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    Why Has the CDC Vaccine Tracking System Become a Treasure Trove of Data for Skeptics?

    CBS-17 reports the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is an easy way for people receiving the COVID-19 vaccines to let federal medical experts know precisely what side effects they might be dealing with. It’s also become a treasure trove of data for vaccine skeptics — and misinformation has become a major problem during the massive … Continued

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    Promising Therapy For Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Natalie Grover, MD, assistant professor in the division of hematology and clinical director of the cell therapy program in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses her research on anti-CD30 CAR-T therapy for patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma in a new video featured on the Oncology Learning Network. Following is an excerpt from the transcript: “CAR-T … Continued

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    G1 Therapeutics Announces Publication of Pooled Results from Pivotal Clinical Program of COSELA™ (trilaciclib) in Clinical Lung Cancer

    G1 Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage oncology company, announced that the peer-reviewed journal of Clinical Lung Cancer published the final pooled results from three clinical trials of COSELA™ (trilaciclib) in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). “Cancer patients have two major sources of physical suffering – the cancer itself and the side effects of chemotherapy,” said … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Discusses Research On Double Masks and New CDC Guidance On Masking Outdoors

    In an article published by Explico.co, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases, described mask combinations that were tested on volunteers, from a single cloth mask to folded surgical masks. The studies found that wearing a full coverage mask, such as a bandana or neck warmer over a surgical mask provided the best … Continued

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    Berkowitz Featured in Emergency Medicine News Article

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, was featured in the article “Food Insecurity Can Lead Straight to the ED,” a special report published in Emergency Medicine News. In the report he explains how the “emergency department is a powerful window into food insecurity because lacking food can … Continued

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    You Can Work Out Before Your COVID Vaccine, But It Won’t Necessarily Boost Immune Response

    Sofija Volertas, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for a Pop Sugar article about working out before getting a vaccine. Volertas recognized that allergists don’t have a definitive answer for someone being 100 percent clear to work out pre-vaccine. But aside from the COVID-19 vaccine, there … Continued

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    Switching Shots: Health Experts Discuss Different Brands For COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

    With supply and demand a concern for COVID-19 vaccines in some communities, a WRAL news story asked the question: Is it safe to mix different brands of vaccines? Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently recommend staying consistent with the type of vaccine a patient … Continued

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    Gay Says It’s Early to Assume a COVID-19 Booster Will Be Needed, But Good to be Prepared

    It’s possible a COVID-19 vaccine booster will be necessary, just as it is with other vaccines. Moderna is readying for that next inoculation by the fall. But Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, says it’s too early to know if we’ll need it by then. “I think it’s just … Continued

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    Wohl Explains Why the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Should Be Returned to Use, and Offers Guidance On NC’s Reopening

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, explained the importance of returning the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to use in vaccinating patients worldwide. He appeared in a NewsNation interview, Friday, April 23, 2021. Watch the news report. In an ABC-11 news report, Wohl also expressed caution regarding Governor Cooper’s … Continued

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    Combating Vaccine Hesitancy Among Gen Z As COVID Cases, Hospital Admissions Tick Up

    Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 account for a growing share of new COVID-19 cases and patients in hospitals — even as surveys show that group with a higher rate of hesitancy for the vaccine. “Young people need to understand that even if they get COVID, they can be symptomatic for quite … Continued

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    Clinical Trials Research Is Natural Output of Care

    Research Comes to the Patient at UNC Eastowne. Patient-centered care respects and integrates the patient’s values, preferences and goals in care decisions and outcomes. To realize the promise of patient-centered healthcare, medicine leaders recognize that the patient perspective must be represented in research. Patient-centered outcomes research includes the design of study questions to gain useful … Continued

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    Teen Raises Funds to Research Rare Disease

    There’s a mutual commitment between community supported agriculture and life in a community. The farm feeds people fresh food and, in turn, the people support the farm. But it’s not always about veggies and flowers. The allegiance can be the heart of a healthy community like in Little Washington, where Petals and Produce, the VanStaalduinen … Continued

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    Cultural, Historical and Religious Observances in May

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid … Continued

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    Rosman Explains How Stress Could Be a Risk Factor For Stroke in Death of US Capitol Police Officer

    Experts are questioning the medical examiner’s ruling in U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death during the Capitol riot. The medical examiners had not found any signs of blunt force trauma, but a stroke can follow a traumatic situation.

