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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Patient Care    Clinical Trials    CU Medicine Today   

Treating Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

Brigette Douglass lives by the 10% rule: To avoid losing sight of the big picture of her life, she never lets anything consume more than 10% of her focus.

This approach has allowed a full embrace of family, career, and world travel adventures while also becoming one of the longest-participating patients in a clinical trial for metastatic uveal melanoma.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date April 27, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases    COVID-19   

CU Study Reviews COVID-Related Hospital Visitation Limits and Family Stress

Efforts by hospitals to protect people from COVID-19 by restricting them from visiting family members in ICUs may have contributed to a significant increase in stress-related disorders, according to a study led by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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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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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19   

CU School of Medicine Faculty Members Help Draft COVID-19 Guidance for Cardiologists 

Two faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are key contributors to a set of COVID-19 guidance for cardiologists released today by the American College of Cardiology. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 16, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Trauma and Fractures    ATLAS

Are Trauma Patients Getting Too Much Oxygen? 

Adit Ginde, MD, already had a hunch that most hospitalized trauma patients were receiving too much oxygen, but when the U.S Department of Defense came to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus looking for solutions to problems around battlefield oxygen, he saw the chance to put his theory to the test. 


Author Greg Glasgow | 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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Patient Care    Sports Medicine    Clinical Affairs   

Multidisciplinary Approach Makes CU Sports Medicine Program a Winner

CU Sports Medicine — a multidisciplinary program involving the School of Medicine’s departments of orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics — serves a wide range of patients: from toddlers to seniors, elite athletes to weekend warriors. To help dispel some misconceptions about the field and highlight what sets CU’s program apart from the competition, we interviewed three experts to learn from the pros.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date March 01, 2022
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Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

“Quality over quantity.” It’s a familiar piece of advice for everything from shopping habits to food choices. But the concept is especially important when it comes to health care. In fact, it’s what led a coalition of CU Anschutz Medical Campus entities — the School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Colorado — to establish the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency in 2012. 


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date March 01, 2022
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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    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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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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Research    Patient Care    Community

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

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


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

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

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


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2021
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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    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

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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Multidisciplinary Approach Offers Unified Ocular Inflammation Management

Kathryn Mayer was sitting outside with friends one evening when she experienced a strange sensation that caused her right eye to feel very blurry. She went to bed that night thinking it must be an issue with her contact lenses and carried on normally the next day.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19   

What Does the FDA’s Approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Mean?

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. The approval provides the FDA’s strongest endorsement to the Pfizer vaccine, which previously had been approved under an emergency use authorization.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date August 25, 2021
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138 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. On this year’s list, which came out last week, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We are proud to congratulate the 138 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title Top Doctor.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

An Underused Lifesaver for COVID-19 Patients

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to lurk in many communities, aided by vaccine hesitancy and the emergence of disease mutations like the Delta variant, physicians are still looking for effective ways to treat those who test positive for the virus.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 20, 2021
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U.S. News Ranks Children’s Hospital Colorado Among the Nation’s Best

U.S. News and World Report released its 2021–22 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this week. Children’s Hospital Colorado ranked number 6 nationally and placed seven pediatric specialties in the top 10, including a number-one ranking for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. Children’s Colorado is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Together, the institutions are a national center for clinical care and medical research.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 15, 2021
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Vaccinations   

CU School of Medicine Experts on the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday recommended a nationwide pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because six women who received the vaccine have experienced a rare type of blood clot.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 16, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Reaches Five-Year Mark for Providing Care in Greenland

Five years ago, the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (WEM) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine journeyed to Greenland to provide health care services for researchers at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Summit Station.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19    Transplant Center   

Increased Alcohol Consumption During COVID-19 Pandemic Could Lead to  Uptick in Liver Disease 

James Burton, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of liver transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says he and his colleagues are already starting to see the effect pandemic drinking is having on patients.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date February 15, 2021
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Patient Care    Community

12 FAQs About the COVID-19 Vaccine – Answered by CU Immunologists

Immunologists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine this week expressed confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines and encouraged people to get vaccinations when they become available. They also addressed frequently asked questions about how the vaccines work, why they have confidence in the process that created the vaccines, and who should get the shots.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 18, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Community   

What to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

With the FDA emergency approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer last week and Moderna approval due any day, immunizations against the deadliest pandemic in the past 100 years will begin this week.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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5280 Magazine Top Doctors Includes More Than 160 CU Faculty

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. The annual list was recently released, and year after year, our CU School of Medicine faculty members were ranked among the best. We're proud to congratulate the more than 160 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title top doctor.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 12, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

CU Researcher: Non-Hormonal Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms Offers Hope of Relief

A non-hormonal therapy to treat hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause was found to be effective in a recent clinical trial, according to a published study by a team of researchers including faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 06, 2020
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Eat This, Not That!

Signs You May Have Diabetes and When to Seek Help

news outletEat This, Not That!
Publish DateDecember 01, 2022

According to the CDC, more than 37 million adults are living with diabetes—and one in five have no idea. "Diabetes may be the most serious public health crisis of our time," says David G. Marrero, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Border Health Disparities in Tucson.

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Moms of newborns with RSV found hospitals busy but ready to help as respiratory virus surges

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Publish DateNovember 29, 2022

Colorado's severe respiratory season continues to hit hard, especially among young kids. Parents of children hospitalized with RSV report that facilities are packed, but that their infant got critical care — and just when they needed it.

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Medscape

How to Help Older Patients Hang up Car Keys

news outletMedscape
Publish DateNovember 28, 2022

Giving up driving is among the more traumatic events of old age — a loss of independence and a stark indicator that reflexes and reaction times aren't what they used to be.

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Colorado’s flu and COVID hospitalizations still rising, while RSV continues to put “extreme stress” on medical system

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Publish DateNovember 27, 2022

DA virus that’s packed children’s hospitals in Colorado may finally be reaching its peak, but flu and COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to rise heading into the holiday weekend.r. Kevin Carney, associate chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said he thinks that the number of hospitalizations from respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, has stopped rising, but it hasn’t started to fall yet.

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