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UNC study: Lose weight while listening to your MP3 player

September 15, 2009 With obesity and weight-related illnesses on the rise, researchers continue to look for better ways to help people shed extra pounds and keep them off. A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds that help may be as close as the earbuds on your MP3 player. Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy... Read more »

Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis

September 09, 2009 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a genetic risk factor for severe liver disease in people with cystic fibrosis. Those who carry a particular variant of the SERPINA1 gene (also known as alpha-1-antitrypsin or alpha-1-antiprotease) are five times more likely to develop cirrhosis and other liver... Read more »

UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection

September 04, 2009 Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in the UNC... Read more »

UNC begins phase III malaria vaccine trial in Malawi

  August 31, 2009 The phase III trial of the potential malaria vaccine known as RTS,S began this month in Malawi, Africa, with the help of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Peggy Bentley Peggy Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition and associate dean... Read more »

UNC study to examine whether paying girls to attend school reduces HIV risk

August 31, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study if monetary incentives and community mobilization can help prevent young women in South Africa from becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Audrey Pettifor Audrey Pettifor, PhD,... Read more »

UNC study: Ocean warming may increase the abundance of marine consumers

August 28, 2009 Warmer ocean temperatures could mean dramatic shifts in the structure of underwater food webs and the abundance of marine life, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Michael Piehler Michael F. Piehler, PhD, assistant professor at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences... Read more »

Groundbreaking study shows exercise benefits leukemia patients

August 04, 2009 One of the most bothersome symptoms of leukemia is extreme fatigue, and asking these patients to exercise doesn’t sound like a way to help them feel better. A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that exercise may be a great way to do just that, combating... Read more »