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Family House Diaries: All things work together for good
After losing their jobs and life savings, husband and wife Scott and Dottie Boeving of Wingate, N.C. are now fighting for their health.  Dottie suffers from a soft-bone disease which makes mobility difficult, and Scott was diagnosed in 2009 with Stage IV non-Hodgkin's mantle cell lymphoma.  Despite everything being taken away from them, Scott and Dottie are a model of faith, joy, and hope. Posted June 28, 2010  Watch video

UNC study helps explain why black patients with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites
A new study led by UNC researchers that looks at newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and follows them from diagnosis forward is one of the first to give reasons why patients don’t go on to get lung surgery and why surgery happens less often in blacks. Posted June 15, 2010  Watch video

Family House Diaries: It's All About the Journey
Sherri Jutz of New Bern, N.C., is living with myasthenia gravis, a condition that robs her of the energy she needs to do even the simplest tasks and to enjoy leisure pastimes. But she isn't angry about this, Jutz says, and is grateful for what she has. This is her story. Posted June 3, 2010  Watch video

Wishing moms a happy Mother's Day
UNC Health Care would like to wish all mothers a happy Mother's Day. May your day be filled with joy and may you be surrounded by all that you love and all who love you." Posted May 6, 2010  Watch video

Finding her voice becomes a work of art
A UNC-Pembroke art professor loses her voice after an illness. However, with the help of the UNC Voice Center, not only does she find her voice again, but she turns the rediscovery into works of art. " Posted May 5, 2010  Watch video

On Call in Vietnam
For the last 13 years Brent Senior, MD, an ENT surgeon at UNC Hospitals, has been participating in medical missions to Vietnam. This video captures sights and sounds from his most recent trip" Posted April 29, 2010  Watch video

The New Generation: Health Care in Vietnam
In 1945 Vietnam had 47 hospitals with a total of 3,000 beds, and it had just one physician for every 180,000 persons. Since the Vietnam War, health-care has come second to jump-starting the economy. Though it has vastly improved in the past few decades, the country still faces a long road ahead." Posted April 29, 2010  Watch video

Benefits of Tai Chi on arthritis pain
A small number of studies have examined the benefits of tai chi and arthritis pain. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to put tai chi through the rigors of science." Posted April 19, 2010  Watch video

Match Day 2010
Tears, hugs, screams, cheers -- it's Match Day again. On March 18, fourth year medical students and their families packed the 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium to the gills for the event. Match Day takes place on the third Thursday of March every year and next to graduation, it is probably the most anticipated day in a medical student's career. It's no wonder why each student is given an envelope that holds a single sheet of paper telling them where they'll be spending the next several years completing their residency training." " Posted March 25, 2010  Watch video

Acupuncture: A Natural Way of Healing
When diver Ana Caicedo was 12 years old she suffered a traumatic injury after hitting her head on the diving board. For several years post-traumatic migraines kept her out of school and in the hospital. In 2008, after growing frustrated with her worsening symptoms, she turned to alternative medicine. Now, at age 18, she says she has "arrived at good health because of acupuncture." " Posted March 12, 2010  Watch video

UNC study: Obese 3-year-olds show early warning signs for possible future heart disease
A study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers found that obese children as young as 3 years old have elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that in adults is considered an early warning sign for possible future heart disease. " Posted March 1, 2010 Read more

Training birth attendants in developing countries increases babies’ survival
The study was conducted in six countries. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine took part in the study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in partnership with the Kinshasa School of Public Health. " Posted Feb. 17, 2010 Read more

Family House Diaries: Living life to the fullest despite complications from diabetes
For 54 of his 58 years, Jack Newmann of Cary, N.C. has lived with Type I diabetes and its consequences, but he hasn’t stopped living. " Posted Feb. 17, 2010 Read more

UNC medical students hold memorial service for donated cadavers
On Friday, Jan. 22, first-year medical students in the UNC School of Medicine held a memorial service for the cadavers donated to their anatomy class. More than 300 people attended the service, which is a long-standing tradition at UNC. " Posted Jan. 28, 2010 Read more

PrEP treatment prevented HIV transmission in humanized mice
Systemic pre-exposure administration of antiretroviral drugs provides protection against intravenous and rectal transmission of HIV in mice with human immune systems, according to a new study published Jan. 21, 2010 in the online journal PLoS ONE. " Posted Jan. 21, 2010 Read more

Five things every woman needs to know about heart health
Nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. die from heart disease each year. It is the number one killer of all women. However, women who have heart attacks tend not to seek help from doctors as quickly as men do. " Posted Jan. 19, 2010 Read more

