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Smith - Worldwide cervical cancer prevention initiative announced at Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia
Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women each year, and most of these deaths could be prevented with prophylactic HPV vaccination, routine cervical cancer screening and continuity to treatment. At the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, delegates and experts from around the world announced a global call to action to combat this preventable disease through collaboration with and information sharing by the world’s governments and health agencies on May 27, 2013.
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Understanding multiple causes of racial disparities in breast cancer is essential
Racial disparities in the treatment and outcome of breast cancer patients arise from a combination of biological, social and financial causes. Understanding how these complex factors influence interactions between patients and the medical community is key to reducing the gaps in treatment and mortality between racial groups, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.
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Wan - GATA-3 Is Important for the Regulation and Maintenance of the Immune System
The protein GATA-3 plays an important role in mammalian immune response, but its overall function in cell development and cancer formation is not well understood. In an effort to further define the importance of GATA-3, researchers at the University of North Carolina have traced how the protein performs important functions in CD8+T-cell type of the immune system.
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Goldstein profiled in The Journal of Cell Biology
Bob Goldstein, PhD, professor of biology, talks about his career and the promise of cell biology in a profile in the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.
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UNC-Malawi cancer pathology laboratory is a model for Sub-Saharan Africa
Since 2011, the University of North Carolina has partnered with the government of Malawi to establish a pathology laboratory in the nation’s capital, building on an existing decades-long collaboration. The laboratory has provided an invaluable service to patients and has also built capacity at a national teaching hospital, according to an analysis of the first 20 months of operation published August 7 online by PLOS ONE.
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Basch: Patient participation must play a larger role in research
Patients must take a larger role in participating in and assisting in determining priorities for medical research, according to an editorial published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Inhibiting Macrophage MerTK Signaling Creates an Innate Immune Response Against Cancer
The tyrosine kinase MerTK plays a prominent role in the body’s immune response. MerTK signaling helps “calm” the body’s first line of immunity, the macrophage, while it performs the routine duties - clearing cells that die and healing damaged tissue.
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DeSimone microneedle patch featured in ScienceNews
A rapidly-dissolvable microneedle patch developed by a UNC team led by Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and director of the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience, and Technology and member of UNC Lineberger, allows for painless injections of medicine and vaccines.
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IMRT may not be more effective than older radiation techniques after prostatectomy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but research from the University of North Carolina suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy.
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UNC partners with NIH to explore genomic testing for newborns
As the clinical use of genomic testing expands, the practical and ethical considerations of using the technology to screen newborns for genetic conditions will be the focus of a new study undertaken at the University of North Carolina.
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