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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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Practicing Fire Safety in the Operating Room

Edward Jones MD, MS, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized expert on preventing operating room (OR) fires.


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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Scientists Reverse Deadly Impacts of Asthma in Mice

Excess mucus in the lungs can be fatal for asthma patients, but scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have broken up those secretions at the molecular level and reversed their often deadly effects.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDavid Kelly | Publish DateJanuary 12, 2021
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

Pharmacists on the Front Lines: As Vaccines Arrive, Pharmacists Play Critical Role

Professor Ty Kiser, PharmD, recalls getting the push notification from UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital that announced he was on the list to receive one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state of Colorado.

“I was pretty excited. I took the first appointment I could get . . . It was like Christmas came early,” Kiser said.


School NameSchool of Pharmacy
AuthorLori Westermann | Publish DateJanuary 11, 2021
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Community    Mental Health

Capitol Chaos Unsettles a Nation Already Battered by Disease and Unrest

A storming of the U.S. Capitol aimed at halting a historical presidential electoral vote failed in its intent on Jan. 6. Yet the riotous act frazzled a nation already weary from a months-long pandemic punctuated by political turmoil and social unrest. And the collective stress is taking its toll.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorDebra Melani | Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021
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Research    COVID-19

COVID-19: A Time to Reinvest in Our Early Career Scientists

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the stress and uncertainty weighed heavily on many of those on the front lines. Lilia Cervantes, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Denver Health and the University of Colorado Division of Hospital Medicine, and a physician-scientist, was one of the first to work in a COVID-19 unit. The night before her first shift at Denver Health, Cervantes, also a mother of two daughters, went online to make a will.


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Safety and Quality Are a Primary Focus for the CU Department of Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the safety of patients during surgery. But long before the concerns brought on by coronavirus, the CU Department of Surgery was working to make patient safety a priority.


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Colorado COVID-19 cases spike 30% in first week of January

Fox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

Other members of the Colorado healthcare community said they are aware of the trend and tracking it closely. “It’s definitely something we’re keeping a close eye on,” said Dr. Glen Mays, chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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Washington Post

Early vaccination in prisons, a public health priority, proves politically charged

Washington Post
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

“It’s a very stigmatized population, and there are people who say, ‘They’re in prison, they must have done something terrible, and they don’t deserve a place in line,’ ” said Matthew Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado [Anschutz Medical Campus] and a member of the state’s medical advisory group. But viewing the priorities in terms of who deserves to be inoculated, he said, “might end up prolonging the pandemic and killing more people.”

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Eat This, Not That: 5 Easy Food Swaps

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Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

That’s where the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus comes in: The interdisciplinary center offers all kinds of programs (fitness, weight loss, mind-body therapy, and even a series of dietician-led virtual cooking classes for $6 per lesson) for patients, people in the community, and medical professionals at Anschutz. But it’s up to registered dietician and manager of campus and community initiatives Lisa Wingrove to use the latest research about nutrition to inform easy-to-execute meals and recipes.

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The Denver Post

Polis’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions catches local health agencies off guard, raises “deep concerns”

The Denver Post
Publish DateJanuary 08, 2021

“Indoors is riskier than outdoors because the walls and ceilings that enclose indoor spaces trap the virus, allowing it to build up in the air over time — much like cigarette smoke,” wrote Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, and Elizabeth Carlton, an associate professor for the school.

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