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CPR

Do you have long COVID? This Colorado research is trying to help identify just what it does and what to do about it

news outletCPR
Publish DateSeptember 21, 2023

“There's still a lot of Coloradans with long COVID,” said Dr. Sarah Jolley, the medical director of the UCHealth Post-COVID ICU Clinic

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Denver Gazette

Infectious disease docs: Respiratory illness season this year unlikely to see COVID-19 spikes of the past

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateSeptember 12, 2023

“We certainly have come a long way,” said Heather Young, an infectious disease specialist at Denver Health [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]. “The illnesses that our patients are seeing is less severe with all of the advances.”

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Cure Today

‘Pivotal’ Time for DLBCL Treatment Options

news outletCure Today
Publish DateSeptember 07, 2023

“I do believe things are looking really good for patients with DLBCL,” Manali Kamdar, a clinical researcher in the field of blood cancers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, tells us.

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US News

Mounjaro for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

news outletUS News
Publish DateSeptember 05, 2023

“This agent is part of a completely new class of drugs,” says Cecilia Low Wang, an endocrinologist with UCHealth and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. “Its dual action not only promotes the release of insulin to help improve glucose control, but leads people to eat less, feel fuller and, therefore, lose weight.”

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The Coloradoan

Here’s what Northern Colorado health officials say about flu, COVID and RSV outlook

news outletThe Coloradoan
Publish DateSeptember 05, 2023

Flu and RSV, which typically peak in December, are expected to arrive in October and possibly peak in November based on models from the southern hemisphere, said Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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KKTV

Colorado doctors predict earlier flu season, recommend getting vaccine as soon as possible

news outletKKTV
Publish DateSeptember 05, 2023

“The reason we pick Australia is because the data is available and they’re opposite us in terms of seasons. ... The seasonality of these viruses is not unique to the United States,” said Senior Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michelle Barron.

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The Denver Post

What to expect from flu, COVID and RSV this year? Virus season could start early in Colorado

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateSeptember 05, 2023

Michelle Barron, senior director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said the system has seen sporadic flu cases in recent weeks, but the season doesn’t appear to be starting in earnest yet.

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CBS News

Former CBS News Colorado sportscaster details fight with incurable disease: “I didn’t ask for this”

news outletCBS News
Publish DateSeptember 04, 2023

As luck would have it, the former sports broadcaster was matched up with a hematologist-oncologist at UCHealth named Peter Forsberg, the same name as one of the Colorado Avalanche’s greatest players. When they first spoke, McIntosh made a joke about his name, which Forsberg says he gets a lot. “More often than not there’s a comment that comes up around the name,” said Forsberg [associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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Greeley Tribune

‘We know that vaccines work’: UCHealth experts warn of multiple viruses circulating in colder months

news outletGreeley Tribune
Publish DateSeptember 04, 2023

Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], predicts another concerning fall and winter seasons with the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), circulating at the same time.

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9News

Doctors warn about 3 viruses circulating at the same time this fall

news outlet9News
Publish DateSeptember 03, 2023

“I’ll say as a mother of a 5-year-old who was admitted a few times with RSV, it was very scary, and so anything that we can do to protect those most vulnerable is really important,” Larissa Pisney, Medical Director for Infection Prevention [at UCHealth and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said.

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Medscape

Rise in Number of Unclaimed Dead Bodies Used in Medical Schools

news outletMedscape
Publish DateAugust 31, 2023

Some people don't want to discuss the practice because it is controversial, said Matthew DeCamp. “But ‘sweeping it under the rug’ means we miss the opportunity for dialogues about respect, consent, social justice, and so on — as well as the opportunity to change policy.” DeCamp is associate professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

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KDVR

Get ready: Doctors predict another difficult respiratory virus season

news outletKDVR
Publish DateAugust 30, 2023

Michelle Barron, the senior medical director of infection prevention at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said the predictions are based on the activity in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically Australia.

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Healio

Families of patients with COVID-19 suffer with anxiety, depression, PTSD

news outletHealio
Publish DateAugust 30, 2023

In a different cohort study, Timothy Amass, assistant professor of pulmonary sciences and critical care medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine, and colleagues assessed 115 (mean age, 53.9 years; 68.7% women; 29.4% Hispanic) family members of patients with COVID-19 in the ICU across five states to understand how PTSD symptoms vary at different times points within 1 year of their relative entering the ICU.

