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    Rubin Discusses Bone Health in Margaret Martin Video Series

    Janet Rubin, MD, the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, provides patient education in a new four-part video series produced by Margaret Martin, a physical therapist specializing in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis through exercise, safe movement and fall prevention. In “Bone Remodelling and Osteoporosis” (March … Continued

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    Dr. Lindsey Rosman interviewed about COVID and remote monitoring of cardiac devices by Everyday Health

    To slow the spread of the coronavirus, clinics and hospitals encouraged patients to use telemedicine with live-video appointments called video visits. If you have an implantable medical device, remote monitoring allows your healthcare team to monitor your heart health and the function of your cardiac device without you having to be physically present.

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    Study Points the Way to Boosting Immunotherapy Effectiveness Against Breast Cancer and Other Solid Tumors

    Boosting immune system T cells to effectively attack solid tumors, such as breast cancers, can be done by adding a small molecule to a treatment procedure called chimeric antigen receptor-T (CAR-T) cell therapy, according to a study by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The boost helps recruit more immune cells into battle … Continued

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    UNC Begins Enrollment for Novavax COVID-19 vaccine phase III clinical trial

    Cindy Gay, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, is leading the phase III clinical trial of the promising COVID-19 vaccine candidate for the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Medical Center. Gay, who also leads the UNC Moderna vaccine phase III clinical trial, says the work behind finding COVID-19 vaccines … Continued

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    White House Identifies Triangle Counties As Sustained Hotspots

    Newly released data from the White House indicates 87 of North Carolina’s counties, including Durham, Orange and Wake counties, are “sustained hotspots” for COVID-19. David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, says there’s a limit to how many people, not only local hospitals, but also large regional medical centers, can … Continued

  • Miller Will Retire in January

    Tom Miller, MD, professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, will retire after 29 years as a UNC faculty member. Miller will best be remembered for his devotion to teaching medical students and residents, which he says brought fulfillment and made him a better doctor. He will also be remembered … Continued

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    Carolina Care Excellence Award Winners Announced

    UNC Health’s Patient Relations has announced the winners of this year’s Carolina Care Excellence Awards. Patients were asked if they would recommend UNC Health providers and their offices to friends and family, and 173 UNC Faculty Physician providers received the highest possible rating, placing them in the top quartile nationally. In recognition of their caring … Continued

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    Disability Awareness and December Days of Observance

    Disability Awareness People with disabilities represent a diverse group with a wide range of needs, and some of these are not easy to see. Disparities abound in this population, from access to health care to education and employment. Many people with disabilities also have underlying health needs that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Unfortunately, … Continued

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    UNC Nephrologists Participate in NFK-USDA Scientific Workshop

    Barbara Gillespie, MD, FASN, Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, and Amy Mottl, MD, participated in a virtual scientific workshop sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and the US Drug Administration on December 14-17.  They were among 90 people representing a range of key stakeholders including faculty experts in clinical trials, nephrology and other relevant topic areas, … Continued

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    Rosengren-Hovee Receives Gilead Research Scholar Award to Study How Social Media Stigma Affect PrEP Uptake

    Lina Rosengren-Hovee, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases, received a 2020 Gilead Research Scholar Award for an HIV study that will yield insights into the social media ecosystem that prominently affects uptake Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM). Types of stigma promulgated on social media … Continued

  • Fellows Match to the Department of Medicine

    While the pandemic made this year particularly challenging for fellowship recruitment efforts and interviews, a series of videos showing each program’s strengths was a creative solution, introducing viewers to faculty and current fellows, with a brief glimpse into what it might be like to join the program. And although it was impossible to replicate the … Continued

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    Carey Will Retire in 2021

    Timothy Carey, MD, MPH, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Social Medicine, will retire in January after 35 years as a UNC faculty member. As a health services leader and researcher, active in both inpatient and outpatient care, Carey says serving UNC and the state’s residents has been his life’s work, … Continued

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    Kim Says Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine Likely To Be Extremely Rare

    As the US Food and Drug Administration considers whether to authorize emergency use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, medical experts are paying close attention to reports of allergic reactions to the vaccine. Edwin Kim, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, says it’s not immediately clear to … Continued

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    Group In East Informing Minority Groups About COVID-19 and Its Vaccine

    WNCT (Greenville) reports vaccinations are starting across North Carolina, with CarolinaEast Health System in New Bern giving medical workers the first shots in the Greenville region. But the report also recognizes that there are many people who don’t feel comfortable getting the vaccine and introduces a group in the east using virtual connections to answer … Continued

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    Sheikh Leads Largest Ever Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled SLE Study

    Saira Sheikh, MD, led the “BASE” study, now published in The Lancet Rheumatology, which found mortality, AESIs among SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) patients taking Benlysta similar to placebo. Learn more from the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom.

