No sponge left behind

October 5, 2010

Radio frequency tags may help prevent surgical sponges from being left in patients after operations, says gastrointestinal surgeon Christopher Rupp.

Genetic patterns that may predict severe osteoarthritis

September 23, 2010

As part of the Johnston County Arthritis Project, UNC researchers followed over eleven hundred patients for more than a decade, and identified genetic patterns that lead to severe osteoarthritis. Jonanne Jordan, director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, led the … Continued

iPhone app reports, receives drug safety news

September 16, 2010

UNC epidemiology student Nabarun Dasgupta collaborated with Children’s Hospital Boston collaborated on an app to let users track drug safety updates from the FDA and other news. Read the news release

Multivitamin use doesn’t change colon cancer outcomes

September 7, 2010

Lineberger researcher Richard M. Goldberg and colleagues found that multivitamins don’t help or hurt patients with stage III colon cancer, but their results hint that multivitamins might be helping in other ways. Article abstract: “Multivitamin Use Is Not Associated With … Continued

Humble protein, nanoparticles tag-team to kill cancer cells

July 27, 2010

Transferrin, a protein abundant in human blood and used as a tumor- targeting agent, when combined with nanoparticles can kill B-cell lymphoma cells. Joseph DeSimone and colleagues created the potential treatment using the PRINT nanoparticle creation technology from DeSimone’s lab. … Continued

Key protein influences stem cell fate

July 18, 2010

A protein called Tet1 helps keep stem cells pluripotent, or able to differentiate into any type of cell the body needs, Lineberger researcher Yi Zhang found. Scientists want to use this property, which embryonic stem cells have naturally, to turn … Continued

Drug mitigates toxic effects of radiation in mice

June 23, 2010

A drug that pauses cell division can protect mouse bone marrow from radiation damage—even if it’s given hours after radiation exposure, says Lineberger researcher Norman Sharpless. Protecting bone marrow from radiation is important because if people are exposed to a … Continued