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Rachel Sauer

Community    Awareness    Blood

National Blood Donor Month Highlights Ongoing Need for Regular Blood Donation

The American Red Cross recently made headlines when it announced that anyone who donates blood between January 1–31 will automatically be entered to win two tickets to Super Bowl LVI February 13 in Los Angeles.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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Research    Education    Faculty

Researchers Discover Mesolithic-Period Infant Burial That Could Be One of Oldest of Its Kind

The remains of an infant that researchers came to call Neve emerged slowly from 10,000 years of sediment. Near the back of Arma Veirana cave above the village of Erli in northwest Italy, delicate brush strokes first revealed perforated shell beads and pendants and then, on the last day of the 2017 excavation season, fragments of a tiny human cranium.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 19, 2022
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Education    Community    Students    Medicine

Grandmother’s Experiences During World War II Influence Student’s Decision to Pursue Medicine

Rebecca Henkind grew up seeing the example of her grandmother’s volunteer work with people experiencing homelessness – at the Flemington (New Jersey) Area Food Pantry and with Flemington Presbyterian Church’s shelter.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 07, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19

Colorado Children Currently Participating in Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial for Ages 6 Months to 5 Years

A University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher is guiding Colorado’s participation in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial for children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date December 02, 2021
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Research    Community    Faculty    Diabetes

Research Finds Breath Ketone Analyzers May Detect Ketosis in People with Type I Diabetes

For people with type I diabetes, a build-up of blood acids called ketones can lead to a serious condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition occurs when the body doesn’t have enough insulin to break down glucose, its usual energy source, and can lead to diabetic coma or even death.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Education    Community    Students

Military Lessons Translate to Medical Studies for Former U.S. Navy Pilot

There’s a saying in U.S. Navy aviation: No fast hands in a cockpit. That means if a warning light comes on or anything else happens to indicate an emergency, the pilot doesn’t immediately start poking buttons or yanking levers. They pause, they take a breath, they assess the situation, and then they respond.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 11, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community

Research Finds Associations Between Maternal Diet, Body Composition, and Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is a relatively new area of study, especially as it relates to pregnancy and how maternal diet and weight can impact it across the three trimesters of a pregnancy.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 09, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Faculty   

CU Street Medicine Connects Students with Opportunities to Aid People Experiencing Homelessness

Patient care doesn’t always happen within four walls or in buildings with controlled climates and cupboards full of supplies. Sometimes it happens in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, by a trail – wherever a person with need happens to be.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2021
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Campus Life    Community    Students    Advocacy   

White Coats for Black Lives Holds Annual Die-In to Emphasize Need for Action in Addressing Racism

The wind kicked up as soon as everyone “died,” cold and fierce around the dozens of students, faculty members, and staff members lying on the concrete and browning grass.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 27, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Community    Faculty

Study Finds Family Physicians Deliver Babies in Majority of Rural Hospitals

In the heart of a city, the distances in rural communities may be difficult to envision. The space between neighbors can sometimes be measured in miles rather than blocks; a drive to the nearest hospital may take dozens of minutes rather than a handful.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 19, 2021
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Research    Education    Community

Research Finds Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Fertility Awareness Among Reproductive-Aged Women

When Dana Siegel, MD, was a teacher and mentor to 4th grade students in an under-resourced public school as a City Year AmeriCorps Member prior to medical school, her primary goal was to help bridge education gaps, support equal opportunity for all students, and keep them on track to graduation. What she observed, however, was not just education gaps, but also underlying health care disparities that directly and indirectly impacted her students’ success in the classroom. It was during this time as a teacher that she decided to study medicine.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 07, 2021
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Education    Community    Advocacy

Climate Fellow Working to Support Physicians in Becoming Climate Advocates

It began with a three-week plastic-free challenge that changed the course of Bhargavi Chekuri’s medical career path. The challenge was to go three weeks without the ease and convenience of plastic bags, plastic wrapping, and all the other plastics that make their way into daily life. 

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 23, 2021
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Research    Community    COVID-19   

COVID-19 Pandemic Presented Unique Challenges to Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Their Families

Of all the unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, one that parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing didn’t plan for was hearing aids getting tossed in the dog’s water dish.

Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 13, 2021
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School of Medicine In the News

Health Day

Heart Function Rebounds for Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C

news outletHealth Day
Publish DateJanuary 19, 2022

A rare and serious inflammatory condition called MIS-C can strike kids weeks after they've recovered from their COVID infection.

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Looking Inequity in the Eye With Dr. Carey Candrian

news outletWestword
Publish DateJanuary 18, 2022

When Carey Candrian first arrived as an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, she was not yet comfortable with identifying as a lesbian. She had known she was a lesbian since the age of sixteen, but hadn't come out to anyone besides herself.

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Washington Post

Why teens need more sleep, and how we can help them get it

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateJanuary 18, 2022

We already know this pandemic has been horrendous for teens and their mental health. Last month’s mental health advisory from the U.S. surgeon general underscored the magnitude of the issue, as feelings of hopelessness and even suicidality have been on the rise over the past several years among this age group, with the pandemic only adding to teens’ stress levels.

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Denver Gazette

'The situation is only going to worsen': Colorado doctors call on Polis to enact crisis standards of care

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateJanuary 18, 2022

Some Colorado hospitals are already enacting tenets of the state's crisis standards of care amid a crush of patients and a shortage of providers, and emergency physicians have now called on Gov. Jared Polis to officially enact the plan for the first time.

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