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Community    Climate Health

'State of the Air’ Report Reveals Dire Pollution Statistics

Just under 40% of Americans — 131.2 million people — live in places with failing grades for unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 17, 2024
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Community    Clinical Affairs

Health Fair Unites Aurora Wellness Community and Local Residents

A health fair led by the Aurora Wellness Community (AWC) this spring drove home what AWC staff and volunteers have known for years: There is a real need for free, accessible health care resources in the Aurora community.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 14, 2024
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Community    Awareness    Internal Medicine

CU Faculty Member Joins a Medical Journal’s First-Ever Digital Media Team

Social media has become a primary channel for information, and now, medical journals are strategizing how to best use these platforms to promote important research, inquiries, and discoveries.  


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date June 12, 2024
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Community    Students

Student-Made Documentary Chronicles Eight Diverse Students’ Journeys Through Medical School

Members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Class of 2024 will have more than their memories to call on when looking back at their time in medical school. They also have a documentary, “Diversity & Inclusion in Medicine: The Journey,” created by four of their classmates. The film, released in May, follows eight students from diverse backgrounds through their four-year medical school journey, chronicling the highs and lows along the way.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Education    Community

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, Led an Era of Remarkable Growth at CU School of Medicine

When John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, steps down as dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine on July 1, he will conclude a tenure that has elevated the school’s stature and strengthened its programs in every aspect of its academic mission: education, research, and clinical care.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date June 07, 2024
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Research    Community    Pediatrics    Awards    Cardiology    Cell & Developmental Biology

3 CU School of Medicine Researchers Chosen for 2024 Class of Boettcher Investigators

Three faculty members from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been selected among eight leading Colorado biomedical researchers as members of the Boettcher Foundation’s 2024 class of Boettcher Investigators, each receiving a $250,000 award to support up to three years of their research.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date June 03, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

CU School of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2024

Amid a crowd of bright smiles, joyous cheers, and heartfelt hugs, Class of 2024 graduates from the University of Colorado School of Medicine celebrated one another’s dedication to becoming equitable and empathetic health leaders during Monday’s Hooding & Oath Ceremony. 


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date May 20, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

CU School of Medicine Graduation 2024

Please join us as we celebrate the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2024 with a hooding and oath ceremony on Monday, May 20, at 10:15 a.m.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Anesthesiology    Graduation

Graduating Med Student Highlights Importance of Increasing Diversity

Following years of hard work and perseverance through unexpected challenges, David Duarte-Corado is about to accomplish a childhood dream: Graduating from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and becoming a doctor who represents and cares for traditionally underserved populations.  


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation   

Rachael Branscomb Fulfills Childhood Dream of Making a Difference Through Medicine

Rachael Branscomb, a fourth-year student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, decided to be a pediatrician when she was just 8 years old. Now, with graduation on the horizon, she’s excited to take the next step in reaching her childhood goal.  


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Pediatrics    Graduation   

Medicine and Education are Both in the Career Mix for a Graduating Med Student

As a former middle-school teacher and soon-to-be-graduating medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Paige Romer is finding ways to combine the two skill sets.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation    Global Health

Graduating CU Medical Student Helps Provide Crucial Medical Care to Syrians

Forty-eight Syrians who’ve lost limbs due to the ongoing civil war now have prosthetic devices because of Haya Kaliounji, who graduates from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in May.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 06, 2024
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Education    Community    Students

Medical Student Leah Crawford is Creating an Inclusive Photo Database of People With Disabilities

Leah Crawford was in her first year of medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine when she became concerned about the photographs that were being used to illustrate disabilities in some of her classes.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 03, 2024
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Research    Community    Pediatrics    Pulmonology

Mapping a Way to Identify Neighborhoods With a High Risk of Severe Child Asthma

An index of neighborhood environmental and social conditions can help to predict the risk of severe asthma among children at the hyperlocal level, according to a study led by Emily Skeen, MD, a University of Colorado School of Medicine fellow.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 30, 2024
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Community   

New Study Shows LGBT Adults Face More Discrimination in Health Care

A recent study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a nonpartisan health policy research organization, reveals that LGBT patients face discrimination at higher rates than non-LGBT patients.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date April 22, 2024
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Community    Alumni

Alumna Erica Elliott, MD, Chronicles Her Search for Life’s Purpose in New Memoir

Erica Elliott, MD, had already lived a rich life by the time she enrolled at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1979, at age 31, and she writes about it all in vivid, unflinching detail in her new memoir, “From Mountains to Medicine: Scaling the Heights in Search of My Calling,” which came out in February.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 19, 2024
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Community

‘Top Chef’ Contestant Sheds Light on Kennedy Disease

Amid intense competition in the current season of “Top Chef,” one contestant is sharing more than just his culinary skills. Chef Dan Jacobs is also sharing his experience with Kennedy disease — a rare disorder that can progressively limit a person’s mobility.   


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date April 17, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Mental Health   

Jet Lag: How to Combat the Travel Condition That Disrupts Circadian Rhythm

We’ve all had the familiar experience of feeling groggy, irritable, and maybe even ill, when traveling across multiple time zones. While jet lag can be common for any traveler, sleep experts say it’s mostly temporary and can be alleviated through good sleep habits and some extra travel preparation.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date March 22, 2024
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Community    Students

Coco Wham Honored With National Outstanding Medical Student Award From American College of Emergency Physicians and Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association

While many of the seniors in her high school class were thinking about graduation and final exams and what they were going to do during the summer before they went to college, Coco Wham was finishing her certification to become an EMT.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Education    Community    Students    Match Day

CU Medical Students Discover Their Residency Locations at Match Day Ceremony

The lives of more than 150 fourth-year students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine changed in an instant on a snowy Friday morning. They joined thousands of medical students across the U.S. in opening envelopes to find out where they will go for the next step in their medical training.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 15, 2024
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Research    Education    Community    Health Sciences

Young Researchers Serve Up Science on STEM Poster Day at the Colorado Capitol

Nearly 50 young scientists gathered in the resplendent halls of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on March 13, standing next to colorful posters illustrating their research work, chatting with curious passersby.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Match Day 2024

Match Day is the culmination of many years of commitment, hard work, and sacrifice for medical students as they learn where they will go for their residency after graduation. This day marks a significant phase of their journey to becoming future physicians.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 11, 2024
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Education    Community    Students

Becoming the Best Surgeon for Soldiers and Their Families

Compared to his classmates, Match Day holds little stress for fourth-year medical student and Navy Ensign Anthony Smyth.

Smyth has been able to “ski guilt free” since December, when he participated in Military Match and learned he matched for his residency in orthopedics at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his first-choice program.