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    Pawlinski, Key Awarded $2.8 Million Grant To Study VTE in Sickle Cell Disease

    Rafal Pawlinski, PhD, the Lenvil Lee Rothrock Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor, both professors in the department of medicine’s division of hematology and members of the UNC Blood Research Center, have been awarded a $2.8 million, 4-year R01 grant from the NIH-NHLBI to investigate the mechanism … Continued

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    Students Praise Nephrology’s Renal Block Lecture “A Day in the Life”

    Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN, assistant professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension and director of undergraduate medical education in the department of medicine, is featured in a new UNC Health Foundation article discussing how students and faculty have connected during the pandemic year. She credits the students for keeping everyone afloat during a … Continued

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    Kasthuri Leads Post-Hospital Thrombosis Prevention Study For Covid Patients

    UNC is now a fully active clinical site for the ACTIV-4c Post-Hospital Thrombosis Prevention Study. This protocol is part of the larger ACTIV (Accelerating COVID-Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccine) study. This protocol focuses on preventing blood clots in patients discharged after being hospitalized with COVID-19. UNC is now enrolling participants in this adaptive, prospective, randomized, double-blinded … Continued

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    Batsis Team Receives NIH Startup Funding for Remote Physical Therapy Monitoring System

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine, and a team of researchers from Dartmouth who founded SynchroHealth, have been awarded nearly $225,000 from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to develop and test “BandPass.” The remote-sensing resistance band exercise system will allow health care providers to monitor, evaluate, and … Continued

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    Updates On Undergraduate Education in Internal Medicine

    Hello internal medicine colleagues, We would once again like to update you on the status of medical students that will be rotating through various internal medicine services.  As always, thank you for your amazing role in educating the doctors of tomorrow. Students are now allowed to work with patients with COVID-19. There was a new … Continued

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    Sheikh Offers Tips For People With Allergies During Pollen Season

    A Charlotte Observer report on the spring pollen haze over North Carolina recognizes that  many people suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose when going outside.  Saira Sheikh, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology offered tips for avoiding the worst impacts of the annual event. “Pick a … Continued

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    Monoclonal Antibody Injection Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Progression

    Data from a phase 3 clinical trial for REGEN-COV, a combination monoclonal antibody therapy (casirivimab with imdevimab), is part of the NIH-sponsored COVID Prevention Network, co-led by Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced positive data from a phase 3 trial of recently infected … Continued

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    Wohl Responds to Questions About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

    A News & Observer story reports on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services decision to temporarily halt use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the urging of the federal government. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases says the discovery of six people with serious side … Continued

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    Niznik Receives KO8 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine, was awarded a 5-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging for “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” The study seeks to evaluate the risks and benefits of deprescribing versus continuing bisphosphonates in older nursing … Continued

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    Sarcopenic Obesity Associated with Increased Risk of Impaired Cognitive Function in Older Adults

    The prevalence of obesity with sarcopenia is increasing in adults aged 65 years, and this geriatric syndrome places individuals at risk for synergistic complications. John A. Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine, led a study to investigate whether sarcopenia or sarcopenic obesity are associated with greater long-term risk of impaired cognitive … Continued

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    Screening For Hearing Loss in Older Adults

    Cindy Feltner, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology and associate director of the RTI-UNC Evidenced-based Practice Center, led a review for the US Preventive Services Task Force to update the evidence for screening for hearing loss in adults 50 years or older.  The review was published in JAMA, along … Continued

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    Volertas Offers Allergy Treatment Tips As Pollen Count Soars

    An ABC-11 news report with data from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, shows pine and oak trees are a few of the culprits making people uncomfortable. Pollen season is also getting longer and worse, one study found. Sofija Volertas, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, explained … Continued

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    Wohl Answers Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines in Multiple News Reports

