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UNC researchers unlocking the mysteries of autism

One out of 68 children born in the United States is later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder but University of North Carolina researchers believe they have found a cause for one form of the disorder. Advances in sequencing the human genome is helping researchers unlock the mysteries of different diseases and disorders. Billions of genes can be mapped faster and for less cost.

Marine veteran brings commitment to Carolina

Zach Johnson has never been one to shy away from a challenge. He’s always been searching for a next one. After high school, he tested himself against the rigorous demands of the Marine Corps. Then, before his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he set out to train one of the angriest dogs at the handler’s school. Now, three years removed from the Marines, Johnson is ready for his next challenge: UNC.

Jonathan Howes Remembered

“Picture a town too good to be true.” That was the theme Jonathan Howes chose for an inter-city visit by community leaders that he led to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in the 1980’s. It was the large vision by a largely quiet man, whose extraordinary life and leadership is being commemorated this weekend at The Chapel of The Cross.

UNC, NC State Researchers Create New Smart Insulin Patch That Could Be a ‘Game Changer’

For many who suffer from diabetes, insulin injections can be a painful and ‘imprecise’ process of keeping their blood sugar levels under control. A new ‘smart’ insulin patch could do away with these painful injections and revolutionize the way diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check. The patch, created by researchers from the University of North Carolina and NC State, is a thin square covered with more than 100 tiny needles.

Sold: Chapel Hill radio station WCHL has a new owner

For the first time since 1993, Chapel Hill radio station WCHL will have a new owner. Colorado-based investor Leslie Rudd submitted the winning bid to buy the Chapel Hill radio station’s parent company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy during an auction Friday. Rudd beat out a bid submitted by longtime WCHL owner Jim Heavner, his business partner Bob Woodruff and local businessman Edward Holmes.

Minnesota AD Norwood Teague steps down amid sexual harassment reports

Norwood Teague has resigned as Minnesota's athletic director, effective immediately, and is planning to seek help for alcohol abuse, he told reporters in Minnesota Friday. The resignation stems from inappropriate texts Teague acknowledged sending. Teague, a North Carolina graduate, became Minnesota's athletic director in April 2012. He was previously the AD at VCU, where he hired Shaka Smart.

Chapel Hill radio station WCHL to be auctioned Friday

WCHL, the bankrupt Chapel Hill radio station owned by Triangle businessman Jim Heavner, will be put on the auction block Friday. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catharine Aron approved terms for the auction of WCHL’s parent company VilCom Interactive Media, which also owns The radio station bills itself as "THE place for news, talk Tar Heel Sports and information for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County."

Photos: Carolina in the summer

Many students may have headed out of Chapel Hill when the spring semester ended three months ago, but the campus was far from empty this summer. Students fought the hot Carolina heat underneath the trees of McCorkle Place and battled through fun-filled water balloon fights at the residence halls, while the University welcomed the incoming Class of 2019 at first-year student orientations.

UNC project helps save, digitize NC's historic newspapers

Historians often say newspapers are the first draft of history. An ongoing project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is designed to make sure the history in the state's newspapers is preserved for future generations. UNC has been scanning papers for years and sharing digital copies with the world, and the program is now adding another 28 titles – about 100,000 additional pages – of North Carolina's stories since the 1800s.

How Julian's Brought Ivy-League Style to the South (With an Assist From Michael Jordan)

The Chapel Hill community long ago adopted a style characterized by neat dress with colors that pop. It is found everywhere: from game day togs to graduation robes to argyle sports jerseys. And one longtime Chapel Hill family is largely responsible: The Julians introduced preppy to the South. Preppy style, of course, was born in New England. And so was Maurice Julian, who moved from Boston to Chapel Hill when his brother attended law school at UNC.

New UNC research reprograms cells to kill cancer

A new research program at UNC seeks to harness the power of the body's immune system to kill cancer, and it’s already helping patients like 7-year-old Phineas Sandi. Phineas’ life has been anything but normal after what appeared to be a lingering cold turned out to be acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “We’d already lost one child to a different kind of leukemia,” said Phineas’ father, Carlos Sandi.

UNC researchers find medication therapy that could eradicate HIV

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found the use of a combination of AIDS medications known as antiretroviral therapy can help prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity — a finding that could eradicate the virus. Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill and principal investigator of the study, released the findings of the UNC study on July 20 at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

US News & World Report: UNC Hospitals Ranks Nationally

US News and World Report has just released its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” and UNC Hospitals were recognized all across the board. The list ranks UNC Hospitals as the no. 3 hospital in North Carolina and no. 2 in the Raleigh-Durham area. (Duke University Hospital ranked no. 1 in the state.) UNC Hospitals also ranked in the top 50 in the nation in five specialties: cancer, gynecology, pulmonology, urology, and ear, nose and throat.

Murder charges filed against UNC student in wrong-way I-85 crash

Three second-degree murder charges were filed Thursday against a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student accused of killing three people in a weekend crash on Interstate 85. Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, also was charged with three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle.

From Chapel Hill to the World Games

On July 25, Tim Taft, MD, will be on the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games. It’s a big stage. An iconic venue. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to be in attendance. Stevie Wonder will perform. But, in a career that spans four decades, Taft, Max N. Novich Professor of Orthopaedics, is used to big stages and iconic venues.

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