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    Outpatient Diuresis Clinic, VCAG Project Keeps Serving

    Patient-Centered Multidisciplinary Approach Provides Clinic Based Treatment Historically Accessed By ED Visit For patients with heart failure, hospitalizations can be a recurring part of life, affecting the lives of both patients and their caregivers. Driven by symptoms like shortness of breath or swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles, these are costly encounters, and historically, … Continued

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    Study Compares Mortality Among People Entering HIV Care with General US Population

    HIV-related mortality has decreased since 1996 due to improving treatments and evolving care guidelines, but the extent to which persons entering HIV care have a higher risk for death over the following years, compared with peers in the general population, has been unclear. Joseph Eron, MD, the Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor of Medicine … Continued

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    Message From Our Vice Chair For Diversity and Inclusion

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin, New York Times, 1962 A little over a year ago, I penned a statement reflecting on how we cope following the senseless and tragic killings of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breona Taylor, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery. … Continued

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    Study Finds Bamlanivimab Reduces Risk of COVID in Skilled Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

    Myron Cohen, MD, is the lead investigator of a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that shows bamlanivimab monotherapy reduced the incidence of infection in skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities with high risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure. The randomized phase 3 clinical trial included 966 residents and staff … Continued

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    Browne Lab Earns NIH Grant to Study Cannabis Effects on HIV Reservoir

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the NIH, is funding the Browne lab in the UNC HIV Cure Center for a study on the effects of cannabis use on the reservoir of HIV that is dormant within patients but becomes activated and spreads when antiretroviral medications are ceased. This phenomenon is called HIV … Continued

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    Wohl Says If People Are Waiting For a “Magical Moment” to Get Vaccinated, This Is It

    The delta variant now accounts for half of the COVID-19 cases in many areas of the U.S., President Joe Biden said Tuesday, urging unvaccinated Americans to get the COVID-19 shots as the U.S. faces a dramatic rise in the “hypertransmissible” variant of the coronavirus. An NBC Today Health report asks experts about the effectiveness of … Continued

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    Telemedicine Companies Changing the Future of Doctor Visits

    After years of slowly gaining traction, telemedicine exploded during the pandemic. Now companies are using that momentum to usher in the next wave of remote health, by moving beyond just chats with doctors to a high-tech world of healthcare access without leaving the home. “The pandemic really supported new ways for remote monitoring, creation and … Continued

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    What’s Best for Diabetes After Metformin?

    Results of the five-year GRADE trial, designed to understand the best second-line agent for patients with type 2 diabetes already taking metformin, were reported at the virtual American Diabetes Association (ADA) 81st Scientific Sessions and published in Medscape Medical News. Researchers found the injectable drugs Lantas (Liraglutide) and insulin Victoza (glargine) outperformed the pills Amaryl (glimepiride) … Continued

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    Here’s How to Design Drug Trials to Defeat the Next Pandemic

    Myron Cohen, MD, began his career fighting HIV in the early 1980s, and he’s been battling the epidemic around the world ever since. But he has never worked as hard to generate new therapies and save lives as he has during the Covid-19 crisis. “Desperation or urgency can push us away from the scientific method,” … Continued

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    As Delta Variant Spreads, Doctors Urge Balancing Safety and Celebration Over Holiday Weekend

    As fireworks shows and 4th of July events return across the Triangle, doctors stress the need for people to celebrate safely. “The Delta variant has steadily increased in the US from just being a few percent a number of weeks ago to CDC reports more than 20% of all the cases,” said  David Weber, MD, … Continued

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    How Will We Know If NC’s Vaccine Lottery Is Working?

