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Addressing Maternal Prenatal Depression can Lead to Longer Gestation, Researchers Say

A cohort of researchers lead by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Denver are emphasizing the importance of maternal prenatal mental health, suggesting prenatal depression intervention can lead to longer gestation, healthier babies and intergenerational benefits.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 19, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Neuroscience    rare disease   

CU Anschutz Receives $2 Million From the Céline Dion Foundation to Advance Autoimmune Neurologic Disorders Research

The need for more research into a rare disease that halted the career of Céline Dion is a main thread in a new documentary about the music superstar’s painful journey, which, thanks largely to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and a new philanthropic gift, has taken a turn toward “a very bright future.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 18, 2024
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Research    Innovation

Innovation Pioneer: If It Can’t Benefit Patients, Who Cares?

Steve VanNurden, MBA, wants CU Innovations to be known for one thing: how well it helps translate ideas from idealism into action. It’s a statement borrowed from Charlie Mayo, a founder of Mayo Clinic, where VanNurden began his career in innovation 34 years ago.


Author Carie Behounek | Publish Date June 18, 2024
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Research    Press Releases   

Children’s Hospital Colorado Launches Colorado Child Health Research Institute

Today, Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado), in partnership with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz Medical Campus), announced the launch of the Colorado Child Health Research Institute, which creates a unique culture of research partnership to improve the lives of children everywhere.


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Research    Press Releases   

New Global Research Aims to Improve Survival Rates for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

A new study published today in JAMA Network Open by an international cohort of researchers provides the latest data on the effectiveness of treating pancreatic cancer patients with chemotherapy (with or without radiation therapy) before surgery to remove a tumor. The study focuses specifically on pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 18, 2024
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Research    Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

U.S. Census Bureau Director Visits CU Anschutz Medical Campus

As a little boy growing up in a drafty wooden bungalow in San Antonio, Texas, Robert Santos had a night visitor that traumatized the “probably 6” year old so much, he refused to sleep or return to his bed.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 17, 2024
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CCTSI

What is the CCTSI anyway?

Whether you are new on campus or just need a reminder over this long hot summer, we want you to know about the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) -- and our mission to accelerate and catalyze the translation of innovative science into improved, equitable health and patient care for all. We do this by providing a multitude of resources to support clinical and translational research and science.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Press Releases    Mental Health   

CU Anschutz Researchers Offer New Understanding of How Antidepressants Work

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have established a new framework for understanding how classic antidepressants work in treating major depressive disorder (MDD), reemphasizing their importance and aiming to reframe clinical conversation around their role in treatment.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 05, 2024
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Patient Care    Dental Medicine   

Why Are 'Veneer Technicians' Dangerous?

A trend circulating on TikTok has dentists worried patients are putting their teeth and health at risk.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 05, 2024
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Research    Women's Health

Closing the Gap Through Women’s Health and Gender Differences Research

For two decades, the research and discovery made possible by the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research has transformed the understanding of gender differences in medicine and led to improvements in quality of care for women.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 04, 2024
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Community   

Retinol for Kids? What a Preteen Skin Care Routine Should Look Like

A social media trend targeting children has preteens following regimented skin care routines, begging parents for retinol products and dreaming of trips to beauty supply stores. The craze has grown so much that these skin-obsessed youth are called the “Sephora Kids.”


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date May 30, 2024
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Community   

Celebrate Pride 2024 With the CU Anschutz Community

As Denver looks to celebrate its 50th Pride this summer, the LGBTQ+ Hub at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is hosting and organizing different ways for the campus community to get involved in the celebrations. From walking in the Pride Parade with CU faculty, staff and students, to karaoke at Hamburger Mary's, there are plentiful ways to participate year-round and build connections within the CU Anschutz campus and beyond.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 28, 2024
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Research    The Conversation

Alcohol Use Disorder Can Be Treated With an Array of Medications – But Few People Have Heard of Them

More than 29.5 million Americans ages 12 and up had alcohol use disorder – the medical term for the disease commonly known as alcoholism – in 2022, when the most recent national data was published.


Author Joseph Schacht, PhD | Publish Date May 23, 2024
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Mental Health   

Long COVID Brings Focus to Mental-Physical Connection

While the pandemic left millions of people worldwide with lasting COVID-19 effects, it also fueled a research and healthcare focus that Thida Thant, MD, and colleagues have long promoted – the overlap of physical and mental illness.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 23, 2024
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Research    Women's Health

CU Anschutz Researchers Hope to Bridge Gap in Care and Treatment for Heart Disease in Women

Researchers at the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research published a paper in the Journal for Women’s Health Research that calls attention to how doctors can better diagnose and treat coronary heart disease (CHD) in women — particularly when it comes to the diagnosis of a heart attack.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date May 21, 2024
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

Unraveling the Connections Between Loneliness and Emotional Eating

Grabbing a pint of ice cream and digging in because of a breakup has become so cliché, it’s a common romance movie scene. But for some people, especially if loneliness and isolation affects their lives, turning to food to soothe their emotions can become an all-too-common and real problem.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 20, 2024
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Campus Life   

CU Anschutz Staff Members Recognized for Years of Service

An even 300 staff members at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were honored at the recent Staff Years of Service Recognition Event. 

Chancellor Don Elliman attended the reception, which is an annual event recognizing the dedicated service of our longest-serving staff members. Honorees represented all colleges, schools and divisions at CU Anschutz. 


Author Staff | Publish Date May 20, 2024
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Education    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Regains Hispanic-Serving Status

The U.S. Department of Education designated the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus as a Hispanic-Serving Institution this week, regaining a status originally announced in 2021. Just under 600 institutions hold HSI status nationally. The CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is the fourth in the state – and only R1 institution in the Rocky Mountain Region – granted HSI status.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Academic Affairs    Leadership   

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Selects Dr. John H. Sampson as Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

AURORA, Colo. (May 16, 2024) – Following a competitive national search, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is proud to announce that John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MHSc, MBA, has been selected as the University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for CU Anschutz, effective July 1, 2024. He will bring more than two decades of clinical and academic leadership to the CU School of Medicine, aiming to expand on the transformational tenure of current Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD. 


