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    Berkowitz Discussed How Unemployment During COVID-19 May Have Affected Unmet Health-Related Social Needs in New Podcast

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, was featured in Health Affairs‘s Health Podyssey podcast: “What New Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Taught Us About Health.”  He discussed the potential health impact of unemployment insurance, the changing nature of work in the U.S., and how direct payments programs, such as universal basic income, could compliment social safety nets. Listen to … Continued

  • Single Vaccine Dose May Offer Protection to Those Who Have Had COVID-19

    UNC-Chapel Hill research, led by Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, instructor and fellow in the division of infectious diseases, and Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology and Carolina Population Center Fellow, shows that individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 develop a significant antibody response to the first dose of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines. New research from UNC-Chapel Hill … Continued

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    Flythe, Pecot Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

    Jenny Flythe, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, and Chad Pecot, MD, associate professor of oncology, have been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Flythe’s research is focused on improving the safety and experiences of individuals living with kidney disease by bettering clinical and patient-reported outcomes. Her … Continued

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    UNC’s Medicine Procedure Service, Implementation and Five-Year Experience Study

    Med-peds resident, Hillary Spangler, MD, and hospitalists, John Stephens, MD, Emily Sturkie, MD, and Ria Dancel, MD, published “Implementation of an academic hospital medicine procedure service: 5-year experience” in Hospital Practice. Procedural complications are a common source of adverse events in hospitals, especially where bedside procedures are often performed by trainees. Medicine procedure services (MPS) … Continued

  • Meghan McCann Appointed ‘Vice Chair for Hospital Integration’ in the Department of Medicine

    Ron Falk, MD, has appointed Meghan McCann, MSN, RN, NE-BC, UNC Medical Center’s Vice President of Operations, as the vice chair for hospital integration in the UNC Department of Medicine. In this role, McCann will help the hospital and Medicine specialties effectively manage clinical operations, particularly for patient-centric clinical programs that offer comprehensive care across … Continued

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    Heart Awareness Month, Highlighting Cardiovascular Services and One Mission

    Medicine’s cardiovascular specialists care for thousands of patients every year, in clinic and in hospital, focused on one mission–exceptional heart care for the people of North Carolina while advancing the science and clinical practice of cardiovascular medicine. Following is a look at service highlights. Women’s Heart Program The UNC Women’s Heart Program provides clinic counseling … Continued

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    UNC Eastowne Going LIVE in March

    After three years of planning, the time has come. In what was once a vacant lot near the 15-501/I-40 intersection, now stands a six-story 150,000 square-foot medical building and 1,000 parking space garage. UNC Health’s Eastowne Medical Office Building represents the vision of the future of academic medicine and an opportunity to transform care in … Continued

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    Study Highlights Need For More QI Efforts to Reduce Unnecessary Blood Cultures in Routine SSTI Cases

    Physician researchers in the division of hospital medicine and the division of infectious diseases collaborated for the study “Frequency and yield of blood cultures for observation patients with skin and soft tissue infections,” published this month in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The study was designed to measure frequency and yield of blood cultures … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Discusses Mask Fit and Efficiency

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases, in the division of infectious diseases, and director of the UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, continues to share perspective and study learnings about mask filtration efficiencies. She contributed to the following news reports this month. How to avoid buying counterfeit N95 masks –  (USA Today) Nasal … Continued

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    Al-Qadi Receives CHEST Research Award

    Mazen O. Al-Qadi, assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine has received the Alfred Soffer Research Award for “Respiratory variation in right atrial pressure predicts right ventricular dysfunction in patients with precapillary pulmonary hypertension.” This award is named in honor of Dr. Alfred Soffer, Master Fellow of the College, Editor-in-Chief of the journal CHEST … Continued

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    Women’s History Month, Other Observances

    March is Women’s History Month Women’s History Month started in 1987 and recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations to recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Learn how women’s … Continued

  • Moon, Henderson Collaborate for LCCC Study Applying Cancer Screening Expertise to HCC Surveillance

    Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, fellow in the division of gasteroenterology and hepatology, and Louise Henderson, PhD, professor of radiology, were recently awarded a $150K grant from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) for a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) screening project. Sid Barritt, MD, MSCR, associate professor of medicine in gastroenterology and hepatology is a co-investigator. The … Continued

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    Study Shows Unmet Social Needs and Worse Mental Health After Expiration of COVID-19 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

    The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw historic increases in unemployment, which remained elevated throughout 2020.  Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided unemployment insurance beneficiaries an extra $600 a week, a benefit that initially expired in July 2020. A new study, led by Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, published today in Health Affairs, examined … Continued