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    Genetically Altered Pigs Approved For Food, Potential Medical Use

    Agri-Pulse reports the Food and Drug Administration has for the first time approved an intentional genomic alteration, or IGA, in animals that can be used for both food and human therapeutics. The IGA is in what are called GalSafe pigs, bred to eliminate alpha-gal sugar on the surface of the pigs’ cells. The article references … Continued

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    North Carolina Needs to Do More to Protect Workers From COVID-19, Civil Rights Leaders Say

    A labor advocate group is asking a North Carolina court to have the state’s Department of Labor reconsider additional actions to protect frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC-13 News reports the request comes after Labor Secretary Cherie Berry said the pandemic is not a workplace hazard. “We know that this virus can be transmitted … Continued

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    Make Sure To Get Both Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine, Physicians Urge

    The first two coronavirus vaccines seeking emergency authorization from federal regulators require two doses, and medical professionals worry that some people may be tempted to get only one dose. Experts say that could allow the virus to mutate and once again expose a danger to people. WRAL interviewed Cindy Gay, MD, associate professor in infectious diseases, … Continued

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    Researchers Rank Various Mask Protection, Modifications Against COVID-19

    It’s been shown that when two people wearing masks interact, the chance of COVID-19 transmission is drastically reduced. This is why public health officials have pleaded for all people to wear masks: they not only protect the wearer from expelling particles that might carry SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), but masks also … Continued

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    Who Is Rochelle Walensky, Biden’s Pick For CDC Director?

    Ada Adimora, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and asked about Rochelle Walensky, an infectious disease specialist chosen by president-elect Joe Biden to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Oh, my God. You know, honestly, there is no better pick for … Continued

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    Inside the Battleground: The Frontline of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the US

    The view of the devastation of COVID-19 from the inside is far different than from the outside, CBS17 (NewsNation) reports. In a political climate consumed by masks and relief money, a look behind the intensive care curtain finds unprecedented work and camaraderie, impossible sadness and even a little bit of hope. Shannon Carson, MD, chief … Continued

  • Obesity Rates Significantly Higher in Black Women With Breast Cancer

    Physician’s Weekly featured a recently published retrospective review by Kristen Nyrop, PhD, assistant professor of oncology, on racial disparities in the prevalence of comorbidities in general and obesity-related comorbidities in Black and White women with early stage, hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer. Read the article here.

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    From UNC Health Talk: the Science of mRNA Vaccines

    In our bodies right now, messenger RNA, or mRNA, is sending genetic instructions for cells to make proteins—the machines of life that make heart muscles beat, hair follicles grow, and many other biological process happen. This mRNA is a long molecule that contains instructions that a cell uses to create proteins. Knowing this, in January … Continued

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    What We Know (and Don’t Know) About the COVID-19 Vaccines

    Headlines and social media feeds have been abuzz in recent weeks with the news regarding the promising results of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine trials. Clinical trials show the first two vaccines are about 95 percent effective at preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19. With a continued surge in cases in the United States and … Continued

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    Hospitalist Quality Improvement Study Featured in ACP Hospitalist

    The article “Helping Hip Fracture Patients” published in ACP Hospitalist this month features a UNC retrospective study led by John R. Stephens, MD. The study found that patients admitted to the hospitalist service had shorter lengths of stays and a lower risk of 30-day readmission compared with patients admitted to orthopedics or other services. Read … Continued

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    NC Reports 2nd Day of More Than 6,000 New COVID-19 Cases Amid Record 2,191 Hospitalizations

    David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, spoke to WTVD-11 News about the upward trend of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina. He said if the numbers worsen, certain figures project the nationwide number of a half-million deaths by April. “To put it in perspective…that is Charlotte or Raleigh just … Continued

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    UNC Research Highlighted by American Society of Hematology at Virtual Annual Meeting

    William Wood, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology, and Nigel Key, MD, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Medicine, authored abstracts that were highlighted at American Society of Hematology press events. Alisa Wolberg, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, served as the scientific co-chair of the meeting. Learn more from … Continued

