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Released: 5-Jul-2022 12:30 PM EDT
Fourth-generation Vaping Devices Increase Risk to Immune Cells
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Users of fourth-generation nicotine-salt-containing devices, such as Juul and disposable devices, display a unique mix of cellular biomarkers indicative of immune suppression.

Newswise: UNC Health to Implement New Software to Support Cancer Care, Create Comprehensive Treatments
Released: 14-Mar-2022 2:15 PM EDT
UNC Health to Implement New Software to Support Cancer Care, Create Comprehensive Treatments
University of North Carolina Health Care System

This fall UNC Health is implementing a new software called Oncology Clinical Pathways that will facilitate a common high quality, evidence-based care standard across the entire UNC Health system of hospitals in North Carolina, ensuring that each patient receives the most up-to-date course of recommended cancer treatment.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 12:15 PM EST
Scientists Unveil Drug Discovery Tool to Screen More Than 11 Billion Compounds
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Scientists created a way to identify the best combinations of chemical building blocks to serve as seeds that can grow into a hierarchy of molecules with the best predicted ability to bind to the receptor targets. This allowed them to test 11 billion compounds, the largest drug screen to date.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 10:15 AM EDT
UNC Medical Center Awarded for High Performance in Treating Heart Attack Patients
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR “Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award” for 2021, one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

Released: 1-Jun-2021 1:40 PM EDT
COVID-19 Simulation Shows Importance of Continued Safety Efforts During Vaccine Distribution
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Research published by JAMA Network Open shows how non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like mask wearing and physical distancing can help prevent spikes in COVID-19 cases as populations continue to get vaccinated.

Released: 18-May-2020 1:55 PM EDT
New study sheds light on IBD patients with COVID
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In an upcoming study to be published in Gastroenterology, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine report on the clinical course of COVID-19 and risk factors for adverse outcomes in a large cohort of patients with IBD collected through an international registry.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 9:55 AM EDT
E-cigarette users had substances linked to bladder cancer in urine
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In the review published in the journal European Urology Oncology, researchers compiled the results of 22 different studies that analyzed the urine of people who used e-cigarettes or other tobacco products, including cigarettes, to check for evidence of cancer-linked compounds or biomarkers of those compounds. They found six biomarkers or compounds with a strong link to bladder cancer.

Released: 9-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
CAR-T immunotherapy for lymphoma studied at UNC Lineberger receives fast-track designation from FDA
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Based on proof-of-concept results from clinical trials at University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma has received a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 10:10 AM EST
Five-year survival improves for certain cancers in adolescent and young adults
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The five-year survival rate for adolescents and young adults with cancer has significantly improved from 1975 to 2005 in the United States overall, but this was not the case for all cancers, according to a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Released: 13-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Approval processes for clinical practice guidelines introduce potential conflicts of interest, review finds
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A new study of the approval processes used by the 43 medical-specialty-society members of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies in the U.S. to create evidence-based guidelines finds that most use an approval procedure that has the potential to undermine editorial independence of the guideline development committee.

Released: 7-Feb-2020 10:15 AM EST
Study shows promise for urine-based test for HPV-linked cervical cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, researchers compared urine testing to other screening methods in detecting women at risk for HPV-linked cervical cancer. While they found the urine test showed promise, additional research is needed to improve the test’s accuracy.

28-Jan-2020 9:05 AM EST
Discovery would allow researchers to fine-tune CAR-T activity
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In a study published in Cancer Cell, researchers reported new findings about the regulation of co-stimulatory molecules that could be used to activate cancer-killing immune cells – chimeric antigen receptor T-cells, or CAR-T – or decrease their activity.

Released: 14-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
Findings could help identify aggressive breast cancers that will respond to immunotherapy
University of North Carolina Health Care System

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have discovered a promising method to identify aggressive breast cancer tumors that will respond to drugs that unleash the immune system against cancer.

Released: 24-Oct-2019 12:40 PM EDT
Researchers Identify Possible Approach to Block Medulloblastoma Growth
University of North Carolina Health Care System

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a potential approach to stop the growth of the most common type of brain tumor in children.

Released: 14-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
NCI grant to help patients navigate costs of cancer care
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a four-year, more than $1.87 million grant to University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers to study the impact of implementing financial navigation services at five rural cancer centers in North Carolina to help patients cope with the financial burden, or financial toxicity, related to cancer care.

