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Associated Press

A boy fights kidney cancer with the help of his family

news outletAssociated Press
Publish DateJanuary 12, 2019

The worst part of Joshua’s treatment was over, but he still had a course of radiation to go before the family would learn whether his cancer had been driven into remission. On Sept. 24, he sat on a hospital bed at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus oncology center, in Aurora, waiting for it to begin. A month out from the end of chemo, his skull was shadowed with new hair, and his eyebrows and lashes had started to grow back.“He’s my little peach,” says Joseph, scrubbing his son’s head playfully. The radiation is intended as a second line of attack against any cancer tissue that remains. If the disease can be forced into remission, and stays that way for more than a few years, odds are it won’t recur, says Joshua’s radiation oncologist, Dr. Brian Kavanagh.

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CBS4 Denver

‘It’s not too late’: free flu shots given out at stock show

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateJanuary 12, 2019

Students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy helped give free flu shots at the National Western Stock Show Saturday. The shots came just as the number of diagnosed cases of influenza are on the rise in Colorado. One exhibitor was especially grateful. “She was very good, didn’t even hurt.”

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Struggling with vertigo? Try this Colorado doctor’s ‘half somersault maneuver’

news outletCPR
Publish DateJanuary 11, 2019

You're lying down and you turn you head slightly. Then it hits. The room spins uncontrollably for what may feel like forever but could be as short as 30 seconds. The sensation is vertigo, and it affects millions of people. One of those people is Dr. Carol Foster, who specializes in vertigo at the University of Colorado's School of Medicine. She’s also the author of “Overcoming Positional Vertigo," which shares her findings. Foster talked to Colorado Matters about the common phenomena. Vertigo happens when crystals found in the ear and sense gravity fall out of place and create the disorienting illusion of spinning.

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Eastern Plains program brings new understanding of opioid crisis to Coloradans

news outletKUNC
Publish DateJanuary 07, 2019

"We recognize there are many different ways to approach the problem of opioid use disorder, this focuses on treatment and how to increase the capacity in rural practices and communities to be able to provide treatment because it's like a barren, barren, landscape right now," said Linda Zittleman, co-director of the High Plains Research Network. HPRN, based at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, created the study.

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The New York Times

Managing teenage acne

news outletThe New York Times
Publish DateJanuary 07, 2019

According to Dr. Robert P. Dellavalle, professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, “Acne is one of the most debilitating diseases in dermatology. It’s not a killer, but it can scar people literally and psychologically. If treatment can cure acne and prevent scarring, it may prevent the need for psychological services, which can be hard to come by.”

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Colorado Independent

Amid a growing opioid epidemic, lawmakers hope to end drug-addiction withdrawal in county jails

news outletColorado Independent
Publish DateJanuary 07, 2019

“Our treatment system is both underdeveloped and not easy to access or understand,” said Robert Valuck, a clinical pharmacy professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus. Arrests for drug charges have been on the rise in the last five years, according to an analysis of state data. So, too, have the number of people sent to prison for possession and selling of drugs that include heroin and methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant. Their odds of recovery would be much higher, Valuck argues, if people addicted to drugs had access to medication and therapy while serving time behind bars.

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Washington Post

New treatments for peanut allergies sound promising, but questions remain

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateJanuary 06, 2019

“There’s excitement, there’s caution and a lot of unanswered questions,” warned Erwin Gelfand, a pediatrics and immunology professor at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine. But all this means that anyone who has gone through Aimmune’s regimen would still want to carry epinephrine, and try to avoid peanuts. “Not everybody responds well,” Gelfand said.

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Daily Record

Fremont County officials, organizations addressing the opioid crisis together

news outletDaily Record
Publish DateJanuary 06, 2019

Dr. Robert Valuck shared 'Opioid Myth Busters' during the 'Addressing the Opioid Crisis Together' gathering Thursday at the Garden Park Building, which was hosted by Solvista Health. He said the notion that we can get people's pain to zero with a medicine is false. "It can't be done," Valuck said. "There is no medicine that removes pain. We have pain modifiers, pain reducers, pain modulators, but none of them produces zero pain."

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