Author Staff | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Research    Community    Pharmacology

Partnership Forms to Explore Quantum Computing for Healthcare

Quantum computing often speaks to the imagination as a futuristic “black box” that, like a Swiss Army Knife, can be used to provide solutions to a broad landscape of complex problems. With rapid, recent advances in the technology, the future of quantum computing might be closer than we think.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Faculty    Heart    Physiology & Biophysics

What Happens to Our Bodies as We Train for Marathons?

The third Monday in April is known in Boston and beyond as "Marathon Monday," the annual running of that city’s world-famous marathon. It unofficially kicks off training and race season, when millions of runners prepare for and compete in races of all lengths through the fall.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date May 14, 2024
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Research    Women's Health   

Congresswoman Diana DeGette Visits Ludeman Center

Congresswoman Diana DeGette recently toured labs, participated in a panel and received a glimpse of the diverse and multidisciplinary work taking place at the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research that she said catches the national eye.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 10, 2024
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Patient Care    Sports Medicine   

Take Me Out of the Ballgame: What’s Causing MLB Elbow Injuries?

In recent seasons, a small elbow ligament has had an outsized impact on the national pastime.

Over a third of Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers have undergone ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction surgeries – known popularly as Tommy John surgery – according to tracking data by baseball data researcher Jon Roegele. The widespread impact of the record number of surgeries that require a long recovery window has sent players, physicians and the MLB looking for answers.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Diabetes    Alzheimer's    Adolescence   

Diabetes in Youth May Increase Risk for Alzheimer's, Other Diseases

Young people with diabetes may have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by researchers in the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Public Health    Infectious disease   

Bird Flu in Cows? What is H5N1, and What Is All the Fuss About?

Although bird flu (H5N1) has circulated among wild and domestic flocks for 30 years, it has surprised public health experts in the past two years with the longest, largest and deadliest outbreak in history. Either through infection or preventive culling, the avian flu virus has affected a record 90 million domestic birds since January 2022 in the United States alone.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Neuro-Ophthalmology    Health Science Radio podcast

Fulfilling a Dream: Ophthalmology Researcher Works to Restore People’s Vision

Having a close friend who was blind as a teenager gave Valeria Canto-Soler, PhD, a clear vision for her future. She wanted to help people with vision problems recover their sight.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 06, 2024
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The Conversation

Understanding That Chronic Back Pain Originates From Within the Brain Could Lead to Quicker Recovery, a New Study Finds

Most people with chronic back pain naturally think their pain is caused by injuries or other problems in the body such as arthritis or bulging disks. But our research team has found that thinking about the root cause of pain as a process that’s occurring in the brain can help promote recovery. That is a key finding of a study my colleagues and I recently published in JAMA Network Open, a monthly open-access medical journal.


Author Yoni Ashar, PhD | Publish Date May 03, 2024
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Community    Mental Health   

Why a New Taylor Swift Album Can Resonate So Deeply

There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of your favorite artist’s new album. As a bona fide Swiftie, I awoke early on April 19 and was surprised by not one new masterpiece from Taylor Swift, but a double album: “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.”


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date May 02, 2024
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Patient Care   

How to Battle the Escalating Misery of Allergy Season

Allergy sufferers greet spring with relief and dread. While they bask in saying farewell to winter, they brace for the unseen enemy of warmer weather – the onslaught of pollen from everything abloom.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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The Conversation

Ghosted, Orbited, Breadcrumbed? A Psychotherapist Breaks Down Some Perils of Digital Dating and How to Cope

Buzzwords describing the digital dating scene are all over social media. Have you been ghosted? Is someone orbiting you? Are you being breadcrumbed? While these dating patterns may not be new, the words to describe them continue to evolve.


Author Danielle Sukenik | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Research    Community    Bioscience

Young Teens Conduct High-Level Science With CU Anschutz Lab

Sujatha Jagannathan, PhD, shuffles 11 Petri dishes around a table, sorting them in groups according to how fast the yeast strains grew in the cultures. Her student researchers look on, scanning the culture dishes for the mutant strains they created four days earlier that grew the slowest.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Mental Health   

What Does Thrill-Seeking Say About a Person’s Mental Health?

We take our extreme sports seriously in Colorado. From skydiving and whitewater rafting to ATVs and climbing, activities abound for the adventure seeker. But what drives a thrill-seeker? Can it go too far? Is social media fueling a dangerous game of competition?


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Campus Life   

CU Anschutz Faculty Recognized for 25 Years of Service

Sixty-two faculty members who have served the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – and is predecessor, the CU Health Sciences Center – for 25 years were honored at a reception at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building on April 23.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 26, 2024
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The Conversation

Altitude Sickness Is Typically Mild But Can Sometimes Turn Very Serious − a High-Altitude Medicine Physician Explains How to Safely Prepare

Equipped with the latest gear and a thirst for adventure, mountaineers embrace the perils that come with conquering the world’s highest peaks. Yet, even those who tread more cautiously at high altitude are not immune from the health hazards waiting in the thin air above.


Author Brian Strickland, MD | Publish Date April 25, 2024
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The Conversation

Getting a Good Night’s Rest Is Vital for Neurodiverse Children – Pediatric Sleep Experts Explain why

Most of us are all too familiar with the consequences of a poor night’s sleep – be it interrupted sleep or simply too little of it. If you’re a parent with kids at home, it often leaves you and your children on edge.