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    Agosto-Burgos Provides COVID-19 Education in Univision Interview

    Christian Agosto-Burgos, a PhD candidate, was featured in Univision 40 North Carolina interviews about COVID-19. He explained to Spanish-speaking audiences how natural and vaccine-mediated immunity are different, why individuals develop the disease more than once, and why it is important to receive the two doses of the vaccine. Agosto-Burgos is pursuing his PhD in pathobiology … Continued

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    Busby-Whitehead Talked With the Wall Street Journal About Older People Participating in Activities After the COVID-19 Vaccine

    A Wall Street Journal report about the first Americans to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, older people, recognizes how many are still struggling to know what activities are safe. Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, interviewed for the report, said she and colleagues continue to urge caution because most of the US population isn’t vaccinated. There are also … Continued

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    Buse Appointed Co-Chair of the CTSA Program Steering Committee

    John Buse, MD, PhD, has been appointed the Co-Chair of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee, along with Christopher P. Austin, MD, the Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health. The CTSA Program Steering Committee provides direction to NCATS and the ~60 … Continued

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    Gay Responds to Myths and Suspicions About COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy and Safety

    Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases and medical director of the UNC HIV Cure Center, responded to myths and suspicions about the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Charlotte Post. The report acknowledges that while ‘some people have died from the vaccine,’ a close look at the … Continued

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    Long, Barnes Honored for Distinguished Service to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

    Millie Long, MD, MPH, and Edward Barnes, MD, MPH, have received the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 2021 Uniting to Care & Cure Award for dedication to the IBD community of patients and caregivers, and for advancing the mission to improve patient quality of life and find cured for IBD. Both are assistant professors in the … Continued

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    Loeser Co-Authors Comprehensive JAMA Review Article on Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment of Hip, Knee Osteoarthritis

    The article, co-authored by Richard Loeser, MD, the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy & immunology, provides a review of previous, current and evolving views regarding the disease, including treatments ranging from behavior modification, to advanced new therapies. Osteoarthritis is now understood to have a complex pathophysiology … Continued

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    Christian Agosto-Burgos Provides COVID-19 Education in Univision Interview

    Christian Agosto-Burgos, a PhD candidate, was featured in Univision 40 North Carolina interviews about COVID-19. He explained to Spanish-speaking audiences how natural and vaccine-mediated immunity are different, why individuals develop the disease more than once, and why it is important to receive the two doses of the vaccine. Agosto-Burgos is pursuing his PhD in pathobiology … Continued

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    UNC Geriatricians Help Skilled Nursing Facilities Fight COVID-19 With Collaborative Problem Solving and Mentoring

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 40% of all deaths have been residents of nursing homes. Although the vaccine roll-out is now well underway, long-term care facilities continue to be high risk environments disproportionately affected by the virus. To help administrators and nursing leadership fight the spread of COVID-19, the UNC Center for Aging and Health … Continued

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    UNC’s New Immuno-Oncology Prospective Database and Registry is Now Open for Patient Enrollment

    Rumey Ishizawar, MD, medical director of the UNC Rheumatology Clinic, founded the multi-disciplinary UNC Immuno-Oncology Group (IOG) in 2017 to optimize clinical management of cancer patients who develop immune related adverse events (irAEs). The goal of the IOG is to develop a research infrastructure to facilitate the study of mechanisms of autoimmunity versus tolerance in … Continued

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    Antiviral Proves Effective at Preventing, Treating COVID-19 In Lab

    Using a novel in vivo research model containing human lung tissue, UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Victor Garcia, PhD, and Angela Wahl, PhD, demonstrated that the broad spectrum, experimental drug EIDD-2801 proved dramatically effective at preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in human tissue in the lab. The number of new COVID-19 cases continues … Continued

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    Dellon Selected as Top Clinical Research Achievement Awardee

    The Clinical Research (CR) Forum announced the important and groundbreaking clinical research studies that will be recognized at the 2021 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards Virtual Event on March 30, 2021. Evan Dellon, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, was recognized as a Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awardee for his study titled “Anti-Selig-8 Antibody for Eosinophilic … Continued

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    Warshaw Interviewed By Eldercare Voices: Covid Edition

    Gregg Warshaw, MD, professor of medicine in the department of medicine’s geriatric division and the department of family medicine, was interviewed by Eldercare Voices, a blog published by the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. In the article, Warshaw recognizes how the pandemic has affected seniors and what he’s learning now that signals the … Continued

  • UNC Health Talk: Should You Wear Two Masks?

