Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?
Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to falls. But researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State Unive
Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid
MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment.
Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient sy...
In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, professor of medicine and director of UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Outcomes Research Program, addressed the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.
Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC scientists expand the use of light t...
The new research technique, developed by researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has the potential to illuminate the roles of previously inaccessible proteins important for health and disease.
Can nanotechnology help develop a workable dengue virus vaccine?
UNC School of Medicine researchers Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, are creating a nanoparticle vaccine that in experiments showed increased antibody responses against one serotype of dengue virus. The de Silva group is collaborating with the UNC laboratories of Chris Luft, PhD, (pharmacy and chemistry), Jenny Ting, PhD, (genetics), and Mike Miley,PhD, (pharmacology), as well as Liquidia Pharmaceuticals to use the same nanoparticle platform to develop a vaccine for all four serotypes of the virus.
UNC hearing loss experts lead clinical trials of FDA-approved heari...
Ninety-seven percent of trial participants reported hearing improvements in the first year with the use of the SYNCHRONY EAS (Electric Acoustic Stimulation) Hearing Implant System. UNC implanted more patients than any other participating hearing center.
The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knittin...
The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC recently partnered with a knitting group to create cuddly love monsters – a Carolina blue creature holding a balloon that’s also the center’s logo – to give to children when they reach their one-year hearing anniversary.
Using Mobile Technology to Understand PPD
Last month, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, Patrick Sullivan, MD, and other UNC School of Medicine researchers released a first-of-its-kind mobile app to recruit patients for a large-scale genetic study on postpartum depression, addressing an old problem in a new way.