Author Terry Katz, PhD | Publish Date April 25, 2024
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Patient Care    Cancer    Mental Health   

Navigating Mental Health Around a Cancer Diagnosis

When you are the Princess of Wales, revealing a cancer diagnosis can be a complicated issue, as evidenced by the media stir that resulted from Kate Middleton’s delayed announcement earlier this year. But it’s not an easy decision for anyone facing such life-changing news.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 24, 2024
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Research    Community    Women's Health   

First Lady Visits Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research

On April 20, First Lady Jill Biden toured labs and met with researchers at the Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Devin Lynn | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Orthopedics    Regenerative Medicine    Health Science Radio podcast

Multi-Campus Effort Aims to Regenerate Arthritic Joints

Osteoarthritis, a painful degenerative disease that affects 32.5 million Americans, slowly degrades buffering cartilage until joints grind together bone-on-bone. With no existing effective regenerative therapy, treatments are limited to anti-inflammatory injections and, ultimately, expensive joint replacement surgery.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 19, 2024
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Patient Care    Liver Transplant    Endocrinology

Ever-Rising Fatty Liver Disease Gets Its First Drug and a New Name

A drug that targets liver scarring from fatty liver disease gained Food and Drug Administration accelerated approval in March, marking the first-ever drug specifically for the disease to get the FDA’s nod. Experts hope the medication, designated a “breakthrough therapy,” proves to be a sign of more treatments to come.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 19, 2024
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Research    Innovation    Education    Graduate Program

CU Anschutz Moves Up in This Year’s U.S. News & World Report Rankings

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus schools, colleges and programs again ranked among the best in the country in the 2024-2025 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) annual ranking of higher education programs. Here are the highlights:


Author Staff | Publish Date April 16, 2024
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Community    Faculty    Mental Health

How the Pandemic Traumatized K-12 Educators

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked degrees of havoc on everyone’s lives, with parents and students especially hard hit as they navigated changing dynamics at work, home and school. However, a group often overlooked were the educators on the front lines: Teachers reported feeling burned out and overwhelmed.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date April 16, 2024
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Cooking and Nutrition

The Great Milk Debate of 2024: Which Milk Is Healthier?

Milk. A wave of plant-based options has transformed a simple, cow-derived nutritional drink into a worldwide debate. Just going to a coffee shop or the grocery store can set off anxiety about the myriad milk options. Social media is rife with influencers promoting one kind of milk over another, leading to “udder” confusion.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date April 15, 2024
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Patient Care    Dental Medicine   

Are You Saying Farewell To Lead Aprons at Your Next Dentist Visit?

A dental office memory for many – the heavy lead apron – faces retirement for many patients after new recommendations the American Dental Association (ADA) announced in February.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 12, 2024
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Community

Ozempic for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

Whether online or at the grocery store check-out lane, it’s hard to avoid news of a celebrity’s dramatic weight loss and the speculation as to whether or not they are taking a new weight-loss medication.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Research    Innovation    Community   

From Sepsis to Cervical Cancer: AI Helps CU Anschutz Save Lives

While a recent explosion in AI technology has exposed its possibilities to the public with online systems such as ChatGPT and Dall·E, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have been exploring the rapidly evolving technology for years and are beginning to harness its problem-solving powers to change healthcare.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 08, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Dental Medicine   

Xylitol for Your Teeth: Sweet Trend or True Cavity Blocker?

At first glance, a claim that a sweetener derived from the bark of birch trees can prevent cavity formation might seem farfetched. It can’t be true, some might reason. Sugar causes cavities.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 05, 2024
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Research    Press Releases

Process Discovered to Undermine Bacterial Viral Salmonella Infection

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a mechanism by which a bacterial virus undermines the virulence of Salmonella, allowing the host a chance to rehabilitate.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date April 04, 2024
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Campus Life    Announcements

CU Denver | Anschutz Recognized as a Top Ten Public Urban Research Military Friendly School

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus are once again being recognized as a Military Friendly® School. Together, the two are the only universities in Colorado to rank in the tier 2 research category, moving up to the No. 6 spot nationwide. The two campuses have been included in the rankings for over 10 years.


Author CU Denver News | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health

Veterans Help Provide Greater Insight into Klinefelter and Jacobs Syndromes

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and collaborators across the country have conducted the largest and most diverse study of men with extra X or Y chromosomes in the United States using a large dataset of military veterans. The results could lead to better diagnoses of these underrecognized conditions and earlier treatment of associated diseases.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 29, 2024
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Research    Community    Health Science Radio podcast

National Crisis of Physician Burnout: What Can Be Done?

While some pandemic-related stressors have receded, burnout among physicians and other healthcare professional remains at elevated levels. Studies show relatively high percentages of physicians are cutting back hours or are thinking about leaving the profession, meaning potential reductions in healthcare access, quality of care and patient safety.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 28, 2024
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Press Releases    Bladder Cancer

Researchers Discover a Mechanism That Could Improve Platinum-Based Cancer Therapy

Researchers have identified a protein that, when targeted, enables cisplatin-resistant cancer cells to become responsive to treatment. Cisplatin, and other similar platinum drugs, are incredibly effective at killing rapidly growing cancer cells, which is why they have been used in treating cancers for over 45 years. However, these drugs are non-targeted and can cause debilitating toxic side effects, resulting in a diminished lifestyle, and patients in poor health are deemed ineligible for use.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date March 27, 2024
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Community   

Q&A: 2024 Election Coverage Prompting Burnout? You're Not Alone

Feeling déjà vu watching coverage of this year’s presidential election? You’re not alone. Below, Steven Berkowitz, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, talks about how this feeling of repetition can cause apathy, dread or general media burnout – and how important it is to stay involved.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date March 26, 2024
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Neuroscience    Pharmaceutical Sciences    Alzheimer's   

Researchers Describe Tools to Better Understand CaMKII, a Protein Involved in Brain and Heart Disease

The health impacts of a complex protein that plays a major role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and heart conditions can be lessened by three kinds of drug inhibitors, according to scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 22, 2024
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Community    Reproductive Health

Nonprescription Birth Control Pills Headed to Store Shelves

For the first time since its debut in 1960 – when some states still outlawed contraceptive use for married couples – a birth control pill has been approved for purchase without a prescription and should be available at neighborhood drugstore shelves any day now.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 21, 2024
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

