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Health Day

Pot Use Appears to Change Structure of Your Heart: Study

news outletHealth Day
Publish DateJanuary 03, 2020

It could be the smoke that’s being inhaled that places strain on the heart, or it could be THC, the chemical in pot that gets you high, said Larry Allen, a professor of cardiology at the CU School of Medicine. THC has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure, cause blood to clot more easily, and affect the inner lining of blood vessels, he said. “We have some basic laboratory data that suggests there may be adverse health effects of THC,” Allen said.

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Congress Is About To Give $25 Million To Research Gun Violence. Not Everyone Is Happy About It

news outletCPR
Publish DateJanuary 03, 2020

Dr. Emmy Betz is a professor at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. She recently worked with gun shop owners, firearms trainers and public health researchers to create a resource for safe gun storage. She said the new money is significant because it’s the first time in a long time funds have been dedicated to this kind of research. “People are dying and people are being hurt and we need science to figure out how to stop it,” Betz said. “And that's not about gun control. That's about saving people's lives.”

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Ancient Egypt's Mythical Female Doctor Merit Ptah Helped 'Open Medicine and Stem to Women'

news outletNewsweek
Publish DateDecember 18, 2019

Jakub Kwiecinski, a medical historian at the University of Colorado, turned a detective eye on Merit Ptah to trace her backstory and find out where the myth came from. Writing in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Kwiecinski concludes Merit Ptah is a case of mistaken identity but while she might not be real in the historic sense, the myth helped "open medicine and STEM to women."

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From the Football Field to the Medical Field: Former Bronco Working to Become Physical Therapist

news outlet9News
Publish DateDecember 17, 2019

David Bruton Jr. is pursuing a doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Bruton is now in the second semester of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the CU School of Medicine. The 32-year-old Ohio native played for the Denver Broncos and a final season with the Washington Redskins; the eight-year span was four times longer than the average NFL career.

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NBC News

Hundreds of Parents Say Kids Wrongly Taken From Them After Doctors Misdiagnosed Abuse

news outletNBC News
Publish DateDecember 13, 2019

Richard Krugman, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a leading figure in the field of child abuse prevention, said some of the criticism of child abuse pediatricians from defense lawyers and dissenting medical experts has been “over the top.” But when it’s estimated that a misdiagnosis contributes to 1 out of every 10 patient deaths in the U.S., Krugman said it’s not surprising that child abuse pediatricians are not right every time. A major problem, he said, is that doctors can only learn from mistakes if they are made aware of them.

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KMGH Channel 7

Scholarship for Nurses Established in Memory of Colorado Cancer Patient

news outletKMGH Channel 7
Publish DateDecember 13, 2019

Scott Ferguson was a lively and energetic father of one. After a battle with cancer and extended hospital stays, he developed a relationship with the nurses who were taking care of him. He passed away in April, and a nurses scholarship fund was started in his name at the CU College of Nursing. He received chemotherapy treatment for his Stage IV melanoma, and care for other issues as well. 

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

988 National Suicide Prevention Hotline One Step Closer to Reality

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateDecember 13, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission and the United States Senate are advancing measures to make 988 the national suicide prevention number. Many people believe 911 is the number to call for a mental health emergency. However, many mental health experts say 911 is not the appropriate phone call for a mental health crisis. Dr. Michael Allen, a professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has been working on the idea with stakeholders nationwide for years.

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The Denver Post

Struggling for Air: How Performers Not Used to Denver’s Elevation Train to Put on a Mile-High Show

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateDecember 06, 2019

Colorado’s altitude can affect all types of performers, including “Phantom of the Opera” stars and Kristin Chenoweth. “For most people, it doesn’t make a difference,” said James Maloney, a pulmonologist with UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]. “We acclimatize and that means with time, our body adjusts to the lower oxygen level.”

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