    The number of North Carolinians getting their first shots has plateaued during the three weeks since the state announced a series of $1 million drawings for vaccinated people. An ABC-11 news report recognizes the numerous incentives being offered to persuade people to get their shots, and asks experts if they are working. David Wohl, MD, … Continued

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    Trial Results Show Two Medications Most Effective in Lowering Blood Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

    Two medications, liraglutide and insulin, were better at keeping A1C (a measurement of average blood glucose) levels less than 7% in recent GRADE study. The UNC Diabetes Care Center, lead by site principal investigator Sue Kirkman, MD, professor of medicine, in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, was one of the 37 sites to be … Continued

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    NC’s $25 Cash Card Program Expands to 38 Counties As State Hopes to Boost Vaccination Rates

    North Carolina health officials are expanding the number of locations where you can get a $25 cash card for getting the COVID-19 vaccine or taking someone to get vaccinated. The $25 is meant to offset the time and transportation costs of getting the shot. After a trial period in just a few North Carolina counties, … Continued

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    Delta Variant Causes Concern As Cases Rise Across the Southeast

    A CBS-17 report says the COVID-19 variant that infected eight N.C. State baseball players can infect twice as many people as the virus last year. The report also acknowledged doctors are mostly concerned about those who are not vaccinated, including David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. “Because the virus … Continued

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    Review Finds No ‘High-Quality’ Evidence That Weight Loss Supplements Work

    Among adults in the United States trying to maintain a moderate weight, roughly a thirdTrusted Source say they have used dietary supplements to achieve their goal. But, according to a new study in Obesity, led by John Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, high-quality … Continued

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    Gay Discusses Research That Suggests COVID-19 Vaccines Could Provide Protection For Years

    So much of the world hoped for vaccines that were effective for a long time in fighting COVID-19. Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, who leads the UNC School of Medicine’s Moderna clinical trial, recognized a study published in the journal Nature that suggests vaccines could be … Continued

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    ‘Unusual’ That Vaccinated NC State Baseball Players Test Positive For COVID-19

    After COVID-19 forced N.C. State out of the College World Series, the university reported that some of the players who tested positive had previously been vaccinated. Currently, the CDC only tracks breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization or death and statistics show 4,115 of those cases among more than 150 million fully vaccinated people. Infectious … Continued

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    Gap Grows Between Best, Worst NC Counties in Vaccine Rollout

    The gap continues to widen between North Carolina’s counties performing relatively well during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and those that aren’t, a data analysis found. “I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise, given the size of our state and its geography and other influences, that different counties are doing things differently,” David … Continued

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    Medicine Awarded $20,000 to Promote More Equitable Health System

    The Department of Medicine’s Division of General Medicine has received a $20,000 grant from leading internal medicine organizations to rebuild trust and address inequities in medical education and training. The award was presented by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the ABIM Foundation, the American College of … Continued

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    Moore Leads Validation Study to Understand Performance of Natural Language Processing in Ascertaining Framingham Heart Failure

    Carlton Moore, MD, is lead author of a study published in the British Medical Journal entitled “Ascertaining Framingham heart failure phenotype from inpatient electronic health record data using natural language processing: a multicentre Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) validation study.” The study used free-text clinical notes and reports from hospitalized patients to determine the performance … Continued

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    IHQI Announces Improvement Scholars, Three From the Department of Medicine

    The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement has announced new projects that will be supported through the IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program from Sep 1, 2021 – Aug 31, 2022.  Congratulations to the following selected project leads from the Department of Medicine. Jaydeep Lamba, MD and Hillary Spangler, MD, division of hospital medicine: “Mitigating Inpatient Clinical … Continued

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    Study Suggests Opportunities to Reduce Laboratory Overuse Across Conditions and Children’s Hospitals

    John R. Stephens, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics, in the division of hospital medicine, published “Outcomes Associated With High-Versus Low-Frequency Laboratory Testing Among Hospitalized Children” in Hospital Pediatrics. Previous pediatric studies have revealed substantial variation in laboratory testing for specific conditions, but clinical outcomes associated with high- versus low-frequency testing have remained unclear. The … Continued

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    Spontaneous Pneumomediastinum in a Patient with COVID-19 Pneumonia

    Naseem Alavian, MD, MPH, is lead author for a case study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The article recognizes that spontaneous pneumomediastinum can occur in COVID-19 pneumonia in the absence of traditional risk factors, such as smoking, parenchymal lung disease, intubation, or positive pressure ventilation. Other authors include John Stephens, MD, and … Continued