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was consulted for a number of news stories about COVID-19 vaccines, the week of April 1-7, 2021. CBS-17: How Vaccines Can Win the ‘Race’ Against COVID-19 Variants – April 5 Thousands of North Carolinians are receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine every day. … Continued

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    Abdou Receives Innovation Pilot Award

    The Center for Health Innovation has award Yara Abdou, MD, assistant professor in the division of oncology, an “Innovation Pilot Award” for “Investigating Survivin As a New Target to Improve Outcomes of Breast Cancer in Black Women.” Breast cancer is the second leading cause of female cancer mortality in the United States. While recent research … Continued

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    COVID-19 Reflections One Year Later

    One year has passed since Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals and health systems across the state had to pivot to take care of their patients. Jason Mock, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, … Continued

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    Can AstraZeneca Dispel Doubts About Its Shots?

    The AstraZeneca shot was supposed to be the vaccine for a couple of billion people. But after reports the shot may trigger a rare side effect, public health officials worry that the people in some countries may have lost faith in the world’s most important vaccine. In an article published by MSN.com and National Geographic, … Continued

  • Penicillin Allergy Assessment Tool Kit Released to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

    A tool kit developed by Mildred Kwan, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Renae Boerneke, PharmD, will educate patients and train healthcare providers to proactively assess penicillin allergies. Delabeling patients who are not truly allergic to penicillins is an important stewardship tool that decreases unnecessary use … Continued

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    Chances of Catching COVID-19 After Vaccination

    A CBS-17 news story reports on a new study that measures the risk of contracting COVID-19 after becoming vaccinated, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, called the study “remarkable” but still described the vaccine effort as a “race” because the virus … Continued

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    One Vaccine Dose or Two?

    A WNCN news story reports on a real-world CDC vaccine study that raises questions about prioritizing single shots for more people. The study found the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines to be highly effective after the first shot. But if one dose works so well outside of clinical trials, should national and state leaders change their priorities … Continued

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    CDC, NIH Bring Free COVID-19 Self-testing to Residents in Pitt County

    A new study will test the effectiveness of a community health testing initiative, led by Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine, and director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (UNC CHER). Participating households in Greenville, Pitt County, NC will receive free month-long supplies of rapid tests aimed at reducing … Continued

  • Antiviral Pill Could Alter the Fight Against COVID

    The International Business Times reports on the drug molnupiravir, which has shown positive results in preliminary studies by significantly reducing infection of the virus in patients after five days of treatment. William Fischer, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and lead investigator of the study at … Continued

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    COVID or Allergies?

    As the pollen count rises in North Carolina, some allergy symptoms have people questioning if they are experiencing COVID-19.  Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, explained how people can decipher beween the two, in an ABC-11 news report. “There is some confusion now that environmental allergy season … Continued

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    All Hands On Deck: How GIM is Working to Recognize and Address Racism, to Bring Cultural and Structural Change

    An anti-racism task force is working to create opportunities that will respond to the needs of staff in the division of general medicine following a series of anti-racism forums and surveys. “Hopefully, this can inspire others in the department of medicine to work toward similar activities and believe that it can be done, and done … Continued

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    New Chief Residents Will Serve 2021-2022 Academic Year

    The UNC Internal Medicine Residency Program welcomes the following chief residents who will serve during the 2021-2022 academic year. The administrative chief resident is a position of distinction, professionalism and leadership. These appointed physicians will lead and mentor residents, as they learn to recognize the needs of the department and hospital. Inpatient Chief: Michael Croglio, … Continued

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    Rare Clotting Disorder May Cloud the World’s Hopes For AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

    An article published in Science recognizes new concerns about the safety of the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, as an explanation gains ground for the unusual strokes and clotting disorders recorded in at least 30 recipients. Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the division of hematology commented on the need to alert doctors … Continued

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    Match Day: Welcome to the Class of 2021

    “Match Day” was celebrated March 19, and it was recognized nationally as the largest in history based on the number of applicants and positions. At UNC, the Internal Medicine Residency Program matched 28 residents to categorical medicine, 6 to categorical medicine-pediatrics, 1 to the Physician Scientist Training Program, and 10 to preliminary medicine. This program … Continued