Delores Evans of Durham, N.C., received a kidney from her own adult son at UNC Hospitals after he died in November 2008. On New Year's Day Delores will honor her son, and help promote organ sharing, as a participant in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., riding on the Donate Life float sponsored by OneLegacy, the Los Angeles-area organ and tissue donor services organization. " Posted Dec. 28, 2009 Read more

Santa is ready to ride!
There are just a few weeks to go before Santa makes his way from the North Pole and to the homes and down the chimneys of all good little girls and boys. Is Santa Claus fit and ready for the ride? According to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and physicians, the answer is, "Yes!" Posted Dec. 8, 2009 Watch Video

Grinch likely depressed, suffers from lack of love, joy, UNC expert says
Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who – the tall and the small – his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why he tried to stop Christmas from coming. Posted Dec. 8, 2009 Watch Video

Beat the holiday bulge
Navigating your way through countless holiday parties can wreak havoc on the person watching his/her waistline. UNC's Dr. Cynthia Bulik offers some key ways to beat the holiday bulge. Posted Dec. 8, 2009 Watch Video

Five tips for surviving the holidays
Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, an expert in anxiety disorders and professor of psychiatry and psychology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences, offers five tips for coping with holiday-related stress. Posted Nov. 18, 2009 Watch Video

No longer lost in translation: Interpreters replace pagers with iPod touch
At UNC Hospitals, the Interpreter Services department has dumped both pagers and cell phones in favor of a device they find to be much more effective in meeting their needs: the Apple iPod touch. Posted Oct. 29, 2009 Watch Video

Women urged to take charge of their eye health
This year, a group of scientists and top eye experts that comprise Women's Eye Health.org will focus their attention on gender and eye health as part of this year's World Sight Day (October 8). Ophthalmologist Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hartnett of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is among experts who urge women to take charge of their eye health. Posted Oct. 7, 2009 Watch Video

UNC study pinpoints gene controlling number of brain cells
The finding suggests that a single gene, called GSK-3, controls the signals that determine how many neurons actually end up composing the brain. This has important implications for patients with neuropsychiatric illness, as links have recently been drawn between GSK-3 and schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Posted Oct. 5, 2009 Watch Video

Treating pregnant women for mild gestational diabetes reduces serious birthing problems
Treating pregnant women for mild gestational diabetes resulted in fewer cesarean sections and other serious birthing problems associated with larger than average babies, according to a study conducted in part at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Posted Oct. 1, 2009 Watch Video

Reinvesting in basic research, one scientist at a time
Portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) went to basic science research. Here's an example of how some of that money is being used in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Posted Sept. 24, 2009 Watch Video

Blood vessels contribute to their own growth and oxygen delivery to tissues and tumors
The findings, published in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Developmental Cell, could give important insights into the formation of the vasculature needed to feed new tumors. Posted Sept. 14, 2009 Watch Video

Researchers identify critical gene for brain development, mental retardation
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have now discovered that establishing the neural wiring necessary to function normally depends on the ability of neurons to make finger-like projections of their membrane called filopodia.Posted Sept. 4, 2009 Watch Video

Patient-doctor communication worse for blacks than for whites
Black patients with high blood pressure experience poorer communication with their doctors than white patients do, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher has found. Posted Sept. 1, 2009 Watch Video

Khmer Rouge trials offer baseline study for mental health impact to a society of war crimes tribunal
A UNC-led study finds that 75 percent of Cambodians believe the Khmer Rouge trials will provide justice and promote reconciliation, but more than 87 percent of people old enough to remember the torture and murder during the Khmer Rouge era say the trials will rekindle “painful memories.” Posted Aug. 4, 2009 Watch Video

UNC expert: Ovarian cancer screening recommended only for women in high-risk groups
In an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, UNC's Dr. Daniel Clarke-Pearson reviews the current state of ovarian cancer screening and explains why it should be limited to women with indicators suggesting they are at high risk. Posted July 9, 2009 Watch Video

UNC neurosurgeon uses through-the-nose approach to clip ruptured brain aneurysm
A neurosurgeon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine recently performed what is believed to be the first reported clipping of a ruptured brain aneurysm through a patient's nose. Posted June 29, 2009 Watch Video

Test detects molecular marker of aging in humans
A team of UNC researchers has proven that a key protein is present in human blood and is strongly correlated both with chronological age and with certain behaviors such as tobacco use and physical inactivity, which are known to accelerate the aging process.Posted June 3, 2009 Watch Video

Can you hear me now?
UNC Hospitals has one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the country. Physicians implanted more than 200 last year alone. For someone who teaches people the art of hearing for a living, the cochlear implant is a dramatic gift for one UNC professor and audiologist. Posted June 16, 2009 Watch Video