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    Ciccone Co-Leads Study to Understand Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among HCP and Households

    Health care personnel (HCP) are at high risk for exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While personal protective equipment may mitigate this risk, prospective data collection on its use and other risk factors for seroconversion in this population were identified for a study led by Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, infectious diseases fellow, and Allison Aiello, PhD, … Continued

  • Hospital Medicine Contributes to SHM Annual Meeting

    Faculty from the division of hospital medicine were well represented at the recent Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Meeting. Ria Dancel, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, was invited to participate in a debate about the growth of virtual medicine technology, and whether the trend is positive or negative in the context of different … Continued

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    We Usually Don’t Vote on Intubation

    Christopher Jensen, MD, a hematology-oncology fellow, with Katherine “Alex” Despotes, MD, and Benjamin DeMarco, MD, fellows in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, recently published “We Usually Don’t Vote on Intubation” in the Chest Journal. Their essay tells the story of a patient who requested the opportunity to cast her vote in the … Continued

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    Lowe Appointed Hospice Medical Director

    Jared Lowe, MD, assistant professor in the UNC Palliative Care Program has been appointed Medical Director of UNC Hospice. Margaret Drickamer, MD, who previously served in this role, will become Assistant Medical Director and continue as a Hospice attending physician. “We are thankful for Margaret’s outstanding leadership,” said Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, Medical Director of … Continued

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    Donaldson, Goralski Research Highlighted By MRM

    Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM) recently highlighted research by Scott Donaldson, MD, professor of medicine, and Jennifer Goralski, MD, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, from the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Their paper “Comparison of single breath hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI with dynamic 19F MRI in cystic fibrosis lung disease” was highlighted for … Continued

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    Endoscopy Workflows, Length of Stays: Finding New Efficiencies in Gastroenterology

    An increasing focus on high-value care and the implications around length of stay (LOS) has the potential to profoundly impact both patients and hospital systems. As hospitals face lower patient capacities and increasing costs, studies show an understanding of the factors that contribute to LOS can improve the management of LOS. Nick Shaheen, MD, MPH, … Continued

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    July Observances Celebrate Independence and Inspire Peace Among Different Individuals and Cultures

    July Observances July 4: Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), is a US federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America. July 14: International … Continued

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    No Strong Evidence Supplements Do Anything for Weight Loss, Large Review Finds

    Dietary supplements do not do much to help people lose weight—that’s the verdict from a large new review led by John A. Batsis, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, in report from Gizmodo. The review found little high-quality evidence from studies trying to … Continued

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    Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Could Benefit US Even As Vaccinations Slow

    A fourth COVID-19 vaccine potentially on its way was developed and tested in the Triangle. It’s a North Carolina success story but the current vaccines are a success story for the country. “Just look at the numbers,” said David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division infectious diseases, in a CBS-17 news story. “We’ve … Continued

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    Lagging Vaccine Rate Among Young Adults Helping to Keep NC, US From Reaching July 4 Goal

    Neither North Carolina nor the rest of the United States will meet President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July. “There are many different issues with vaccine hesitancy,” explained David Weber, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, to CBS-17.  “And younger … Continued

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    Hospital Workers Celebrate Seeing Fewer Covid-19 Patients

    Subhashini Sellers, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, was featured in an NBC news story recognizing a new milestone in the fight against COVID-19 as hospitals nationwide report fewer new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “I feel like I can allow myself to feel more, and to connect … Continued

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    Review Shows Minimal, High-Quality Evidence Dietary Supplements Lead to Weight Loss

    Although Americans spend billions on them, published research shows a lack of strong evidence that dietary supplements and alternative therapies help adults lose weight, according to a new study published in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society (TOS). Led by John Batsis, MD, researchers completed a comprehensive review of 315 existing clinical trials … Continued

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    COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Persists Among North Carolina Youth

    WTVD news reports health officials are working to improve the vaccination rate among youth in North Carolina. According to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, four percent of doses being doled out are going to kids ages 12-17 and seven percent of the doses for ages 18-24. David … Continued

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    Two Medicine Scholars Named to Physician-Scientist Training Program