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    Nelson Discusses the Use of Tanezumab For Osteoarthritis Pain in USA Today Article

    Amanda Nelson, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was featured in a USA Today article discussing the use of tanezumab as a treatment for osteoarthritis pain. Pfizer has tested the drug in more than 40 clinical trials and a long list of patients have reportedly gotten substantial relief. … Continued

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    Barritt, Moon Co-author Nature Reviews Article on COVID-19 and Liver Disease

    A. Sidney Barritt, IV, MD, MSCR, associate professor and director of hepatology in the division of  gastroenterology and hepatology; and Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, a fellow in the division; are co-authors of a featured article published recently in Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology & Hepatology. The article, “COVID-19 and liver disease: mechanistic and clinical perspectives,” explores the … Continued

  • Marking Carolina’s Pandemic Year: Big Tent, One Team

    Many leaders and researchers from the division of infectious diseases and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases are featured in a new story from The Well, marking Carolina’s Pandemic Year.  Discover how a multidisciplinary research partnership built to fight HIV, Ebola and other infectious diseases turned its people, expertise and experience to … Continued

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    Eron Awarded Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professorship

     Joe Eron, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of infectious diseases was awarded the Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professorship on March 10, 2021. Joe Eron, MD, professor of medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology, is an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and clinician who treats HIV patients at UNC Eastowne. Eron also … Continued

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    Berkowitz Receives SGIM Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

    Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, has received the Society of General Internal Medicine 2021 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award. The award provides national recognition to junior investigators for their early career achievements and overall body of work that has made a national … Continued

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    Nearly All Seniors Take Meds That Raise Their Odds of Falling

    Among older Americans, deaths from falls are up sharply, dovetailing with a surge in use of medications that increase the risk of falling, researchers say. Two decades ago, about 57% of U.S. seniors took medications that increased their risk of falls. By 2017, that number had risen to 94%, and deaths caused by falls had … Continued

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    Researchers Continue to Examine COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

    If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine you’re more than likely among the millions of Americans who have experienced some sort of side effects, reports CBS-17. According to the CDC, side effects are a sign that the body is building immunity, but people should call their doctor if the symptoms don’t go away after a few … Continued

  • Shaheen Co-authors Study that Shows New Barrett’s Esophagus Monitoring Method Could Aid in Easier and More Precise Prognoses

    Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, the Mary Kay and Eugene Bozymski and Linda and William Heizer Distinguished Professor of Medicine and chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, co-authored a study focused on a new technique for sampling and testing cells from Barrett’s esophagus patients, which could result in earlier and easier identification of … Continued

  • Research Shows Promise For Antiviral Drug to Treat COVID-19

    Victor Garcia, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, and Angela Wahl, PhD, assistant professor, talked with FOX 8 News about the antiviral drug EIDD-2801, which could be the standard way to treat COVID-19, possibly within the next few months. Prior to the pandemic, Garcia and Wahl were working on a new … Continued

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    Women More Likely to Experience Serious Side Effects From COVID-19 Vaccine, CDC Study Reveals

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, talked with ABC-11 News about a CDC study that reveals women are more likely to experience serious side effects from COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC study looked at data from the first 13.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses given to Americans. Among the side effects … Continued

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    Boyce Awarded ‘Caregivers at Carolina’ Research Funding

    Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, has received a Caregivers at Carolina Research Award. Boyce’s research focuses on the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases (i.e. malaria) in rural sub-Saharan Africa as well as the development of appropriate diagnosis and management tools. The goal of the Caregivers at Carolina (“Caregivers”) program … Continued

  • *Save the Date* 7th Annual Women’s Heart Symposium, April 15 – 16

    In North Carolina, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, with heart disease and stroke accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths. Education can help reverse this trend and is the core component of the Women’s Heart Symposium.

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    Why Should Black Women Participate in Research?

    A new UNC Health video encourages Black women to participate in research and features Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases.  Other featured women include Geraldine Bradshaw, principal of the Institute for the Development of Young Leaders, Alicia Diggs, Office of Community Engagement manager for the Center for AIDS … Continued

  • Can COVID-19 Be Treated With a Pill?