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    Study Illustrates How Obesity-Related Comorbidities May Contribute to 40% Mortality Gap Between Black and White Women with Early Breast Cancer

    Obesity is a known risk factor for various cancers, and its rise over the past few decades has contributed to a rise in hormone receptor positive breast cancer rates that is greater in Black women than White women. At the same time, as overall breast cancer mortality rates have declined, the decline has been less … Continued

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    Berkowitz Publishes Study on Unemployment Insurance in JAMA, Featured in NPR Report: “Losing Jobless Benefits Is Not Only Stressful, It Might Be Harmful to Health”

    Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of general medicine and epidemiology, co-published a research study letter in JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on unemployment insurance, health-related social needs, health care access and mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Results showed unemployment insurance benefits may help mitigate economic disruption wrought by the pandemic. The … Continued

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    Three Faculty in Infectious Diseases Elected IDSA Fellows

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society, has elected Joe Eron, MD, Anne Lachiewicz, MD, MPH; and Christopher Hurt, MD, to its latest cohort of Fellows of IDSA. As the highest honor in the field of infectious diseases, IDSA fellowships recognize those who have achieved professional excellence and provided … Continued

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    Restaurants Turn to Tents and Heaters to Keep Diners Outdoors in Winter. Is it Safe?

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, told the News & Observer that outdoor dining tents could be safe if well-vented and distance kept between tables. She pointed to dining with people one doesn’t live with as a concerning spreader of the virus. “Proximity likely matters; that’s the rationale for having reduced capacity in restaurants,” said Sickbert-Bennett, associate professor of … Continued

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    Local Health Care Workers Split On Getting COVID Vaccine

    Although health care workers are slated to be first to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, the employees at local hospitals are split when it comes to enthusiasm for getting vaccinated. WRAL interviewed David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, who will be one of the first to have access to … Continued

  • Klein Publishes Review, Determining Glycaemia-Associated Targets For Diabetes Mellitus

    Klara Klein, MD, PhD, a fellow in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, recently published “The Trials and Tribulations of Determining HbA1c Targets For Diabetes Mellitus,” in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, the highest impact journal in endocrinology. Following is a summary of the review, published with John Buse, MD, PhD, chief of the division of endocrinology. … Continued

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    Mackman Receives R35 NHLB Seven-Year Grant to Study Mechanisms in Thrombosis

    Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, has received an R35 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. This grant is for seven-year study with a total budget of $6 million. The grant will fund “Tissue factor-dependent coagulation in thrombosis and immune responses,” studying the mechanisms of thrombosis in cancer and viral infections, … Continued

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    HIVMA Names Adimora 2020 Clinical Educator of the Year

    The HIV Medicine Association, or HIVMA, honored UNC infectious diseases professor Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, with its 2020 Clinical Educator Award. The award, presented during the annual IDWeek conference, recognizes Adimora’s “extraordinary contributions to advancing clinical education, with a focus on disseminating her research on the drivers of HIV-related racial disparities.” Read more from the … Continued

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    Ciccone Wins Clinical Research Award From ASTMH

    Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, infectious diseases fellow and pediatric medicine instructor, recently won first prize in the clinical research award session of the 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The award recognizes excellence in clinical research by young investigators. Ciccone’s winning project is “Potential use of rapid, point-of-care diagnostics … Continued

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    Precision Treatment Advances Improve Survival in Women With Aggressive HER2+ Breast Cancer

    Women with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, known as HER2-positive disease, now have unique options that can help tailor their treatment more effectively. Based on results from a phase III clinical trial that followed women for seven years and was conducted at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and other cancer centers nationwide, … Continued

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    NIH Funds Study Aimed at Improving Access to COVID-19 Testing for Underserved NC communities

    A team of investigators from UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a two-year implementation science study to scale up COVID-19 testing in North Carolina. “We want to improve access to testing for underserved rural and urban communities being missed by … Continued

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    NIH Awards Seven-Year Funding to HIV Prevention Trials Network, AIDS Clinical Trials Group Also Re-funded For Seven-Year Study

    Myron S. Cohen, MD, director of UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, and Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, director of ICAP at Columbia University, have received a seven-year award from the National Institutes of Health for leadership of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) in collaboration with FHI 360. The first year of support … Continued

