt brain cells to survive in the wake of neurodegeneration or acute injury like stroke.

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UNC surgeons pioneer new approach to aneurysms: Go through the nose

Thu, Jan 13, 2011 — Dr. Anand V. Germanwala and Dr. Adam M. Zanation have published a paper describing a surgery they performed that is believed to be the first reported clipping of a ruptured brain aneurysm through a patient's nose.

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Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Wed, Jan 12, 2011 — Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is among six UNC faculty members who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

Wed, Jan 12, 2011 — The study, which began in August 2010 and will be conducted entirely at UNC, seeks to enroll a total of 320 women ages 45 to 55 who are in the menopause transition. All will be randomized to receive treatment with estradiol (estrogen replacement) skin patches or placebo.

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UNC researchers inch closer to unlocking potential of synthetic blood

Mon, Jan 10, 2011 — A team of scientists has created particles that closely mirror some of the key properties of red blood cells, potentially helping pave the way for the development of synthetic blood.

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UNC study provides further insight into racial disparities in breast cancer

Mon, Jan 10, 2011 — The results show that basal-like breast cancer is equally aggressive in African American and white women, and that African American women had worse outcomes no matter what kind of breast cancer they developed.

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Rifaximin provides significant relief of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Rifaximin provides significant relief of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 — Two studies, conducted in part at the UNC School of Medicine, found that the benefits of treatment with rifaximin persisted for 10 weeks after patients stopped taking the broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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