ADHD Medication Shortage Continues as Diagnoses Surge

The continuing shortage of controlled stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, has created a frustrating “yo-yo scenario” of providers and patients trying to find the right medications when they’re needed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The crisis has no clear end in sight.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Neuroscience   

Lab Probes Aphasia, a Language Disorder That Struck Bruce Willis, Wendy Williams

A language disorder with an unusual name – aphasia – entered the popular lexicon two years ago after actor Bruce Willis was diagnosed with a type of the disease that gradually robs a person’s ability to communicate. The illness popped into the headlines again when Wendy Williams, host of the talk show “Wendy,” was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 15, 2024
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Heart    Cardiothoracic Surgery    Anesthesiology

Therapy Using Intense Light and Chronological Time Can Benefit Heart

Managing circadian rhythms through intense light and chronologically timed therapy can help prevent or treat a variety of circulatory system conditions, including heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Community   

Why Are These Athletes Collapsing? A Cardiologist Responds

Athletes normally grab headlines with their on-field play, but in recent months several athletes have made news of a sobering kind: They’ve suddenly collapsed during a game or practice. 


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

New Findings Indicate Metabolic Dysfunction as a Driver of Immune Cell Attack to Brain Cells in Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are part of an international team that has discovered a molecular signature that plays a pivotal role in sustaining the activation of immune cells in chronic neurological diseases, including progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 14, 2024
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Campus Life

What to Expect in the Event of a Snow Closure or Delay

As temperatures drop and occasional wintry blasts loom, we want students, faculty and staff to know expectations for teaching, learning and working if the University of Anschutz Medical Campus is affected by inclement weather.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Patient Care    Diabetes    Cooking and Nutrition

The Truth About Sugar: It’s Not So Simple

Sugar is the new fat, and according to Bonnie Jortberg, PhD, RD, CDCES, it’s widely misunderstood. As a top expert in diabetes lifestyle management, Jortberg is baffled by the number of times a newly diagnosed patient tells her emphatically: But I don’t even eat sugar.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

At the Forefront: Driving Breakthroughs in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, affects several million people worldwide, with Colorado claiming one of the highest rates in the country. About one in 360 people in our state has MS, and women with the disease outnumber men by about three to one. Most often diagnosed between the ages 20 to 40, MS generally strikes patients during the prime of life.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 11, 2024
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Neuroscience   

Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Collaborative Community (iBCI-CC) to Drive Innovation in Neurotechnology

Mass General Brigham is establishing the Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Collaborative Community (iBCI-CC). This is the first Collaborative Community in the clinical neurosciences that has participation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is proud to join this novel collaborative community and is represented by Cristin Welle, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the School of Medicine and a member of the Reeve Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 11, 2024
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Community

Migraine Devices: TikTok Trends or Effective Tools?

Migraine fixes touted by TikTok and other social media channels aren’t always the miracles they claim them to be. From tight-fitting headbands to eye-massaging headsets, many of the “miracle cures” have little to no scientific research backing them up, said Danielle Wilhour, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date March 07, 2024
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Research    Awards   

Research Awards Ceremony Celebrates Scientific Contributions

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosted its third annual Research Awards ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of the campus research community. More than 100 people gathered on Feb. 27 to cheer on their colleagues, who were recognized in 10 award categories.  


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date March 05, 2024
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Patient Care    Pharmaceutical Sciences   

Nicotine Trend Spreading on TikTok Packs a Potentially Dangerous Punch

The latest nicotine trend touted on social media could be the stealthiest and most dangerous yet. TikTok influencers are targeting teenagers with promises that nicotine pouches, a discreet way of getting a nicotine jolt, can do everything from enhancing masculinity to providing a powerful “buzz.”


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Neuroscience   

Acting Out Dreams Can Signal a Serious Disorder

Dreams are excursions of our central nervous system, unfolding when the body is at rest, but our brains are in thrall to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. For people with a rare condition, their whole body acts out the dream, sometimes to the point where they leave their bed or even their room.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 29, 2024
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Head and Neck Cancer    Cancer    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Sensory Nerves Appear to Drive Head and Neck Cancer Growth

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studying interactions between nerves and tumor microenvironments have found that commonly used drugs like botox may stop or slow the progression of certain head and neck cancers.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 28, 2024
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Patient Care   

Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety: Can Ashwagandha Help?

With a growing number of studies suggesting that ashwagandha does fulfill its marketed claims of reducing stress and anxiety and improving sleep, the herb’s popularity has boomed, gaining the attention of consumers and healthcare providers alike.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 27, 2024
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Research    Press Releases

Study Examines Impact of Antidepressants on Early Brain Development

A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that antidepressant use can impact early post-natal brain development.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Research    Clinical Research    Cardiology

CU Anschutz Set to Launch Gene Therapy Trials for Heart Disorder

It started in the early 1990s as a registry of patients with a heart condition. Today, data from more than 2,000 families with dilated cardiomyopathy is informing the next generation of therapies for this serious disease.

Together, cardiologist Luisa Mestroni, MD, and geneticist Matthew Taylor, MD, PhD, both professors in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, have helped thousands of patients in the clinic. They’ve also studied many of the over 50 genes associated with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In the following Q&A, they explain their research and the gene therapy clinical trials that will be launching on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus during the first half of 2024.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Neuroscience    Alzheimer's    Clinic-Based Pharmacy

Blocking Key Protein May Halt Alzheimer’s Progression

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that inhibiting a key protein can stop the destruction of synapses and dendritic spines commonly seen in Alzheimer’s disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Leadership   

New Center for Health Equity Executive Director Brings Passion to Mission

While new to her position as executive director of the recently launched Center for Health Equity, Deborah Parra-Medina, MPH, PhD, FAAHB, already has a vested interest. Parra-Medina followed her eldest daughter and grandchildren to Colorado, so her professional mission of ensuring healthy and thriving communities is personal.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Patient Care    Dental Medicine   