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Daily Camera

Guest opinion: Carey Candrian: Having to hide – or convert – who you are is not a form of love

news outletDaily Camera
Publish DateAugust 29, 2023

“Shutting up is not a form of love. Having to hide — or convert — who you are is also not a form of love. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.” Guest opinion by Carey Candrian, is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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MedPage Today

Manali Kamdar, MD, on Practical Considerations for Using CAR T-Cells for DLBCL

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateAugust 29, 2023

A review in the ASCO Educational Book provided management considerations for patients with primary refractory and early relapsed DLBCL. One of the two authors, Manali Kamdar, clinical director of Lymphoma Services at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, answered questions about the most important points.

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U.S. News & World Report

Men, These Factors Could Lower Your Testosterone As You Age

news outletU.S. News & World Report
Publish DateAugust 29, 2023

Dr. Robert Eckel is past president of the American Heart Association, and past president of medicine and science with the American Diabetes Association and professor of medicine, emeritus, division of endocrinology, metabolism & diabetes, and division of cardiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. After reviewing the findings, he stressed that the continuously emerging picture of testosterone production dynamics “seems to be more complicated all the time.”

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KUNC

How to diversify Colorado’s behavioral health workforce? A new effort starts by training teens

news outletKUNC
Publish DateAugust 26, 2023

“I think historically there’s always been a lot of mistrust and discrimination that’s been faced by racial and ethnic minoritized individuals like Black patients, American Indian patients and Latino patients,” Lilia Cervantes, a program leader and associate professor in the department of medicine at CU Anschutz, said. “To reduce mistrust, to improve culturally responsive care, I think we need to diversify the health care workforce.”

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Very Well Health

What Does a COVID Sore Throat Feel Like?

news outletVery Well Health
Publish DateAugust 24, 2023

“I don’t know how good these tests are yet against some of the newer subvariants that we’re seeing emerging,” said Connie Savor Price, chief medical officer at Denver Health and a professor specializing in infectious diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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KRDO

Southern Colorado hospital sees ‘slight uptick’ in COVID-19 cases as kids return to class

news outletKRDO
Publish DateAugust 22, 2023

Michelle Barron, Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control for UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said it’s natural for viruses to circulate as kids head back and pack into classrooms. She said this year, COVID-19 will be in that mix.

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News Medical

Gut microbiome may play a role in DNA methylation during weight loss

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateAugust 18, 2023

Stanislawski collaborated with CU Department of Medicine associate professor Vicki Catenacci, who led a behavioral weight loss intervention study comparing the effects of two popular weight loss regimens – intermittent fasting and the more traditional approach of daily caloric restriction.

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Cancer Health

New Treatment Paradigm Helps Lung Cancer Patient Thrive at CU Cancer Center

news outletCancer Health
Publish DateAugust 18, 2023

“There is preclinical data that suggests this approach works better because, prior to surgery, the tumor cells still have antigens to attack,” says University of Colorado Cancer Center member Erin Schenk, Ballard’s medical oncologist.

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HealthCentral

How Do Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Affect Women?

news outletHealthCentral
Publish DateAugust 17, 2023

Still, you can’t always assume these symptoms are being caused by IBD. “Symptoms of other conditions, such as endometriosis, can be difficult to tease apart from symptoms related to IBD,” says Benjamin Click, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.

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Scripps

Scripps News obtains bodycam video of past incident with mass shooter

news outletScripps
Publish DateAugust 17, 2023

According to Chris Knoepke, a Red Flag Law researcher who is also an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, “there’s no way to look back in time and see and be able to tell whether or not, you know, an ERPO or anything else would have prevented the tragedy that happened.” If the extreme risk protection order had been granted, it would have been illegal for the defendant to possess any firearm, Knoepke said.

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Medical Xpress

Researchers connect diet to changes in the microbiome

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateAugust 17, 2023

Stanislawski collaborated with CU Department of Medicine associate professor Vicki Catenacci, MD, who led a behavioral weight loss intervention study comparing the effects of two popular weight loss regimens—intermittent fasting and the more traditional approach of daily caloric restriction.

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UCHealth

A freak pickleball accident left him paralyzed. He found meaning thanks to parents who survived the Holocaust.

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateAugust 16, 2023

Dr. Bill Silvers’ mantra: as long as you’re breathing, you can do good in the world. How he rose up and recovered after a terrible spinal cord injury.

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AMA

Fixing medical student and resident burnout with ACPH keynote speaker, Lotte Dyrbye, MD

news outletAMA
Publish DateAugust 16, 2023

System-level solutions for medical schools and residency programs to reduce burnout. Lotte Dyrbye, chief well-being officer at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, joins to discuss the latest data on student and resident burnout and the steps that institutions can take to address it. AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger hosts.

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New York Post

Maui locals told to mask up as chemicals released into air and water could post long-term risks

news outletNew York Post
Publish DateAugust 15, 2023

“There are probably a fair number of people who had these exposures” in Maui, said Anthony Gerber, a pulmonologist at the Office of Research Innovation at National Jewish Health [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] in Colorado.

