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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, reflected on the past year in an ABC-11 news re … Continued

  • Nigel S. Key, MB, ChB, FRCP

    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 and National Geographic, Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Profe … 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 … 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 continues to spread and new variants a … 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 to getting more people that first dose and … Continued

  • Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc

    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 communi … Continued

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    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 UNC, said t … 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 is picking up, … 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 well, despite the COVID restraints we have,” said … 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 … Continued