Pop, Click, Ouch? How to Treat Jaw Pain From TMJD

Much like our teeth, when injury, inflammation or other discomfort strikes the joints and muscles of the jaw, a host of taken-for-granted functions – breathing, chewing, swallowing, talking and sleeping – can be an exercise in severe pain.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Research    Drug Development    Quantum

Quantum Leap: CU Anschutz Set to Pioneer Advancements in Medicine

Although a search for “quantum” in the popular media turns up mostly references to a revived TV series (“Quantum Leap”) and a recent superhero film (“Quantumania”), in the science world, the actual technology is creating quite the buzz.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 15, 2024
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Mental Health   

How Six Hours a Week Can Build a Healthy, Loving Relationship

Mandy Doria, MS, LPC, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says therapy is not just for ironing out the bad wrinkles in relationships.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date February 13, 2024
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Community    Public Health    Vaccinations    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Program That Culturally Tailored COVID-19 Messages Spotlighted

The constant influx of rapidly changing data at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult to understand, creating a public health communication gap that took a particular toll on disproportionately affected communities.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Mental Health   

Online Dating: How to Make a Search for Love Work for You

Swipe right and you might find the love of your life. At least that’s what dating apps would have you believe. However, as many have discovered, online dating is far more complicated than a simple swipe, and its impacts on our mental health can outnumber all those fish in the sea.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date February 08, 2024
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Community    Fitness and Well-Being

As Pickleball Fervor Grows, Here Is How to Have Fun and Avoid Injury

When Caro Henauw takes up a new hobby, she doesn’t dink around. She launches in with overhead-smash-style gusto.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Neuroscience    Recognition

Odors May Prompt Certain Brain Cells to Make Decisions

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that odors stimulate specific brain cells that may play a role in rapid `go, no-go’ decision-making.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Vaccinations    Advocacy    Pediatrics   

Researchers Say Media Focus on Vaccine Hesitancy Distorts Reality

Media stories focusing on vaccine hesitancy can distort reality and drive a false narrative that a large percentage of parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated, according to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine by two pediatricians from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Community    Mental Health   

Sports Betting: How to Know If You've Crossed the Line

You don’t have to be a passionate sports fan or a fanatic gambler to know that sports betting is booming.

This year’s Super Bowl, second in viewership only to FIFA World Cup soccer, is estimated to generate $1.3 billion in bets in the U.S. alone, breaking its previous record for money wagered on a single live sporting event in the United States. More than 50 million people placed bets on last year’s Super Bowl, another record expected to be shattered by bettors on the Taylor Swift-ified clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date February 05, 2024
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Research    Alzheimer's   

Alzheimer’s Study Finds Potential Immune System Link, Mostly in Women

When immune systems go awry, they can wreak havoc, triggering everything from diabetes to – scientists now believe – Alzheimer’s disease (AD). But immune systems are supposed to protect, not injure, the body. So what if scientists could pinpoint a window before things go amiss and harness the defense system in a way that curbs or prevents AD from taking hold?


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 05, 2024
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Mental Health   

From Serial Killers to Cult Profiles: Why Do We Love True Crime?

Each week, millions of Americans close their blinds, pour a beverage and snuggle under their favorite blankie to binge the latest true crime docuseries and podcasts.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date February 02, 2024
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Press Releases    Blood

CU Anschutz Researchers Identify New Biomarker in Quality of Blood Donations

A collaborative cohort of researchers, led by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Professor Angelo D’Alessandro, PhD, has identified kynurenine as a critical new biomarker in the quality of stored red blood cells (RBCs), a crucial step in the development of more personalized transfusions. Study results were published today in the journal Blood


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date January 31, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Gynecologic Cancer    Ovarian Cancer   

CRISPR Study Lays Groundwork for Overcoming Ovarian Cancer

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has gained attention for its work on rethinking ovarian cancer disease progression and treatment. Equipped with highly advanced technology, they are making inroads in rendering the most lethal cancer of the female reproductive system less deadly.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 29, 2024
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Fitness and Well-Being

From Pickleball to Smart Watches: Easy Tips to Move More

Even though it comes with such coveted benefits as better sleep, sharper minds and stronger bodies, convincing people to move has been the bane of public health workers for decades. Things like desk jobs, drive-throughs, long commutes and remote-controlled everything sabotage their efforts, as Americans continue to fall short of exercise guidelines.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 26, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Health Science Radio podcast

Podcast: New Therapy Quiets Brain’s ‘False Alarms,’ Aims to Cure Chronic Pain

Like phantom pain for amputees, when the brain believes that a part of the body is injured, pain messages often continue unabated – even after the afflicted area has healed.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 26, 2024
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Research    Neuroscience   

CU Anschutz Lab Works to Restore Paralyzed Patients’ Senses

Connecting a machine to the human brain to help a person move and feel sounds like science fiction. But the work of Daniel Kramer, MD, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is in fact helping paralyzed people restore motor and sensory function.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Press Releases   

Can Menopause Be Delayed Indefinitely?

At birth, ovaries in girls can contain about a million tiny structures called primordial follicles, each of which contains an egg cell. As girls grow and experience adulthood, most of these follicles will die while only one follicle will survive each month to ovulate a mature egg. When the loss of primordial follicles is nearly complete, and only hundreds remain, women reach menopause, a time when menstrual cycles have ceased for 12 months.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Community   

The Top Seven Benefits of Acupuncture

For anyone wanting to add acupuncture to a 2024 health regimen, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center now offers the ancient Chinese healing practice. Open to both members and non-members, sessions involve inserting very thin needles into the skin at strategic points on a person’s body and can target everything from pain relief to infertility.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Community   

Can the ‘Dopamine Detox’ Trend Break a Digital Addiction?