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    NIH Awards $25 Million to UNC’s Global HIV Clinical Trials Unit

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded University of North Carolina’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases nearly $25 million over seven years to continue operating its Global HIV Clinical Trials Unit, or CTU. The new funding will support HIV treatment and prevention in adults, children and pregnant women at four research sites — … Continued

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    Cohen Says This Will Be a Difficult Winter

    WTVD-11 News reports how the UK’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine could benefit North Carolina and asks who will get the vaccine first. Myron Cohen, MD, the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of infectious diseases, tells WTVD-11 that the coming winter will be difficult. “I think everybody is forewarning that the spike … Continued

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    Reeder-Hayes Will Co-Lead Study Funded By ACS/Pfizer to Address Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

    Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, MSc, MBA, associate professor and chief of breast oncology in the Department of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and associate director of Community Outreach and Engagement at UNC Lineberger, … Continued

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    Patients With Blood Cancers Especially Vulnerable To COVID-19 Infections

    Medical Research.com interviewed William Wood, MD, associate professor in the division of hematology, about an outcome report published in the American Society of Hematology’s Blood Advances.  The report describes the first 250 cases of patients with hematologic malignancy and COVID-19 that were entered into the ASH Research Collaborative COVID-19 Registry. Find the interview here. Find … Continued

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    COVID Vaccine Trial Update

    Charlotte’s WBTV News interviewed Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, for an update on the COVID vaccine trials. Gay shared her enthusiasm and confidence in the latest data. Watch the interview here.

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    ‘It’s a Dreaded Disease:’ North Carolina Families Mark First Thanksgiving Since Losing Loved Ones to COVID-19

    WTVD-11 reports this Thanksgiving is the first major holiday for thousands of families in North Carolina and the hundreds of thousands across the country grieving loved ones lost to COVID-19. Their empty chairs will be apparent, as will the void in their loved ones’ hearts. Shannon Carson, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and … Continued

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    Health Experts Warn of Tough Holiday Season For Seniors

    Health experts are warning that the holiday season poses an increased COVID-19 threat to older Americans, who are already one of the most vulnerable demographics. Christine Kistler, MD, associate professor of geriatric and family medicine, identified large gatherings as a key risk factor in the upcoming holiday season that will contribute to an increase in … Continued

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    Antibody Treatment For High-Risk COVID-19 Patients Now Available in Triangle

    A CBS17 news report says antibody treatment for high-risk patients fighting COVID-19 is now available in central North Carolina, but there is a limited supply of the medication.  David Wohl, MD, professor in the division of infectious diseases, told CBS17 that it is being prioritized for people who have the greatest risk of getting really … Continued

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    Batsis Publishes Three Articles For Geriatric Medicine

    John Batsis, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of geriatric medicine, has published the following papers: “Intensive nutrition counseling as part of a multi-component weight loss intervention improves diet quality and anthropometrics in older adults with obesity,” in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. “Telemedicine in Long-Term Care Facilities During and Beyond COVID-19: Challenges Caused by … Continued

  • Van Tilburg Publishes Disease Primer, “Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders”

    Miranda Van Tilburg, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, published “Paediatric Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders” in Nature Reviews Disease Primers. Paediatric functional abdominal pain disorders, currently referred to as disorders of gut–brain interaction, comprise irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, abdominal migraine and functional abdominal pain not otherwise specified, as … Continued

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    Cardiology Team Publishes Case For Loeffler Endocarditis

    Brian P. Kelley, MD, an internal medicine resident, Casey Gazda, MD, a fellow in cardiology, and Joseph A. Siyak, MD, assistant professor in cardiology, published “Loeffler Endocarditis as a Manifestation of Paraneoplastic Hypereosinophilia” in a recent issue of CASE, Cardiovascular Imaging Case. Eosinophilic myocarditis (EM) represents a rare spectrum of heart disease that remains mysterious … Continued

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    Care Across the Lifespan: Introducing an ‘Inpatient Cardiology Consult for Adult Congenital Heart Disease’

    The new ‘Inpatient Cardiology Consult for Adult Congenital Heart Disease’ will follow patients with congenital defects and lead all inclusive care. UNC cardiologists ask that consults be made within 24 hours of admission. Coordinator Lunise Benjamin, DNP, NP-C, will be the main point of contact for the new program. As medical care and treatments advance, babies … Continued

  • Doctors Provide Up-Close View of Pandemic in Area Hospitals, Guidance On Limiting Viral Spread

    Infectious disease experts David Wohl, MD, Cameron Wolfe, MBBS (Duke University Health), and Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP (WakeMed), discuss what they’re seeing at area hospitals during the pandemic and ways to slow the surge in new coronavirus infections. See this 30-minute round-table Zoom discussion hosted by WRAL, featuring Wohl, professor of infectious diseases.