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases, and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, explains new guidance about layering masks, released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more in this UNC Health Talk article.  

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    Report from Malawi: Weathering a second wave—or tsunami—of COVID-19

    By Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH Officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Malawi on April 2, 2020. At UNC Project Malawi, we’d been working for a month to carefully review and prepare for the virus. We established COVID preventive procedures and clinical management guidelines and planning for staff and staff relatives. We enhanced … Continued

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    Oral Drug Could Be Used to Prevent and Treat COVID-19 Infections

    The News & Observer reports that a drug tested at UNC-Chapel Hill could be used to both prevent and treat COVID-19 infections, according to new research published in Nature by senior author J. Victor Garcia, PhD. “This is something that is giving us hope that there might be an alternative that can be available in … Continued

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    Wohl Talks With Media About COVID, Vaccine Distribution and FDA Approval of HIV Treatment

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, continues to share perspective and guidance with North Carolina media. In February, he contributed to the following news stories about COVID-19. Demographic breakdown remains steady even as hospital numbers decline, figures show –  (CBS-17) UNC doctor debunks several myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine … Continued

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    Register For the 45th Internal Medicine Conference, March 10-12

    UPDATE: This year, as a result of lower programming costs associated with the virtual format, organizers invite UNC faculty and UNC PN clinicians to attend at a reduced rate of $200 for the entire conference, or half of the daily or two-day rate. (Note, reduced rates may not be possible next year with a return … Continued

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    CRISPR Could Make Wheat Safe for Celiac Disease. What About Peanut Allergies?

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, was featured in a FreeThink article about biotech startup Ukko, which is looking to use CRISPR gene editing — along with computational biology, protein engineering, and immunology techniques — to design foods that are both safe and delicious for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. The article recognizes Ukko’s … Continued

  • Knowles Comments on Durham-Based Startup and Potential New COVID-19 Treatment

    An NPR Blue Ridge Radio reports that a Durham-based life sciences company received promising test results on a new medical device that could become an in-home treatment for the coronavirus. Michael Knowles, MD, the Michael E. Hatcher Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicines, commented in a statement … Continued

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    UNC First to Earn Transcatheter Valve Certification (TAVR) in North Carolina

    The UNC Medical Center Heart Valve Clinic is the first TAVR center in North Carolina to become an American College of Cardiology (ACC) Certified TAVR Center of Excellence. TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is a procedure to treat aortic stenosis, a type of heart valve disease, that does not require open-heart surgery. In 2019, the … Continued

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    US News Ranks UNC-CH #8 in List of “Best Global Universities for Endocrinology and Metabolism”

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized as one of the “Best Global Universities for Endocrinology and Metabolism” by U.S. News and World Report. “We are very excited to take this opportunity to celebrate the research strengths in diabetes, nutrition, and obesity across the University,” said Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, RD, Cary … Continued

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    US News Ranks UNC #6 in List of “Best US Universities for Gastroenterology and Hepatology”

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized as one of the “Best Global Universities for Gastroenterology and Hepatology” by U.S. News and World Report. UNC GI and Hepatology was ranked 6th in the US and 11th globally. The rankings are based on a number of criteria including reputational indicators, global and … Continued

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    Deadliest Week for Coronavirus in NC Rolls On

    WRAL.com reports the number of coronavirus-related deaths in North Carolina continues to spike, and the state on Thursday surpassed 9,000 deaths during the pandemic. Shannon Carson, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, said virus-related deaths are the final metric to spike after infections and hospitalizations. “After … Continued

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    New Medicine VCAG Project Improves Care for Cancer Patients While Reducing Unnecessary Visits to the ED

    Medicine’s Value Care Action Group (VCAG) encourages the redesign of patient care that can introduce improvements for high-value outcomes. The newest VCAG project, led by Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH, focuses on better serving cancer patients who experience symptoms that need to be addressed quickly, but don’t necessarily require a visit to the emergency room. “Patients … Continued

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    Jain, Henderson Share Updates on Medical Student Education

    To all faculty, fellows and residents: It has been quite the year for all of us as we have all adjusted our schedules to accommodate the influx of Covid-19 patients.  Medical students were briefly off clinical duties but thanks to School of Medicine and Department of Medicine leadership, they were back fairly soon with appropriate … Continued

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    Niznik Featured in AMDA On-the-Go Podcast Discussing Long-Term Care and Medication Controversies

