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Released: 14-Jun-2022 12:35 PM EDT
Duke Children’s Hospital Remains #1 in North Carolina for Pediatric Care
Duke Health

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center continues to rank as the No. 1 children’s hospital in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report, with nine pediatric specialties ranked among the best in the nation.

Newswise: 13th class of Levine Scholars to join UNC Charlotte
Released: 3-May-2022 2:45 PM EDT
13th class of Levine Scholars to join UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte’s Levine Scholars Program has selected 22 young leaders from across the United States who will be the members of the 13th class of the University’s prestigious and academically competitive scholarship program.

Released: 3-Feb-2022 10:55 AM EST
Study Indicates Link Between Food Insecurity and Higher Infant Mortality Rates in North Carolina
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

A problem long-associated with developing countries, food insecurity (FI) – the lack of adequate access to food – can contribute to higher infant mortality rates even in this country, according to a study conducted by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Released: 30-Sep-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Study Raises Questions About Access to Urban Parks During the Pandemic
North Carolina State University

A new study found the use of outdoor parks and trails in urban areas of North Carolina declined during two summer months of 2020.

Released: 5-Mar-2021 9:25 AM EST
Antibiotic-Resistant Strains of Staph Bacteria May Be Spreading Between Pigs Raised in Factory Farms and People in North Carolina
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

DNA sequencing of bacteria found in pigs and humans in rural eastern North Carolina, an area with concentrated industrial-scale pig-farming, suggests that multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains are spreading between pigs, farmworkers, their families and community residents, and represents an emerging public health threat, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 1:40 PM EST
For women, class makeup may influence interest in STEM studies
Wake Forest University

Improving achievement in the first course in engineering may lay the foundation for more women and minorities to pursue engineering as a major, according to new research by Wake Forest University economics professor Amanda Griffith.

Released: 28-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists have created such a mobile skin bioprinting system – the first of its kind – that allows bi-layered skin to be printed directly into a wound.

Released: 27-Feb-2019 8:00 PM EST
Medical students go beyond curriculum to learn more about addiction
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

“Addiction is something we’re all going to encounter no matter what kind of medicine we end up practicing,” said Shane Stone, a fourth-year student at Wake Forest School of Medicine who led the effort to establish a student interest group in addiction medicine at the school.

Released: 22-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
The Childress Klein Center for Real Estate Presents Analysis of 'The State of Housing in Charlotte'
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Charlotte region has a population that is growing faster than its housing stock. As a result, prices are rising for all housing faster than inflation. This increase in prices is affecting both owner-occupied and rental properties.

Released: 22-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person’s age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. If a woman’s biologic age was older than her chronologic age, she had a 15 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Released: 21-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
RTI International Offers First Independent Overview of Technology-Related Bootcamps in Newly Published Study
RTI International

RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, published a study on Thursday that provides the first overview of the technology-related bootcamp industry from an independent, non-industry-affiliated group.

Released: 19-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Study says attacks on infrastructure in Gaza and West Bank exact human cost
Duke University

Israel's targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire impacts on human welfare and livelihoods in both locations, a new report by researchers at Duke University and the University of New Hampshire shows.

Released: 14-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
Expert Available: Why do entrepreneurs fail? They choose the wrong idea.
Wake Forest University

The importance of having a sound business idea for a startup is essential, but identifying the ideas most likely to go from concept to venture is challenging. Statistics show that about 34% of startups fail within the first two years and 56% within the first four years. Most failures are due, in part, to the pursuit of ideas that are poorly selected and/or tested.

Released: 14-Feb-2019 11:10 AM EST
New study shows more protein and fewer calories help older people lose weight safely
Wake Forest University

A high-protein, low-calorie diet helps older adults with obesity lose more weight, maintain more muscle mass, improve bone quality and lose “bad” fat, according to results from a new randomized controlled trial led by Wake Forest University researcher Kristen Beavers.

Released: 13-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Women Scarce in the One Percent
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Men hold nearly all primary breadwinning positions in top income households, and the glass ceiling that has hindered women's advancement in the workplace is more extensive than previously thought, a new study by University of North Carolina at Charlotte researcher Jill Yavorsky and colleagues finds.

Released: 11-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Identify Novel Molecular Mechanism Involved in Alzheimer’s
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health have identified a novel mechanism and potential new therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

6-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
MRI Cardiac Stress Test Shows Promise at Identifying Fatal Heart Disease
Duke Health

Results from a large, multi-center study suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance, or CMR, has potential as a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterizations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of coronary artery disease.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Can healthier habits help preserve mental skills?
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Researchers in Finland recently found that lifestyle choices can help older adults stay mentally sharp. Now scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine hope to find confirmatory evidence this is indeed the case by coordinating a large, national clinical trial sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association through a $28 million grant.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST
UNC-Led Team Awarded $5.1M for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malawi
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will fund two new programs to prevent cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, including a project led by UNC scientists and physicians in Malawi.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
Gap Between Corporate Earnings, Non-Financial Measures Affects Forecasting
North Carolina State University

Study: the more a company’s earnings diverge from its non-financial resources, the less likely it is to forecast its earnings. For companies that do forecast, the larger the disconnect between a company’s earnings and its non-financial measures, the more it overestimates its actual performance.

