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Céline Dion's Doctor Makes Plea for More Stiff-Person Syndrome Research

news outletPeople
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

Dr. Amanda Piquet, who serves as director of the autoimmune neurology program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is the physician who diagnosed Dion, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that the disease is widely unknown — even in the medical community. Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is an incurable neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord. It’s associated with slurred speech, double vision and painful muscle contractions that can become so severe that patients lose their ability to walk or speak. 

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Rolling Stone Magazine

Celine Dion Foundation Donates $2 Million to Study of Autoimmune Neurology

news outletRolling Stone Magazine
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

The Celine Dion Foundation has pledged $2 million to create the Celine Dion Foundation Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Neurology. The announcement was made during the New York special screening of her upcoming documentary, I Am: Celine Dion. According to a press release, Amanda Piquet, MD, who is the director of the Autoimmune Neurology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will be the inaugural chair holder. 

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Elle Magazine

Celine Dion Tears Up While Thanking Fans for Supporting Her Through Her Health Journey

news outletElle Magazine
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

Dion’s neurologist, Dr. Amanda Piqué, was also in the audience. The singer credited her with solving “this mystery about my health,” which prompted a round of applause to honor her work. That night, Dion also pledged $2 million to the Celine Dion Foundation Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Neurology at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Piqué, director of the Autoimmune Neurology Program at the university, will serve as the inaugural chairholder. “She has replaced my fear with hope,” Dion said.

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The Denver Post

Colorado Researchers Find Link Between Moms’ Experience of Racism and Kids’ Aging

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

Intuitively, then, slower biological aging might seem like a good thing, but that isn’t necessarily the case, said Dr. Wei Perng, an associate professor of epidemiology at Colorado School of Public Health and one of the researchers. The study didn’t look at whether the children were smaller than expected or met their developmental milestones later, so it can’t rule out immediate effects, and not much other information exists on aging in children, she said

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Yahoo News

Harm Reduction is Shown to Help, But Rising Skepticism Threatens Life-Saving Programs

news outletYahoo News
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

“Closing the Pueblo syringe service program is a fiscally irresponsible move, because people are now going to get more infections that are more costly,” said Dr. Josh Barocas, an infectious diseases physician and addiction researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “A lot of people either are on state insurance, Medicaid or are uninsured. So where does that cost go? That cost goes directly to the city of Pueblo and its residents.”

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The New York Times

Life With Alzheimer’s: Families’ Stories

news outletThe New York Times
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

To the Editor: The beautifully written and supportive essay by Stephen Gettinger about his mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s and his own diagnosis should be read by all families and patients facing this debilitating disease. From L. Michael Glodé, Golden, Colo. ,professor emeritus at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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UPI

American Diets Improve, But Remain Poor for Many, Tufts Study Says

news outletUPI
Publish DateJune 21, 2024

"I hope the results of this excellent study shine a bright light that we need to change our policies in the U.S.," said Bonnie Jortberg, a registered dietitian and associate professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. She was not involved in the new study.

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