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2010-01-04 10:56:54

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that a single atom "“ a calcium, in fact "“ can control how bacteria walk. The finding identifies a key step in the process by which bacteria infect their hosts, and could one day lead to new drug targets to prevent infection. Bacteria can swim, propelling themselves through fluids using a whip-like extension called a flaggella. They can also walk, strolling along solid surfaces using little fibrous...

2009-11-19 10:39:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Endurance Magazine publisher Steve Lackey gave the running community something to cheer about recently when he announced that the April 10, 2010 Tar Heel 10 Miler run will feature a new course with a thrilling finish inside UNC's Kenan Football Stadium. "In addition to the excitement of finishing inside Kenan Stadium, our new course is designed to showcase the gorgeous community of Chapel Hill -- from downtown Franklin Street, to historic...

2009-11-12 15:13:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a white paper released today, A Darwinian Gale: The Recovery Consumer Marketplace in the Era of Consequences, The Futures Company debunks the notion of a new frugality on the rise and foresees instead the beginning of an Era of Consequences rooted in a new consumer psychology about economic risk. Likening the Great Recession of 2008/2009 to a Darwinian gale clearing the landscape for the evolutionary eruption of wholly new species of brands,...

2009-11-11 08:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is pleased to host the second offering of its Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program (LCELP) to be held December 6-11 on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. The IDB partnered with the Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) to develop this course focused on the business aspects...

2009-10-22 17:12:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cempra Pharmaceuticals today announced its schedule of oral and poster presentations at the Infectious Disease Society of America, 47th Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia on Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2009. Four presentations on CEM-102 will present results on the compound's in vitro activity against gram-positive organisms, featuring resistance frequencies, and the drug's PK-PD profile when a novel dosing regimen is used. A fifth presentation will...

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2009-09-03 08:45:16

Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. The bed nets cost about $6 each. When costs for transporting and distributing the nets and educating people how to use them are factored in, it cost just over $411 per infant death prevented. In addition, the intervention prevented an estimated...

2009-08-17 09:22:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 27th the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) will be welcoming its fifth class of Log21 participants. Log21: Logistics for the 21st Century is a week-long executive education program designed for approximately 35 early-career, high-potential logisticians from the defense industry, the military, and the Department of Defense (DoD). Participant profiles include: private sector personnel three to eight years into their...

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2009-08-11 13:10:00

Women who have immediate family members with breast cancer are strongly urged to consider breastfeeding their babies, according to a report released today. Researchers found in a long-term study of more than 60,000 women, that women with a close family history of breast cancer had significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer before menopause if they breastfed their babies, compared to women who did not breastfeed. "Breastfeeding is good for mothers and for babies," study chief Dr....

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2009-08-05 13:50:00

Researchers have decoded the structure of an entire HIV genome for the first time, an accomplishment that may offer scientists a better understanding of how such viruses infect humans. Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe their finding may open the door for further research that could accelerate the development of antiviral drugs. The HIV virus, much like the viruses that cause influenza, hepatitis C and polio, carries its genetic information as...

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2009-07-14 05:55:00

According to a recent study examining more than 2,000 middle-aged Americans, walking or biking even a portion of the distance to work "” something done by only a small fraction of U.S. adults "” is linked to a higher level of overall physical fitness. The study found that only around 17 percent of city-dwellers walk or ride a bicycle for any stretch of the way to their place of employment. Those who did, however, performed significantly better on treadmill fitness tests, even...