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Tobacco companies, convenience stores form 'deadly alliance' to entice kids to smoke, report says

Tobacco companies, convenience stores form 'deadly alliance' to entice kids to smoke, report says

Tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing tobacco products and fighting policies that reduce tobacco use, according to a report released today by leading public health organizations, including The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

CHAPEL HILL -- A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma.

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Wallen named 2012 American Urological Association Teacher of the Year

Wallen named 2012 American Urological Association Teacher of the Year

This award, initiated by the AUA Residents Committee and approved by the AUA Board, is presented annually to recognize an outstanding urology educator or program director who has dedicated a portion of his/her career to teaching residents and advancing urology graduate medical education.

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Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Muss, Keith talk about cancer care and families

Loretta Muss, Coordinator of the N.C. Cancer Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Board, and fellow board member, Ryan Keith, talked about cancer care & families on the February 25, 26, and 27 broadcasts of YOUR HEALTH®.

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

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

Chapel Hill, NC – In a paper published today in the journal, Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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.

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Testicular cancer treatment, one patient's story

UNC Lineberger patient David Alston talks about the treatment he is undergoing for testicular cancer.

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Men share emotional support through written messages

The story "Men find emotional support on hospital bathroom's dry erase board" aired on February 23, 2012 on WRAL.

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Managing the impact of drug shortages

The story "Shortages Of Life-Saving Drugs Getting Worse" aired today on WFAE 90.7, Charlotte's NPR news source.

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First Cancer Transitions Workshop a success

First Cancer Transitions Workshop a success

UNC Lineberger’s Carolina Well and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) offered a workshop on “Cancer Transitions: Promoting Wellness & Group Process” for community outreach coordinators and their community partners as well for interested UNC nurses and staff.

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North Carolina-based genetic resources fuel big scientific progress

Chapel Hill, NC – A series of 15 scientific papers published this week in the journals of the Genetics Society of America (Genetics and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics) put North Carolina at the epicenter of a scientific resource called the Collaborative Cross – a “library” of genetic diversity that scientists believe can help fast-track important discoveries about genetics and disease into new discoveries, tests, and treatments that impact human health.

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UNC Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology rated among the very best

Training the next generation of scientists is vital to continued progress in understanding cancer and all human disease. But how do students evaluate the programs offered by colleges and universities to decide which program is the best fit for them?

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Weighing the difference: switching to water, diet beverages can tip the scales

Weighing the difference: switching to water, diet beverages can tip the scales

Making a simple substitution of water or diet soft drinks for drinks with calories can help people lose four to five pounds, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

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UNC scientists publish results from breast cancer survivors wellness workshops

Scientists from UNC Lineberger have published a report describing an outreach program they developed for breast cancer survivors in four NC counties.

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Marks talks about newest radiation treatment and what it offers

Marks talks about newest radiation treatment and what it offers

Lawrence Marks, MD, chair of UNC's department of radiation oncology and a UNC Lineberger member, is quoted in the article "TomoTherapy offers safer radiation" published in today's issue of The News & Observer.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital on “Great Oncology Program” list

Becker's Hospital Review has named the N.C Cancer Hospital as one of "70 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs."

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Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Bladder cancer patients in the Triangle area are not alone. They have a monthly group where “true loving support for each other” is shared, says David Langham, a bladder cancer survivor and one of the organizers of the group.

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UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

The way tobacco products are marketed and sold changed with the June 2009 passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. For example, this law mandates larger and stronger warning labels on packs and advertising and prohibits the sale of “light” and clove cigarettes. The FDA Act also now allows states and local communities to regulate the time, place, and manner of tobacco advertising. Thus, states could restrict tobacco promotions or restrict the location of tobacco advertising.

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UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

In 2008 UNC and Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston were selected by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to carry out accelerated practical studies examining the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments. The collaboration is called the Cancer Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Comparative Effectiveness Consortium.

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Latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, Park comments at annual ASH meeting

As part of Patient Power® coverage of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), UNC Lineberger member Steven Park, MD, talks about the latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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real doctors, real people - Paul Godley

Whether photographing a child in the streets of Vietnam or consulting with a patient about a diagnosis, Dr. Paul Godley employs his intuition and charming personality to put the person in front of him at ease within a matter of moments.

