Monthly Archives: April 2012

A neurologist inspired by his patients

William Gaillard frees his pediatric patients from debilitating or life-threatening conditions. When Irving S. Cooper, M.D., was perfecting the stereotactic cryosurgery to treat Parkinson disease in the late 1950s, William D. Gaillard, M.D. ’85, was spending summers down the block … Continue reading

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Pharmacist builds medical homes for patients with chronic conditions

Robb Malone, PharmD, pioneered pharmacist-centered care at UNC. When “John Doe” came into the University of North Carolina (UNC) Internal Medicine Practice with heart failure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, “He had all the comorbidities that, if left unmanaged, would … Continue reading

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Community pharmacists help patients transition from hospital to home

Walgreens partners with hospitals to bring prescriptions to the bedside Walgreens pharmacist Austin Mudd, PharmD, stands at the bedside of Lewis Broughton, 49, and explains the instructions for Broughton’s antibiotics. “Make sure you take all of them even if you … Continue reading

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The Pill: The different types of birth control pills from triphasic to mini

‘The pill’ isn’t just one pill. It comes in many forms. Here are the options. Are you taking, or considering taking, a birth control pill? Nearly 12 million U.S. women do. And though you may simply call it “the pill,” … Continue reading

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Office of student research celebrates a quarter century

Women who Google “conceive twins” are often advised to try eating yams. Parents of children suffering from a middle ear infection might be advised to “wait and see” before starting antibiotics. Both seemingly disparate pieces of advice stem from work … Continue reading

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How a passion for golf sent a slacker on his life’s course and to president’s bedside

Growing up in Cuba, Donald O’Kieffe, M.D. ’64, says he was “headed nowhere fast,” until a love of golf indirectly drove the future gastroenterologist to medical school and made him a key presence at ailing former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s … Continue reading

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Acupuncture may be effective for migraines

Experts Split on Whether to Recommend the Ancient Therapy Jan. 12, 2012 — Acupuncture helps reduce days with migraines and may have lasting effects, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In the study, almost … Continue reading

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Mammograms may cut breast cancer deaths in half

Dutch Study Shows That Regular Mammograms Do Save Lives, Particulary for Older Women Dec. 6, 2011 — Despite the controversies over mammograms, the bottom line is they still save lives in women aged 50 to 75. A new Dutch study … Continue reading

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Alkaline Diet: What to Know Before Trying It

Potential Risks and Benefits of the Alkaline Diet Trying out the latest diet is practically an American pastime. The more health benefits the diet supposedly provides, the better. We don’t just want to lose weight; we want to cure arthritis, … Continue reading

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IVF may raise risk for less aggressive ovarian cancer

Study Shows Increased Risk for ‘Borderline’ Ovarian Tumors in Women Who Had In Vitro Fertilization Oct. 27, 2011 — Women who undergo ovarian stimulation as part of IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment may be more likely to develop “borderline” ovarian … Continue reading

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