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Genetic variants may be tied to middle ear infections risk

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Publish DateDecember 11, 2018

"We predict that FUT2 is one of numerous genes with variants that make one prone to middle ear infections, and our goal is to eventually identify as many genes and variants as possible in various populations so we can predict who is at risk for infection and requires more careful management," Dr. Regie Santos-Cortez of the University of Colorado School of Medicine told Reuters Health by email. For the study, online October 25 in The American Journal of Human Genetics, Dr. Santos-Cortez and colleagues obtained DNA samples from 609 multi-ethnic families and simplex cases with otitis media. Those with known genetic, craniofacial, and immunodeficiency syndromes were excluded.

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‘Adrenal support’ supplements may contain unsafe ingredients

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Publish DateApril 25, 2018

Lab tests of the supplements found they all contained thyroid hormone and most had at least one steroid hormone. “Patients should be aware that any supplement that is sold as ‘natural,’ ‘organic,’ ‘herbal,’ ‘plant-based,’ may not be safe,” said lead author Dr. Halis Kaan Akturk of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado.

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Shift work linked to burnout in sleep-deprived nurses

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Publish DateDecember 13, 2017

“Burnout syndrome in nurses is associated with decreased patient satisfaction, reduced quality of care, medication errors, higher rates of healthcare related infections and higher mortality rates,” said Meredith Mealer, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver VA Medical Center who wasn’t involved in the study.

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Doctors rarely discuss end-of-life care for chronic lung conditions

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Publish DateDecember 01, 2017

“It’s easier to avoid the conversation, which is rarely a brief one,” said Dr. Cari Levy, a professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. “Our systems are not designed to allow for meaningful conversations that may take some time.” Levy, a palliative-care physician who routinely discusses end-of-life questions with her patients, believes that confronting death can be empowering.

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Physicians may be biased against research from poor nations

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Publish DateNovember 15, 2017

Dr. David Kuwayama, a vascular surgeon and professor at the University of Colorado Denver in Aurora who was not involved with the study, said it “clearly illustrates the inherent biases that all of us in academic medicine . . . share when it comes to devaluing research from outside of the U.S. and Europe.” “If a journal publishes a groundbreaking paper from a low-income country, but we in the Western world are unwilling to value it, then we are depriving both ourselves and our patients of valuable, maybe even life-saving, medical knowledge,” he said in an email.

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Insurers are slow to approve pricey new cholesterol drugs

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Publish DateOctober 04, 2017

Dr. Robert Eckel, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver and former president of the American Heart Association, told Reuters Health that when he prescribes PCSK9 inhibitors, he often hears back from an insurance company with an approval within half an hour. “I know the indications of the drug, how to assess its risk and when I need to push hard,” he said. “I often also explain to my patients upfront that I’m the prescribing physician and not in a position to discuss copays.”

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Too little sleep tied to weight gain in kids

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Publish DateSeptember 26, 2017

Parents can help children get more sleep by enforcing a regular sleep schedule even on weekends and holidays, creating a calming bedtime routine, and removing electronics from the bedroom, said Stacey Simon, a pediatric sleep psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

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What should doctors and nurses do when a shooter is in the hospital?

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Publish DateSeptember 06, 2017

“If we are asking healthcare providers to enter an active shooter scene while the shooting is still going on, I would not expect a healthcare provider to try to deal with that until the assailant is either gone or otherwise dealt with,” said Dr. Peter Pons of Denver Health Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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