    Klara Klein, MD, PhD, a fellow in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, and Shetal Patel, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of oncology, have received physician-scientist awards to cultivate their careers as translational clinician scientists. As part of the Forward Together Strategic Plan, the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) … Continued

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    Carolina Care Highlight: Dr. Jonathan J. Hansen

    The latest Carolina Care Highlight features Jonathan Hansen, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Read what some of Dr. Hansen’s patients had to say about him: “Dr. Jonathan Hansen is by far one of the very best doctors I have ever had. He not only takes excellent care of me, … Continued

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    Wake Teen Opening For Biden During NC Visit

    WTVD news reported a Wake County native will deliver a speech alongside Governor Cooper on Thursday during President Biden’s visit to North Carolina to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. The story also reported that the White House recognized it is unlikely the country will reach President Biden’s goal of 70% of people having one dose by July … Continued

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    Geriatric Medicine Recognizes Endocrinology Faculty For Special Assistance in Telementoring Series

    A recent UNC Center for Aging and Health workforce enhancement effort introduced speciality expertise from the division of endocrinology to Piedmont Health Services (PHS). Led by Marvin McBride, MD, MBA, Jennifer Hubbard, and Cristine Henage, EdD, in the division of geriatric medicine, “Diabetes Management for Older Adults Series for Piedmont Health Services” was one of … Continued

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    Barnes Is Lead Author of Study in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

    Edward L. Barnes, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is lead author of a new manuscript published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, associate professor, is the manuscript’s senior author. The manuscript, “Older Adult Patients Use More Aminosalicylate Monotherapy Compared to … Continued

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    Lux, Libertas! Letter to UNC Board of Trustees

    The following letter was sent to Richard Y. Stevens, UNC Board of Trustees Chair, on June 21, 2021. Dear Mr. Stevens: We write this letter in response to the call for action of our elected Faculty Chair, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor Mimi Chapman. We are unified in our faculty voice in response to the … Continued

  • ‘Nanodecoy’ Therapy Binds and Neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 Virus

    NC State researchers led by Ke Cheng, PhD, created a therapeutic approach that mimics the receptor that the virus binds to and then traps the virus before it infect cells. The Department of Medicine’s Jason Lobo, MD, the Kimberly H. Tsamoutales Distinguished Term Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, is a co-author … Continued

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    Study Suggests Masks, Distancing Are Still Important Even With Vaccination

    Ross Boyce, MD, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, contributed to a study recently published in JAMA that considered the association of simulated COVID-19 vaccinations and nonpharmaceutical interventions with infections, hospitalizations, and mortality. Mehul D. Patel, PhD, assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine, led the study that highlights the need for … Continued

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    UNC Researchers Lead Study of Diabetes Treatment of Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients

    Diabetes is one of the comorbidities most strongly associated with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, and data from early in the pandemic suggested individuals with type 2 diabetes faced twice the risk of death from COVID-19, as well as a greater risk of requiring hospitalization and intensive care. Led by John … Continued

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    Newly Released Trial Results Show Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Highly Effective

    Results released by Novavax on Monday, June 14 reveal another promising vaccine candidate for the world’s battle against COVID-19. UNC joined the Novavax phase III clinical trial at the end of 2020, with Cindy Gay, MD, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, as the principal investigator. “It is critical to continue our research … Continued

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    Some Hospitals See No New COVID-19 Patients, But Delta Variant Could Undo Progress

    More hospitals in the U.S. are going days without seeing any new COVID-19 patients, but despite the positive sign, concerns remain that the delta coronavirus variant could start filling up beds again. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the country had more than 400 COVID-19 hospitalizations during the first week of … Continued

  • Jain Elected to UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Leadership

    The Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development and the Academy of Educators leadership have announced the results of the 2021 AOE Leadership Council election. The Department of Medicine congratulates Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertensions on her election as Rotating Council members to the … Continued

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    Scientists Demonstrate Promising New Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

    Scientists led by Silvia Kreda, PhD, associate professor in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, and Rudolph Juliano, PhD, Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus in pharmacology, created an improved oligonucleotide therapy strategy with the potential for treating other pulmonary diseases, such as COPD and asthma. The scientists led a collaboration of researchers to … Continued

