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Research    Patient Care

Family Drives 2,000 Miles to Thank Team for Expert Healthcare

Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 26, 2020

Among its many harsh lessons, 2020 has reminded the world about the power of waves – as in the alarming swells that come with a pandemic.

For Nishanth Kalavakolanu, it was an idyllic September day in 2018 when a health crisis of a different, but also mysterious, sort crashed his world. It arrived as a sudden surge that upended the healthy young man – a military cadet, no less – and left him fighting for his life.

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Community    COVID-19

Experts: Now, More Than Ever, Teach Your Children Well

Tots of 2020 faced a world of masked faces and forbidden hugs. Teens missed rites of passage, from prom to graduation ceremonies. And college students, who traditionally leave home for their first taste of freedom and higher learning, found social-distancing rules and virtual classrooms.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDebra Melani | Publish DateOctober 30, 2020
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Faculty    Students

CU Nursing Student Gets Top Coach to Mentor Her. The Dean Himself.

Given all the work that deans do, it is unusual for one to take it upon himself to provide clinical oversight and precept a student. The University of Colorado College of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez tends to do the unexpected. “We were thrilled when Dean Eli offered to precept a student during our flu clinic,” said Director of the Campus Health Center Emily Cheshire, DNP.


School NameCollege of Nursing
AuthorDana Brandorff | Publish DateOctober 30, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Meet the Joanne Posner-Mayer Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, who became the head of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program last year, describes himself as an “unlikely candidate” for physical therapy school.


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Research    COVID-19

From ‘COVID Fatigue’ to Holiday Gatherings: The People Want to Know

Put the viewers in charge of a COVID-19 forum with the experts, and you never know what direction the line of questioning will take. That’s what organizers of a COVID-19 series did for their Oct. 26 webinar, and the query topics ranged from the experts’ dining habits to the risk of being crushed by a meteor.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDebra Melani | Publish DateOctober 29, 2020
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Skin Cancer    Cancer

Melanoma Care is a Priority for the CU School of Medicine and Cancer Center

If you live in or have visited Colorado, you most likely noticed that the state loves its outdoors. With 300 days of sunshine a year, many enjoy hiking, playing at a park or grabbing a craft brew on a patio. But with that love of sunshine comes an increased risk for skin cancer.


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Research    Community

CU Researcher Tackles Vaccine Hesitancy in Colorado’s Religious Communities

Vaccine hesitancy is something we hear a lot about these days related to a potential coronavirus vaccine. Yet vaccine hesitancy has been a public health issue in the U.S. for many years. In 2019, a measles outbreak associated with vaccine refusal in religious communities infected 1,282 Americans—the most cases since 1992. And from 2006-2011, the rate of kindergarteners opting out of school-required vaccinations tripled.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorWendy Meyer | Publish DateOctober 27, 2020
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CU Anschutz In the News

Vox

Trump’s pullback of pollution controls is even more hazardous than you think

Vox
Publish DateOctober 29, 2020

Lisa McKenzie, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, has found that benzene concentrations in the air around oil and gas operations in Colorado are about twice as high as they are in Denver, whose air isn’t exactly pristine. “The closer you live to an oil and gas site, the higher your risk of cancer … and the higher your risk for respiratory and neurological effects,” she said.

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The Denver Post

Colorado hospitals are better prepared for COVID-19 than in March, but flu creates uncertainty

The Denver Post
Publish DateOctober 29, 2020

Typically, hospitals can get an idea of what the flu season will be like by looking to Australia, whose winter flu season is during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, said Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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Healthline

Did COVID-19 Cancel Thanksgiving? What to Know About Holiday Travel During the Pandemic

Healthline
Publish DateOctober 29, 2020

If you’re traveling, consider staying at a hotel rather than with relatives, unless everyone in the group is very low risk and has plenty of space to spread out, said Dr. Andrés Henao, internal medicine physician, infectious disease specialist, and director of the UCHealth Travel Clinic at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

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Associated Press

US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic

Associated Press
Publish DateOctober 29, 2020

Dr. Daniel Pastula, a neuroinfectious disease physician at UC Health University of Colorado Hospital [and CU School of Medicine associate professor of neurology], said the outdoor element of ski trips is generally safe during a pandemic, but the virus could spread if people congregate in places such as lift lines, lodges, restaurants and bathrooms. “I think you can ski smartly and safely. Again, not completely eliminating the risk, but really reducing it,” he said. Pastula listed now-common safety measures for skiers to follow, among them staying outdoors as much as possible, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick.

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