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, was a guest commentator on a podcast for the American Medical Directors Association, AMDA On-the-Go. The podcast regularly features commentary from UNC faculty Philip Sloane, MD, and Mallory Brown, … Continued

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    Hospitalists Study Prognostic Value of Labs Ordered For Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19

    Faculty physicians in the division of hospital medicine have assumed most non-intensive care unit care for the coronavirus. Based on sparse research, they developed a protocol for ordering labs for this patient population, including routine admission labs, in addition to eight COVID-19 specific labs. The goal of their recent study, published in Hospital Practice, was … Continued

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    Days of Commemoration and Celebrating Black History Month

    January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day UNC’s 2021 MLK Jr. Celebration included a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his ideals. Carolina began its celebrations of King’s life and legacy long before there was a federal holiday. In fact, UNC is the only university ever awarded the … Continued

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    Testing Asymptomatic Healthcare Personnel for COVID-19 Not Recommended

    Routine testing of asymptomatic healthcare personnel (HCP) in the absence of confirmed exposures to COVID-19 is not a recommended strategy for preventing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 causing the current global pandemic, according to a new review co-authored by David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and medical director of infection … Continued

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    Study: Antibody Treatment Can Help Prevent People From Contracting COVID

    WRAL.com reports that an antibody infusion therapy designed to help coronavirus patients recover faster may prevent people from getting the virus. The clinical trial conducted by UNC, the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, in more than 100 nursing homes across the country, shows promising results, with the data suggesting that the … Continued

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    Smooth Sailing For COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients at UNC-Chapel Hill Clinic

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, talked with CBS-17 about UNC Health’s biggest vaccine clinic, held last week at the Friday Center.  The article recognizes the goal to vaccinate 10,000 people in one week, including health care workers, long-term-care staff and residents, and adults 65 years and older, and … Continued

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    Hosseinipour Receives Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

    Mina Hosseinipour, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, given annually to acknowledge the UNC-Chapel Hill’s commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring. Kenya McNeal-Trice, professor in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, and Eileen Burker, PhD, professor in the UNC Department of Allied Health … Continued

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    UNC Investigators Help Prove a Monoclonal Antibody Prevents, Treats COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

    Eli Lilly today released results of a clinical trial that found bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody, significantly reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The Phase 3 trial was conducted in partnership with the NIH”s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN). Myron … Continued

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    Providers, Health Directors Push Back On Complaints of Slow Vaccine Rollout

    North Carolina Health News recently reported on UNC Health vaccination efforts and methods of distribution, recognizing how some local health officials say vaccine administration would have started faster if there had been more certainty and funding for their efforts. David Wohl, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, explained that while UNC Health … Continued

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    Nature Highlights UNC HIV Research in ‘Best of’ List from 2020

    In an article titled, “Viruses, microscopy and fast radio bursts: 10 remarkable discoveries from 2020,” Nature featured an important HIV latency reversal discovery led by UNC School of Medicine researchers J. Victor Garcia, PhD, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science and professor of medicine and microbiology & immunology, and David Margolis, director … Continued

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    A Pandemic Date Night, Carey and Her Husband Get Vaccinated Together

    WRAL TechWire recognized Lisa Carey, MD, and her husband, Matt Ewend, MD, who both received their COVID-19 vaccinations in late December 2020. “This feels huge. Getting vaccinated and taking care of cancer patients just for their cancer and not having to worry about all this other stuff,” said Carey, the L. Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs … Continued

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    COVID-19 Vaccination While on a Blood Thinner

    Clot Connect, a clearinghouse for Information about blood clots (DVT/PE) and clotting disorders (thrombophilia) provided as a public service by the University of North Carolina Blood Research Center, published a blog by Stephan Moll, MD, featuring guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for people on blood thinners. Read more from the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom.

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    NC Leads Nearby States With 10 Percent of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Going to Black People

    A CBS-17 reports black people in North Carolina have received the COVID-19 vaccine at a rate twice as high as several other nearby states that disclose their demographic information. The state Department of Health and Human Services says 10 percent of the more than 238,000 doses of vaccine administered over the past month have been … Continued

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    Many South Carolina Healthcare Workers Opting Out of Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

    Officials are fighting pushback from the very people who see the coronavirus up close everyday. WSOC-TV (Channel 9) reports many healthcare workers in South Carolina are opting out of getting the vaccine. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told WSOC-TV that the same muddled messages from Washington, DC, that … Continued

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    ‘A Little Skeptical:’ Black People Make Up Shrinking Share of COVID-19 Cases in NC – But Is That Stat Deceptive?