Author Evanne Montoya Seelig | Publish Date March 08, 2024
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Community    Climate Health

CU Climate & Health Program Hosts Symposium

Speakers at the CU Climate & Health Program’s symposium called for stronger local partnerships to address adverse health impacts.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date March 07, 2024
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Education    Community    Students

A Student’s Promise to Support Diversity in Health Care

Folake Adegboye didn’t always dream of becoming a doctor. Even after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kennesaw State University in 2014, it took several years before she decided to pursue medical school. It was after she volunteered for a year at a children’s hospital and worked as a scribe in an emergency department in Atlanta that she began picturing a future in a white coat.


Author Rachael Fischer | Publish Date March 06, 2024
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Education    Community    Students

Service Is a Lifelong Mission For a Military-Member Med Student

Austin Almand’s life experience has been much different from that of many of his University of Colorado School of Medicine classmates: Nine years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, including special-operations deployments to combat zones across the globe. A master’s degree in aerospace engineering. Working at a remote clinic in India. Helping NASA assess the medical challenges of deep-space travel. Teaching battlefield-trauma skills to Ukrainian forces.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Education    Community

At the Intersection of Research and Advocacy

For Thy Nguyen, becoming a doctor wasn’t initially part of the plan. However, experience after experience kept nudging her toward the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a life dedicated to helping others through health care.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date March 01, 2024
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Community    Alumni    Publications    Cooking and Nutrition   

CU School of Medicine Faculty Member Oversees New Nutrition Article Series

Nancy Krebs, MD, MS, professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has worked for decades to emphasize the importance of nutrition to overall health and to medical practice, including incorporating nutrition into the curriculum for CU medical students and residents.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 28, 2024
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Community    Neuroscience

A Look Inside Brain-Computer Interfaces and the Potential of Neuralink

Elon Musk is a known figure in the world of electric cars, space exploration, and most recently, social media. Now, the entrepreneur is pushing boundaries in a new way with brain-computer interfaces (BCI). His company, Neuralink, recently announced the completion of their first brain chip implant in a human patient. Questions of risks, opportunities, and ethics have grown around this newest endeavor.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date February 26, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Pediatrics   

Addressing Health Inequities in the Black Community

In the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of MedicineKamal Henderson, MD, is working to understand why marginalized communities shoulder a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 21, 2024
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Research    Community    Hospital Medicine    Homelessness

Homelessness Widespread Among Hospital Patients, Says Study by CU School of Medicine Faculty Members

Three out of 10 hospitalized patients surveyed at two major Colorado hospitals said they were experiencing homelessness or some other form of housing insecurity. The rate of homelessness among hospital patients was found to be more than 20 times higher than that of the general metro Denver population, according to a new study by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member and her colleagues.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date February 08, 2024
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Press Releases    Education    Community   

Geoffrey Connors, MD, Named Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Geoffrey Connors, MD, has been named associate dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Designated Institutional Official at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective May 15.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Research    Community    Mental Health    Cannabis

Studying the Relationship Between Cannabis Use and Psychosis in Young Adults 

As director of the Program for Early Assessment, Care, and Study (PEACS), a University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry clinic that focuses on young people at risk of psychotic disorders, Michelle West, PhD, has seen the effects — good and bad — that cannabis can have on teens and adolescents who are showing signs of psychosis, a condition defined as “a cluster of symptoms that involve difficulties knowing what is real and what is not real.” 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 15, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Mental Health    Pediatrics    Firearm Injury Prevention    Gun Violence Prevention

CU Psychiatry Researchers Develop Framework to Aid Pediatricians Addressing Trauma from Mass Shootings

Most pediatricians don’t provide direct care for a physical injury following a mass shooting, but they often see the effects of those traumatic events land in their office.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 12, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community   

‘No Longer the Best-Kept Secret’: CU School of Medicine Dean Talks of Growth, Progress, Challenges

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, offered an upbeat overview of the school’s achievements through the last year in his annual State of the School address on January 10. He charted a promising path toward future progress, while also detailing challenges ahead.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Patient Care    Community    Awareness

How to Prioritize Preventative Health Care This Year

The beginning of the year often elevates health-focused resolutions, but one of the most beneficial goals may be one that keeps eluding your calendar: an annual check-up.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Top Stories of 2023

The University of Colorado School of Medicine had another newsworthy year! Our communications team shared more than 110 stories that highlighted our incredible faculty, researchers, staff, trainees, and students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

March of Dimes Gives Colorado a ‘C’ Grade on Preterm Birth Rate

A new “report card” on maternal and infant health from the March of Dimes gives Colorado a “C” grade for its rate of preterm births. And while that’s a slightly higher mark than the “D+” grade the national nonprofit group gives to the nation as a whole, the Colorado report is studded with concerning data points about the state.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date December 14, 2023
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Community   

‘We Are All Artists’ Exhibit Features Work By CU Anschutz Campus Artists 

The hopes, dreams, fears, and anxieties of health care workers across Colorado, including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, are now on display in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Colorado


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 13, 2023
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Community

Embrace Giving This Holiday Season 

Between an uptick in social obligations, dealing with family tensions, and the pressure to have a Hallmark-worthy season of joy, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 01, 2023
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Education    Community    Cancer    Student and Alumni

CU Medical Student Honors ‘1999’ Skier Robb Gaffney on Skis and in Medicine

In 1995, Robb Gaffney left behind the life of a full-time dirtbag skier to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine — or that’s how his brother Scott Gaffney puts it in “1999,” a ski film turned cult classic that Scott recorded on 16mm film as a tribute to one of the best winters in ski history. 


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date November 29, 2023
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Community    Awareness

How Much Caffeine is Too Much Caffeine?

A little boost from a morning cup of coffee may be a welcome stimulant on a busy day and even offer health benefits for some people, but how much caffeine is too much?


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Anschutz Learners Get Hands-On Training in Health Inequities 

Last Friday was a valuable learning opportunity for some students and residents in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and other schools on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 21, 2023
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Community    Vaccine

What to Know About the 2023 Flu Season 

Flu season has arrived, bringing with it questions about vaccines, symptoms, testing, and more. During the 2022–23 flu season, it’s estimated that there were as many as 670,000 hospitalizations and 58,000 deaths from the virus in the U.S. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Research    Community    Students

CU Boulder Audiology Student Works With Otolaryngology Faculty Member to Create Multilingual Guidance on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids 

Funding from the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is helping Jasmine Ramirez, a third-year doctorate of audiology student at CU Boulder, pursue her passion for helping medically underserved communities. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 06, 2023
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Community    Mental Health

Daylight & Depression: A Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder

With daylight waning, temperatures dropping, and snow starting to fall, winter is just around the corner. Each winter, approximately 5% of the U.S. adult population experiences a sharp downturn of mood known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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Education    Community    Leadership    Conferences    Mentoring

Climbing the Mentorship Mountain: Daylong Workshop Examines the State of the Mentoring Art

More than 240 people representing 20 institutions nationwide joined together last week on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to address the value of mentorship and career guidance for health care professionals. 