    William Fischer, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, who led UNC trials to determine if Molnupiravir could be a possible treatment for COVID-19, was quoted in a CBS-17 News report about its potential to change the way COVID-19 is treated. “The secondary objective findings in this study, … Continued

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    Wohl Expresses Concern For Resuming Normal Activities Too Soon.

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, expressed concern for North Carolinians resuming normal activities to soon. In a News & Observer article, Wohl said that he worries the current decline in COVID-19 cases is the back slope of the post-holiday surge. He also added the slowing of the decline … Continued

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    Should You Be Concerned About Blood Clots, Bleeding and the AZ-Vaccine?

    While millions of people in dozens of countries have received the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine with few reports of ill effects, and its prior testing in tens of thousands of people found it to be safe, the vaccine is being investigated. A New York Times article explains the decision to pause the vaccine in European countries, … Continued

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    King Co-Directs New UNC COVID Recovery Clinic

    Louise King, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and epidemiology, is co-medical director of the new UNC COVID Recovery Clinic designed to help patients with ongoing symptoms and serve as an opportunity for physicians to learn more about the syndrome. “I think there is a lot of fear associated with … Continued

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    Wohl Discusses Moderna Testing in Young Children, Outreach For Group 4 and Fears Over Side Effects

    David Wohl, MD, talked with the New York Times about a study that will test the Moderna vaccine in children under 12, including babies as young as six months old. He said the study appears well designed and likely to be efficient, but he questioned why children were to be followed for only one year, … Continued

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    Corbie-Smith Explained Vaccine Hesitancy to Media

    Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine, was featured on WRAL’s On the Record where she explained the idea of vaccine deliberation. “The decision is being made cautiously, by many Black and Brown patients as they experience health care systems that have … Continued

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    Clinicians May Underreport Adverse Events in Phase 1 Trials

    Patient-clinician agreement for symptomatic adverse events in phase 1 trials appeared moderate to poor, suggesting clinicians are underreporting toxicity, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, the Richard M. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Medical Oncology and director of the UNC Cancer Outcomes and Research Program at … Continued

  • March is National Kidney Month

    March is Kidney Awareness Month–a time to highlight a disease that affects more than 30 million Americans. It’s important to know the risk factors of chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and family history. Kidney disease can be caused by glomerular diseases and autoimmune disease, or it can be genetic. … Continued

  • Ellsworth Receives ASH Research Restart Award

    Patrick Ellsworth, MD, assistant professor in the division of hematology in the UNC Department of Medicine, received a new ASH Research Restart Award to help ensure research continuity and workforce stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The American Society of Hematology (ASH) announced that 19 talented early-career investigators will receive critical funding to support their resumption … Continued

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    Evidence Review Examines Both Benefits and Harms For Lung Cancer Screening

    A comprehensive review by University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues of hundreds of publications, incorporating more than two dozen articles on prevention screening for lung cancer with low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT), shows there are both benefits and harms from screening. The review was published in JAMA on March 9, 2021. The results of … Continued

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    New Lung Cancer Screening Recommendation Expands Access But May Not Address Inequities

    Calling the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s newly released recommendation statement to expand eligibility for annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography a step forward, researchers say future changes should address equity and implementation issues. In an editorial published in JAMA, M. Patricia Rivera, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary medicine, … Continued

  • Ridgeback, Merck Announce Preliminary Data of Potential COVID-19 Therapeutic

    The findings reported on a secondary objective to reduce time to negative test result of infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals with symptomatic COVID-19. UNC School of Medicine’s William Fischer, MD, is the lead investigator on the study of Molnupiravir, the investigational drug also known as EIDD-2801. Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced preliminary results from Ridgeback’s … Continued

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    Remembering Dr. James “Buddy” Harper

    The UNC School of Medicine community is saddened to share that former cardiology colleague and friend, James R. “Buddy” Harper, MD, passed away March 8, 2021, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Update: Read Dr. Harper’s obituary in The Pilot. Dr. James R. “Buddy” Harper touched the lives of generations of Tar Heels, from patients and colleagues … Continued