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    Wohl Named Tar Heel of the Month

    For his years of work studying infectious diseases and his role in helping North Carolina health professionals and residents respond to the pandemic, David Wohl, MD, is the News & Observer’s November Tar Heel of the Month, which honors people who have made significant contributions to North Carolina and the region.  Read the story in the News & Observer. … Continued

  • Wohl Honored With First Charles Van Der Horst Humanitarian Award

    The national AIDS Clinical Trials Group expanded its annual recognition program in 2020 with two new awards named for University of North Carolina faculty members who died in 2019: Charles van der Horst, MD, an infectious diseases physician and researcher, and Kevin Robertson, PhD, a professor of neurology and director of UNC’s AIDS Neurological Center. ACTG presented … Continued

  • Diabetes Awareness Month – Spotlighting the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Clinically, the division of endocrinology and metabolism provides outpatient care for patients with diabetes, obesity, bone disease, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, gender issues and other endocrine disorders at the UNCH Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Meadowmont.  Led by Dr. Josh Evron, our thyroid and endocrine tumor service line includes a weekly thyroid biopsy clinic at … Continued

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    More COVID-19 Vaccine Options Could Aid Distribution Timeline, Especially in Rural Areas

    News of Oxford University and AstraZeneca‘s successful COVID-19 vaccine trial is inspiring increased optimism within the medical community. “We need billions of doses. And different vaccines have different upsides and downsides. Like the newest one we heard about yesterday, AstraZeneca. It’s easier to manufacture. So there (are) more doses that can be made, and probably at … Continued

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    ‘Excruciating:’ UNC Doctor, Nurse Describe Treating COVID-19 Patients On the Brink of Death

    Doctors and nurses at UNC Hospital are seeing an increase in patients suffering from pneumonia and other complications from COVID-19. “Once you start feeling that feeling that you cannot breathe, man there is nothing more real than that,” said Shannon Carson, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine for UNC Health. … Continued

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    Third Major Coronavirus Vaccine Shown To Be Effective and Cheaper

    An Associated Press article reports the “drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world.” Joe Eron, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases, said that it is unclear … Continued

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    Carolina Kidney Team Ranks First in Donations for Kidney Disease at Annual Kidney Walk

    The UNC Kidney Center’s “Carolina Kidney Team” ranked first in North Carolina for fundraising, and second in the nation, after virtually completing the National Kidney Foundation’s Annual Kidney Walk on November 15. The team walked for current patients, former patients, their caretakers, and others impacted by kidney disease, calling attention to the prevention of kidney … Continued

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    Diwali, Celebrating the Festival of Lights

    “Pankaj and I love Diwali. It is the Festival of Lights when we spend some time with our family, decorating our house, putting up lights and having good food. To us, Diwali is a time of being grateful for our family, friends and all our blessings.”   Koyal Jain, MD, and Pankaj Jawa, MD Diwali is … Continued

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    COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming. How Will NC Roll Out Doses, and Will People Accept Them?

    From Governor Roy Cooper to infectious disease experts to ordinary residents, North Carolinians are thrilled by the prospects of two COVID-19 vaccines currently under trial with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “None of us can predict how many people will actually want the vaccine given people’s concerns for a variety of reasons,” said David … Continued

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    Hladik, Roy-Chaudhury Join NC General Assembly to Recognize “Living Donor Protection Act”

    Gerald Hladik, MD, and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, joined Rob Hayden, executive director of the North Carolina National Kidney Foundation (NCNFD), on Thursday, November 19, to recognize the burden of kidney disease in North Carolina and express appreciation to policymakers for supporting the “Living Donor Protection Act.” They were joined by kidney donors and kidney transplant … Continued

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    UNC Medical Center Launches New Therapy For Heart Failure in First For the Carolinas

    WRAL Tech Wire reports people dealing with heart failure and no longer adequately responding to medications have a new option to improve quality of life: Cardiaccontractility modulation, or CCM. The treatment is now available through UNC Medical Center, having been utilized recently for the first time in the Carolinas. “CCM therapy is a therapeutic option … Continued