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date October 31, 2023
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Education    Community    CU Medicine Today   

How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Health Care

In nearly every corner of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – in clinics, in classrooms, in offices, and in laboratories – faculty members and students are thinking about the power artificial intelligence, or AI, holds in health care, from finding treatments for rare diseases to developing machine learning standards to helping ophthalmologists assess patients.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date October 25, 2023
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Community    Cardiology

Scared to Death: How Haunted Houses Can Affect the Heart

There’s a lot to fear at haunted house attractions — wandering zombies, real life jump scares, demons lurking through the dark — but should adrenaline junkies add heart attack to that list?


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date October 13, 2023
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Community    Diversity    Health equity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

White Coats for Black Lives: Annual CU Anschutz Campus ‘Die-In’ Is a Condemnation of Racism and a Call for Action

A light rain began to patter on the yellowing fall leaves as, one by one, dozens of people – many in white lab coats and green scrubs – lay down on concrete benches or the grass. Others sat with their heads bowed, as if to meditate, or pray, or ponder the pain and injustice that had brought them there.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Community    Neuroscience    Climate Science    Alzheimer's   

How Air Pollution May Influence Brain Health

The effects of climate change continue to rise across the globe, with increased occurrences of extreme and intense weather. The consequences not only impact the environment, but the changes pose a significant threat to our health.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date October 04, 2023
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Community    COVID-19    Vaccine

The New COVID-19 Booster is Rolling Out, Here’s What You Should Know

As new COVID-19 booster shots hit pharmacies and doctor offices this month, health care professionals say it’s as important as ever to keep up with the vaccine that can prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the coronavirus.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Week Helps to Break the Stigma Around Mental Health

As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, suicide has likely touched the lives of many people in some way. For nearly 50 years, National Suicide Prevention Week has served to raise awareness of this critical issue, increase empathy and knowledge, and break the stigma around mental health.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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Research    Community    COVID-19    Vaccinations

How to Protect Yourself From the Fall ‘Tripledemic’ of RSV, COVID, and Influenza 

As a longtime researcher of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Eric Simões, MD, was gratified in August when clinical trials he led at the University of Colorado School of Medicine received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval for Pfizer’s new RSV vaccine for use during late pregnancy.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 05, 2023
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Community    Geriatrics

Aging Healthily During Healthy Aging Month 

September is Healthy Aging Month, making it an opportune time to spotlight the latest recommendations on keeping your mind and body fit as you grow older. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Community    Clinical Affairs

New Program Aims to Improve Health Outcomes for the Incarcerated  

Getting released from jail can be a lonely, isolating experience. With release dates often unknown until they happen, and virtually no formal support systems in place for those released from jail as they reenter the community, many must navigate their new world alone. It’s no wonder that the risk of death becomes dramatically higher in the two weeks after jail release — from causes including suicide, homicide, overdose, and cardiac events. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Community    Health equity    Advancement

New Donation Rules Begin Taking Effect in U.S. Blood Banks

Revised blood donation rules that do away with a rule that defers men who have sex with men (MSM) to abstain from sex for three months prior to donating blood are beginning to be implemented into blood banks throughout the country.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 18, 2023
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Community   

Why Does the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommend That All Adults Get Screened for Anxiety Disorders? 

Has the number of people in the U.S. with anxiety disorders increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, or did the widespread awareness of mental health issues during the health crisis prompt more people to seek help for their anxiety problems? 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 08, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

More Than 200 CU Faculty Members Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors for 2023

Denver-area magazine 5280 released its list of top doctors for 2023, and CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. Congratulations to the more than 200 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title "Top Doctor."


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 31, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

CU School of Medicine’s Class of 2027 Enters the Profession at Annual Matriculation Ceremony

One-hundred and eighty-four aspiring physicians officially began their journey at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on July 28, gathering on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for the annual Matriculation Ceremony where they officially received their white coats. The annual tradition at medical schools around the country welcomes new classes of medical students to the profession. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 28, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

CU School of Medicine Matriculation 2023

We are honored to introduce the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2027 at our annual Matriculation Ceremony on Friday, July 28, at 9 a.m.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 26, 2023
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Education    Community    Students

Once a Pugilist, Now an Aspiring Physician

Not long ago he was an aspiring professional boxer. Now, as an incoming student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Jack Drummond is taking on a new kind of fight — a fight against disease and for patients as he begins his medical education.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 25, 2023
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Education    Community    Students

A Future Focused on Health Equity

Brisa Avila, who officially begins her medical student journey later this month, envisions a career in medicine where she can fill gaps in care, especially for underserved patients. Avila, along with 183 classmates, will officially receive their white coats on Friday, July 28, during the University of Colorado School of Medicine annual Matriculation Ceremony.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 19, 2023
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Community    Mental Health

Why Some Swifties Report ‘Concert Amnesia’ After Attending the Eras Tour

It’s a concert that many will want to remember forever, but some Eras Tour attendees say that they can’t recall parts of the three-hour jam-packed show orchestrated by pop star Taylor Swift. Even though they were there, singing along at the top of their lungs and recording songs on their phones, some memories seem to have disappeared.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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Patient Care    Community

U.S. News Ranks Children’s Hospital Colorado Among the Best in the U.S. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado, which is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is once again ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.  


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 23, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    Obesity   

Study Finds Maternal Diet May Have Long-Lasting Effects for Offspring

The diet a mother consumes while pregnant may increase the risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the offspring, new research shows.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 16, 2023
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Research    Community    Pediatric Cancer

Creative Art Helps Adolescents and Young Adults with Advanced Cancer Express Hope

Some of the most profound insights into finding hope amid an advanced cancer diagnosis came at 1 a.m. in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for Robert Bennett, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in palliative care and aging research in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 14, 2023
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Community    Pediatrics

CU Pediatrics Faculty Member on Advisory Board for Michelle Obama’s Company Developing Healthy Food for Kids

Former first lady Michelle Obama is the co-founder of PLEZi Nutrition, a new company developing a line of healthy foods and beverages aimed at children. The company recently rolled out its first product, a line of drinks with significantly less sugar and more fiber than soda or other juice drinks.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

CU School of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2023

After a medical school experience mostly shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2023 graduates from the University of Colorado School of Medicine are ready to take the next step into their profession.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 22, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

CU School of Medicine Graduation 2023

It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2023 with a hooding and oath ceremony on Monday, May 22, at 10:15 a.m.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Cancer    Graduation

Cancer Diagnosis During Medical School Offered Unique Insight into Patient Experience

Steve Haberkorn knows he’s not the first person to pursue a career in medicine out of a desire to help people. That’s why he did it, though – to help where he can and work to improve people’s lives.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

An Unexpected Love Story that Began in the Cadaver Lab

Not many love stories begin in the cadaver lab at 4 a.m., but this one does.