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    Experts Recommend Shared Decision-Making Prior to Lung Cancer Screening

    In a viewpoint perspective published in JAMA on March 9, 2021, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and two other experts endorsed the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) requirement for a patient and their doctor to engage in a shared discussion of benefits and harms before proceeding with a low-dose spiral … Continued

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    Dupixent Improves Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms

    Evan S. Dellon, MD, MPH, was featured in Healio discussing the first part of a three-phase study to evaluate the effectiveness of Dupixent in treating patients with eosinophilic esophagitis. Read the article here.

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    Engineered Safety Switch Curbs Severe Side Effects of CAR-T Immunotherapy

    Matthew Foster, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology, is the lead author of a new study published in the journal Blood about the successful use of an experimental safety switch, incorporated as part of a chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy, to reduce the severity of treatment side effects that sometimes occur. … Continued

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    Getting answers: I’m a teacher. How can I best keep my unvaccinated students safe?

    Joe Eron, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of infectious diseases, was consulted for a CBS17.com news story about when COVID-19 vaccines might be available for school-aged children and precautions that should continue. Read the story here.        

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    UNC Health Marks One Year Since NC’s First COVID-19 Case

    David Wohl, MD, and David Weber, MD, are featured in a UNC Health video that marks one year since North Carolina’s first COVID-19 case.  Published on WRAL.com, the video also includes Wesley Burks, MD, Alexa Mieses-Malchuk, MD, MPH, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, and Melissa Miller, PhD. Watch the video here.

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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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    Patel Receives Lung Cancer Initiative Career Development Award

    The Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) has awarded Shetal Patel, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in oncology and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Career Development Award to further her career investigating immunotherapy in lung cancer. The $175,000 two-year grant will fund Patel’s research in the role of myeloid cells in lung cancer … Continued

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    Wohl Talks With Media About Second Doses of Vaccine, Eased NC Restrictions and J&J Vaccine Approval

    After winter weather delayed the delivery of 6 million vaccine doses nationwide, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, addressed concerns about the supply of second vaccine doses in a WRAL.com interview.  He explained how health systems like UNC Health planned ahead and have second doses in reserve. Find the … Continued

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    UNC Health Media Briefing: Sickbert-Bennett Discusses Double-Masking and the Importance of Mask Fit

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, and Phillip Clapp, PhD, spoke with media about research and guidance on wearing masks, double-masking, and the importance of mask material and fit.  Find a link to the briefing in the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom. Sickbert-Bennett and Clapp were also featured in a Yahoo News article explaining these … Continued

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    Peery Lead Author of Study on Effectiveness, Harm of Antibiotics for Outpatient Diverticulitis

    Anne Peery, MD, MSCR, associate professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, is the corresponding author of a new article, “Comparative Effectiveness and Harms of Antibiotics for Outpatient Diverticulitis: Two Nationwide Cohort Studies,” published Feb. 23 in Annals of Internal Medicine. Learn more from the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom. Dr. … Continued

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    vTv Therapeutics Announces Results from SimpliciT-1 Study of TTP399 in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

    Led by Klara Klein, MD, PhD, a fellow in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, the study showed that treatment with 800mg of TTP399 demonstrated statistically significant reductions in HbA1c and clinically relevant reduction in the frequency of severe or symptomatic hypoglycemia.  Learn more from the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom. Dr. … Continued

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    US Failing to Reach Those Most in Need of HIV Prevention, Treatment Services in South and Rural Areas

    Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, co-authored a six-paper series in The Lancet focused on racial, sexual, and gender minorities continuing to be affected by HIV at significantly higher rates than white people, a disparity also reflected in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more from the UNC Health and UNC School … Continued

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    Peanut Sublingual Immunotherapy Provides Desensitization to Peanut in Toddlers

    Edwin Kim, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, led a study presented at the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting, showing that this therapy could be an option for early peanut allergy intervention. Accompanying this article is a video featuring Dr. Kim, whose children suffer from nut and legume … 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