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SF Gate

What is shared decision-making, and how can it help patients?

news outletSF Gate
Publish DateAugust 14, 2023

"I think there's a strong recognition in American medicine of the importance of patient engagement – not only in their care, but in deciding what types of care and types of procedures they're going to get," said Dr. Larry Allen, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. "And in order to optimally engage patients in that process, we need to outline ways in which the health system and clinicians like myself can better get those patients involved in their care."

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Newsweek

Scientists Reveal a 'Health' Food That Leads to Weight Gain

news outletNewsweek
Publish DateAugust 14, 2023

"Most of the fructose we have comes from high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar and added sugar, which are made of glucose and fructose," Richard Johnson, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, told Newsweek. "Soft drinks can have as much as 30 grams of fructose in them, while a kiwi may have just 2 to 3 grams."

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KDVR

19 Coloradans hospitalized with West Nile as of Monday

news outletKDVR
Publish DateAugust 14, 2023

“We think about 80% of people may not even know they are sick,” said Daniel Pastula, chief of neuroinfectious diseases and global neurology at UCHealth. “About 20% of the time, people may get a pretty severe, flu-like illness of high fever, rashes, joint pain, muscle pain. And then about 1% of the time, this virus may impact the nervous system.”

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Medscape

West Nile Infections Rising in the US

news outletMedscape
Publish DateAugust 11, 2023

Daniel Pastula, chief of neuroinfectious diseases and global neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health, says the state is watching troubling signs as well. “The concern this year,” Pastula said, “particularly along the Front Range in Colorado, is we’ve found many more mosquitoes [that are] positive for West Nile earlier in the season compared with other years.”

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Denver 7

West Nile virus in Denver: Officials urge caution as health department investigates 6 suspected cases

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateAugust 10, 2023

People older than 60 years old or those with certain medical conditions such as being immunocompromised, diabetic, fighting cancer or those with kidney disease are most at risk of developing neuroinvasive disease, according to Daniel Pastula, an infectious disease specialist at UCHealth and chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health.

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KDVR

Denver Health part of project to get data from 1M people

news outletKDVR
Publish DateAugust 09, 2023

Denver Health is taking part in the ambitious All of Us research project to track health data for more than 1 million people. Talya Cunningham speaks with the hospital’s director of research, Rachel Everhart [associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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Health

Do Tick Bites Cause a Red Meat Allergy? What to Know About The Rise of Alpha Gal Syndrome

news outletHealth
Publish DateAugust 09, 2023

“This is probably not a new syndrome, but a newly-recognized syndrome. We’re still learning a lot about it,” Daniel Pastula, the chief of neuroinfectious diseases and global neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health, told Health.

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CPR

End of affirmative action makes it harder for medical schools to fix community health inequities

news outletCPR
Publish DateAugust 08, 2023

The goal was clearer to Prashanth Francis, a liver doctor and research scientist with the CU School of Medicine. A first-generation Indian American, Francis always wanted to be a doctor. In high school, he ended up leaving early to enroll in a specialized academy for kids who wanted to pursue STEM careers. Now, as an assistant professor and a former president of Anschutz’s Minority and Allied Resident Council, he sees the flaw in the logic that being the best academic mind is the only important thing for doctors to strive for.

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5280

The Best Cancer Care in Colorado Keeps Getting Better

news outlet5280
Publish DateAugust 07, 2023

Centers of Attention

University of Colorado Anschutz Katy O. and Paul M. Rady Esophageal and Gastric Center of Excellence The center’s eponymous donors gave $20 million to, in part, establish an innovation fund, which founding chair Sachin Wani, a professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at CU Anschutz, will use to fund research grants.

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KKTV

West Nile Virus season ramps up in Colorado

news outletKKTV
Publish DateAugust 06, 2023

“I think what’s concerning is the amount of positive mosquitoes, infected with West Nile virus, and the cases coming in that seem more rapid than a normal year,” Chief of neuro-infectious diseases and neurology at UCHealth Daniel Pastula said.

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MedPage Today

When It Comes to Eye Care, AI Couldn’t See Straight

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateAugust 04, 2023

Matthew DeCamp, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, told MedPage Today that studies like this have important limitations. “This study required the entire answer to be accurate. But answers could be entirely accurate, or partly accurate, or completely inaccurate, and not all inaccuracies carry the same importance,” said DeCamp, who was not involved in the research.

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KDVR

West Nile virus is more of a threat this year than previous years, experts say

news outletKDVR
Publish DateAugust 04, 2023

Daniel Pastula, an infectious disease specialist at UCHealth, said there is an increased risk of contracting the virus this year due to extra rainfall and moisture creating the ideal breeding grounds for the blood-sucking pests.