Marlie Fisher, PhD, and Matt Svalina, PhD, had just started their MD/PhD program in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and were learning, in those first several months, that something would have to give if they were going to balance graduate core courses with human anatomy lab.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 12, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

Bianca Sanchez Chose Medicine to Help Immigrants and Families 

For Bianca Sanchez, the ideas of medicine and family are inextricably intertwined. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 10, 2023
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Community    Awareness    Mental Health

Social Media Growth Gives Rise to Mental Health Self-Diagnoses

In many ways, the increased awareness that social media have brought to mental health is positive – people are more willing to name and discuss feelings and experiences that had long been locked away in silence and, sometimes, shame.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Graduation

The Power of Community

There’s a soft spot in Brenda La’s heart for tight knit communities.

The soon-to-be graduate has found herself wrapped up in them from the remote reaches of rural Alaska to the groups of students she has met during her time at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 08, 2023
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Community    Cardiology

What is the Heart Stent Procedure That Ray Romano Had? 

Sixty-five-year-old actor and comedian Ray Romano revealed recently that he had a heart stent placed after doctors discovered a blockage in one of the arteries that delivers blood to the heart. Stents are small tubes that open arteries to restore blood flow. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 01, 2023
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Community    Foot & Ankle

Nonprofit Founded by CU Faculty Member Helps People Around the World With Foot and Ankle Deformities 

Mark Myerson, MD, was ready to get out of his comfort zone. 

Myerson had built a successful foot and ankle surgery clinic on the East Coast, and he enjoyed his relationships with his patients, but it had all come to feel a little routine. The times he felt most inspired as a surgeon were when he traveled to other countries as part of humanitarian medical missions, providing treatments to patients with severe foot and ankle deformities who didn’t have the same immediate access to care as the patients Myerson saw in the U.S.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 21, 2023
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Community    Advocacy    Palliative care

National Healthcare Decisions Day Highlights Importance of Advance Care Planning

One of life’s greatest certainties is its uncertainty – that the unexpected, unplanned, and unpredicted may happen and we do the best we can to handle it.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 16, 2023
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Education    Community    Faculty

CU Faculty Members Create an Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Program in Uganda With Virtual Consulting Support

Imagine knowing of a technology that can improve surgical outcomes, but not having access to it or a way to implement it even if it was available. That was the unique challenge that Colby Simmons, DO, MBA, found himself in as an America Society of Anesthesiologists Global Humanitarian Outreach Scholar in Uganda during his third year of residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2017.


Author Katharine George | Publish Date April 06, 2023
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Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU School of Medicine Resident Helped to Create Inclusive Collection of Dermatology Images  

As a medical student interested in a career in dermatology, Nneamaka Ezekwe, MD, quickly realized that the textbooks — particularly the collections of images of various skin conditions known as atlases — didn’t include photos of people with skin like hers.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 30, 2023
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Research    Community    Diabetes   

Can Taking the Stairs Help You Lose Weight? 

Audrey Bergouignan, PhD, isn’t looking for people with obesity to start running marathons. She just wants them to walk across the room. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 20, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

Opening the Envelope and Taking the Next Step

They are going to Pittsburgh and Providence, to Omaha and Oakland, to Santa Barbara and St. Louis. They will learn to be doctors at Travis Air Force Base, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, at the Mayo Clinic.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Community    Family planning

Rihanna’s Second Pregnancy Stirs Discussion of 'Two Under 2'

When music and fashion superstar Rihanna took the stage at Sunday night’s Academy Awards to perform her Oscar-nominated song “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the moment was memorable for many reasons.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 15, 2023
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Research    Community    Data analysis

Data Analysis Finds Inaccuracies Are Common in Insurance Physician Directories

For many, a necessary but often frustrating step in accessing health care services is determining whether a provider is in their health plan network.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Education    Community    Students   

CU School of Medicine Match Day 2023

For medical students, Match Day is the culmination of many years of commitment, hard work, and sacrifice as they discover the next phase of their journey to becoming future physicians.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Community    Microbiology

Are Fungi Going to Turn Us into Zombies? Probably Not.

For fans of the hit HBO show “The Last of Us,” Sunday night’s season one finale may answer longstanding questions or leave them hanging with many more until season two.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 12, 2023
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Community    Students

Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn 

One or two different answers on a middle school career quiz, and Nikolai Harroun might have become a dolphin trainer instead of a doctor. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 10, 2023
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Community    Mental Health    Medicine

Risk of Moral Injury May Be Increased Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which held that the U.S. Constitution does not confer the right to an abortion, health care providers across the United States immediately began adapting to a continually shifting health care landscape.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 09, 2023
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Community    Students

Becoming a Doctor One Step at a Time

It’s amazing the things you can learn on YouTube.

Because she was taking big steps on an unknown and sometimes difficult path – the first in her family to pursue a medical career – Brissa Mundo-Santacruz often turned to YouTube for guidance on things like preparing for the MCAT and applying to medical school.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 08, 2023
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Community    Students   

Josue Estrella Pursues Trauma Surgery to Help Underserved Communities 

As the first one in his family to go to college, Josue Estrella had to navigate his own way through his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where he first developed his interest in medicine.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 06, 2023
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Community    Students

Benefactors Honored for Their Generosity and Commitment to the CU School of Medicine

Students and leaders of the University of Colorado School of Medicine thanked scholarship benefactors at a reception Thursday evening in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date March 03, 2023
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Community

Are Video Games Bad for Your Heart? 

We know a game of soccer is good for your cardiovascular health but how about a game of MarioKart? 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 03, 2023
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Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow Visits CU Anschutz Medical Campus to Highlight Two Campus Initiatives

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow came to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Friday for presentations on two initiatives that received Community Project Funding in the federal budget approved by Congress in December.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date February 24, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health   

Curbing Fentanyl Deaths Should be Guided by Science and Evidence

In May 2022, the Colorado Legislature passed, and Gov. Jared Polis signed into law, House Bill 1326 – the “fentanyl accountability” bill. Among other actions, the bill introduced stricter criminal penalties for possessing smaller amounts of fentanyl or other drugs laced with fentanyl.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date February 17, 2023
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Research    Education    Community   

Medical Student Meagan Chriswell Balances Research and Community Service

When her PhD research project led to the discovery of a unique bacteria that might be responsible for triggering rheumatoid arthritis, Meagan Chriswell knew just what to call the newly discovered bacteria: subdoligranulumdidolesgii(Suhb-doe-lih-gran-you-luhm dee-doe-les-ghee-eye), named after the Cherokee word for arthritis and rheumatism.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 08, 2023
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Community

5 Simple Tips to Help Grow Hydration Habits

Even when the temperature outside dips into single digits and we might forget our summer habits, one remains vital throughout the year: drinking enough water.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 30, 2023
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Community   

Capturing the One-of-a-Kind Beauty of Snowflakes

Jason Persoff, MD, listens to storms in much the same way he listens to patients: unhurriedly, questioningly, observing details that indicate background and environmental elements influencing and shaping the present moment.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 27, 2023
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Research    Community

Brown, Pink, or White — What Type of Sound is Best for Boosting Sleep?