Study: Autism drug citalopram is ineffective, causes significant side effects
A drug commonly given to autistic children to reduce repetitive behaviors is ineffective compared to placebo and, in some children, may actually increase repetitive behaviors, the largest study of autistic children to date has found.Posted June 1, 2009 Watch Video

Landmark UNC-led study finds radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for Barrett’s esophagus
This study, published in the May 28, 2009 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, finds that radiofrequency ablation is highly effective in eradicating dysplasia and intestinal metaplasia in people with Barrett's esophagus.Posted May 27, 2009 Watch Video

UNC study: new approach promises greater success for predicting drug safety
A new UNC study published online in the journal Genome Research describes a new, more effective and less costly method for testing drugs for potential toxicity and one that could also result in more people benefiting from existing drugs. Posted May 5, 2009 Watch Video

UNC study: Blacks just as likely as whites to have hip osteoarthritis
A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers found that blacks are just as likely as whites to suffer from hip osteoarthritis, challenging accepted medical belief that blacks were somehow protected from this condition. Posted April 27, 2009 Watch Video

UNC School of Medicine again ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has again ranked among the best medical schools in the nation. Posted April 24, 2009 Watch Video

Dr. Bill Roper comments on U.S. health care reform
Comments following President Obama's press conference on March 24th. Dr. Bill Roper is the dean of UNC's School of Medicine. Dr. Roper is a former director of the CDC and HCFA (now CMS). He was a White House policy adviser to President Reagan. Posted March 24, 2009 Watch Video

Medical students match, but there still are gaps
UNC's 156 fourth-year med students participated in Match Day yesterday. That's the frantic, euphoric and butterflies-in-the-stomach-breeding occasion that happens simultaneously -- noon Eastern -- across the country when people who have toiled mightily for four straight years as students learn where they'll mightily toil for another year as interns, then more toiling for two to six years as residents at academic medical centers or affiliated hospitals. One by one, secret envelopes that held their fates were opened. Tears (mostly of joy) were shed. There were shrieks, hugs, several confused babies. Posted March 20, 2009 Watch Video

Scientists challenge HIV/AIDS researchers: Find way to purge latent HIV infection, eliminate need for long-term suppressive therapy
A group of leading academic and industry scientists has issued a challenge to researchers studying HIV/AIDS: to find a way to effectively purge latent HIV infection and eliminate the need for chronic, suppressive therapy to control the disease “The Challenge of a Cure for HIV Infection,” published in the March 6, 2009 issue of the journal Science, calls for a coordinated initiative involving academia, industry, patient advocates and government to accelerate the search for a cure. Posted March 5, 2009 Watch Video

Funding helps UNC researchers find a genetic link to autism
As part of a four site network, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are exploring whether there is a genetic link to autism. The network, called IBIS (Infant Brain Imaging Study), is studying brain images of infant siblings of children with autism. One Clayton, N.C., family holds hope that researchers will find that missing piece to the autism puzzle.Posted February 26, 2009 Watch Video

UNC study: Tinkering with the circadian clock can suppress cancer growth
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that disruption of the circadian clock – the internal time-keeping mechanism that keeps the body running on a 24-hour cycle – can slow the progression of cancer. This study comes from the lab of Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine.Posted Feb. 12, 2009 Watch Video

New UNC study tests couples therapy for anorexia nervosa
Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Anorexia (UCAN) is a new study under way in the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UCAN unites partners in a treatment plan over a six-month period. Couples then return three months later for follow-up.Posted Feb. 11, 2009 Watch Video

Mental illness by itself does not predict future violent behavior
People with mental illness alone are no more likely than anyone else to commit acts of violence, a new study by UNC researchers concludes. But mental illness combined with substance abuse or dependence elevates the risk for future violence.Posted Feb. 2, 2009 Watch Video

Study warns against delivering babies before 39 weeks if repeat C-section
Researchers have known for years that repeat Caesarean sections done too early put a newborn's health at risk. A recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine cautions mothers not to have another C-section before 39 weeks. Posted Jan. 7, 2009 Watch Video

Successful strategies for meeting your New Year’s Resolutions
Ringing in the New Year with New Year’s Resolutions? Ensure that you’re not setting yourself up for failure by following these five S.M.A.R.T., yet simple strategies for success. Posted Dec. 29, 2008 Watch Video

Coping with stress and anxiety during the holiday season
There’s no doubt for certain folks the holiday season is a happy, festive time full of family and friends. For others, it’s stress. However, knowing ways to cope and to work through those stressful moments can help to ease the strain until January arrives. Posted Nov. 24, 2008 Watch Video