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Denver 7

First West Nile virus death in Colorado for the 2023 season reported in Weld County

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateAugust 04, 2023

People older than 60 years old or those with certain medical conditions such as being immunocompromised, diabetic, fighting cancer or those with kidney disease are most at risk of developing neuroinvasive disease, according to Daniel Pastula, an infectious disease specialist at UCHealth and chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health.

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New York Post

How fructose turns us into fat, hibernating bears: study

news outletNew York Post
Publish DateAugust 02, 2023

“This is an in-depth review on a hypothesis that puts nature at the center of weight gain, examining how fructose works differently than other nutrients by lowering active energy,” said lead study author Richard Johnson, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Medscape

Tools May Predict Inflammatory Arthritis in At-Risk Patients

news outletMedscape
Publish DateAugust 02, 2023

Though there are blood markers and early symptoms in patients that may signal a higher risk for IA, “we don’t know what to do with those people yet,” said Kevin Deane, associate professor of medicine and chair in rheumatology research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

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CBS News

RheumaGen at Fitzsimons Innovation to test promising gene therapy for rheumatoid arthritis

news outletCBS News
Publish DateAugust 02, 2023

It was at the Clinimmune (a nonprofit biotech company in CU's Department of Medicine) lab at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where scientists discovered they could edit a gene to make it resistant to auto-immune disease.

Brian Freed, PhD F(ACHI), the Executive Director of ClinImmune Cell and Gene Therapy (and professor of medicine), said, "So it's really like plastic surgery on the immune system."

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Targeted Oncology

Considerations for Third-Line Therapy for Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL

news outletTargeted Oncology
Publish DateJuly 31, 2023

During a Targeted Oncology Case-Based Roundtable event, Brad Haverkos, associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine, and other participants discussed the choice of treatment options for a patient with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma who previously received R-CHOP and pola-BR.

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Medscape

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Persist for 12 Years

news outletMedscape
Publish DateJuly 28, 2023

New randomized, controlled trials “are needed” that compare metabolic bariatric surgery with medical and lifestyle management that includes “high-dose incretin-hormone therapy,” commented Robert H. Eckel, an endocrinologist and emeritus professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.

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Targeted Oncology

Physicians Review Diagnosis and Management of BPDCN

news outletTargeted Oncology
Publish DateJuly 27, 2023

During a Targeted Oncology™ Case-Based Roundtable™ event, Daniel Pollyea, professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine, and participants discussed the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm.

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The New England Journal of Medicine

Building a Better Insulin — Whom Will It Help?

news outletThe New England Journal of Medicine
Publish DateJuly 27, 2023

The discovery of insulin in 1921 transformed the lives of persons with diabetes. On the 100th anniversary of this discovery in 2021, we celebrated the discovery of insulin and its legacy of long and healthy lives for those living with diabetes. Still, diabetes remains a major cause of illness and death and a lifelong, 24/7/365 burden to the individual patient.

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Healio

Neighborhood mobility, air pollution levels impact COVID-19 hospitalization risk

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 26, 2023

“These findings are important for clinicians to be aware of because they can affect how we talk with our patients about health,” Sarah E. Rowan, associate director of HIV and viral hepatitis prevention at the Public Health Institute at Denver Health and associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told Healio.

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Healio

Fewer hospitalizations, death with neutralizing monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 26, 2023

“Real-world data revealed a strong association between receipt of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and reduced hospitalization and death among COVID-19 outpatients across multiple pandemic phases and provided valuable data to inform scarce resource allocation decisions,” Matthew K. Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and colleagues wrote.

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Healio

Beyond type 2 diabetes, metformin may also offer heart benefits

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 25, 2023

A traditional view of separate therapies for diabetes and CVD was challenged after large randomized controlled trials demonstrated CV benefits for two classes of drugs, SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists, which are “arguably both diabetes and cardiovascular drugs,” Gregory G. Schwartz, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chief of the cardiology section at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, said during a presentation at the American Society for Preventive Cardiology Congress on CVD Prevention.

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HealthCentral

Can You Take Albuterol and Symbicort Together for Asthma?

news outletHealthCentral
Publish DateJuly 25, 2023

“Albuterol is a short-acting inhaled medication that relaxes the smooth muscle around the airways, giving short-term relief of airway constriction due to asthma,” says David Beuther, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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Becker's Payer Issues

The biggest misconceptions about prior authorization, according to payers

news outletBecker's Payer Issues
Publish DateJuly 24, 2023

Neel Butala, assistant professor of medicine-cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora and chief medical officer of HiLabs, said as a physician, his interactions with payers often center around prior authorizations.