With a new year just begun and the stress of the holiday season still a recent memory, many people have added getting better sleep to their list of resolutions for 2023.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 24, 2023
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Education    Community   

State of the School 2023

2022 was a year that saw significant new hires, the opening of a state-of-the-art health and sciences building, and the launch of a new Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, but it also was a year that offered plenty of challenges and new problems to solve. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 12, 2023
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Research    Community   

7,000? 10,000? Is There an Ideal Number of Steps Per Day?

Depending on the day and the publication, the ideal number of steps to take daily is 10,000. Or 3,000. Or maybe an in between 7,000.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 03, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Top Stories of 2022

We are closing out another newsworthy year for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our communications team in the Dean's Office has shared more than 100 stories spotlighting our incredible faculty, researchers, staff, trainees, and students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 16, 2022
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Research    Community    Palliative care

Addressing Racism in Palliative Care Research Starts with Listening and Community Partnerships

A good death can take many forms. Because each person is unique, with different personal and cultural beliefs and expectations, there is not a single definition of a good death.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date December 14, 2022
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Research    Community   

New Grant Funds Expand Educational Outreach Efforts for CU School of Medicine Researchers

College students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine now have the opportunity to conduct research on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as part of a $1.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that was awarded to two researchers at the CU School of Medicine in fall 2022.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 09, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community

What Does Celine Dion’s Stiff Person Syndrome Diagnosis Mean?

Canadian singer Celine Dion shocked the world Thursday when she revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called stiff person syndrome (SPS), forcing her to postpone several upcoming tour dates in Europe.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 08, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Avoiding Stress and Sadness During the Holidays

Despite their reputation as the happiest season of all, filled with family, presents, and peaceful evenings by the fireplace, the holidays, for many, also are accompanied by stress, depression, and anxiety.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 01, 2022
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Community    Child & Adolescent    Pediatrics

Screening for Anxiety Now Recommended in Children 8 and Older

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, anxiety disorders were one of the most common mental health concerns among children. Pre-pandemic, health care providers and caregivers could expect a third of children to meet the criteria for anxiety disorders by the time they were through adolescence.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 29, 2022
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Research    Community    Vaccine    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Promising Research Working Toward RSV Prevention

As the number of hospitalizations related to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) continues to climb steeply throughout Colorado, with a reported 1,139 hospitalizations since Oct. 1, clinician and researcher Eric Simões, MD, is leading two studies that he hopes will help curtail future RSV surges.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 28, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19    COVID-19 Feature

Amending Drug Pricing Program Would Support Continued Response to COVID-19

The halting of funding for two federal programs that provided financial support during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic for underinsured or uninsured populations has created significant gaps in the health care safety net, according to a commentary published Monday in Health Affairs Forefront.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Research    Community   

Colorado Voted to Decriminalize ‘Magic Mushrooms’ — What Happens Next?

Earlier this month, voters made Colorado the second state — after Oregon — to decriminalize psilocybin and psilocin, the psychedelic compounds found in so-called “magic mushrooms.”  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 15, 2022
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Research    Community

Change in Cochlear Implant Coverage Eligibility Informed by CU School of Medicine Research

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent decision to ease cochlear implant candidacy criteria and expand hearing loss coverage was informed, in part, by University of Colorado School of Medicine research.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 14, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

Long-Delayed Ceremony Honors CU School of Medicine’s Class of 2024

The third time was the charm for the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Class of 2024. 

After their first White Coat Ceremony was canceled in late summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the cancellation of a makeup ceremony in early 2021, students from the Class of 2024 finally got their official welcome to the medical profession on November 7 in a ceremony on campus.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 07, 2022
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Community    Neuroscience    Rehabilitation

Fetterman’s Candidacy Brings Attention to Symptoms of and Rehabilitation from Strokes

The widely watched U.S. Senate race between Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz, MD, has stoked conversation and questions about strokes.

In May, on the way to a campaign event, Fetterman had a stroke that his wife has said she recognized when he began slurring words and the left side of his face began drooping. During his Oct. 25 televised debate with Oz, Fetterman began by addressing “the elephant in the room.”


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Research    Community    Pediatrics

Program Working with Hispanic and Latino Community Partners to Lessen Impact of Childhood Obesity

Researchers and clinicians in the University of Colorado School of Medicine are partnering with members of Hispanic communities across Colorado to support children and families in cultivating healthy lifestyle habits and with an overall goal to reduce obesity-related health disparities.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Community    Pediatrics    Infectious disease

Cold and Flu Season Off to a Fierce Start, with Surge in RSV Cases Among Children

If it seems like many of your friends and family are sick right now, they’re not alone. Cold and flu season is off to a roaring start, and is on track to be especially fierce as respiratory viruses surge among children and older populations.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2022
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Patient Care    Community

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Are Here, But It Remains To Be Seen What Effect This Will Have On The Hearing Aid Market 

Last week, hearing aids were made available over the counter (OTC) for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Though the new rule increases the ease of convenience and reduces the price of hearing aids, there are still some challenges with this new category of device. The price range of OTC hearing aid is between $200 and $1,000, although devices with self-fitting features that personalize the device to an individual’s hearing may be around $800 to $1,000 per pair, making them less accessible as they may someday become. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 26, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19   

Health Care Workers Reported High Rates of Childcare Stress During Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic

Much of the work of health care happens because of a strong support base – the childcare, household labor, and other jobs that allow health care providers to show up every day at the clinic or hospital.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 25, 2022
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Research    Community    Child & Adolescent    Pediatrics

Research Shows Care from an Allergist Results in Lower Health Care Costs for Children with Peanut Allergy

Care from an allergist is associated with a reduction in total health care costs for U.S. children with peanut allergy, new research finds.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 24, 2022
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Community    Diversity    Health equity   

Representation Matters: Dozens Gather at Annual Die-In to Spotlight Action Against Racism and Injustice

Representation matters.

On a recent day in her pediatric pulmonary clinic, the first patient Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, saw was a 10-year-old girl who is Black and who asked if she could keep the disposable gloves and stethoscope used during her appointment. She wants to be a doctor, just like Taylor-Cousar.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 20, 2022
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Education    Community    Fellowship   

New Fellowship Program Will Train Future Leaders of Academic Medical Centers

A newly established fellowship program in the University of Colorado School of Medicine will help participants prepare for administrative leadership roles in academic medical centers, with a focus on providing guidance and understanding around health care leadership.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 10, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community   

Helping Patients By Identifying Critical Social Needs 

Doctors know that a patient’s social needs — whether they’re homeless, food insecure, or without transportation, for example — can affect not only their health outcomes, but the types of treatment their provider will recommend. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community   

New Research Highlights Potential for Improvement in Communicating with Patients with Intellectual Disabilities

Among physicians who see at least one adult patient with significant intellectual disability (ID) in an average month, close to 75% of those surveyed report usually or always communicating with someone other than the patient during the visit, new research shows.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 19, 2022
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Community    Public Health    Monkeypox

CU Researcher Describes First Cases of Encephalomyelitis Resulting From Monkeypox Virus 

As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread around the globe, a rare but potentially serious complication of the virus has been discovered by Daniel Pastula, MD, MHS, associate professor of neurology and infectious diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 16, 2022
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Research    Community   

Clinicians Can Take Basic Steps to Address Microaggressions from Patients

A common scenario that female physicians sometimes experience after visiting with a patient in a hospital room is being asked, “When will I see the doctor?”


