Patients With Liver Transplant Are Not at Greater Risk of Death From COVID-19

September 4, 2020

Three UNC researchers are co-authors of a new international study, published online August 28 in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, that found patients with a liver transplant who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, do not face an increased risk of death compared to other patients who were infected with SARS-CoV-2. The authors include Sidney … Continued

Boucher Study Featured On FOX News

September 4, 2020

The Cell study published by co-author Richard Boucher, MD, was featured on FOX News, recognizing that wearing a face mask below the nose, may allow coronavirus the opportunity to enter the body. “Unfortunately, SARS-CoV-2 has learned how to evade normal nasal host defense mechanisms and uses this receptor to infect the nasal lining cells,” Boucher told … Continued

Sanoff Discusses Colorectal Cancer Screening On WTVD-11

September 3, 2020

Hanna Sanoff, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of oncology and specialist in gastrointestinal oncology, was interviewed by WTVD-11 discussing the signs and symptoms of colon cancer following the death of ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman. “Most commonly we see a little bit of bleeding in the bowels, and stool can be … Continued

Flythe Presentation Featured in Nephrology News and Issues

September 3, 2020

Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension, was a virtual speaker at the “Innovations in Dialysis: Expediting Advances Symposium,” highlighted in Nephrology News & Issues.  In her presentation, Flythe discussed how patient-preference information can be used by the FDA in making regulatory decisions on devices designed for … Continued

Clinic Move to Eastowne Expected To Start Early March, With Completion By Mid-April

August 31, 2020

An earlier version of this story mistakenly reported February as the timeframe for Medicine Clinics to begin to move into Eastowne. Please note the expected timeframe will be early March, with completion by early April. Construction of the Eastowne Medical Office Building is moving forward. Although the pandemic caused minor delays, and the timeline may … Continued

Support For Each Other, COVID-19 News

August 31, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to check in with your colleagues. The start of the traditional school year brings new challenges, and it can be especially hard to appreciate how each one of us may be struggling. The strength of this Department lies in our ability to continue to work together, to be flexible, … Continued

McEntee, Henderson Introduce New COVID-19 Elective For Internal Medicine Residents

August 31, 2020

By the middle of March, 2020, COVID-19 had upended the traditional training experience in the UNC Internal Medicine Residency Program. Didactic coursework and clinical skills training had to be quickly converted to an online format and clinical rotations were suspended as decisions were quickly made to ensure residents had meaningful and robust curricular activities during … Continued

Medicine’s Value-Based Action Group Introduces Specialized Inpatient Diabetes Management Services

August 31, 2020

Hospitalized patients with diabetes are dependent on hospital staff to monitor blood glucose, administer medications and deliver meals in a coordinated manner. Inconsistency in the timing of these tasks can increase the risk for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. The UNC Department of Medicine’s Value Care Action Group (VCAG) has been working with the Division of Endocrinology … Continued

Second Episode of ‘Confronting the HIV Epidemic’ Launched

August 27, 2020

A new video series from Medscape includes compelling stories of people living with HIV and interviews with UNC School of Medicine’s Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, Kate Muessig, PhD, and Lina Rosengren-Hovee, MD, MPH, MS, of the UNC Behavior and Technology Lab in the division of infectious diseases. Learn more from the UNC Health and UNC … Continued

Boynton Study Highlights Effectiveness of Messages from Public Health Organizations

August 27, 2020

A new national study led by Marcella Boynton, MD, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, and a member of the NCTraCS Education Team, used an experimental design to examine the effect of message source on reactions to coronavirus prevention messages. The study concluded that messages referencing a public health organization … Continued