Released: 9-Oct-2019 10:55 AM EDT
Goldstein to Use $2.7M NCI Grant to Develop, Test Warnings for Little Cigars, Cigarillos
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.

Released: 12-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In a study published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers reported on the discovery of a method for predicting whether abnormal proteins produced by cancer cells could trigger an immune response.

Released: 25-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
UNC Health Care Launches Innovative Fully Integrated Epic Telehealth Solution
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC Health Care leads the innovation of telehealth by developing a fully integrated solution that enables patients to easily access providers through enhanced functionality of their My UNC Chart patient portal. Partnering with American Well, UNC Health Care launched the Telehealth (clinical) app into its Epic electronic health record (EHR) workflow that now offers patients video visits and video consultations with one click.

19-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists discover new method for developing tracers used for medical imaging
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Scientists from University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a method for creating radioactive tracers used in PET imaging.

Released: 14-Jun-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Researchers identify traits linked to better outcomes in HPV-linked head and neck cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers identified characteristics that could be used to personalize treatment for patients with a type of head and neck cancer linked to HPV infection.

Released: 11-Jun-2019 8:05 AM EDT
UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study “Med-South” weight loss program
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to fund research that will address the challenge of achieving long-term weight loss among patients with obesity cared for at primary care practices.

Released: 31-May-2019 4:30 PM EDT
Study: Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Who Choose Active Surveillance Often Don’t Follow Monitoring Guidelines
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers found just 15 percent of a group of men with early-stage prostate cancer received biopsies and other tests according to active surveillance guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Released: 19-Mar-2019 3:30 PM EDT
Precision Oncology Insights Revealed for Colorectal Cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Findings published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology could help define strategies to more effectively treat colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

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.

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.

Released: 3-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
Early results show promise for using genetically engineered immune cells to fight relapsed blood cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

At the 60th Annual American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, UNC Lineberger researchers revealed preliminary results from a clinical study of an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma expressing the CD30 protein marker.

Released: 19-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST
Scientists trained a computer to classify breast cancer tumors
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In a study published in the journal NPJ Breast Cancer, researchers reported they used a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning, or deep learning, to train a computer to identify certain features of breast cancer tumors from images.

Released: 7-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Mailed HPV tests can help find women at-risk for cervical cancer, study finds
University of North Carolina Health Care System

In the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers published the results of mailing at-home, HPV self-collection kits to 193 low-income women in North Carolina who were overdue for screening according to national guidelines.

19-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT
HPV blood test shows promise for tracking head and neck cancer after treatment
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers will present preliminary findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Antonio on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from a study evaluated a blood test for HPV-linked oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.

Released: 11-Oct-2018 10:30 AM EDT
Scientists Reveal New Cystic Fibrosis Treatments Work Best in Inflamed Airways
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A UNC School of Medicine study shows that two cystic fibrosis (CF) drugs aimed at correcting the defected CFTR protein seem to be more effective when a patient’s airway is inflamed. This is the first study to evaluate the efficacy of these drugs under inflammatory conditions relevant to CF airways.

Released: 9-Oct-2018 8:25 AM EDT
Metastatic breast cancer patients report high level of financial impact
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A study led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers investigated the extent and severity of negative financial effects of cancer among women with breast cancer that has spread in the body. The preliminary results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Care Symposium, held Sept. 28-29 in Phoenix.

Released: 5-Oct-2018 10:50 AM EDT
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant health and fitness apps actually have little to do with health
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC researchers led by Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, reviewed more than 300 apps in the health and fitness categories of app stores for hands-free, voice-activated assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant; they found very few had a clear health focus.

Released: 4-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Study focused on improving radiation treatment for cancers in pet dogs
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and his colleagues have been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate how to improve radiation treatment for dogs undergoing treatment for sarcoma.

Released: 25-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
NIH Funds UNC Study to Investigate Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Zika
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The NIH has given a $2.7 million R01 award to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues in Nicaragua to study maternal-fetal transmission of Zika and its impact on infant neurodevelopment.

Released: 20-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Researchers Find Racial Disparities in Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows disparities between the care given to black and white patients seeking treatment for a type of heart attack called NSTEMI (Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction).