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    COVID-19 Testing At Lowest Point in a Year, At-Home Testing May Boost Numbers

    With the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, the rush to test turned into the rush to vaccinate. “It’s not just vaccination,” said David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, in a CBS-17 report. “Testing still is a part of this, understanding what we’re dealing with.” Testing peaked in January with an … Continued

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    UNC Health Reaches Milestone of Zero COVID Patients For 36-Hour Span

    For the first time in more than a year, UNC Health reported zero patients in the COVID unit at UNC Medical Center. It was just a 36-hour span this month but it was momentous considering what the unit looked like at the start of the year. Ashley Henderson, MD, associate professor of medicine in the … Continued

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    How Kindness Can Be Contagious in Healthcare

    In partnership with local people and health professionals, Joe Tucker, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases with UNC Global Health colleagues developed a pay-it-forward intervention to promote influenza vaccination among at-risk individuals during COVID-19. “You are an overworked health professional in an under-developed rural town within a low/middle-income country.  Many of … Continued

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    Triangle Doctors, Scientists Help Produce Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine

    With a visit from then-President Donald Trump, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ Innovation Center in Morrisville announced it would manufacture components for Novavax’s attempt at producing a COVID-19 vaccine. Eleven months later, clinical trials show it to be more than 90 percent effective. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, discussed Novavax … Continued

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    Highlighting Geriatric Medicine During June Awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    June is the nationally recognized month to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias that affect memory, and behavior, conditions that affect the majority of people who are 65 and older. It’s also a great time to spotlight Geriatric Medicine and the work our geriatricians are doing in education and research, to serve the aging … Continued

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    Ketchem Receives the Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award

    Corey Ketchem, MD, was awarded the Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award, which recognizes a current second year internal medicine resident or a second or third med-peds resident, and provides a stipend to support the conduct and presentation of ongoing research. The majority of Ketchem’s research has been conducted with Evan Dellon, MD, MPH, professor medicine in the division … Continued

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    UNC Medical Center Awarded for High Performance in Treating Heart Attack Patients

    UNC Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR “Chest Pain ̶MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award” for 2021, one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes UNC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that cardiology providers have … Continued

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    From Infertility to Magnetism, COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Abound

    With vaccination rates dropping in North Carolina, medical experts are concerned that not enough people are protected from COVID-19. Currently, North Carolina sits at 54% of adults at least partially vaccinated, below the national average of 63%. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, explained to The News & Observer … Continued

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    American Geriatrics Society 2021 Annual Meeting Offers a Chance for Reflection

    David Lynch, MD, and John Batsis, MD, wrote a Doximity op-ed on key takeaways from the American Geriatrics Society 2021 Annual Meeting May 12–15. “The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2021 Annual Meeting took place virtually from May 12–15. Joseph Shega, MD, program chair, framed the meeting’s objective in his introduction as an opportunity to reflect … Continued

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    Vaccine Lottery and Boosting COVID Immunity

    Governor Roy Cooper has instituted a vaccine lottery to help boost vaccination rates in the state. Spectrum News interviewed David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, to get his perspective on the effectiveness of the lottery. Watch the Spectrum Interview here.  

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    Will We Need Boosters? What Will a Rollout Look Like? Wohl Answers Questions About the Next Round of Shots

    With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout slowing down, many people are wondering if they will need to come back to a clinic for a booster shot. In a report from WBTW-News 13, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases responded to questions about the possibility of booster shots. “We know that … Continued

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    As Overall COVID-19 Hospital Numbers Shrink, Share of Black, Latino Patients Climbs to Near-Pandemic Highs

    The percentages of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state who are Black and Latino remains near pandemic highs, a data analysis found. The overall daily hospitalization totals have plummeted over the past few months to their lowest levels in more than a year. But of those who are being admitted to hospitals, a higher … Continued

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    Hightow-Weidman Earns Vaccine Hesitancy Grant

    The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) recently awarded five research grants to address vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and implementation among populations who experience health disparities. A total of $14.5 million has been committed over five years for these five grants, subject to available funds. Over $3.67 million has been provided by the Office … Continued

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    Face It: NC Researchers Say COVID-19 Hasn’t Left, So It’s Best To Wear Masks. Still.