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 15, 2022
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Education    Community    Students    Diversity   

BA/BS-MD Program Aimed at Increasing Diversity of Health Care Professionals in Colorado 

Many college students enter their freshman year unsure of what they want to major in, let alone what they’ll do after they graduate. Then there are students like Hussna Yasini, who entered her first year of college at the University of Colorado Denver knowing she could earn a reserved spot at the CU School of Medicine after she completed her undergraduate studies. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 06, 2022
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Community    Public Health    Vaccinations

Reemergence of Polio in the U.S. Emphasizes Importance of Getting Vaccinated

When a case of polio was discovered in an unvaccinated man in Rockland County, New York, last month, many people had a similar thought: “Didn’t we take care of polio?”


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 31, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19

CU School of Medicine Among Research Sites That Find Metformin is a Promising Treatment to Prevent Severe COVID-19 

Patients treated by physicians who are faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine were part of a multi-site clinical trial that may result in better prevention of severe forms of COVID-19. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 25, 2022
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Research    Community    Telemedicine

Women in Rural Areas Willing to Use Telemedicine for Reproductive Health Services

In urban areas like Colorado’s densely populated Front Range, it can be difficult to envision the distance between neighbors, businesses, and vital services in the state’s rural areas.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 19, 2022
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Patient Care    Community   

Colorado Area Health Education Center Receives Renewed Funding from HRSA 

The Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received renewed funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will allow it to operate for the next five years. Funding is provided annually, with a requirement to match the federal award equally with institutional funds. For 2022–23, total available funds are $1.7 million.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 18, 2022
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Research    Community   

Why End-of-Life Conversations Can Be Difficult for Sexual and Gender Minority Patients

Advance care planning — thinking about what kind of care you want and whom you want by your side at the end of your life — can be difficult under any circumstances. But for sexual and gender minority (SGM) patients — including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, queer, or intersex — those conversations are often made even more difficult due to stigma, fear, and discrimination.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 17, 2022
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Education    Community    Students    Advocacy    CU Medicine Today

New Diploma Program Training Clinicians as Leaders in Climate Medicine

The impacts of climate change on human health are among the most profound and far-reaching issues in health care. Global ecosystems are under such stress that the effects of climate change on human health grow more widespread and damaging by the day.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date August 15, 2022
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Community

Government Launches 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline 

In an effort to make it easier for those experiencing a mental health crisis to get help immediately, the federal government in July launched the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline. The simple three-digit phone number works like 911 to connect callers with trained mental health professionals in their area. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 09, 2022
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Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Monkeypox Has Been Declared a National Health Emergency; Now What? 

The worldwide outbreak of monkeypox that started in May 2022 has now grown to such a degree that on August 4, the Biden administration declared a public health emergency to raise awareness of the virus in the United States and to free up funding and resources for a more robust response. More than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have now been detected in the U.S., including in Colorado, and there are more than 28,000 confirmed cases worldwide. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 08, 2022
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Patient Care    Community   

193 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors for 2022

Denver-area magazine 5280 recently published its list of top doctors for 2022. On this year’s list, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We're proud to congratulate the 193 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title "Top Doctor."


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 02, 2022
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Education    Community    Students   

CU School of Medicine Class of 2026 Called to Empathy and Healing as They Begin Medical Studies

This week, members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2026 became new medical students, entering medicine at a critical and often tumultuous time.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date July 29, 2022
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Research    Education    Community    Students    CU Medicine Today   

SEA-PHAGES Program Teaches Students Science Fundamentals as They Discover Novel Phages

Bacteriophages, also known as phages, are viruses that infect a host bacteria and share traits with all viruses: They require a host cell to reproduce and are specific to particular hosts.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date July 27, 2022
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Education    Community    Students    CU Medicine Today

New MD-MS Program Prepares Medical Students for Careers in Human Spaceflight 

Space needs doctors, and a new joint MD-MS degree program between the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder is aimed at giving medical students the skills they need to advance human spaceflight.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 22, 2022
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Press Releases    Community    CU Medicine Today   

Lisa Neal-Graves Tapped to Lead Aurora Wellness Community 

Longtime Colorado innovation leader Lisa Neal-Graves has been named CEO of the Aurora Wellness Community (AWC), a partnership between the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Aurora community that aims to improve access to primary care for underserved populations in Aurora. The center also will offer services to promote physical, mental, and financial well-being within the community, with a particular focus on housing, food security, generational care, community building, and connection. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community

How A Callback Program Reduces ER Return Rates 

Can a simple phone call reduce the likelihood that a patient will have to return to the emergency room in the days just after being discharged? 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 15, 2022
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Community    CU Medicine Today

Emergency Medicine Professor Takes His Skills to Ukraine

Dave Young, MD, heard the call.

When Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 turned into a prolonged war between the two nations, Young was one of hundreds of medical professionals around the world looking for a way to help Ukrainian citizens displaced by the conflict.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 08, 2022
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Research    Community    Awareness    Mental Health   

Creative Arts Therapy May Reduce Stress and Turnover Among Health Care Professionals

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many health care professionals admit they felt tired. Despite doing work they love, the days could be long or frustrating or very, very disheartening.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Research    Education    Community    Faculty

Dean Reilly Welcomes Undergraduate Students Interested in Careers in Medicine to Campus

Fourteen undergraduate students interested in medicine from universities around the country got the chance Monday to sit down with University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly Jr. to talk about the future of medicine. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 22, 2022
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Patient Care    Community   

U.S. News Ranks Children’s Hospital Colorado Among Top 10 in the Country

Children’s Hospital Colorado is once again ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine released its 2022–23 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this week, and Children’s Colorado is ranked number 7 nationally and number 1 in the Rocky Mountain region and state of Colorado.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 15, 2022
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Community   

The Rare Disorder That Paralyzed Half of Justin Bieber’s Face 

Pop singer Justin Bieber shocked fans last week when he posted a video on Instagram in which he explained he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a condition that causes paralysis on one side of the face. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date June 14, 2022
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Research    Community    Awareness    Child & Adolescent

Non-Judgmental, Patient-Centered Care Is Most Effective when Talking with Families about Firearm Safety

In 2020, firearm injuries were the leading cause of death in U.S. children 18 and younger, accounting for 3,230 children’s deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 13, 2022
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Research    Education    Community    Awareness    COMBAT