30-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
Blood Test for Specific Metabolites Could Reveal Blocked Arteries
Duke Health

A Duke Health pilot project suggests that in the near future, a blood test could show whether arteries carrying blood to the heart are narrow or blocked, a risk factor for heart disease.

Released: 1-Feb-2019 1:20 PM EST
Research Network Co-Chaired by Experts from RTI International, CDC and University of Illinois at Chicago Releases Collection of Articles on Non-Communicable Diseases
RTI International

The International NCD Economics Research Network, a network of economists co-chaired by the independent, nonprofit research institute RTI International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, has released a collection of articles on the economic reasons for prioritizing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

23-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Decision-Making Tool Fails to Ease Anxiety for Families of Life-Support Patients
Duke Health

Computer-based guide aims to help families with life-and-death treatment decisions

24-Jan-2019 2:00 PM EST
Lowering Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of early dementia, in a clinical trial led by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Released: 25-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
State-of-the-Art Pitching Lab Designed to Help Reduce Baseball Injuries
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Thousands of young athletes seek medical treatment every year for elbow and shoulder injuries, with many occurring among baseball pitchers, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Early Detection of Prediabetes Can Reduce Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

A diagnosis of prediabetes should be a warning for people to make lifestyle changes to prevent both full-blown diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
Racial Discrimination Increases Activism in Black Young Adults
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that experiencing racial discrimination makes black teens and young adults more likely to engage in social and political activism on issues that are important to black communities.

15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth
North Carolina State University

The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga.

Released: 16-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Create ‘Shortcut’ to Terpene Biosynthesis in E. coli
North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. coli into a factory that can produce terpenes for use in everything from cancer drugs to biofuels.

Released: 7-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
First-in-human trial of senolytic drugs encouraging
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

UT Health San Antonio researchers, collaborating with the Mayo Clinic and the Wake Forest School of Medicine, are the first to publish results on the treatment of a deadly age-related disease in human patients with drugs called senolytics. The findings were posted Jan. 4 by the journal EBioMedicine, which is published by The Lancet.

Released: 2-Jan-2019 5:00 PM EST
Canine volunteers contribute to patients’ care and comfort
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Therapy dogs provide comfort and affection to people in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to airports and disaster sites. They are not service animals or emotional support animals, which serve one specific person. Therapy dogs interact with lots of different – and usually unfamiliar – people.

20-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
Researchers Suggest Ways to Reduce Head Impacts in Youth Football
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players.

Released: 20-Dec-2018 7:00 AM EST
Nuclear Medicine? It’s Probably Not at All What You Think It Is
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

The often-misunderstood specialty employs low doses of radioactive materials and advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.

Released: 19-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics
North Carolina State University

An international team of researchers has developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics. Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic devices.

17-Dec-2018 10:20 AM EST
Exposure to Cannabis Alters the Genetic Profile of Sperm
Duke Health

New research from Duke Health suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they’ve been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the Duke research shows THC also affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users’ sperm.

Released: 14-Dec-2018 9:20 AM EST
NIH scientists find that breast cancer protection from pregnancy starts decades later
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

In general, women who have had children have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who have never given birth. However, new research has found that moms don’t experience this breast cancer protection until many years later and may face elevated risk for more than 20 years.

Released: 13-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Study Shows Massage Helps Ease Arthritis Pain, Improve Mobility
Duke Health

Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health.

Released: 11-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Anti-diabetes Drugs
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Why do orally-administered drugs for diabetes work for some people but not others? According to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the culprit.

6-Dec-2018 9:40 AM EST
Roadmap Reveals Shortcut to Recreate Key HIV Antibody for Vaccines
Duke Health

A team led by Duke Human Vaccine Institute researchers, publishing online Dec. 11 in the journal Immunity, reported that they have filled in a portion of the roadmap toward effective neutralization of HIV, identifying the steps that a critical HIV antibody takes to develop and maintain its ability to neutralize the virus.

7-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
Study finds higher risk of breast cancer for women after giving birth
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A collaborative group of researchers co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist found that, in women 55 years and younger, breast cancer risk peaked about five years after they gave birth, with risk for mothers 80 percent higher compared with women who did not give birth.

3-Dec-2018 1:00 PM EST
Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage
North Carolina State University

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur reveals that these animals were most likely warm-blooded, had insulating blubber and used their coloration as camouflage from predators.