News http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/aggregator Ramsden, Gupta awarded 5-year, $8.8 million grant to study an enzyme that has important implications for breast and ovarian cancer http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/ramsden-gupta-awarded-5-year-8-8-million-grant-to-study-an-enzyme-that-has-important-implications-for-breast-and-ovarian-cancer The National Cancer Institute has awarded a team led by UNC Lineberger’s Dale Ramsden, PhD, professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, a five-year, $8.8 million program project grant to study an enzyme called DNA polymerase theta. No publisher Research Cancer Lineberger 2020-09-14T12:20:59Z News Item Researchers Reveal Safeguarding of a Key DNA Sensor in the Innate Immune System http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/researchers-reveal-safeguarding-of-a-key-dna-sensor-in-the-innate-immune-system Led by Qi Zhang, PhD, and Robert McGinty, MD, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill scientists used cryo-electron microscopy technology to produce the first-ever high-resolution structure of the protein cGAS bound to the DNA packaging unit inside human cell nuclei, revealing how cGAS responds to foreign or damaged DNA, but not the body’s healthy DNA. No publisher Biochemistry & Biophysics Research 2020-09-10T15:25:00Z News Item UNC Medical Center and UNC REX Recognized as LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/unc-medical-center-and-unc-rex-recognized-as-lgbtq-healthcare-equality-leaders Hospitals named to 2020 list for equitable treatment of patients, visitors and employees No publisher National Award Awards Press Release 2020-09-10T12:25:00Z News Item Chatham Hospital to Open New Maternity Center, Begin Delivering Babies http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/chatham-hospital-to-open-new-maternity-center-begin-delivering-babies Goals are to improve health care and outcomes, enable new mothers to stay closer to home No publisher Chatham County Chatham Hospital Press Release 2020-09-08T14:24:41Z News Item UNC Researchers Publish Striking Images of SARS-CoV-2 Infected Cells http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/unc-researchers-publish-striking-images-of-sars-cov-2-infected-cells The UNC School of Medicine lab of Camille Ehre, PhD, generated high-powered microscopic images showing startlingly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads on human respiratory surfaces, ready to spread infection in infected individuals and transmit infection to others. No publisher Research 2020-09-03T10:45:00Z News Item UNC Ramps Up Convalescent Plasma Clinical Trial to Fight COVID-19 http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/unc-ramps-up-convalescent-plasma-clinical-trial-to-fight-covid-19 On the heels of FDA authorization of convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19, researchers at UNC are conducting a clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of plasma that includes a higher amount of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. No publisher COVID-19 Research 2020-09-02T15:55:00Z News Item New Emergency Department Transition Unit (EDTU) Opened Sept. 1 http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/september/new-emergency-department-transition-unit-edtu-opened-sept-1 The 36-bed EDTU, which was previously used for clinic space, was renovated during the past two years to help handle the increasing volume in the very busy Emergency Department No publisher UNC Hospitals - VS Emergency Medicine 2020-09-01T13:40:00Z News Item Scientists Show How Brain Flexibility Emerges in Infants http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/scientists-show-how-brain-flexibility-emerges-in-infants Cognitive flexibility, which refers to the brain’s ability to switch between mental processes in response to external stimuli and different task demands, seems to begin developing during the first two years of life, which is much earlier than previously thought. UNC BRIC researchers led by Weili Lin, PhD, used magnetic resonance imaging techniques to show the emergence of a functional flexible brain during early infancy. No publisher Research 2020-08-31T20:05:00Z News Item UNC Researchers Launch Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Treatments http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/unc-researchers-launch-clinical-trial-for-covid-19-treatments This study includes phase 2 and phase 3 elements to expedite the evaluation of treatments for adults with moderate cases of COVID-19, with the goal of preventing severe disease that can lead to hospitalizations. The principal investigator is David Wohl, MD, professor of infectious diseases at the UNC School of Medicine. No publisher Research 2020-08-26T19:15:00Z News Item Chatham Hospital Recognized As Honoree In 2020 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care (EOC) Award http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/chatham-hospital-recognized-as-honoree-in-2020-carolyn-boone-lewis-equity-of-care-eoc-award Chatham Hospital is one of three hospitals nationwide to recognized by the American Hospital Association as part of the 2020 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care (EOC) Award. No publisher National Award Awards Chatham Hospital 2020-08-26T19:13:53Z News Item Researchers Argue Health Care Systems Should Use ‘Food as Medicine’ Interventions http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/researchers-argue-health-care-systems-should-use-2018food-as-medicine2019-interventions Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, co-authored a British Medical Journal analysis suggesting nutritional interventions delivered through health providers are associated with improved health outcomes. No publisher Research 2020-08-24T23:41:20Z News Item Family on the Frontline: The Healthcare Workers behind the UNC-Chapel Hill Respiratory Diagnostic Center http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/family-on-the-frontline-the-healthcare-workers-behind-the-unc-chapel-hill-respiratory-diagnostic-center When the need arose for a COVID-19 testing site at the Medical Center in Chapel Hill, a team began to assemble – a team that became a family filled with health care workers who stepped up during an unprecedented challenge and fulfilled essential roles they never thought they would experience. No publisher VS Feature Service UNC Health Care UNC Hospitals UNC Medical Center Recognition 2020-08-21T19:30:00Z News Item Media Briefing on COVID-19 Clinical Trials http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/media-briefing-on-covid-19-clinical-trials This UNC Health/UNC School of Medicine media briefing featured three UNC infectious diseases experts discussing clinical studies and research related to COVID-19: Cindy Gay, MD, David Wohl, MD, and Susan Pedersen. No publisher Faculty 2020-08-19T21:15:00Z News Item New Chatham Food Hub connects communities with access to local food during COVID-19 pandemic http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/eat-local-and-help-locals-through-the-chatham-food-hub The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and UNC Health worked with Chatham County and N.C. State Extension partners to create a one-stop food hub at Bray Park in Siler City, which includes free meals and non-perishable foods for low-income customers as well as meals for purchase from local restaurants and farmers struggling to remain solvent during the pandemic. No publisher UNC Health Care VS UNC Health Care - ENO 2020-08-18T20:55:00Z News Item The Days of COVID-19 Inside the Medical Intensive Care Unit http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/august/the-days-of-covid-19-inside-the-medical-intensive-care-unit The 30-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at UNC Medical Center currently houses three-quarters of COVID-related patients. As patients are hospitalized across the U.S., nurse manager Loc Culp explains what life is like inside her unit as her staff adapts to this new way of critical care. No publisher VS Feature COVID-19 2020-08-18T14:35:00Z News Item