Latest University of North Carolina Stories

2009-09-06 07:58:12

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have now discovered that establishing the neural wiring necessary to function normally depends on the ability of neurons to make finger-like projections of their membrane called filopodia.  In laying down the neural circuitry of the developing brain, billions of neurons must first migrate to their correct destinations and then form complex synaptic connections with their new neighbors. When the process goes...

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...

2009-09-01 10:27:00

 Black patients with high blood pressure experience poorer communication with their doctors than white patients do, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher has found."This is an important finding because poorer communication is associated with worse patient satisfaction, adherence to therapy and blood pressure control, which in turn may lead to worse disease outcomes for black patients compared to white patients," said Crystal Wiley Cen©, M.D.,...

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....

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...

2009-07-29 09:25:00

Men who have a regular, ongoing relationship with a health care provider are more likely to receive prostate cancer screening and less likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, regardless of their race, according to a University of North Carolina study published in the current issue of the journal Cancer.The study compared the experiences of black and white men over age 50 and newly diagnosed with prostate cancer in North Carolina and Louisiana. The goal was to find underlying...

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...

2009-06-25 10:15:54

Over the years, research has shown that Latino youth face numerous risk factors when integrating into American culture, including increased rates of alcohol and substance use and higher rates of dropping out of school. But a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows adolescents who actively embrace their native culture "“ and whose parents become more involved in U.S. culture "“ stand a greater chance of avoiding these risks and developing healthier...

2009-06-17 11:55:00

Research has shown that a person could be born with genes that make them predisposed to high blood pressure. However, a long-term study shows that no one has to be a victim of this genetic proclivity. Dr. Nora Franceschini, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina and lead author of a report on the study said, "It's been known for many years that blood pressure is affected by gene."It's also known that lifestyle affects blood pressure. Now we are showing that...

2009-06-06 14:45:00

Women who take vitamins before and during early pregnancy may have a lower risk of miscarriage, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, it isn't clear whether it is the vitamins themselves that reduce the risk, or if other healthy practices among vitamin takers are responsible.  "These results need to be replicated before formal conclusions are drawn," said Dr. Reem Hasan of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in an...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.