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R. Jude Samulski

November 30, 2011

Clinical trial for muscular dystrophy demonstrates safety of custom...

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that it is safe to cut and paste together different viruses in an effort to create the ultimate vehicle for gene therapy.

Clinical Trials, Genetics, Treatment

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Mary Anne Dooley

November 16, 2011

Study: Mycophenolate is superior to azathioprine as treatment for l...

An international study finds that the immunosuppressant drug mycophenolate mofetil is superior to azathioprine, an older immunosuppressant, as a maintenance therapy for lupus nephritis. Dr. Mary Anne Dooley of UNC is first author of the study.

Chronic Illness, Research, Studies, Treatment

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Epicardial cells (blue) form a single layer in the adult uninjured heart (panel A

November 15, 2011

Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Researchers have long sought ways to avoid scarring of the heart after a heart attack. But now new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

Cardiology, Heart Health, Research, Treatment

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Color-coded chromosomes. Image source: NIGMS

November 1, 2011

Growing without cell division

An international team of scientists, including biologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, may have pinpointed for the first time the mechanism responsible for cell polyploidy, a state in which cells contain more than 2 paired sets of chromosomes.

Collaboration, Genetics, Innovation, Research

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Illustration of a flu virus.

October 25, 2011

Study: Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines

People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective.

Nutrition, Studies, Treatment, Wellness

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October 24, 2011

Morning UV exposure may be less damaging to the skin

Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that the timing of exposure to UV rays – early in the morning or later in the afternoon – can influence the onset of skin cancer.

Skin Health, Wellness

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Jason Lieb

October 24, 2011

Study confirms males and females have at least one thing in common:...

The finding provides clarity to a hotly debated topic in science and provides biologists with more information to interpret experiments involving genetic measurements in males and females.

Genetics, Research, Studies

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October 24, 2011

UNC osteoarthritis study celebrates 20th year, receives $3.25 milli...

News of the renewal funding arrived as the UNC researchers who run the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project are preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Smithfield, N.C.

Arthritis, Grants, Studies

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Amanda Nelson

October 21, 2011

More African Americans burdened by osteoarthritis in multiple large...

African Americans were also more likely to have knee osteoarthritis, but less likely to be affected by hand osteoarthritis than Caucasians, according to new findings from UNC's long-running Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project.

Arthritis, Chronic Illness, Pain, Social Justice

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October 18, 2011

Malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S reduces the risk of malaria by hal...

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill enrolled 1,600 children at the study site in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Clinical Trials, Treatment

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Yvonne Golightly

October 12, 2011

Can a short leg cause knee or hip pain?

If one of your legs is shorter than the other, that may increase your risk of pain in your knees or hips, some researchers suspect. UNC’s Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, explains what researchers do and don’t know about this surprisingly common condition.

Pain, Treatment

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