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OncLive

Lunning and Kamdar Debate the Role of Pola-R-CHP in Treatment-Naïve DLBCL

news outletOncLive
Publish DateJuly 24, 2023

In this episode, Lunning sits down with Manali Kamdar, the clinical director of Lymphoma Services at the UCHealth Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center – Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado in Aurora.

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Lown Institute

2023 Hospital Social Responsibility: Event Recap

news outletLown Institute
Publish DateJuly 24, 2023

Read Pierce, Chief Quality Officer of Denver Health: For Denver Health, it’s a mindset. There’s an extraordinary commitment to the people of our community, to our shared values of caring for them, and it creates a kind of North Star for us to follow. It’s also about commitment to certain values within the staff and leadership.

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KSUT

There’s a way to get healthier without even going to the gym. It’s called NEAT

news outletKSUT
Publish DateJuly 22, 2023

“That’s for the most part not modifiable,” explains Seth Creasy, an exercise physiologist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “There are some things that can maybe change your basal metabolic rate, but not drastically.” 

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Greeley Tribune

‘I felt awful’: Windsor woman’s battle with West Nile virus highlights need for prevention, awareness

news outletGreeley Tribune
Publish DateJuly 21, 2023

Daniel Pastula, chief of neuroinfectious disease and global neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School Public Health, puts neuroinvasive cases into three categories — West Nile meningitis, West Nile encephalitis and West Nile acute flaccid paralysis.

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Cancer Health

Insight Into Improving Efficacy of PD-L1 Immunotherapy for Cancer Patients

news outletCancer Health
Publish DateJuly 20, 2023

“Our findings show we can potentially achieve tumor control and provide patients with more successful cancer treatments,” said author Antonio Jimeno, director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and co-leader of Development Therapeutics Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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Westword

Denver Researchers Find New Ways That City Surroundings Worsen People's Health

news outletWestword
Publish DateJuly 20, 2023

"Now we can say that not only having these medical conditions or being elderly or being overweight is a risk, but also living in an area where you have a lot of multi-family buildings, living in an area with higher particulate matter in the air, are independent risk factors," explains Dr. Sarah Rowan, an expert on public health who is one of the authors of the CU Denver study.

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Cancer Health

Individualized Care Provides Hope for Patient With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

news outletCancer Health
Publish DateJuly 18, 2023

Spanjer was referred to the multidisciplinary pancreatic cancer team at the CU Cancer Center, where she met with Wells Messersmith, associate director of clinical services, in January 2018. He had taken her case to the pancreatic cancer multidisciplinary team. “In that setting we have about 20 people reviewing her case, and there were abnormalities on the scans, things that we weren’t sure about,” Messersmith explains. “She had what we suspected were lesions on her liver, but we weren’t entirely certain.”

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Nature

Medicine is plagued by untrustworthy clinical trials. How many studies are faked or flawed?

news outletNature
Publish DateJuly 18, 2023

In a 2021 editorial introducing the idea of trustworthiness screening, Lisa Bero, a senior research integrity editor at Cochrane, and a bioethicist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, pointed out that there was no validated, universally agreed method.

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Denver Gazette

COVID-19 cases plateau, but still circulate in Colorado

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateJuly 17, 2023

“If a shot can keep you from getting sick and certainly keep you out of the hospital, it’s worth it,” said Michelle Barron, senior director of infection prevention at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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Westword

Commentary: Sounding the Xylazine Alarm

news outletWestword
Publish DateJuly 16, 2023

Op-ed co authored by Josh Barocas, infectious diseases physician and addiction researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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NBC News

Doctors weigh in as cases of common cold on the rise this summer

news outletNBC News
Publish DateJuly 16, 2023

Larissa Pisney, [assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] who specializes in infectious diseases at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital said that compared to prior years, we are seeing increases in rhinovirus, enterovirus and adenovirus, all of which cause summer colds.

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HCP Live

Amid Social and Political Strife, Medical Schools Seek a Modern Approach

news outletHCP Live
Publish DateJuly 16, 2023

But the greater takeaway stayed with Shanta Zimmer through her residency, recurring throughout her career in different iterations of physician-patient collaboration, and eventually manifesting as a core component of her current job as senior associate dean of medical education at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: physicians must learn to treat the individual patient, not the disease, as they live in their communities.

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Healio

Oral anticoagulant prescription rates poor after newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation

news outletHealio
Publish DateJuly 14, 2023

“It is well established that increasing age and increasing HAS‐BLED scores are associated with fewer oral anticoagulant prescriptions,” Evan Manning, of the internal medicine residency training program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado, and colleagues wrote in the study background.

