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    Dr. Saira Sheikh Co-Authors Study for a Novel Therapeutic that Shows Promise in Cutaneous Lupus

    Saira Sheikh, MD, associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, was the UNC Principal Investigator. The study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, explored treating adults with cutaneous lupus using litifilimab. The trial was conducted at UNC’s Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC), a resource through North Caro … Continued

  • UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientists Training Program Gives Awards to Cultivate the Careers of Upcoming Physician-Scientists

    Medicine, like any other scientific field, cannot progress forward without the hard work of new, cutting-edge researchers. In the Department of Medicine, three physician scientist trainees are working to improve the lives of patients who have inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and food allergies. In light of their promising, hard work, all three have received support from the UN … Continued

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    Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

    Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting them in the top quartile natio … Continued

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    Dr. Commins Explains How You Can Develop an Allergy to Red Meat if Bitten by This Tick

    Dr. Scott Commins, MD, PhD, in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, is an Alpha-gal Syndrome (red meat allergy) expert. He explains how a bite from a Lone Star Tick could impact your health. There’s the more subtle presentation. “They have terrible abdominal cramping and pain and diarrhea, maybe nausea and vomiting, and it’s all actually due to the same allergy,” … Continued

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    Sheikh’s Grateful Patient Makes $500K Gift to Support Innovative Autoimmune Disease Research at TARC

    Ginny and Doug Ware have partnered with Saira Sheikh, MD, to support a new fund that will advance science and improve the lives of individuals with autoimmune diseases. Their generous gift was used to create the Virginia A. and Douglas R. Ware Fund for Excellence in Autoimmune Diseases. “This new Fund will support my vision for a program at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Cen … Continued

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    Allen Receives 2-Year NIAMS Grant

    Kelli Allen, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy, and immunology, received a grant for a project titled “Optimizing Osteoarthritis Care Through Clinical & Community Partnerships.” The project addresses a critical need to improve care for patients with OA through an evidence-based, comprehensive and sustainable care model. Learn more.

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    Increasing Participation of Underrepresented in Lupus Clinical Trials

    Saira Sheikh, MD, the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, and research associate Tessa Englund, PhD, MPH, described the barriers in lupus clinical trial enrollment and how they can be addressed to ensure equitable representation. Read the article published in Rheumatology Advisor.  

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    Kim Provides Expert Perspective on Optimizing Oral Immunotherapy for Peanut Allergy

    Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, offered his perspective to Healio regarding tips to optimize oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy. Kim is chief of UNC Pediatric Allergy & Immunology. Read the article.

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    Newsworthy from the Department of Medicine, Week of October 29 – November 4

    The below clickable headlines link directly to outside media outlets and feature UNC Department of Medicine faculty, starting Friday, November 4, 2021. What every parent should know about Halloween safety | Four 2 Five – Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett (MSN.com) Food Allergy Families Seek Out Hard-to-Find Immunotherapy – Dr. Edwin Kim (WebMD) Pandemic-related drinking causing spike in … Continued

  • Penicillin Allergy Assessments Expand to Inpatient Areas

    Imagine: You have a patient with a penicillin allergy documented in their chart. Typically, you would prescribe amoxicillin for their infection, but that is not an option because it is a penicillin-class antibiotic. Instead, you prescribe a broader-spectrum antibiotic–not your first choice except for the allergy. But, what if you learned that it is not a true allergy? Less than o … Continued