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Colorado Politics

Colorado’s work on Down syndrome research headed to D.C.

news outletColorado Politics
Publish DateOctober 20, 2017

On a five-member panel of experts, three are from Colorado: Michelle Sie Whitten, founder, CEO and president of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and Frank Stephens, the Quincy Jones Advocate for the Denver-based foundation, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as Dr. Joaquin M. Espinosa. executive director of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

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Some mothers may not seek early help for kids with developmental delays

news outletWHTC
Publish DateOctober 16, 2017

“In the United States, one in four children under the age of 5 years is at moderate to high risk of developmental delay, a situation in which children do not achieve motor, language, cognitive, social or adaptive skills when they should,” said lead study author Dawn Magnusson of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. “Many mothers in our study experienced challenges accessing early intervention services due to logistical challenges or competing social and financial stressors that resulted in delayed or forgone care,” Magnusson said by email.

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Washington Post

Does breast-feeding really decrease my cancer risk?

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateOctober 15, 2017

Nursing has been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer risk in both pre- and post-menopausal women. But, says Virginia Borges, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s young women’s breast cancer program, “it gets complicated from here.” Nursing a baby changes the structure of the breast. Even after breast-feeding ends, microscopic changes in the milk-delivery system protect the breast against precancerous cells, Borges says. This effect is more common among women who have nursed more children or for longer periods than others.

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Contaminated floodwaters following hurricanes can cause life-threatening skin infections

news outletAccuWeather
Publish DateOctober 06, 2017

“In these flood situations, there’s all that brackish water contaminated with sewage, and water, human waste, and animal filth and other things being a kind of culture broth for bacteria,” said Dr. Whitney High, the director of dermatopathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Insurers are slow to approve pricey new cholesterol drugs

news outletReuters
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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Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Poet’s Brain To Be Used To Study Down Syndrome-Alzheimer’s Link

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateOctober 04, 2017

Her family recently donated her brain to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Huntington Potter, who discovered that the chromosomal abnormality seen in Down Syndrome is also found in people with Alzheimer's disease, told Colorado Matters host Andrea Dukakis that Josephson's brain will be used to help develop treatments for people with Alzheimer's.

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MedPage Today

Calls Grow for CDC to Resume Gun Violence Research

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateOctober 03, 2017

There are very few avenues for researchers to study the effects of firearm violence, and one of them was quietly discontinued last month. Eric Sigel, MD, chair, violence prevention subcommittee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), and professor, pediatrics, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, was working with a collaborative group from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on the effects of firearm safety in children, only to be informed 4 days later that the NIH was no longer going to fund firearm research.

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Denver 7

CU survey: Law enforcement, gun shops often willing to store firearms during mental health crises

news outletDenver 7
Publish DateSeptember 29, 2017

According to a recent survey from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, you could take that firearm to a nearby law enforcement agency or gun store and chances are, they’d be willing to hold it temporarily. Epidemiology professor Carol Runyan and her colleagues at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz contacted hundreds of law enforcement agencies and gun retailers in Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to gauge their willingness to store guns in a crisis situation.

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