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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 historical … 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 and chief of the division … 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. With input from some of my trusted colleagues, that piece was written t … 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 participants fr … 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 latency, and it’s considered the main barrier to eradicating the vi … 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 current vaccines against the delta variant. Da … 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 development of devices,” said Jo … 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 … 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,” Cohen said in a CNN Health report. “It is better to not throw stuff a … 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, MPH, in an ABC-11 news report. “Sitting at say an outdoor stadium watching firewo … Continued