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News Medical

Neighborhood environment can increase risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, study reveals

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJuly 14, 2023

“This will help public health leaders continue to advocate for healthier cities, and it helps inform outreach efforts to address COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses,” said Sarah Rowan, associate professor of medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver Health infectious diseases physician and the study's senior author.

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Becker's Health IT

How UCHealth creates the ‘perfect match’ between AI, humans

news outletBecker's Health IT
Publish DateJuly 13, 2023

The virtual health center then analyzes the AI’s warning data and separates false positives from true ones and notifies providers when something looks of concern. “It’s a perfect match between AI and humans,” CT Lin, chief medical informatics officer of UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said.

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Axios

Too hot to handle: What the world’s increasing heat does to our bodies

news outletAxios
Publish DateJuly 13, 2023

Researchers studying how chronic heat stress impacts agricultural workers around the world have seen the increase in sudden extremes can take a toll even if it doesn’t result in acute heat exhaustion, Richard Johnson, professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, told Axios.

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MedPage Today

Stem Cell Medical Tourism Leads to Meningitis in MS Patient

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJuly 12, 2023

In October 2022, the woman in her 30s traveled to Baja California, Mexico, and received two lumbar punctures of the stem cell product as a “treatment” for MS after researching the clinic online, Daniel Pastula, of the University of Colorado [School of Medicine] and the Colorado School of Public Health, and colleagues reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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OncLive

Neoadjuvant Enfortumab Vedotin Continues to Elicit Encouraging Antitumor Activity in MIBC

news outletOncLive
Publish DateJuly 10, 2023

“All patients were able to undergo surgery with no delays due to neoadjuvant enfortumab vedotin–related [AEs] in this understudied population,” lead study author Thomas W. Flaig, University of Colorado Cancer Center Anschutz Medical Campus, and colleagues, emphasized in a poster of the data.

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Wall Street Journal

Want to Be More Fit? Take a Vacation From Your Workout

news outletWall Street Journal
Publish DateJuly 08, 2023

If you’re a runner, consider skipping your usual 3-miler and instead play ultimate Frisbee, kickball or tennis, sports that rely on sprinting and changing directions, says Seth Creasy, an assistant professor of endocrinology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. These different movement patterns improve agility and coordination. And the short bursts of high intensity will help you build speed, he says.

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TIME

Why You Really Need to Change Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

news outletTIME
Publish DateJuly 07, 2023

More important than which filter you buy is how you use it, Siegel says. Priority number one: replacing or cleaning it regularly. If you put it off for too long, mold and other contaminants can accumulate in your AC system and circulate throughout your home, potentially triggering allergies and other respiratory issues, says Anthony Gerber, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].

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AMA

These 11 doctors are moving medicine forward. Find out how.

news outletAMA
Publish DateJuly 06, 2023

Matthew Wynia received the AMA Foundation Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism, which honors people dedicated to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice and who have made an outstanding contribution through active service in medical ethics activities.... He directs the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

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CBS News

Coloradans consider impact of SCOTUS affirmative action ruling

news outletCBS News
Publish DateJuly 05, 2023

CU Medical School Assistant Professor Kamal Henderson says his mom’s generation was the first to be provided opportunities like the ones he’s had. Henderson – a cardiologist – was shocked to see affirmative action overturned. He said, “There’s 13 generations of being here in this country and, up and down with laws, etc. But we only have two generations to figure out how best to restructure our systems and societies to bring about equity and opportunities.”

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CU Medicine

Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro for Weight Loss: An Expert Weighs-In

news outletCU Medicine
Publish DateJuly 03, 2023

CU Medicine internist Dr. Annie Moore guides us on Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro and how they are part of a larger weight management discussion.

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CBS News

Universities in Colorado react to Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

news outletCBS News
Publish DateJune 29, 2023

The ruling may have a major impact on higher learning programs in the state. The news hit hard for Kamal Henderson, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado school of medicine and a VA cardiologist. “Right now, it’s a shock. It really is. I am saddened by it,” said Henderson, who is Black. Getting into any medical school is tough. CU accepts less than 2% of all applicants.

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Chalkbeat Colorado

How the Supreme Court ruling on race-based admissions could affect Colorado students

news outletChalkbeat Colorado
Publish DateJune 29, 2023

“Excellence is not defined by a test score, so this will force us to define excellence even better,” said Shanta Zimmer, senior associate dean for education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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MedPage Today

FDA Panel Backs Palovarotene for Ultra-Rare Bone Disorder

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateJune 29, 2023

Committee chair Cecilia Low Wang, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, said these analyses, while not ideal, support palovarotene’s efficacy. “Despite problems with post hoc analyses in general, and the fact that these were performed after the data were unblinded, I felt that they were appropriate in this instance,” said Wang. “The results were convincing and consistent as performed by the sponsor, and especially because these were confirmed by the FDA.”