    A news report on a CBS17.com data analysis found that black people in North Carolina have accounted for a shrinking share of the total number of VOID-19 cases over the past few months. But while on the surface that seems like a positive development for a community hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic, experts say … Continued

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    Need For COVID-19 Treatments Increases As NC Case Numbers Soar

    Even with multiple vaccines, people will continue to get sick from COVID-19. Treatments are needed to keep infected people from getting worse and inundating our hospitals even more. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told CBS17 that UNC is investigating a testing treatment from Brii Bioscience, based in Durham. … Continued

  • Disinfecting Surfaces to Prevent COVID-19 May Be overkill, Expert Says

    Constantly disinfecting doorknobs and other everyday surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may be overkill, according to infectious disease experts. Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told WTVD-11 that disinfecting all the surfaces in your house may not be a total waste of time and money, but … Continued

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    UK Approves Anti-inflammatory Drugs to Treat Sickest Covid-19 Patients After Strong Results in Clinical Trial

    The Washington Post reports two rheumatoid arthritis drugs that suppress the immune system may help critically ill patients survive covid-19, providing a benefit even on top of the steroids that have been doctors’ main tools in treating the most serious cases of illness, according to a new study released Thursday before peer review. Jonathan Parr, … Continued

  • ‘Why I’m still alive’: A Patient’s Gratitude, Two Decades Later, Expressed To Dr. Becky White

    In the summer of 2001, Shani Morgan was a few months pregnant and in prison, where she learned that she had HIV. She’d been sent from jail to Bragg Street Women’s Prison in Raleigh for better monitoring and medical treatment. What she remembers most about being treated by her UNC doctor, Becky White, MD, MPH, … Continued

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    Gay Discusses Novavax Trials, Need For Diverse Participants

    A WTKR-News 3 story from northeastern North Carolina reports that UNC has begun enrolling participants for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine phase III trial. Cindy Gay, MD, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases, describes the need for a diverse participation for the trial, including people over the age of 65, Black and Latino communities, … Continued

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    Carolina to Celebrate MLK Day with Lecture, Banquet

    The University will begin its commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 with an annual banquet and awards presentation. The celebrations will conclude a week later with a lecture led by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. (University Communications, Thursday, January 14th, 2021) The University of North Carolina at … Continued

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    Releasing All COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to NC With Guarantee of Second Dose Is Big Promise to Keep

    CBS17 News reports that the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday they would now ask states to stop holding back on COVID-19 vaccine doses. States were initially holding back doses to ensure that there would be enough for people come back for the recommended second dose. Federal public health officials said they hope … Continued

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    Wohl Recognizes High Demand For Vaccine and Currently Limited Supply

    WTVD-11 reports UNC Health began administering COVID-19 vaccines to people 75 years of age and older under Phase 1B on Monday and that more health care providers in North Carolina are opening up vaccinations to those who qualify under Phase 1B. Already, existing appointments at UNC Health are booked, but David Wohl, MD, professor of … Continued

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    Medically Tailored Meals Research Advances with Second NIH Grant

    Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, is the principal investigator of a $3.25 million award grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to broaden clinical studies of medically tailored meal delivery, and understand how best to address food insecurity in the context of diabetes management for people with HIV.  Berkowitz leads the “food is medicine” … Continued

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    Callahan Offers Perspectives On Health Disparities in Podcast

    Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, was a recent guest on the “Movement for Life” Podcast. She discussed perspectives on health disparities through an epidemiology lens and shared important findings on how a range of disparate outcomes and health disparities could be addressed. Listen to the podcast here. Callahan is the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of … Continued

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    Vital Signs: The Passing of Dr. Jim Bryan, Memorial Set

    The UNC School of Medicine community and all who knew and appreciated Dr. Jim Bryan are welcome to attend a virtual memorial service in his honor, January 23 at 11 am. Details can be found in this post in the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom. (Friday, January 8, 2021) – It is … Continued

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    UNC SOM Disciplines Ranked High in Global Universities Rankings

    The UNC School of Medicine ranked in the top 30 in 13 areas in the latest “Best Global Universities” rankings, published by U.S. News & World Report, and UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked 36th overall. Four disciplines from the Department of Medicine ranked: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 8th Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 11th Infectious Diseases, 11th Oncology, 29th Learn … Continued

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    FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization to Moderna Vaccine

    Joe Eron, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases discussed the FDA’s approval of the Moderna COVID vaccine with WGN News Nation. He talked about his role as an investigator during the trials and recognized that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are highly effective. He also emphasized the importance of getting people engaged … Continued