  • Providers at Colon Cancer Hotspot Seek to Shrink the Screening Gap With At-Home Tests

    An NC Health News report says a health center in Hertford County that is screening patients who can’t afford routine colonoscopies with mail-in kits could make a big difference in Hertford County, which is part of a swath of North Carolina and Virginia Counties with some of the highest rates of colorectal cancer deaths in … Continued

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    New Approaches To Treating Seriously Ill COVID Patients May Persist Beyond the Pandemic

    An NC Health News report recognizes that as the number of COVID-19 cases climbs, hospitals across the state are feeling the strain of an influx of patients sickened by the lingering coronavirus. Shannon Carson, MD, chief of pulmonary medicine was interviewed about the use of ventilators and alternative treatment for patients with adult respiratory distress … Continued

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    Moderna’s Initial Vaccine Results ‘More Than Hoped For,’ Says Gay

    Cindy Gay, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, oversees the clinical trial of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill. She says the high initial efficacy rate shown by the drug “was more than we were hoping for.” Listen to her interview with WRAL News.

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    Gibson Receives H. Fleming Fuller Award

    Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics and vice chair of diversity and inclusion in the department of medicine, received the 2020 H. Fleming Fuller Award in a virtual ceremony Thursday, November 12. Benny Joyner, MD, MPH, was a co-honoree. The H. Fleming Fuller Award, which has been given annually since 1986, … Continued

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    Smith, Cohen Recognized in Clarivate’s 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers

    Sidney Smith, MD, and Myron Cohen, MD, have been recognized in Clarivate’s 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers™.  Altogether the list includes 20 UNC School of Medicine and 16 UNC Chapel Hill researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last … Continued

  • Sartor, Sheikh Receive $2 Million Helmsley Grant for Translational Research in Crohn’s Disease

    Balfour Sartor, MD, and Shehzad Sheikh, MD, PhD, are co-principal investigators of a large grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to conduct translational research that will predict recurrence after surgery for Crohn’s disease. The Helmsley grant, “Genomic and Microbial Signatures Predict Post-Operative Disease Outcomes in Crohn’s Disease,” provides $2,334,750 over three years to enable researchers … Continued

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    Mottl Receives NIH R01 Grant to Study Impact of Diabetes on Patients with Glomerular Diseases

    Amy Mottl, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, is receiving a five-year NIH Multi PI R01 grant award for “The Impact of Diabetes on Patients with Glomerular Disease: CureGN-Diabetes.” IgA nephropathy (IgAN), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), minimal change disease (MCD), and membranous nephropathy (MN) are rare glomerular diseases that cause … Continued

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    Free Discusses Autoimmune Disease in “Critically Speaking” Podcast

    Meghan Free, PhD, assistant professor in nephrology and hypertension, explains autoimmune diseases, how they work, and how they can be treated in a new podcast. She also discusses the risk factors and predispositions for these diseases.

  • Hladik, Kshirsagar Discuss How Medicare Medicaid Changes Will Affect Treatment For CKD in New York Times

    Gerald Hladik, MD, and Abhi Kshirsagar, MD, explain how changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are expected to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants in the New York Times.  The article also features UNC Health patient Mary Prochaska, 73, a retired dialysis and transplant social worker in … Continued

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    Sickbert-Bennett Featured in UNC Health Media Briefing About COVID Precautions During the Holidays

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, assistant professor in infectious diseases and medical director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, participated in the UNC Health Media Briefing “COVID Precautions During the Holidays.”

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    Coronavirus Today – Nov. 12 COVID Spread in Rural NC; Testing For Holiday Travelers and College Students; Insurance and Travel Testing

    As North Carolina’s COVID-19 case counts rise steadily, the tightening grip of the coronavirus is having a disparate impact on the state’s rural counties. In a North Carolina Health News report, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate professor of infectious diseases, told reporters college students could begin preparing for visits home now by isolating themselves as much … Continued

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    An Explanation For Some Covid-19 Deaths May Not Be Holding Up

    Early in the pandemic, anti-il-6 drugs became a standard of care for treating COVID patients at many hospitals, widely believed to quell the immune system response. Now, evidence mounts that they are not effective. Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, in infectious diseases, and William Fischer, MD, in pulmonary medicine, were interviewed by the New York Times.