Released: 20-Sep-2018 11:05 AM EDT
UNC School of Medicine Study Shows Surprise Low-level Ozone Impact on Asthma Patients
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A new study led by UNC School of Medicine researchers indicates that ozone has a greater impact on asthma patients than previously thought.

Released: 17-Sep-2018 2:05 PM EDT
UNC Health Care Extends Free Access Period to Virtual Care Service for Hurricane Victims
University of North Carolina Health Care System

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sept. 17, 2018 – In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and continued challenging conditions across much of the state, UNC Health Care has extended its offer of free access to its virtual care service, UNC Urgent Care 24/7. Free access will be available for persons physically located in the State of North Carolina through Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm.

13-Sep-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Prostate Cancer Care for Older Men Estimated to Cost Medicare $1.2B
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers examined the costs associated with screening for prostate cancer, including treatment, for three years after diagnosis. They estimated that for men diagnosed in each of 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, the total cost for treating and screening for each group would be $1.2 billion for three years after diagnosis.

Released: 13-Sep-2018 9:00 AM EDT
UNC Health Care Providing Free Access to UNC Urgent Care 24/7 for Hurricane Victims
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina can access medical care around-the-clock

11-Sep-2018 4:00 PM EDT
Findings Could Improve Treatment for Challenging Acute Leukemia in Children
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have made important discoveries that could lead to better treatment for a rare blood cancer in children that has features of both acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Released: 6-Sep-2018 12:05 PM EDT
UNC Cure Center and Cell Microsystems Receive NIH Contract for Single Cell HIV Diagnostic Assay
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The NIH has awarded the UNC HIV Cure Center and Cell Microsystems a Small Business Innovation and Research contract to develop an automated platform to quantify the latent HIV reservoir, a key step in finding a cure for the virus.

   
Released: 31-Aug-2018 6:40 PM EDT
Newly Published Results Show Investigational Treatment Brexanolone Consistently Reduced Depressive Symptoms Across Three Postpartum Depression Trials, Supporting Submission for FDA Approval
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC researchers say the results from the multi-site phase 2 and 3 trials of brexanolone injection are not only promising, but could change the way postpartum depression is treated.

Released: 29-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Stem cells show promise as drug delivery tool for childhood brain cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers showed they could shrink tumors in laboratory models of medulloblastoma. The study, published in PLOS ONE, is a necessary step toward developing clinical trials that would see if the approach works for children.

Released: 28-Aug-2018 2:00 PM EDT
Crowdsourcing Campaigns Increase HIV Testing Among At-Risk Men in China
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that crowdsourced campaigns can motivated men at-risk of HIV infection in China to get tested.

Released: 22-Aug-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Blue Cross NC, UNC Health Alliance Agreement Lowers Triangle ACA Rates by More Than 21 Percent
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and UNC Health Care’s UNC Health Alliance announced today a partnership that reduces premium costs for Affordable Care Act (ACA) customers in the Triangle by more than $1,680 a year on average, before subsidies. The North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) today approved an average rate decrease of more than 21 percent for these customers.

17-Aug-2018 11:15 AM EDT
Scientists Discover Intricacies of Serotonin Receptor Crucial for Better Therapeutics
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Scientists discovered why some drugs activate serotonin receptor 5-HT2B to cause serious heart problems while other very similar drugs don’t. This research, led by UNC School of Medicine scientists, provides drug developers with insights that should help them create safer more effective drugs.

   
15-Aug-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Researchers Reveal Miscarriage Cause, Key Cellular Targets of Potential Drugs
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Researchers discovered a gene mutation underlying hydrops fetalis – a fatal condition to fetuses. The proteins at the center of this finding are implicated in a number of diseases, opening avenues of potential drug discovery related to migraines, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other conditions.

   
9-Aug-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Doctor-Patient Discussions Neglect Potential Harms of Lung Cancer Screening, Study Finds
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Although national guidelines advise doctors to discuss the benefits and harms of lung cancer screening with high-risk patients because of a high rate of false positives and other factors, those conversations aren’t happening the way they should be, according to a study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Released: 9-Aug-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Review of Scientific Evidence on Effectiveness of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods for Contraception Underscores Need for Higher Quality Studies
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A new systematic review provides the most comprehensive assessment to date on the scientific evidence estimating the effectiveness of various fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for contraception.


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