Research

From less invasive treatments to new research on topics like ADHD and autism, learn more about the health issues that matter to you.

Flavio Frohlich

May 5, 2015

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

In a double-blinded, randomized study, UNC researchers found that the IQ scores of people who underwent tDCS brain stimulation improved markedly less than did the IQ scores of people in the placebo group.

Neurology, Research, Treatment

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February 4, 2015

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients. James Byrne, PhD, a medical student and member of Joseph DeSimone’s lab, led the research by constructing the device and examining its ability to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs effectively to pancreatic cancer tumors, as well as two types of breast cancer tumors.

Cancer, Research, Treatment

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Garret Stuber

January 29, 2015

New deep-brain imaging reveals separate functions for nearly identi...

For the first time, UNC neuroscientist Garret Stuber, PhD, imaged activity patterns of individual brain cells in freely moving mice to link specific basic behaviors to particular neurons.

Neurology, Research

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January 27, 2015

MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions...

UNC researchers find that the bigger the differences in brain activity related to emotion regulation, the more severe the autism. Gabriel Dichter, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology was the paper's senior author.

Autism, Neurology, Treatment

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January 16, 2015

Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving b...

Postpartum depression (PPD) may have a diverse clinical presentation and this has critical implications for diagnosis, treatment and understanding the underlying biology of the illness, a new study finds.

Mental Health, Pregnancy, Studies

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November 14, 2014

Sickle cell trait in African-Americans associated with increased ki...

Vimal Derebail, MD, MPH, is co-first author of the study and Abhijit Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, is co-senior author. Both are members of the UNC Kidney Center.

Genetics, Hepatology, Research

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Ganesh Kamath

September 24, 2014

Many elite college athletes return to play after ACL surgery

Most collegiate athletes in a new study were able to return to play after having knee surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Research, Studies

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UNC Chapel

August 13, 2014

War vet receives his hearing back

Dr. Oliver Adunka, an ENT surgeon at UNC Health Care, was able to get Dac Carpenter into a clinical trial that installed a sound bridge in one ear. That allows Dac to hear just like he did before he was injured.

Clinical Trials, Devices, Hearing, UNC Stories

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Leah Ranney

July 30, 2014

New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

This study is believed to be the first to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers.

Research, Wellness

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Evan S. Dellon

July 18, 2014

Adults with Eosinophilic Esophagitis Should Consider a Diet Change

By eliminating specific foods from patients’ diets, symptoms improved in 71 percent of patients.

Gastroenterology, Health, Wellness

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May 15, 2014

Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

Although alcohol use disorders are associated with many health problems, including cancers, stroke and depression, fewer than one-third of people with the disorders receive any treatment and less than 10 percent receive medications to help reduce alcohol consumption.

Mental Health, Research, Substance Abuse

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