    The government may no longer require North Carolinians to wear masks in public, but putting them on could help prevent thousands of coronavirus cases and deaths by the end of the year, reports the Greensboro News & Record. Research from three state universities have created a computer model that predicts coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths … Continued

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    Wohl Stresses Importance Of Vaccine as Delta COVID Variant Gains Steam

    WRAL reports another COVID strain could soon become more prevalent in the United States. The Delta variant, first identified in India in October 2020, is now listed as a “Variant of Concern” by the World Health Organization. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, is among the experts who fear … Continued

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    Patel, Jain Join OAE To Provide Student Support Across the State

    The UNC Office of Academic Excellence is a group of faculty and staff who support students academically through the pre-clinical and clinical years, providing coaching, clinical skills training, and test-taking guidance. The OAE recently announced new faculty members who will join the OAE to provide student support across the state. Kunal Patel, MD, PhD, from … Continued

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    ‘Good’ Bacteria Show Promise for Clinical Treatment of Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

    A new study published in Nature Communications demonstrates that a consortium of bacteria designed to complement missing or underrepresented functions in the imbalanced microbiome of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, prevented and treated chronic immune-mediated colitis in humanized mouse models. The study’s senior author, Balfour Sartor, MD, Midget Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, … Continued

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    New Report Assesses COVID-19’s Trajectory and Implications For Medicare, Social Security

    What will happen with COVID-19 through 2022, and what does this mean for programs like Social Security and Medicare? A new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance provides a framework to connect the various factors affecting the pandemic’s trajectory and the outcomes that are impacting, and will continue to impact, social insurance programs, … Continued

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    Seven Autoimmune Diseases That Can Make You Gain or Lose Weight

    Deepa Kirk, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, explained autoimmune disease to Cosmopolitan magazine. “An autoimmune disease is any condition that causes your own immune system, which is designed to fend off foreign bodies, mistakenly attacks parts of your own body, said Kirk, medical director of the UNC Hospitals … Continued

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    Bynum Receives the Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professorship

    Deb Bynum, MD, MMEL, FACP, has been awarded the Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professorship in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. On Thursday, June 3, residents held a surprise party to celebrate her. “Being a distinguished professor is a wonderful honor, and today we honor you Dr. Bynum, as maybe one of the only internal … Continued

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    AOE Welcomes New Members, Five From Medicine

    The Academy of Educators, housed within the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, has announced the 2021-22 FLAGship (Faculty/Fellow Leadership and Growth) Program cohort. Five of the new members are from the department of medicine. Launched in 2019 as the Mentored Member Program, the newly rebranded AOE FLAGship (Faculty/Fellow Leadership and Growth) Program provides … Continued

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    Ray Receives ASCO Conquer Cancer Grant Award

    Emily Ray, MD, MPH, has received a three-year Conquer Cancer Career Development Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for a study that will evaluate and validate the use of a prognostic calculator for 30-day mortality in patients with metastatic breast cancer. The project aims to improve outcomes for patients by providing evidence-based estimates … Continued

  • Christine Kistler, MD

    Civic Life Suffers From Pressure On Black Men

    About the same number of young Black men and women reach voting age in North Carolina every year, but there’s a huge gender gap each time ballots are counted. In 2020, when Donald Trump won the state by 74,500 votes, Black women cast 622,000 ballots but Black men cast only 402,000 — a startling gap … Continued

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    Epidemiologists Share Concerns About the Mask Requirement Being Removed At the Arena, Specifically For Fans Who Are Unvaccinated

    As restrictions continue to loosen in North Carolina, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, expressed concerns about removing the mask requirement at sports venues. Watch the news story on WRAL.