CU Summit Focuses on Strategies for Addressing Suicide by Firearm Among Active-Duty Military Servicemembers

An important step in addressing the growing crisis of suicide by firearm among active-duty military servicemembers involves asking not only why these deaths are happening, but how.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Celebrates Class of 2022

Much of medicine has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two and a half years, and medical school is no exception. The 181 students who graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine today have seen their learning and training profoundly altered by the health crisis, and they enter residency in a medical landscape still dealing with the pandemic and its aftermath.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 27, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Graduation 2022

For the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2022, the past two years have been filled with many twists and turns as normal life was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges these students have faced to balance school, clinical training, and personal life have demanded much of them.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

From the Sea to the Scalpel 

It was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, aboard a Navy ship bound for the Middle East, that Josh Abolarin’s journey to medical school began.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Community    CU Medicine Today   

Physician Mistreatment Emerges as Crisis that Can Ripple Through U.S. Health Care

In a recent survey of more than 6,500 physicians from across the United States representing a broad spectrum of racial and ethnic diversity, nearly 30% of respondents reported experiencing discrimination and mistreatment from patients or patients’ family members or visitors.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 19, 2022
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A Winding Road of Experience Leads Lifelong Learner through Medical School

Dottie Stearns’ road to medical school curved across San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, where she learned through studying Cyclura rileyi iguanas that it’s possible to survive a mass extinction event by burrowing.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 16, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

Leaning Into the Ambiguity of Human Experience

During his summers as an undergraduate student, Zaid Al Bahrani worked as a counselor at Camp Kesem in Ohio, a weeklong overnight camp for children impacted by a parent’s cancer diagnosis.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 13, 2022
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Community    Students

A Journey Into Holistic Health

It was a few years before Kiyomi Daoud started college at Harvard University that her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As devastating as it was watching her grandmother’s struggle, Daoud found herself not only curious about the neurologic process her grandmother was going through, but also how her grandmother’s condition was affecting her grandfather, her parents, her sister, and herself.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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Patient Care    Education    Community   

Medical Students Find a Higher Calling at DAWN

Since 2015, uninsured adults living in Aurora, Colorado, have had a reliable place to go for medical care: DAWN (Dedicated to Aurora’s Wellness and Needs, a multidisciplinary, free clinic staffed by students and faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date May 06, 2022
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Research    Community    Support    Diabetes   

Physical Activity Coaching Shows Benefits for People with Type 2 Diabetes

For some people with type 2 diabetes, the E word can evoke dread: exercise.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date May 04, 2022
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Education    Community    Students    Recognition

Students Honor Those Who Donated Their Bodies for Anatomy Education

Eunice Spackman was born on her family’s high plains homestead near Akron, Colorado. She rode a horse two miles to and from school each day, a path so familiar that the horse wouldn’t deviate from it even when she wanted to go visit a friend.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date April 22, 2022
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Community    Faculty

The Rare Disease That Took Gilbert Gottfried’s Life  

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, known for his brash standup act as well as providing the voice for the Aflac duck and the parrot Iago in Disney’s 1992 animated film “Aladdin,” died April 12 from complications of myotonic dystrophy type 2, an inherited muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and other body systems. Gottfried was 67. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 21, 2022
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Research    Community    Pediatrics

CU Faculty Members Contribute to WHO Guidance on Newborn Hearing Screening 

Newly released World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on maternal and newborn care include a variety of crucial areas to be addressed in the first six weeks after birth, including vaccinations, breastfeeding, and screening for postnatal maternal depression and anxiety.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 20, 2022
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Community    Sports Medicine    Orthopedics

Conference Brings Physicians to Colorado to Learn How to Treat Extreme Sports Athletes 

With session titles like “Commando and Military Injuries: Late Night Stories,” “Surfing in the Olympics,” and “Cave Diving: The Deadliest Extreme Sport on Earth, or Not?,” you can tell this isn’t your average medical conference. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 18, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Diversity   

CU School of Medicine Assistant Professor Honored for Her Work on Behalf of Medically Underserved Communities. 

Josina Romero O’Connell’s dream of being a doctor began when she was 3 years old, watching as her grandfather died in a small community clinic in a rural area of New Mexico halfway between Taos and Santa Fe.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 15, 2022
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Patient Care    Community   

New Focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome Leads to Comprehensive Treatment 

Though irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects around 10% of the population, there is a lot that patients and physicians still don’t know about it. What is known is that it is more common in women and people younger than 60, and it is often associated with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. And it can cause life-impacting symptoms if not treated properly.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 08, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Remains in U.S. News Top 10 for Medical Schools 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine continues to rank among the top 10 medical schools in the country for primary care, according to numbers released today by U.S. News and World Report. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 29, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

Match Day Ceremony Reveals Residency Locations for Graduating Students at CU School of Medicine  

After four often-grueling years of medical school, more than 150 fourth-year students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine took the next step in their medical journey Friday.  


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 18, 2022
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CU School of Medicine Match Day 2022

Match Day, when medical students are matched with the residency program they will begin after graduation, is the culmination of four years of hard work and sacrifice.

It's a time-honored tradition that many medical students dream about. You receive a message, you open it, and suddenly it seems like everything in your life changes. For medical students who are about to graduate, Match Day is a career-defining moment.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 16, 2022
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Patient Care    Education    Community    Public Health

Caregivers Play an Important Role in Supporting Adolescents as They Cultivate Nutrition and Healthy Habits

For many adolescents with access to a smartphone or tablet, the messages about appearance, image, and weight are almost inescapable. Frequently, they are intertwined with messages about nutrition.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 15, 2022
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Education    Community    Students

Lessons Learned on the Football Field Translate to Medical Studies and Residency

For anyone who’s never done two-a-days in the August heat or faced down an opposing defensive lineman, the parallels between a football field and a health care clinic might not seem immediately obvious.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 14, 2022
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Education    Community    Awareness    Climate Science

Effects of Climate Change Envisioned in Science Fiction Draw Deeply from Reality

The very near future begins with a stark observation: “It was getting hotter.”