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    ‘Major advance’: Long-acting injectable more effective than daily pill in preventing HIV

    A long-acting injectable drug, cabotegravir, is safe and more effective than a daily pill in preventing HIV acquisition, according to results from a study of 3,127 cisgender women in sub-Saharan Africa. “New HIV prevention agents that address the many needs of all individuals at risk for acquiring HIV are essential pillars of our strategy to end the HIV epidemic,” says Myron Cohen, MD, HPTN co-principal investigator and director of UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. “If approved, this innovative new injectable option administered once every two months will expand the way we approach HIV prevention.”

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    Studies Find Mixed Results For Tocilizumab To Treat COVID-19

    Healio reports on three studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine that evaluated the effects of tocilizumab against COVID-19, as well as an editorial by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, associate professor in infectious diseases. “Newly released randomized trials suggest a potential role for tocilizumab in COVID-19 but do not show clear evidence of efficacy, in contrast to observational studies,” Parr said.

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    Wohl Says Pfizer’s Advancements On COVID-19 Vaccine Are Promising But Continued Precautions Are Needed As Cases Rise

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, said Pfizer’s advancements on the COVID-19 vaccine are promising. However, as virus cases spike in North Carolina, he encourages people to keep their guard up and continue to take the same precautions that were recommended in March.

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    New Record: NC Reports 2,908 New Cases of Coronavirus

    One month into Phase 3, coronavirus cases continue to climb in North Carolina. In a new WRAL report, Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate professor in infectious diseases, says contact tracing shows the majority of cases are connected through close contact where people are not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing.

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    Gibson Shares Her Perspective On Joining COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

    Long-standing health and social inequalities based on race and ethnicity have put many people at risk of contracting COVID-19. Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, FASN, vice chair for diversity and inclusion in the department of medicine, explains why she joined a COVID-19 clinical trial and why she’s urging others to consider joining the fight.

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    Keep Calm and Come Together Safely During the Holiday Season

    Christine Kistler, MD, associate professor of geriatric medicine, discourages indoor holiday gatherings and offers advice for staying safe in the Consumer Reports article “Keep Calm and Come Together.”

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    Sickbert-Bennett Explains How To Prepare For Family Visits During the Holidays

    Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, recognizes three main factors that affect the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 in a social setting: “the size of the gathering, how much time you’ll be spending with others, and what kind of space you’re in,” said Sickbert-Bennett in an MSN Lifestyle article.

  • Cancer Patients Report Real Time Symptoms in New Study

    Ethan Basch, MD, lead researcher and chief of oncology, and Arlene Chung, MD, assistant professor in general medicine, conducted a survey to find out whether outpatient cancer patients who reported their symptoms in real-time to their medical team would benefit from the near-immediate contact. Learn more.

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    Flythe Appointed Vice Chief for the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

    Gerald Hladik, MD, Doc J. Thurston Distinguished Professor of Medicine and chief of the UNC Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has announced the appointment of Jennifer “Jenny” E. Flythe, MD, MPH, to Vice Chief for the Division. “Dr. Flythe brings a wealth of expertise in patient-centered outcomes research in individuals with advanced kidney disease, processes … Continued

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    Dale Encourages Special Flu Vaccine For Seniors

    Maureen Dale, MD, told WRAL News that it’s even more important during a pandemic that seniors get a flu shot. “Even though we don’t have a COVID-19 vaccine yet, there are other respiratory viruses, particularly the flu, that we can protect ourselves from,” Dale said, recognizing a special flu vaccination designed to help seniors overcome immune deficiencies.

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    Wohl Urges Americans to Wear Masks

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases urged everyone to wear a mask as COVID-19 cases spike and health officials look ahead to what could be a deadly holiday season. “It’s not an act of defiance, it’s an act of denial by not putting on a mask,” Wohl told WRAL News. “Please wear a mask, it’s patriotic, it helps protect fellow Americans. It’s really a simple thing.”

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    Carolina Care Highlight: Millie Long, MD, MPH

    Millie Long, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, is featured in a new “Carolina Care Highlight.” Read what some of Dr. Long’s patients had to say.

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    Featured Physician: Rimma Osipov, MD, PhD

    Dr. Osipov says the most rewarding part of her work is the time she spends with patients. She also says new understandings about obesity and diabetes are exciting. “We are moving beyond seeing these conditions as individual moral failings and realizing that they are imbedded in every aspect of life, from the molecular to the cellular to the systemic and the social,” she said.