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UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

Chapel Hill - After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease.

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UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

Timothy Zagar, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, and Lawrence Marks, MD, professor and chair of radiation oncology, co-authored an editorial in the December 27, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

Chapel Hill, NC - How much medical information does a woman understand and retain about her breast cancer diagnosis? UNC scientists participated in a four-institution study involving 440 women with early-stage breast cancer and found that breast cancer survivors had limited knowledge about their surgical options, including an understanding of something as important as the risk of recurrence.

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Haithcock talks about esophageal cancer in recent interview

Haithcock talks about esophageal cancer in recent interview

Benjamin E. Haithcock, MD, an assistant professor in UNC's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger, discussed esophageal cancer in an interview that was aired on the January 5, 2012 segment of the radio show "Make it Happen."

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Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in the article "Latest gadgets give diets, workouts a high-tech boost" published in today's issue of The News & Observer.

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UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology program leaders Hy Muss, MD, and Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Muss is professor of medicine. Busby-Whitehead is professor of medicine, and director of the UNC School of Medicine’s Center for Aging and Health and Division of Geriatric Medicine.

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New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A new study at UNC Chapel Hill will examine what complex and conjoined behavioral factors influence low income people to pursue colorectal cancer screening and what strategies could increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities.

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UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC Lineberger GI Oncology program directors Joel Tepper, MD, and Bert O’Neil, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tepper is the Hector McLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research. O’Neil is associate professor of medicine.

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Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, appointed first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor

Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, appointed first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor

Nancy E. Thomas, MD, PhD, was appointed the first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor. The professorship is named in honor of Dr. Briggaman, who served as chair of the UNC Department of Dermatology from 1987-1999, and his wife, Irene.

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Hepatitis C virus hijacks liver microRNA

Hepatitis C virus hijacks liver microRNA

Mechanism explains how virus survives in the liver and how a new antiviral works

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Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Ruben Gonzalez-Crespo, a Spanish interpreter at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was highlighted in the November 2011 issue of the University Gazette in an article titled "Former singer finds new voice helping others battle cancer."

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UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will award 20 oncology trainees with Merit Awards at the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The symposium will be held February 2 - 4, 2012 in San Francisco.

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Wrapped up in making a difference

Tori Frahm has experienced just eight Christmases, but she epitomizes the true spirit of the holiday. She and her family organized collection and delivery of 750 presents for pediatric oncology patients and their siblings at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gifts helped 125 families have a brighter holiday.

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Sing a song of hope - local caroling tradition brings cheer each year

One neighborhood in Cary has become the centerpiece of a holiday tradition that benefits UNC Lineberger.

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Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Chapel Hill, NC – In an editorial published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC associate professor E. Claire Dees, MD, reviews current evidence on the safety and efficacy of combination therapies currently used for metastatic breast cancer and urges clinical researchers to move forward with new studies that leverage advances in the identification of tumor biomarkers.

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Six UNC faculty recognized by prestigious international scientific society

Six University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

Dr. Marci Campbell, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, died December 14 after living with cancer with grace and caring for almost two years.

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UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Weili Lin, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Lin was cited for his outstanding contributions to the development and translation of MR functional neuroimaging.

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American Cancer Society Revises Cancer Screening Guideline Process; UNC scientists are report co-authors

ATLANTA –December 13, 2011– The American Cancer Society has revised its guideline formation process to achieve greater transparency, consistency, and rigor in creating guidance about cancer screening. The new methods align with new principles from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) by creating a single generalist group for writing the guidelines, commissioning systematic evidence reviews, and clearly articulating the benefits, limitations, and harms associated with cancer screening tests. The new process is outlined in a Special Communication in the December 14, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

Chapel Hill - The complete sequence of an individual’s genome – all 3 billion DNA building blocks - will soon be affordably available to doctors, patients and even consumers. While knowledge of one’s genome may have important medical benefits, tremendous questions remain regarding an avalanche of such data means and how they should be used. Many clinical, ethical and social issues arise from the evaluation, use and sharing of the data.

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