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CPR

After the Supreme Court rules against affirmative action, Colorado universities, higher education leaders react

news outletCPR
Publish DateJune 29, 2023

Universities with selective admission policies have used affirmative action to try leveling the playing field a little more. “In a medical school; in particular, in an MD program, our class size is 184 people, and we have in the last several years, consistently had around 10,000 or more applicants for those 184 positions,” said Shanta Zimmer, senior associate dean at CU Anschutz School of Medicine. “So the opportunity to enroll everybody who’s excellent is not there.”

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NBC News

Have a summer cold? Common viruses are back from a pandemic hiatus

news outletNBC News
Publish DateJune 28, 2023

“It’s ridiculous how much you see it in the summer,” Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] in Colorado, said of rhinovirus.

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Becker's Hospital Review

Newsweek’s 175 top cancer hospitals in the US, ranked by state

news outletBecker's Hospital Review
Publish DateJune 27, 2023

Colorado

  • UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora), rank: 38
  • UCHealth - Medical Center of The Rockies (Loveland), rank: 102
  • Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center (Denver), rank: 126
  • UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins), rank: 137
  • Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver), rank: 173
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Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado practitioners work to provide informed care amid Ozempic fad

news outletColorado Springs Gazette
Publish DateJune 27, 2023

Doctors like Cecilia Low Wang, a UCHealth expert in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, have been working with drugs like these for years. She is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chairs the committee that advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on drugs related to metabolism and endocrinology.

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Los Angeles Times

Compressing your eating day is as effective as counting calories, study finds

news outletLos Angeles Times
Publish DateJune 26, 2023

The tried-and-true way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. But that’s easier said than done. Preparing low-calorie meals and keeping track of portion sizes can be expensive and time consuming, Adam Gilden and Victoria Catenacci of the University of Colorado School of Medicine wrote in an editorial that accompanies the study. It also requires a lot of discipline — not many people can withstand the temptation of a slice of cake on a co-worker’s birthday or a meal out with friends on the weekend.

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NBC News

Intermittent fasting is as effective as calorie counting for weight loss, study finds

news outletNBC News
Publish DateJune 26, 2023

“The registered dietitian support likely influenced dietary choices of persons within their 8-hour eating window,” the editorial said. In general, people have more success with weight loss when they receive intensive counseling, said Adam Gilden, one of the editorial’s authors and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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ABC News

No more needles? A daily pill may work as well as Wegovy shots to treat obesity

news outletABC News
Publish DateJune 25, 2023

“If you ask people a random question, ‘Would you rather take a pill or an injection?’ People overwhelmingly prefer a pill,” said Daniel Bessesen, chief of endocrinology at Denver Health, who treats patients with obesity but was not involved in the new research.

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Washington Post

When doctors sugarcoat the truth, patients get shortchanged

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateJune 24, 2023

Too much information can be unhelpful and confusing, said Eric Campbell, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and director of research at the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities. But should a doctor decide that medical choices are over a patient’s head so they shouldn’t be mentioned or that a patient is too fragile to handle difficult news?

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Denver Gazette

UCHealth opens new tower, expands patient capacity

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateJune 22, 2023

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora opened a new tower this week which will boast 215 new inpatient beds when fully phased in.

“Our hospital is often at or near patient capacity,” Dr. Jean Kutner, UCH chief medical officer, said in a statement.

Kutner added, “The additional inpatient rooms and services in the new tower allow us to meet the needs of even more patients.”

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HealthDay

Peer Groups Can Provide Emotional Support to Those With Kidney Failure

news outletHealthDay
Publish DateJune 22, 2023

Lilia Cervantes, from University of Colorado in Aurora, and colleagues assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a single-group peer support group intervention for undocumented immigrants with kidney failure receiving emergency dialysis.

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Medscape

Starting Indicated Heart Failure Meds In-Hospital: Progress, Opportunities

news outletMedscape
Publish DateJune 21, 2023

Hess, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, is senior author on the report from the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) quality improvement program of the American Heart Association. Lead author is Stanley A. Swat, MD, MSCS, from the same institution.

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News Medical

Scientists uncover molecular mechanism contributing to defective heart development in Down syndrome

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJune 21, 2023

A recent study by scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus reports the discovery of a molecular mechanism contributing to defective heart development in Down syndrome. The research team, led by Dr. Kunhua Song, associate professor of medicine, employed a combination of experiments using human cells with and without trisomy 21 and a mouse model of Down syndrome to illuminate the molecular basis of impaired heart formation.

