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NOTES from Japan

May 18, 2018

In 2016, Dr. Ian Grimm completed a summer sabbatical in Japan, where he studied endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) with master endoscopists at nine major medical centers throughout the country. He has since applied these cutting-edge skills within our growing UNC Advanced and Therapeutic Endoscopy Program.

New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

December 15, 2017

Three UNC researchers, two from the department of medicine, are joining forces with investigators at RTI International to devise solutions to address the opioid epidemic and related public health problems in eight counties in North Carolina’s western tip.

Dr. Amanda Nelson and Dr. Yvonne Golightly Lead the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project as Co-Principal Investigators

December 15, 2017

For more than 25 years, the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project has established itself as one of the premier longitudinal research studies world-wide regarding the causes, societal implications, and means of addressing the impact of osteoarthritis. Ongoing research is providing important new insights regarding how osteoarthritis is diagnosed and assessed clinically, as well as how it can be addressed in community settings.

Medicine Grand Rounds, Rumey Ishizawar “Autoimmunity Induced by Cancer Immunotherapy”

December 14, 2017

Immune-related adverse events are an unintentional side effect of immune checkpoint inhibitors used for cancer immunotherapy. Immune checkpoint inhibitors upregulate the immune system to prevent tumor evasion and promote destruction of tumor cells. These immune checkpoint inhibitors are effective as noted by the expanding number of FDA-approved drugs in this class and number of indications. … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Eric Klett, “Dietary Fat — Impact on the Development of Chronic Metabolic Diseases”

December 7, 2017

Consumption of dietary fat has been the focus of debate for more than 50 years. Ancel Keys’ diet-heart hypothesis changed the way Americans eat and as a result has left us with significant unintended consequences. Dr. Klett will review the history of the diet-heart hypothesis, the recently discovered unpublished data refuting the diet-heart hypothesis, and … Continued

Consult Service gets Ventilator Dependent Patients on the ROAD

December 6, 2017

Dr. Thomas Bice has received the Physician of the Year Award by the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. The award recognizes his efforts to coordinate the ROAD (Respiratory Optimization and Assistance for Discharge) Team at UNC Medical Center.