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March 20, 2012

Luella Love: New Lungs for a New Life

A 48-year-old Concord woman receives a double-lung transplant, giving her a second chance at life, a life her mother had been told wouldn’t exceed her daughter’s entry to kindergarten.

Cystic Fibrosis, Transplants, UNC Stories

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UNC Chapel

March 13, 2012

Allergies …or Something Else?

It’s that time of year again. Your eyes itch, your nose is runny, you sneeze constantly and your head is congested—all-too-familiar symptoms for the estimated 18.6 million Americans who suffer from allergic rhinitis or hay fever...

Health

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Photo collage of a woman stretching before a run.

March 13, 2012

Keep Moving – You Were Born to Do It!

Post by David Tsai, M.D. - If I told you I had a treatment that could not only extend your life, but it improves your relationships and sex-life and helps you remember where you left your keys – how interested would you be in taking it?...

Fitness

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This image shows an electron microscope photo of a microDNA circle. An illustration of the double helix portion surrounds the circle. Credit: Smaranda Willcox

March 12, 2012

Small DNA circles found outside the chromosomes in mammalian cells ...

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have helped identify a new DNA entity in mammalian cells and provided evidence that their generation leaves behind deletions in different locations of the cells’ genetic program, or genome.

Genetics, Research

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Girl having fun in a swimming pool

March 12, 2012

The Joy of Movement

Post by Molli Bot - I'd like to take us back to the time when we were all about 10 years old and the world was our playground. We played hard everyday. If you think about it, a lot of that play was movement. We lived on our bicycles, we ran with our pets and friends, we rode every swing and downed every slide in sight...

Fitness

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a bottle of sleeping pills and an alarm clock

March 10, 2012

The Hidden Dangers of Sleeping Pills

People who take sleeping pills may be getting the benefits of a restful night’s sleep—but they may be getting more than they bargained for. New research shows that people who take prescription sleep aids regularly may increase the risk of early death and certain types of cancer...

Sleep

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David Margolis

March 8, 2012

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

This study is the first to demonstrate that the biological mechanism that keeps the HIV virus hidden and unreachable by current antiviral therapies can be targeted and interrupted in humans, providing new hope for a strategy to eradicate HIV completely.

HIV/AIDS, Research, Studies, Treatment

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Walking Speed

March 7, 2012

Run For Your Life!… No Wait, Just Walk.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) predicts life expectancy based on your gait (walking) speed. Walking places demands on coordination, timing, musculoskeletal strength, heart/lung efficiency and balance among others. A decline in any one or all of these areas may result in a lower gait speed.

Fitness

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Color coded focal adhesions (points of attachment) in a migrating cell.

March 1, 2012

Protein complex affects cells’ ability to move, respond to external...

A team of UNC researchers has explained for the first time how a long-studied protein complex affects cell migration and how external cues affect cell’s ability to migrate.

Genetics, Research

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Krispy Kreme Challenge

February 19, 2012

For the Love of Donuts

There's only one good reason to eat a dozen donuts at one time - to raise money for the NC Children's Hospital (and maybe to watch your forty-something husband and brother-in-law dress in ridiculous outfits).

Nutrition

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Squash Finished

February 18, 2012

Bringing Spaghetti Squash to the Main Stage

It’s one of those items that you usually walk right past in the produce section of the grocery store. In professional kitchens, it’s hardly used on menus, mostly because cooks or chefs have never used it. I’m going to do my part in trying to change that, because roasting a spaghetti squash is where it’s…

Recipes

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Image of white matter pathways extracted from diffusion tensor imaging data for infants at-risk for autism. Warmer colors represent higher fractional anisotropy. Image created by Jason Wolff

February 17, 2012

Brain imaging differences evident at 6 months in infants who develo...

This study led by UNC researchers suggests that autism does not appear suddenly in young children, but instead develops over time during infancy.

Autism, Innovation, Research

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