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9News

Denver Health building transitional apartments for patients who have nowhere to go

news outlet9News
Publish DateJune 20, 2023

“We can’t make people healthy without housing,” said Sarah Stella, an internal medicine physician at Denver Health [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], who also leads housing and health initiatives at the hospital.

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CPR

‘Just Us’ documentary explores the lives of LGBTQ people

news outletCPR
Publish DateJune 19, 2023

A University of Colorado School of Medicine associate professor who normally looks at the relationship between communication and LGBTQ health care outcomes pivoted from her usual field of study during the pandemic. While most people were quarantining, Carey Candrian, 41, who’d never made a film before, sat on a couch with a cinematographer, and interviewed LGBTQ individuals and couples, to find out how they lived.

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The New England Journal of Medicine

Ellipsis

news outletThe New England Journal of Medicine
Publish DateJune 17, 2023

Samuel Porter, MD, reflects on the impersonal nature of electronic communications in medicine in “Ellipsis,” a Perspective published on June 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Real Health

Cannabis May Ease ’Chemo Brain’ and Improve Sleep

news outletReal Health
Publish DateJune 17, 2023

For the study, Bryan collaborated with oncologists Dr. Ross Camidge and Dr. Daniel Bowles at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to observe 25 cancer patients who used cannabis over two weeks. After a baseline appointment in which their pain levels, sleep patterns and cognition were assessed, they were asked to purchase the edible product of their choosing from a dispensary.

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CPR

Colorado just recorded its lowest number of COVID hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic

news outletCPR
Publish DateJune 16, 2023

“With the current variants, COVID-19 is mostly an outpatient disease for most adults,” said Anuj Mehta, a pulmonary care physician at Denver Health [and assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], and member of the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce.

“The low hospitalization likely is a reflection of sustained community immunity and again, in general, less severe infection,” said Michelle Barron, an infectious disease expert at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] via email.

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Vibrant Denver

Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston Announces Co-Chairs for 28 Transition Committees

news outletVibrant Denver
Publish DateJune 16, 2023

Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston’s transition committee, Vibrant Denver, announced the co-chairs for all 28 committees of the transition. Dr. Joshua Barocas, Director of Social Determinants of Health & Disparities Modeling Unit, CU Anschutz Medical Campus will serve as co-chair for the Public Health and Environment Committee.

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Healio

PAD plus diabetes ‘unique’ malignant phenotype; proper medical therapy essential

news outletHealio
Publish DateJune 13, 2023

Approximately one in three patients with diabetes or current smoking aged 50 years or older have PAD, Marc P. Bonaca, professor of medicine and director of vascular research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said during a presentation.

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Healio

Addressing disparities in diagnosing cystic fibrosis in diverse populations

news outletHealio
Publish DateJune 13, 2023

“Racism does occur in medicine,” Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, professor of medicine and pediatrics at National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said during the presentation. “Even though race and ethnicity are social constructs, because of racism, which impact the social determinants of health, we therefore see the effects in medicine.”

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Patient Engagement HIT

Can the Race of AI Chatbot Avatars Impact Patient Experience?

news outletPatient Engagement HIT
Publish DateJune 12, 2023

While some researchers have focused on the quality of information patients can get from chatbots, the CU researchers have zoomed in on the patient experience of using these tools. Particularly, how does the AI chatbot impact the way patients perceive their care, queried Annie Moore, a CU internal medicine professor and the Joyce and Dick Brown Endowed Professor in Compassion in the Patient Experience.

“One of the things we noticed early on was this question of how people perceive the race or ethnicity of the chatbot and what effect that might have on their experience,” Matthew DeCamp, associate professor in the CU Division of General Internal Medicine, said in the press release. “It could be that you share more with the chatbot if you perceive the chatbot to be the same race as you.”

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Denverite

Advocates let Mike Johnston know what they thought of his plan to solve homelessness in four years at a roundtable discussion

news outletDenverite
Publish DateJune 12, 2023

Sarah Rowan, an infectious disease specialist at Denver Health [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine], said that the city will be making a mistake if services are limited to people who don’t use drugs. Individuals need private homes and fewer rules, if they’re going to participate in programs, advocates argue. “Not everybody wants to be in recovery right now,” Rowan said to Johnston. “If we only treat people who are in recovery, I think we’ll still have homelessness at a pretty large scale.”
 
Josh Barocas, from CU Anschutz, who this year published research that found encampment sweeps can decrease life expectancy for the unhoused, encouraged Johnston to change the narrative about how people discuss homelessness and what it means to create safe occupancy sites and tiny home villages in neighborhoods.

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