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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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    G1 Therapeutics Announces Publication of Pooled Results from Pivotal Clinical Program of COSELA™ (trilaciclib) in Clinical Lung Cancer

    G1 Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage oncology company, announced that the peer-reviewed journal of Clinical Lung Cancer published the final pooled results from three clinical trials of COSELA™ (trilaciclib) in extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). “Cancer patients have two major sources of physical suffering – the cancer itself and the side effects of chemotherapy,” said … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Discusses Research On Double Masks and New CDC Guidance On Masking Outdoors

    In an article published by, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of infectious diseases, described mask combinations that were tested on volunteers, from a single cloth mask to folded surgical masks. The studies found that wearing a full coverage mask, such as a bandana or neck warmer over a surgical mask provided the best … Continued

  • Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH

    Berkowitz Featured in Emergency Medicine News Article

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, was featured in the article “Food Insecurity Can Lead Straight to the ED,” a special report published in Emergency Medicine News. In the report he explains how the “emergency department is a powerful window into food insecurity because lacking food can … Continued

  • Sofija Volertas

    You Can Work Out Before Your COVID Vaccine, But It Won’t Necessarily Boost Immune Response

    Sofija Volertas, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for a Pop Sugar article about working out before getting a vaccine. Volertas recognized that allergists don’t have a definitive answer for someone being 100 percent clear to work out pre-vaccine. But aside from the COVID-19 vaccine, there … Continued

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    Switching Shots: Health Experts Discuss Different Brands For COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

    With supply and demand a concern for COVID-19 vaccines in some communities, a WRAL news story asked the question: Is it safe to mix different brands of vaccines? Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently recommend staying consistent with the type of vaccine a patient … Continued

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    Gay Says It’s Early to Assume a COVID-19 Booster Will Be Needed, But Good to be Prepared

    It’s possible a COVID-19 vaccine booster will be necessary, just as it is with other vaccines. Moderna is readying for that next inoculation by the fall. But Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases, says it’s too early to know if we’ll need it by then. “I think it’s just … Continued

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    Wohl Explains Why the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Should Be Returned to Use, and Offers Guidance On NC’s Reopening

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, explained the importance of returning the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to use in vaccinating patients worldwide. He appeared in a NewsNation interview, Friday, April 23, 2021. Watch the news report. In an ABC-11 news report, Wohl also expressed caution regarding Governor Cooper’s … Continued

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    Combating Vaccine Hesitancy Among Gen Z As COVID Cases, Hospital Admissions Tick Up

    Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 account for a growing share of new COVID-19 cases and patients in hospitals — even as surveys show that group with a higher rate of hesitancy for the vaccine. “Young people need to understand that even if they get COVID, they can be symptomatic for quite … Continued

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    Clinical Trials Research Is Natural Output of Care

    Research Comes to the Patient at UNC Eastowne. Patient-centered care respects and integrates the patient’s values, preferences and goals in care decisions and outcomes. To realize the promise of patient-centered healthcare, medicine leaders recognize that the patient perspective must be represented in research. Patient-centered outcomes research includes the design of study questions to gain useful … Continued

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    Teen Raises Funds to Research Rare Disease

    There’s a mutual commitment between community supported agriculture and life in a community. The farm feeds people fresh food and, in turn, the people support the farm. But it’s not always about veggies and flowers. The allegiance can be the heart of a healthy community like in Little Washington, where Petals and Produce, the VanStaalduinen … Continued

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    Cultural, Historical and Religious Observances in May

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid … Continued

  • Dr. Lindsey Rosman, UNC Cardiology

    Rosman Explains How Stress Could Be a Risk Factor For Stroke in Death of US Capitol Police Officer

    Experts are questioning the medical examiner’s ruling in U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death during the Capitol riot. The medical examiners had not found any signs of blunt force trauma, but a stroke can follow a traumatic situation.

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    Pawlinski, Key Awarded $2.8 Million Grant To Study VTE in Sickle Cell Disease

    Rafal Pawlinski, PhD, the Lenvil Lee Rothrock Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor, both professors in the department of medicine’s division of hematology and members of the UNC Blood Research Center, have been awarded a $2.8 million, 4-year R01 grant from the NIH-NHLBI to investigate the mechanism … Continued

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    Students Praise Nephrology’s Renal Block Lecture “A Day in the Life”

    Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN, assistant professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension and director of undergraduate medical education in the department of medicine, is featured in a new UNC Health Foundation article discussing how students and faculty have connected during the pandemic year. She credits the students for keeping everyone afloat during a … Continued

  • Raj Kasthuri, MD

    Kasthuri Leads Post-Hospital Thrombosis Prevention Study For Covid Patients

    UNC is now a fully active clinical site for the ACTIV-4c Post-Hospital Thrombosis Prevention Study. This protocol is part of the larger ACTIV (Accelerating COVID-Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccine) study. This protocol focuses on preventing blood clots in patients discharged after being hospitalized with COVID-19. UNC is now enrolling participants in this adaptive, prospective, randomized, double-blinded … Continued

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    Batsis Team Receives NIH Startup Funding for Remote Physical Therapy Monitoring System

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine, and a team of researchers from Dartmouth who founded SynchroHealth, have been awarded nearly $225,000 from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to develop and test “BandPass.” The remote-sensing resistance band exercise system will allow health care providers to monitor, evaluate, and … Continued

  • Ashley Henderson, MD, and Koyal Jain, MD

    Updates On Undergraduate Education in Internal Medicine

    Hello internal medicine colleagues, We would once again like to update you on the status of medical students that will be rotating through various internal medicine services.  As always, thank you for your amazing role in educating the doctors of tomorrow. Students are now allowed to work with patients with COVID-19. There was a new … Continued

  • Dr. Saira Sheikh

    Sheikh Offers Tips For People With Allergies During Pollen Season

    A Charlotte Observer report on the spring pollen haze over North Carolina recognizes that  many people suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose when going outside.  Saira Sheikh, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology offered tips for avoiding the worst impacts of the annual event. “Pick a … Continued

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    Monoclonal Antibody Injection Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Progression

    Data from a phase 3 clinical trial for REGEN-COV, a combination monoclonal antibody therapy (casirivimab with imdevimab), is part of the NIH-sponsored COVID Prevention Network, co-led by Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced positive data from a phase 3 trial of recently infected … Continued

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    Wohl Responds to Questions About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

    A News & Observer story reports on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services decision to temporarily halt use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the urging of the federal government. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases says the discovery of six people with serious side … Continued

  • Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

    Niznik Receives KO8 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine, was awarded a 5-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging for “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” The study seeks to evaluate the risks and benefits of deprescribing versus continuing bisphosphonates in older nursing … Continued

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    Sarcopenic Obesity Associated with Increased Risk of Impaired Cognitive Function in Older Adults

    The prevalence of obesity with sarcopenia is increasing in adults aged 65 years, and this geriatric syndrome places individuals at risk for synergistic complications. John A. Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine, led a study to investigate whether sarcopenia or sarcopenic obesity are associated with greater long-term risk of impaired cognitive … Continued

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    Screening For Hearing Loss in Older Adults

    Cindy Feltner, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology and associate director of the RTI-UNC Evidenced-based Practice Center, led a review for the US Preventive Services Task Force to update the evidence for screening for hearing loss in adults 50 years or older.  The review was published in JAMA, along … Continued