The Into Aging Game
Residents in the Department of Medicine are provided with an innovative learning experience called "The Aging Game." It is a program that is also incorporated into the interns' orientation. Giving medical students and residents a glimpse into the reality of aging helps to prepare them to be better physicians, and helps the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine to fulfill its mission of Leading, Teaching, and Caring. Posted Nov. 24, 2008 Watch Video

Largest studies to date of robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery find fewer complications
Robotic surgery is changing the way University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine surgeons are treating patients with cancer. The technology has proven to be less invasive, with less pain and less recovery time. Posted Nov. 11, 2008 Watch Video

Robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery offers tools for better practices
John Boggess, M.D.discusses the impact of robotic-assisted surgery on gynecological medicine. Posted Nov. 10, 2008 Watch Video

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine study finds text messaging helps children to manage weight.
UNC researchers have found that children who track certain weight management behaviors through text messaging do better than children who track the same behaviors the old fashioned way-paper and pencil. The text messaging group did a better job at fighting obesity. Posted Nov. 11, 2008 Watch Video

UNC study: cell protein suppresses pain eight times more effectively than morphine
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the University of Helsinki have discovered a new therapeutic target for pain control, one that appears to be eight times more effective at suppressing pain than morphine. Posted Oct. 29, 2008 Watch Video

Taking extra precautions can cut risk of falls in older adults (Part 1)
Thirty percent of adults over the age of 65 are at risk of falling. Falls typically are a major reason for a visit to the emergency department. Researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute on Aging say that there are a number of strategies to address risk factors that can reduce falls among older adults. Posted Sept. 23, 2008 Watch Video

Taking extra precautions can cut risk of falls in older adults (Part 2)
Home is where the heart is, but is also where a number of falls occur for older adults. Throw rugs, electrical cords, uneven flooring and unstable furniture are all major hazards that can cause falls. Researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute on Aging urge seniors to assess their homes for danger zones. Posted Sept. 24, 2008 Watch Video

Nearly half of U.S. adults will develop painful knee osteoarthritis by age 85
Almost half of all U.S. adults and nearly two-thirds of obese adults will develop painful osteoarthritis of the knee by age 85, a study based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. The study also found that a person’s lifetime risk rose as their body mass index or BMI increased, with the greatest risk found in those whose weight was normal at age 18 but were overweight or obese at 45 or older. Posted Sept. 17, 2008 Watch Video

Starting with the first: older antipsychotics effective, safer than some newer medications
Brandon Constantineau learned firsthand that second-generation antipsychotic drugs in adolescents carry risks of severe weight gain and metabolic disorders, while first-generation drugs, which are seldom prescribed, are as effective without causing weight gain. Posted Sept. 15, 2008 Watch Video

Epsom Salt may provide protection against cerebral palsy
Most moms will carry her baby to term, while one out of ten will have a premature birth. Prematurity and low birth weights are leading causes of developmental disabilities…such as cerebral palsy. A new study involving University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers shows that liquid Epsom Salt may be protective. Posted Aug. 28, 2008 Watch Video

Quick and easy after school snacks
It’s that time of the year again. A new school year has begun and children are once again hitting the books. It also means many will get back into a daily routine. After a hard day at school, that routine may include an afternoon snack. Posted Aug. 26, 2008 Watch Video

UNC study shows link between spanking and physical abuse
Spanking has been, and still is, a common method of child discipline used by American parents. But mothers who report that they or their partner spanked their child in the past year are nearly three times more likely to state that they also used harsher forms of punishment than those who say their child was not spanked, according to a new study led by the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Posted Aug. 21, 2008 Watch Video

Oral contraceptive relief for PMDD
PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder refers to the severe mood symptoms a woman faces during the latter part of her menstrual cycle. Only within the last century have physicians recognized it as a disorder and only until recently have researchers understood its biochemical process. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are studying oral contraceptives as a way to help alleviate what’s more than a monthly nuisance. Posted Aug. 14, 2008 Watch Video

The biology behind PMDD
Five to ten percent of women in their reproductive years have severe premenstrual symptoms or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. But an additional 20 percent have symptoms significant enough to impact their lives. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are beginning to understand the biology behind the disorder. Posted July 8, 2008 Watch Video

Help for healing broken bones
Anna Spagnoli M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and biomedical engineering has found what might be a way to treat the 10 to 20 percent of people whose broken bones fail to heal. Posted June 19, 2008 Watch Video

Survey takes notice of disordered eaters
Sixty-five percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors, according to the results of a recent survey by SELF Magazine and led by Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry. Posted June 16, 2008 Watch Video

There's no quick fix for health care problems
Jonathan Oberlander, Ph.D., associate professor of Social Medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine and associate professor of health policy and administration in the School of Public Health, breaks down the candidates' health care plans and explains how health care affects our economy. Posted June 16, 2008 Watch Video

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