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    How Older Adults Can Regain Their Game After Being Cooped Up For Over a Year

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and Gillings School of Public Health, told CNN that older adults should start slow and build steadily, after being cooped up for over a year during the pandemic. “From my experience, older adults are eager to get out of the house and do what … Continued

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    Medicine’s Value-Care Action Group Announces Awardees and Projects for FY-2022

    The Department of Medicine’s ‘Value-Care Action Group’ is pleased to announce the following awardees and projects for FY-2022. Endocrinology Morgan Jones, MD, will lead a project focused on identifying inpatients at high-risk for hypoglycemic events in order to intervene prior to a problem. This project will extend the work that endocrinology has led through VCAG for … Continued

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    Department of Medicine Commemorates Juneteenth

    The UNC Department of Medicine encourages the community to learn and reflect on the significance of Juneteenth (June 19), and to consider how we can work together to make our community more inclusive and equitable.  (Following is a historical overview, published June 18, 2020.) What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of … Continued

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    Caribbean-American Heritage, LGBTQ Pride and Juneteenth

    National Caribbean-American Heritage Month – Our Shared History, Our Shared Future This June marks the 13th National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The theme for this year is “Our Shared History, Our Shared Future.” The commemoration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month reminds Americans that our greatness lies in our diversity. Caribbean immigrants from founding father, Alexander Hamilton, to … Continued

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    Congratulations to Recent AOA Inductees in Medicine

    Election to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is a prestigious accomplishment, signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service. Membership in the society is a lifelong honor and recognizes a physician’s dedication to the profession and art of healing. Congratulations to the following individuals from the UNC Department of Medicine who were recently inducted … Continued

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    Arthritis, Allergy and Lupus Awareness in May

    Arthritis Awareness Month – Osteoarthritis Studies May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and researchers at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in basic, translational, and clinical OA research. The UNC Core Center for Clinical Research, or CCCR, provides a … Continued

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    Being a Food Allergy Dad Makes Him a Better Allergy Doctor

    Edwin Kim, MD, shares his experience and expertise on food allergies in the podcast “Being a Food Allergy Dad Makes Him a Better Food Allergy Doctor.” Kim is the associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and division chief of pediatric allergy. The podcast offers a wealth of information about food allergy testing and diagnostics. Kim’s … Continued

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    Expertscape Recognizes 10 Medicine Faculty as Top-Rated Experts in their Fields

    Expertscape ranks people and institutions by their expertise in more than 29,000 biomedical topics. The website bases its rankings on scientific publications, reviewing medical journal articles from the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed journal database dating back to 2010. Each article is assigned a score based on a number of criteria, including the journal’s prominence … Continued

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    Stress from 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Associated with Significant Increase in Cardiac Events

    A first of its kind study led by Lindsey Rosman, PhD, assistant professor in the division of cardiology, showed a 77% increase in the risk of cardiac arrhythmias leading up to and during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, demonstrating that stressful political events can take a toll on heart health. “This retrospective case-crossover study was … Continued

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    Highlights From Resident Research Day

    On May 19, the UNC Internal Medicine Residency Program held “Resident Research Day” for the 2020-2021 year. Given all of the virtual conferences over the past year, Resident Research Day was also primarily virtual, but selected residents presented their research projects during noon conference. Despite the incredibly busy clinical year, residents remained active in research … Continued

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    Study Shows 2016 Election Was Linked With Increased Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

    A CNN news report says there’s little doubt the 2016 election was stressful, recognizing researchers have evidence that the tumultuous campaign may have affected people’s hearts. The study of 2,500 people living in the swing state of North Carolina shows an uptick in cases of irregular heart rates in October and November of 2016, as … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Discusses New CDC Guidelines For Masks

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases, talked with NewsNation (WGN) about new CDC guidelines relaxing mask requirements and what the changes mean for the US. Under new CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated persons do not need to wear masks in indoor settings. Watch the news story. Sickbert-Bennett also contributed to … Continued

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    Vaccine Providers Seek to Make Process Comfortable, Efficient For Teens and Families

    Now that young teenagers are eligible for the COVID-19 shot, vaccine providers across the Triangle are working to make the vaccination process as easy as possible for families, reports WNCT-9 news. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, told WNCT that parents who aren’t yet vaccinated can often get their … Continued