No podcasts, videos or Netflix. No junk food, gambling or porn. Video gaming? No way. Instagram? Forget it. Music? Nope. Lock up your phone and hide your earbuds. It’s dopamine detox time, and it’s going to change your life.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 20, 2024
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Research    Innovation   

Anschutz Acceleration Initiative Awardees Announced

Nine projects chosen for their promise to deliver life-changing advancements in medicine within the next three to five years were announced as the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative (AAI) winners on Jan. 10, marking the end of a selection process that began with 165 letters of intent and 56 full proposals.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 15, 2024
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

What to Do If Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution Becomes an Addiction

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions involves starting or getting back into an exercise program. The usual marketing and social media focus on “getting fit in the new year” can also have unintended negative impacts on those who already struggle with an often-ignored mental health issue called compulsive exercise (sometimes referred to as exercise addiction).


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date January 12, 2024
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care    Community    Cancer    Pharmaceutical Sciences   

CU Innovations: Another Year of Transformative Solutions at the Forefront of Patient Care

CU Innovations brings together industry partners, entrepreneurs and investors to help University of Colorado researchers create biomedical technology that improves the quality of life worldwide. With expertise in patents, copyrights, licensing, business development, startup formation and venture financing, CU Innovations translates discovery into impact through transparent and flexible best practices.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 11, 2024
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Research    Mental Health    Clinical Research   

Can Sperm Carry Stress Signals to the Next Generation?

At the fall Block Party, when the center of campus erupted into a mass of people, booths and food trucks, some partygoers might have noticed an unusual guest milling around. An oversized sperm, waving and weaving through the lines of people, turned more than a few heads at the annual event.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Press Releases   

New Research Shows Mobile Methadone Units are Most Impactful in Rural Areas

While mobile methadone units make a difference in expanding methadone use for patients with opioid addictions, they are likely to be most impactful in rural areas, according to new research.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 09, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Philanthropy   

At the Forefront: Celebrating $2 Billion in Giving

As we kick off the new year, we have much to celebrate. We are growing by nearly every measure and positioned well for a fruitful 2024. 


Author Staff | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Research    Press Releases    Cancer    Pharmacy   

The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine Highlighted as a Leader in Precision Medicine in Research and Clinical Care

A new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Human Genetics highlights the work of the biobank at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM), a world-class site for precision medicine in research and clinical care created in partnership with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Research    Addiction    alcohol

Take the ‘Dry January’ Challenge. Here’s How and Why

The “Dry January” trend started more than decade ago, encouraging people who may have indulged in too many libations over the holiday season to kick off the new year by taking a break from alcohol – or at least cutting back. The number of pledgers has steadily risen since the challenge began in 2013, spreading to other countries and inspiring drinkers from around the world to rethink the social habit for at least one month.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date January 04, 2024
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Community    Diabetes   

Program Kick-Starts 85-Pound Weight Loss, But the Kudos Go to Her

When her mother died in November 2021, Stephanie Manley spiraled away from her passions of cycling, walking with friends, hiking. In their place came ice cream, fast food and a sedentary lifestyle.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 03, 2024
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Press Releases    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Injury & Violence Prevention

Study: Older Drivers Newly Diagnosed With Migraines at Increased Crash Risk

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found that older adult drivers diagnosed with migraines within the year were three times more likely to experience a motor vehicle crash (MVC) than those without a recent diagnosis of the chronic headaches. However, older adult drivers who reported having had migraines in the past were no more likely to have a MVC than those without migraines.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date January 03, 2024
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Research    Public Health   

Rep. Crow Impressed by ‘Breadth and Depth’ of Global Health Work at CU Anschutz

At a roundtable discussion on global health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty briefed U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) on the many ways CU Anschutz is transforming trauma care in austere settings and training the next generation of healthcare providers in developing nations worldwide.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 21, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health   

2023 State of Research Address Highlights Growth, Innovation, Partnerships

Record funding, a growing workforce and new collaborations were among the highlights of the Dec. 12 annual State of Research address. Presented live over Zoom, Vice Chancellor for Research Thomas Flaig, MD, shared the 2023 research landscape and the many ways his office is partnering with investigators to advance scientific discovery.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health   

Study Provides New Insight into Low Social Determinants of Health Screening Rates

A new study provides the latest data on the low rates for screening and documenting Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in healthcare settings.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Public Health   

CU Anschutz Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, top health scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus produced life-changing discoveries that buoyed understanding of some of the most complex questions in medicine today.

From what drives obesity and cognitive decline with aging, to how homeless and methamphetamine policies affect public health, campus researchers spend their lives seeking the answers to the questions that matter.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Research    Innovation    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    Cell and Gene Therapy

CU Anschutz Harnesses Technology and Innovation to Speed Drug Discovery

In the best of cases, taking a new drug from lab to clinic takes about six to eight years, a vast improvement over the roughly 20-year timeline decades ago. Drug development pace and efficiency are leaping even farther ahead, courtesy of quantum computing, artificial intelligence algorithms and 3D tissue printers, especially at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 15, 2023
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Research    Education    Community   

Science Communicators Strategize How to Demystify Science

Scientists are notorious for using big words and heavy jargon when speaking about their research, a habit that can alienate people or lead to misunderstanding. By simplifying their words and enhancing their storytelling, researchers can play a big role in reducing the spread of disinformation and feeding a growing hunger for science.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 11, 2023
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Patient Care    COVID-19    Clinical Research   

Paxlovid to the Rescue? What to Know About the COVID-19 Drug

As the holiday and peak respiratory seasons collide, and COVID-19 cases continue a steady, weeks-long climb, doctors want high-risk people to remember: Should COVID catch them in the coming days, one call to the doctor could save Christmas – or more.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 05, 2023
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Community    Faculty   

Workplace Well-Being Program Focuses on Connection

What does workplace well-being mean to you? For some people, it may mean free lunch on Fridays or flexible PTO days. For other employees, it might revolve around having a good relationship with their supervisors. But one of the most important aspects of workplace well-being is connection among coworkers, according to the Surgeon General's Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-being.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date December 05, 2023
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Patient Care    Cardiology