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    Experts Lead Call to Action for Doctors to Heed Guidelines on Diabetes Care

    Published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a paper co-authored by seven leading diabetes experts in Europe and the United Sates, including the UNC Department of Medicine’s John Buse, MD, PhD, warns against medical inertia that prevents physicians from helping patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiorenal disease.

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    Featured Resident: Lior Abramson, MD

    Dr. Lior Abramson was born in Israel and raised in California. After graduating from the University of California San Diego, she attended the M.Sc. Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where she studied the role of a novel protein in an in-vivo model of intestinal inflammation, followed by the Sackler School of Medicine.

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    Anti-Siglec-8 Antibody Trial Shows Promise for Treating Eosinophilic Gastritis and Duodenitis

    Eosinophilic gastritis and duodenitis are inflammatory diseases characterized by high levels of eosinophils and mast cells (immune system cells) in the stomach and duodenum. These disorders are often under diagnosed and symptoms include chronic abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. The current standard of care includes corticosteroids, dietary elimination, … Continued

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    Data-driven Intervention Reduces Cardiovascular Risk Across North Carolina

    Sam Cykert, MD, professor of medicine in the division of general medicine and epidemiology, led a data-driven intervention to prevent an estimated 6,000 heart attacks, strokes, and deaths due to cardiovascular disease at 219 North Carolina clinics. The results, published in Health Services Research, show that practices were able to reduce the percent of patients at … Continued

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    Value-Care Action Group’s eConsults Reach Milestone, Styner Explains How They Impact Patient Care

    eConsults are making access to high quality, specialty care easier, while also helping to increase care value. eConsults are a digitized version of ‘curbside consults’, launched in 2019 through the Value-Care Action Group which encourages redesigning care in ways that increase value. Since then, specialists in the UNC Department of Medicine have completed over 1,000 … Continued

  • Internal Medicine Residency Program Holds Noon Conference Series EMBRACE: “Ending Medical Bias and Racism by Advocating for Change and Equity”

    Attitudes and behaviors of medical providers have been identified as one of the many factors that can contribute to health disparities. Implicit bias describes thoughts and feelings that people unknowingly hold and express automatically, without conscious awareness. Project EMBRACE, the acronym for “Ending Medical Bias and Racism by Advocating for Change and Equity” was a … Continued

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    Catherine Wilson Receives Inaugural “Dulce Garcia Award for Outstanding Medical Interpreter”

    Catherine Wilson, a medical interpreter at the UNC Internal Medicine Clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center, received the inaugural “Dulce Garcia Award for Outstanding Medical Interpreter” on October 15. Selected by faculty and staff, the award was created to recognize an outstanding interpreter and role model from the UNC Medical Center who demonstrates the exemplary … Continued

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    Fracture Liaison Service Narrows Gap in Osteoporosis Treatment

    Hip fracture is a common and morbid condition, and prior studies have shown that the majority of patients with fragility fracture are not treated for underlying osteoporosis.  A pre-post study led by John R. Stephens, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of hospital medicine, was designed to improve care for patients with … Continued

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    The Power in Our Hands: Addressing Racism in the Workplace

    An essay written by Marjory Charlot, MD, MPH, MSc, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, recounts a recent experience with racism directed towards her from a patient on the inpatient oncology service. The incident occurred during morning rounds while she was supervising two medical interns. Charlot writes how she was “caught off guard” when … Continued

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    Jordan Receives Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award

    Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, emeritus professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has received the “distinguished clinical investigator award” from the American College of Rheumatology for outstanding clinical research in osteoarthritis. As the founding principal investigator and director of the ongoing Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project (JoCo OA) for over 27 years, … Continued

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    A Presidential Experiment: What are Monoclonal Antibodies?

    When President Donald Trump was hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), he received an experimental treatment that is still in clinical trials, including at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. Monoclonal antibody treatment uses antibodies manufactured in a laboratory that are designed to attached to the coronavirus to prevent it from entering into cells. “This looks like … Continued

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    Can Scientists Take the STING Out of Common Respiratory Viruses?

    Stanley M. Lemon, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and department of microbiology and immunology, and his lab, with GSK colleagues, have discovered the majority of rhinoviruses need a human protein called STING to infect cells and replicate to cause disease. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, … Continued