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    Shah Named Associate Program Director of UNC GI Fellowship

    Neil Shah, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed associate program director for the UNC Gastroenterology & Hepatology fellowship program. Shah earned his medical degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia. He returned to UNC to complete his fellowship in … Continued

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    Gay Comments On COVID-19 Trials and Levels of Safety Oversight

    With Astrazeneca putting its vaccine trials on hold, Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and principal investigator of UNC’s COVID-19 Moderna Trial, told WRAL there are measures in place and levels of safety oversight that begin at the individual participant level and extend to a broader review … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Suggests Ways To Be Safe At the Gym

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was featured in a Popular Science article about exercising during the pandemic. “If you must go to the gym, bring plenty of cleaning wipes with you to scrub down the equipment before and after you use it, Sickbert-Bennett said. “Also be sure … Continued

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    Boynton Talks to WRAL About Effectiveness of COVID-19 Messaging

    Marcella Boynton, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, talked with WRAL about a multi-institution projects that she participated in to test the effectiveness of different messages encouraging coronavirus safety measures such as wearing a mask or social distancing. They found that when President Trump’s name was associated … Continued

  • Fischer Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine Trials On WRAL News

    William Fischer, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, was featured on WRAL discussing the progress being made on COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. Fischer recognized that many people are volunteering to take part in clinical trials which will help the development of a vaccine, but he emphasized … Continued

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    Palsson Featured in Article About Mental Effects of UNC’s Decision To Send Students Home

    Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, was interviewed by the Greensboro News and Record discussing his study that assessed the emotional and mental impacts of COVID-19 on the US adult population. “Younger people were more affected by it than older individuals, and the Hispanic population seemed to be … Continued

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    O’Brien Featured in Finding Genius Podcast For Research On Kidney Nephron Progenitors

    Lori O’Brien, PhD, a member of the UNC Kidney Center and assistant professor in the department of Cell Biology and Physiology, discusses her research on kidney development and nephron function in an episode of the Finding Genius podcast. The episode summarizes her research as it relates to kidney disease, including: How kidney development progresses in … Continued

  • Weber Explains Testing Recommendations For COVID After Exposure

    David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, discussed COVID-19 testing guidance and recommendation with WRAL. In the interview, Weber explained that many people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should be tested for the virus even if they don’t have symptoms, because asymptomatic people or pre-symptomatic people may … Continued

  • Jain Presents Whitehead Lecture, Faculty Receive Medical Society Awards

    The 2020 Whitehead Lecture was presented today by Koyal Jain, MD, MPH, FASN, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension. “Be proud of all that you have achieved,” Jain told students. “You’re here during a time when change is needed, and you have the power to make it happen…at UNC we … Continued

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

    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

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    Boucher Study Featured On FOX News

    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

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    Sanoff Discusses Colorectal Cancer Screening On WTVD-11

    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

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    Flythe Presentation Featured in Nephrology News and Issues

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

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    Second Episode of ‘Confronting the HIV Epidemic’ Launched

    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

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    Boynton Study Highlights Effectiveness of Messages from Public Health Organizations

    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

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    UNC Researchers Launch Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Treatments

    UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases researchers have begun phase 2 and phase 3 evaluations of promising treatments for COVID-19. The UNC School of Medicine joins more than 25 initial sites participating in the clinical trials through ACTIV-2, a public-private partnership sponsored by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to … Continued

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    Herce, Barzin Describe the Need For Testing Events In Lee County

    Michael Herce, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, and Amir Barzin, DO, assistant professor in the department of family medicine, were interviewed by the News & Observer while providing drive through testing in Lee County. The article reported the testing event was the fifth that UNC has held in … Continued

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    Researchers Argue Health Care Systems Should Use ‘Food as Medicine’ Interventions

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, co-authored a British Medical Journal analysis suggesting nutritional interventions delivered through health providers are associated with improved health outcomes. The analysis argues for increased implementation of “food is medicine” interventions in the health care system because food insecurity is known … Continued

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    Boucher Tells Good Morning America the Nose Is Fertile Ground For Infection

    Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine was interviewed by ABC Good Morning America in a story that warns people about wearing masks that expose the nose. The story recognized Boucher’s research that mapped locations in the respiratory tract to see … Continued

  • Wohl Discusses a New COVID Vaccine and Treatment Studies on WRAL

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was interviewed by WRAL News discussing a new coronavirus vaccine and treatment studies. “We hear so much bad news about the coronavirus, but there are some glimmers of hope,” said Wohl.  “We all know we need a vaccine and we also need a … Continued