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National Public Radio

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

news outletNational Public Radio
Publish DateNovember 13, 2018

Dr. Emmy Betz, who studies guns and dementia at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, suggests that families draw up a firearms agreement — a kind of advance directive for guns. The conversation, Betz says, might include questions like "Who do you want to be the one to say, 'I think it's time'? Who do you want to give [your guns] to? Is it your family member? Is it Joe down at the gun club? So that you're still the one making the decision. Even if when the time comes, you're not aware of what's happening."

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Should a family remove their guns after a dementia diagnosis? Here’s why this one did.

news outlet9News
Publish DateNovember 13, 2018

Emmy Betz worked with her colleagues to come up with a letter that families can use ahead of time. It would serve as a written agreement between loved ones and someone diagnosed with dementia, acknowledging there could be a time when it's no longer safe for them to access a firearm and designate someone to step in at that time. "This paper can sort of be a conversation starter," said Betz, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She believes that if the conversation is had sooner rather than later, someone living with dementia may be able to make decisions for themselves and let this agreement serve as a reminder later.

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CBS4 Denver

CU Heroes Clinic’ Keeps Colorado Veterans Smiling

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateNovember 12, 2018

The University of Colorado is dedicated to helping keep Colorado veterans smiling. The CU School of Dental Medicine runs the “CU Heroes Clinic” on the Anschutz Campus. It is a program of free and discounted dental care for men and women who have served in the armed forces. The Department of Veterans Affairs only offers dental care for veterans who are 100% disabled or have a service-connected injury to their mouth.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Denver scientist honored for studies expanding understanding and treatment of peripheral artery disease

news outletPittsburgh Post-Gazette
Publish DateNovember 12, 2018

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded its Clinical Research Prize for 2018 to William R. Hiatt, M.D., of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, for clinical studies that have “greatly expanded” the understanding of the causes and treatment of peripheral artery disease.

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U.S. News & World Report

Marijuana use tied to serious diabetes complication

news outletU.S. News & World Report
Publish DateNovember 08, 2018

"About 30 percent of our patients are using some form of marijuana, and they should be careful when using," said study author Dr. Halis Akturk. "They should be aware of the DKA risk, and recognize the symptoms -- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion." Akturk is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes in Aurora, Colo.
Colorado is one of nine U.S. states that legally allow recreational use of marijuana.

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Among heart attack survivors, drug reduces chances of second heart attack or stroke

news outletScienceDaily
Publish DateNovember 07, 2018

"It works by increasing receptors on the liver that attract particles of LDL cholesterol from the blood and break them down. The result is that blood levels of LDL or 'bad' cholesterol decrease by approximately 50 percent, even when patients are already taking a statin," explained Gregory Schwartz MD, PhD, co-author of the study and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Colorado Public Radio

Can a school built on brain science alter the learning landscape?

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateNovember 05, 2018

Teaching kids how the brain works is central to the school’s philosophy. Neuroscientists from Anschutz Medical Campus created experiments to sprinkle throughout the curriculum. Sukumar Vijayaraghavan, director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University Colorado’s School of Medicine, pitched throwing a ball into a basket. Then he said to put on prism goggles. Suddenly, you start throwing the ball at an angle. “But what you also learn is that while you keep doing that, the brain will adapt and actually get you to the right place after a few trials,” he says. “So the idea that the brain is plastic and the brain can be trained to do stuff.”

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