Top 10 Ways to Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay

Like your home’s plumbing system, if a “pipe” clogs or corrodes and bursts within your vascular system, it can create a destructive mess, even leading to an all-systems failure if not addressed. Constant, high-pressure flow weakens arteries, and can knock corrosive plaque loose, creating a dangerous barrier. The best way to prevent a blowout? Take care of your house.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Research    Autoimmune disease   

Why Jack Frost May Spoil Winter Plans for Some With Autoimmune Diseases

Most Coloradans look at winter as a time of excitement when the high country turns into our own winter wonderland with the opportunity to create lifelong memories. But for many who live with autoimmune diseases, the colder months may mean more pain, fatigue and unexpected disease flares that hamper the excitement of the snow and the holiday season.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Research   

Into Thin Air: Genetic Factors Drive Metabolic Adaptations Linked to Acclimatization

At higher altitudes, oxygen is limited, making it more difficult for people to breathe. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to tissues using hemoglobin, one of the most abundant proteins in the human body.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 01, 2023
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Community    mHealth    Community and Practice    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Artificial Intelligence (AI)    AI/AN health    Community Health    Latino Health

ColoradoSPH Takes Lead Role in Advancing Equity and Diversity in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation

The Executive Order on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) issued by President Biden on October 30 is a directive that contains no fewer than 13 sections. But two words in the opening line strike at the challenge presented by AI: “promise” and “peril.”

As the document’s statement of purpose puts it, AI can help to make the world “more prosperous, productive, innovative, and secure” at the same that it increases the risk of “fraud, discrimination, bias, and disinformation,” and other threats.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Child & Adolescent    Community and Practice    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Ambassadors for Literacy and Resilience Guide Young Students Along a Path to Success

Sonya Palafox was a freshman at North High School in Denver 25 years ago when she got a message kids don’t want to hear: come to the principal’s office. She had no way of knowing it at the time, but the call would represent a turning point in her life.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Clinical Research    Autoimmune disease    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Early Stage Cell Therapy Trial Shows Promise in Treating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researchers are part of an international team that has shown that the injection of a type of stem cell into the brains of patients living with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is safe, well tolerated and has a long-lasting effect that appears to protect the brain from further damage.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Heart    Pediatric surgery    Cardiology    Gates Summer Internship Program

Patch May Successfully Treat Congenital Heart Defects

Using laboratory engineered tissue, scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a full thickness, biodegradable patch that holds the promise of correcting congenital heart defects in infants, limiting invasive surgeries and outlasting current patches.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Patient Care    Diabetes    Clinical Research   

Call for Type 1 Diabetes Screening Gains Momentum

With the largest universal screening programs in the country, researchers at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) have known for years that testing all children for type 1 diabetes (T1D) could prevent the heartbreak and life-threatening complications that late-stage diagnosis can cause. Yet, until recently, they have often felt alone in their educational efforts.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 22, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community   

State of the Campus 2023: At the Forefront

Chancellor Don Elliman delivered his annual State of the Campus Address on Nov. 16 to nearly 750 community members online and in-person, highlighting the campus’s strong stance at the forefront of innovation in health and medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Community    Faculty

Virtual Drop Into the World of Dementia Instills Fear and Compassion

Blaring sirens came out of nowhere, a hazy fog making it difficult for me to see. My fingers felt thick, hampering my ability to grasp small objects. Soon, frustration and empathy overcame me.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Clinical Research    Autoimmune disease   

Study Finds Incidence of Celiac Disease Higher Than Experts Thought

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is ingested. According to a recent study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, the worldwide incidence rate among children is “extremely high,” but varies by region.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Philanthropy    Advancement   

Endowed Chair Celebration: Opening the Door to Discovery

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus recently celebrated the generosity of the CU Anschutz benefactor community and the talented faculty they support. Hosted by Chancellor Don Elliman, the event was held for the first time at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building against the backdrop of the endowed chair recognition wall. Each plaque recognizes an endowed chair established by a benefactor or benefactors to support faculty at CU Anschutz.


Author Danielle Davis | Publish Date November 10, 2023
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Community   

Veterans Day: Taking a Stroll Down Military Memory Lane

The story of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, from its origins as an U.S. Army hospital to a present-day academic medical campus, includes a proud history of treating and caring for members of the armed services. For Veterans Day, Thomas Flaig, MD, vice chancellor for research, shares some of the places and people that are part of that story.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Research   

Down Syndrome Associated With Serious Respiratory Complications

People with Down syndrome are more likely than the general population to develop serious respiratory infections. Often, symptoms are so severe that patients require hospitalization. As respiratory season moves in, researchers on campus are working to understand what unique genetic factors may contribute to this problem.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Autoimmune disease    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Could a Blood Test Revolutionize Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis?

A simple blood test into multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology could speed MS diagnostics and ultimately improve patient care, according to Xiaoli Yu, PhD, senior author of a new study on plasma immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody aggregates.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Press Releases    Public Health    Medical Marijuana    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Interactive Evidence Based Mapping Tool Gives Policymakers More Insight into Highly Concentrated Cannabis Products

After conducting the first scoping review of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have developed an evidence based interactive mapping tool to assist policymakers as they consider regulating the concentration of THC in cannabis products and as more potent products move into the marketplace.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 08, 2023
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Press Releases    Mental Health    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hundreds of Clinics May Be Guilty of False or Misleading Claims in Ketamine Advertising

Hundreds of clinics may be using false and misleading statements in online advertising campaigns by offering off-label and unapproved ketamine to treat a variety of mental health and pain conditions, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campusand Johns Hopkins University.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Clearing the Minds of Champions: This Nuggets’ ‘Coach’ Keeps Team Focused

Supporting professional teams from the outside, fans fixate on the black-and-white peaks and valleys they watch from the sofa or the stands – the big wins and triumphant seasons along with the painful losses and agonizing rebuilds. Sometimes, as in the case of last year’s Denver Nuggets and the 2021-22 Colorado Avalanche, their team delivers pure ecstasy – a long-awaited championship.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 06, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Philanthropy   