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    Triangle Colon Cancer Survivors Encourage Earlier Screening As Panel Drops Recommended Age to 45

    ABC-11 news reports how colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths, and that health officials are concerned about increases in younger people. Hanna Sanoff, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of oncology, and clinical medical director at the N.C. Cancer Hospital and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, said she … Continued

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    Featured Physician: Shakira J. Grant, MBBS

    Dr. Shakira Grant was born in Barbados and says she knew around the age of 11 or 12, when her grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, that she would become an oncologist. She also says UNC felt like home when she visited, and it was the “ease of conversation, welcoming smiles, and the collegial atmosphere” that helped her know UNC was the place to be.

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    How NC Dodged a Potential 4th Wave of Covid-19

    New cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina have dropped by more than 35 percent during the past four weeks, a data analysis found. With Gov. Roy Cooper lifting all capacity and social distancing regulations along with most mask requirements, the trends have reversed four weeks after a 30 percent increase in new cases fueled concerns … Continued

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    The Startling and Troubling Voting Gap with Black Men

    Christine Kistler, MD, MASc, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine and department of family medicine, was featured in a Yahoo report, originally published in the News and Observer. The report recognizes the gender gap among the number of Black men and women who reach voting age in North Carolina every year. “You are … Continued

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    Sure Signs of Heart Trouble to Watch For, Say Doctors

    Heart disease, a term used to describe several different types of heart conditions, is not only common, but incredibly fatal. An article in Eat This, Not That features Ross Simpson, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of cardiology. “Chest pain is the most common and important symptom related to a heart problem,” explained … Continued

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    Featured Resident: Khalid Aldaas, MD

    Dr. Khalid Aldaas grew up in California and graduated with a degree in biochemistry at the University of California at Riverside where he also attended medical school. He says he’s always been passionate about soccer, having played competitively since childhood. Dr. Aldaas is also fluent in Spanish and Arabic.

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    Local 12-Year-Old Gets COVID Vaccine For Birthday

    A report says vaccine sites at Duke, UNC, CVS and Walgreens have seen excited kids showing up to get their COVID vaccine – including one kid who was eager to get the shot on his birthday. At the Friday Center, David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, offered assurances … Continued

  • Medscape Survey Suggests 50% of Rheumatologists Experience Burnout

    The Rheumatologist reports on a new Medscape survey that found rheumatology has the second-highest burnout level among the 29 specialties included, with 50% of the rheuma­tology respondents saying they’re experiencing “burnout.” “I was quite surprised by this,” said Beth Jonas, MD, the Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professor of Medicine and chief of the division of rheumatology, … Continued

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    Callahan Appointed to NIAMS Advisory Council for Three-Year Term

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, has a long history of serving in multiple leadership and advisory positions with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for the past 30 years. Some of these roles have included serving on the National Research Plan development, the National Arthritis Data Workgroup, and numerous Special Emphasis Grant Review … Continued

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    Smith Co-Authors Article in JAMA Network Open

    Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD, a professor in the division of cardiology is a co-author of an article published May 12 in JAMA Network Open. The article, “Evaluation of Between-County Disparities in Premature Mortality Due to Stroke in the US,” examines the differences in premature stroke mortality in terms of between-county disparity in the US, … Continued

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

    CBS-17 reports that 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 inoculation … 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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    With NC’s COVID-19 Testing Levels So Low, How Reliable is the Positivity Test Rate?

    CBS-17 reports that one of the key COVID-19 numbers the state wants to be stable before further restrictions are lifted June 1 might be less valuable now than it was a few months ago. The test positivity rate — the percentage of tests found to be positive — hinges on how frequently people are being tested … Continued

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    UNC Health Enrolling Kids in Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

    Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, was interviewed for a WTKR (Coastal, VA, and Northeastern NC) news report about enrolling children in Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trials at UNC.  She described the goal to enroll 3,000 adolescents ages 12-17 while prioritizing diversity throughout the age group in the trial. “It’s really important from a really big picture perspective,” … Continued