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date March 09, 2022
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Research    Community    Pediatrics

Reducing Subsequent Injuries After A Concussion 

As assistant professor of orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, David Howell, PhD, understands the relationship between concussions and subsequent injury in athletes — namely, that after suffering a concussion, athletes at all levels are more likely to sustain another injury within the next year. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 09, 2022
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CU Medical Student Stephanie Nwagwu Pursues Her Passion for Public Health 

Even during her toughest days of medical school, when long nights of studying turned into long days on her feet in the hospital, one thing kept Stephanie Nwagwu going: her passion to care for underserved communities. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2022
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Patient Care    Community   

Clinic Addresses Skin Care Needs for Underserved Populations 

For members of medically underserved populations, dermatology has been a challenging specialty to access due to a lack of expertise among providers in treating specific conditions, the costs of care, and the uneven location of dermatology clinics.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 18, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community    COVID-19   

CU Clinic Helps Patients Recover From Post-COVID Symptoms 

For health care workers, one of the most troubling aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is people who get and recover from the virus, only to have additional — often more severe — symptoms arise weeks or even months later. Known in medical journals by names like “post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)” or “long-haul COVID,” the condition can have debilitating effects even among the previously young and healthy. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 11, 2022
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Research    Community    Awareness

Research Works to Understand the Risks and Rewards of Football for Its Players and Fans

When the L.A. Rams and Cincinnati Bengals face off Sunday evening in Super Bowl LVI, the tens of millions of fans expected to tune in may be thinking about a lot of things ­– the matchup, the coaching, the quality of the guacamole and the ads. It’s less likely that they’ll consider the players’ potential for concussion.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date February 09, 2022
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NIH-Funded Study Seeks to Develop Therapeutic to Mitigate Asthma Symptoms for People With Obesity

Asthma is a chronic condition that can cause airways in the lungs to become inflamed and narrowed. A common perception of obesity is that it involves low-grade systemic inflammation.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date February 08, 2022
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Research    Community

In Young People, Women Are 44% More Likely Than Men to Have Strokes 

University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members Michelle Leppert, MD, and Sharon Poisson, MD, had a hunch that younger people were having strokes at a higher rate than most health care professionals realized, but when they dug into the numbers, the findings even surprised them: In adults 35 and younger, women are 44% more likely than men to suffer ischemic strokes — strokes caused by blood clots that travel to the brain.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 03, 2022
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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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First-Generation Medical Student Hopes to Bring More Mentorship to Medicine

As if medical school wasn’t challenging enough, Amira Otmane and her classmates in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2024 have also had to contend with beginning their medical education during a worldwide pandemic.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date January 21, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19    Child & Adolescent    CU Medicine Today

How the Pandemic Changed Children’s Relationships With Social Media

Responding to concerns over increased screen time for teenagers during the pandemic and the potential negative effects of social media use, CU School of Medicine psychology faculty members Jenna Glover, PhD, Sandra Fritsch, MD, and Merlin Ariefdjohan, PhD, reviewed recent studies on children and digital technology, synthesizing their findings in a paper published this month in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 17, 2022
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Education    Community   

State of the School 2022

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Colorado School of Medicine still had many accomplishments to celebrate in 2021.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 13, 2022
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Family Motivates Mission to Break Down Health Barriers

Growing up and watching her dad dress in slightly mismatched suits and ties, Jasmin Torres smiled as she witnessed his fashion choices. While a fond memory of her childhood, she eventually learned her father’s fashion wasn’t a quirk, but rather a result of color blindness.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 12, 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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Ava Swenson Balances Medicine With History and Art

Even as a premed student at the University of Minnesota, Ava Swenson knew that to feel truly fulfilled in her medical career, she would need to find ways to indulge her loves of art and history along the way.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 28, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community

CU School of Medicine Top Stories of 2021

This was another exciting year for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and we were able to share more than 70 stories spotlighting our incredible faculty, staff, trainees, and students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 16, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Diabetes

Planting the SEEDS to Connect Diabetes Patients With Devices That Help Them Manage Their Disease

As a nurse, researcher, and educator at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for the past 17 years, Laurel Messer, PhD, has conducted clinical trials that brought devices to market to help diabetes patients monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 15, 2021
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Community    Faculty    CU Medicine Today   

CU School of Medicine Faculty Member is Headed to the 2022 Paralympics

Pam Wilson, MD, was your typical recreational athlete before the 1978 car accident that left her partially paralyzed and using a wheelchair for mobility, but after the accident, sports became a vital part of her recovery — a way to strive, compete, improve, and measure her progress as she went through physical therapy and rehabilitation.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 13, 2021
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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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Community    COVID-19   

How Worried Should We Be About the Omicron Variant?

A troubling new variant of the COVID-19 virus first observed by South African scientists has now been found in other parts of the world, including Portugal, Botswana, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It has been found in several U.S. states as well, including Colorado, New York, Hawaii, and Minnesota. Researchers are concerned, as the new variant — dubbed the Omicron variant by the World Health Organization — shows signs of being more contagious than previous variants. It may also be less susceptible to current COVID-19 vaccines.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 29, 2021
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Keeping An Eye Out for Diabetes

Although early warning signs are often out of sight, patients with any type of diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss or blindness for people who have diabetes, but it’s not the only type of diabetic eye disease.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date November 29, 2021
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Patient Care    Community

CU Movement Disorders Center Launches Telehealth Program for Underserved Communities

Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are complex conditions that often take a specialist — or even a team of specialists — to diagnose and treat. But to many people who live in rural areas or medically underserved communities, specialty care can be geographically or financially out of reach.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 12, 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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Community    Students    CU Medicine Today

On the Job Training

When Jay Lemery, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine, launched the Climate & Health Science Policy Fellowship in 2017, he started with a recently graduated emergency medicine fellow working in the CU Department of Emergency Medicine.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date November 04, 2021
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Community    Mental Health

Missy Franklin Shares Mental Health Struggles At Johnson Depression Center Luncheon

When it comes to mental health, it is essential to be vulnerable, to speak out about your struggles, and to practice self-care.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 29, 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    Community   

Protect Your Eyes from Spooky Infections this Halloween

If you think ghosts, goblins, and vampires are spooky, then beware of the terrors that can result from wearing costume contact lenses that have not been properly prescribed or fitted. Studies show people wearing cosmetic contacts have an increased risk for infections.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date October 26, 2021
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Research    Community

A Rhythmic Approach to Music Therapy for Parkinson’s Patients

The old poem says that music soothes the savage beast, but Isabelle Buard, PhD, is conducting research to find out if music can also soothe the effects of Parkinson’s disease on fine motor skills.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date October 22, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Community    CU Medicine Today   

Challenging Outdated FDA Policy

The death of a 16-year-old boy who was bullied for being gay inspired Michael A. Puente, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, to campaign to change a 27-year-old federal regulation restricting the ability of gay and bisexual men to donate their corneas in the United States.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date October 21, 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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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    CU Medicine Today   

Addressing COVID-19 Disparities

From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color have been hit hardest by the worst public health crisis in the past 100 years.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date October 14, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    CU Medicine Today    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

Improving Trauma Care in South Africa

A research-based training program for South African paramedics led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine is improving South African trauma care while also identifying innovations that U.S. military combat medics could use to treat battlefield wounds.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Are New, Popular Weight-Loss Drugs Safe for People With HIV?

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Determining policies and studying trends in the public health space is important to create positive outcomes for patients with cancer.

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Colorado doctor has treated Celine Dion's stiff person syndrome for 2 years

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Publish DateJune 11, 2024

In the more than two years since she was diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, Celine Dion has worked with a Colorado doctor and her team to overcome the rare and chronic disease.

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