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Research    Patient Care

How Can Slumbering Squirrels Inform Astronauts on Long-term Journeys?

Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 12, 2021

Researchers peered into the deepest of slumbers – the barely-breathing sleep of arctic ground squirrels – to better understand how the small mammals can emerge from an eight-month hibernation with a minimal loss of muscle mass.

Using metabolite profiles in the squirrels’ blood, a recently developed technology, the researchers showed that the animals have uniquely adapted to their extreme habitats by converting bodily waste products into essential nutrients. Despite spending the long winter curled into a ball and breathing only once per minute, the hardy rodents awaken in spring unscathed.

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Patient Care    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Experts Break COVID-19 Effects Down by Body Part

During the months-long pandemic, healthcare providers have seen a lot of things, often on levels they have never seen before. From brain fog and loss of smell to leg clots and purple toes, what began as a mysterious pulmonary disease has shown the world that its destructive powers far transcend the lungs.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDebra Melani | Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021
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Diabetes    Public Health    Women's Health

Placental Function can Illuminate Future Disease in Adults and Children

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a direct association between placental function in pregnant women and future metabolic disorders in children and adults, a finding that could lead to earlier intervention and diagnosis of disease. 


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDavid Kelly | Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Vaccinations    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Students Step Up to Stamp Out COVID-19

The Experiential Office at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a model for hands-on pharmacy programs across the nation. Known for providing clinical opportunities starting in the first year of pharmacy school, the program is used to activating students to respond to community needs. In a normal year, those requests are generally along the lines of providing wellness checks or administering flu vaccines, but this year the stakes are higher and the request much more urgent.


School NameSchool of Pharmacy
AuthorLori Westermann | Publish DateJanuary 20, 2021
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COVID-19    Diversity

Fear, Distrust Overshadow Vaccine Decision for Some Hard-Hit Communities

Black, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native people are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to die from COVID-19 than white people. Despite the unequal burden, early data suggest fewer people from some diverse communities are receiving the vaccine during the rollout.


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Press Releases    Faculty

Study Finds Real Life Makes Following Doctor’s Orders Difficult to Manage Chronic Disease

AURORA, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2021) - Many patients with chronic disease may intend to follow their doctor’s orders to diet, take their medicine and exercise, but a new study finds that everyday life often gets in the way. When that happens, the study found patients can become stressed and overwhelmed and might lie about dosing or even create their own remedies.


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Research    COVID-19

CU Anschutz COVIDome Project Aimed at Speeding Lifesaving Treatment

Last spring, as healthcare providers and scientists around the world scrambled to treat a surge of patients infected with a virus that experts knew little about, one thing quickly became clear: SARS-CoV-2 strikes people differently.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDebra Melani | Publish DateJanuary 18, 2021
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CU Anschutz In the News

NBC News

Lyft and Uber want to take you to your vaccination appointment

NBC News
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

“We cannot leave any part of society behind,” Richard Zane, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told NBC News in a phone call. Zane is helping stand up vaccination rollouts across the state, from clinics and drive-throughs to mass vaccination centers and “pop-up” clinics. His own facility is in talks with Lyft about the possibility of providing rides to some patients.

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Colorado Public Radio

A Blip, Not A Surge: How Colorado Dodged A Holiday Coronavirus Tsunami

Colorado Public Radio
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

“You’re asking the question I think scientists are going to spend the next decade trying to unpack,” said Elizabeth Carlton, an associate professor for the school at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and member of the Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Team that provides epidemiological modeling for the state.

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The Denver Post

Colorado’s COVID-19 cases move in the right direction, but will hospitalizations follow?

The Denver Post
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

There are at least two possible explanations for what’s happening with hospitalizations, and we need a few more days of data to know which is right, said Beth Carlton, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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The Colorado Sun

Drool for school: Colorado schools add saliva testing to slow spread of coronavirus in the classroom

The Colorado Sun
Publish DateJanuary 21, 2021

“I think it’s one ingredient to be used in combination with other strategies,” said Dr. Glen Mays, chairman of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health. “It certainly could be helpful in helping to keep rates of transmission low overall.”

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