University of Colorado Faculty Garner $1.6 Billion in Sponsored Research Funding and Gifts

University of Colorado faculty this year garnered $1.6 billion in sponsored research funding and gifts supporting research, a 9% increase over the previous year and the highest such total in CU history.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 02, 2023
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Public Health    Pediatrics    Endocrinology

Less Physical Activity in Adolescence Likely Rooted in Physiology

The slowdown of physical activity during adolescence is not likely caused by lifestyle and environment but by energy demands placed on the body as it grows and sexually matures, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 01, 2023
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Students   

Student Baker Hopes to Take the Cake on ‘The Great Canadian Baking Show’

In her unexpected role as a reality TV star, Sydney Hayden has already risen to the occasion. As a contestant on “The Great Canadian Baking Show,” the first-year graduate student traded her anatomy books for an apron and is dazzling the judges with her knack for precision and whimsical flair.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date October 31, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Can You Use Medicine and Prescriptions Past the Expiration Date?

When a headache calls and the only ibuprofen in the house is a bottle that is expired, is it worth a trip out to replace it? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 24, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Cathy Bradley Outlines Five-Year Plan for the Colorado School of Public Health

Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, is more than two months into her role as the newest dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) and the first woman appointed to this position. She commemorated the beginning of her tenure at the 2023 State of the School Address by acknowledging the school’s history and her vision for its future over the next five years.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Heading to the High Country This Winter? Take a Breather and Read This First

Altitude sickness can quickly turn adventures in Colorado’s high country into misadventures, especially for out-of-staters who flock to the state each year to ski. Last year, Colorado Ski Country reported a record number of 14.8 million visits to the state’s 27 lift-served ski areas, and that doesn’t include the backcountry. Those numbers are expected to grow even more this season.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Press Releases    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Burning Sugarcane Possible Cause of Mystery Kidney Disease in Agricultural Workers

The burning of sugarcane and rice husks may be releasing a toxicant causing a mysterious kidney disease in agricultural workers, according to a paper out today in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Research    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Research Gains Ground in Detecting Recent Cannabis Use

Whether people use cannabis to induce sleep, relieve symptoms or relax during downtime, a vehicle crash or accident at work could leave them in jail or the unemployment line. Frequent users can lose their jobs or face criminal charges, even if their last puff or gummy was days or weeks prior to an incident.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Neuroscience

Research Shows New Documentation Tool Could Help Optimize Seizure Treatments in Patients with Epilepsy

New research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studies a new tool that will help medical providers identify patients who are failing epilepsy treatments earlier in order to change treatment to rapidly optimize positive outcomes.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date October 20, 2023
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Community    Faculty

New School Emerges Amid Youth Mental Health Crisis

A first-of-its-kind collaboration between clinical practitioners and public school educators aims to slow an alarming trend: A dramatic rise in youth mental health disorders over the past decade with cases steadily climbing among younger age groups.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date October 20, 2023
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Research    Press Releases

What Drives Obesity – Diets High in Fat? Carbohydrates? Actually, It’s Everything – and Fructose Is at the Center

Nutrition experts have recognized for many years that Western diets rich in fats and sugar may be behind the cause of obesity, but debate has reigned over the primary culprit - intake of too many calories? Specific foods such as carbohydrates or fat? This has led to some groups recommending reducing sugar, some reducing carb intake, while others believe the key is reducing high fat-foods. 


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date October 17, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Bioengineer Advances Lab-Grown Tissue as Way to Repair Heart

While the incubator was silent on Oct. 8 – no thin layer of cardiomyocytes contracted in a steady beat – national journalists still got a feel for the innovative pulse running through Jeffrey Jacot’s bioengineering lab.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Community    Diversity    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Panel: The Trick to Compelling Storytelling Lies in Their Words

Despite the pandemic, the elder woman seated in Adriana Zuniga’s, DDS, dental chair that day had traveled miles for a crown she’d been waiting months to get. Delaying care any longer for her and others in her family who came from their Arizona reservation for dental help was unthinkable with the long waitlist.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Research    COMBAT   

Military Trauma Medicine Coming to a Clinic Near You?

A vast majority (95%) of Department of Defense (DoD) health research ends up in civilian hospitals, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research works toward that number to save and improve lives on the battlefield and at home.

That was the central message of a discussion led by Vik Bebarta, MD, founder and director of COMBAT, professor ofEmergency Medicine andToxicology at theCU School of Medicine, during the 2023 Science Writers conference on Oct. 8 at CU Anschutz.  


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Patient Care    Education   

‘Can We Call a Real Doctor?’ Tour Gets Intense for Science Writers

Science Writers 2023 attendees were treated to a hands-on experience during a tour of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Press Releases

NIH Research Program All of Us Establishes CU Anschutz-led Center Aimed at Better Utilizing Data

The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program has awarded $30 million to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and its partners to establish the Center for Linkage and Acquisition of Data (CLAD). The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to enroll at least 1 million people who reflect the diversity of the United States. Providing researchers with the data will help drive new discoveries and advance precision medicine.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

Science Writers Meet the Best Medical 'Dogtor' in the ‘Galaxy’

A special doctor at Children’s Hospital Colorado eases patients’ anxiety by doing everything from showing the children how to breathe through a mask before anesthesia, to demonstrating how to take medicine from a syringe, to helping them with physical therapy by walking with them at their own pace.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date October 11, 2023
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Research    Community   

Science Writers Amass at CU Anschutz, CU Boulder

They say the third time’s a charm.

If crowded rooms and smiling faces are any indication, the third attempt at hosting the nation’s premier science communications conference at the University of Colorado Boulder and CU Anschutz Medical Campus was indeed a charm.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 10, 2023
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Research    Community    Cancer    Firearm Injury Prevention   

Science Writers Treated to a Smorgasbord of Inventive Research

The menu featured innovation and knowledge on Sunday as about 200 Science Writers 2023 participants attended a variety of talks during Lunch With a Scientist sessions. In small breakout groups, CU Anschutz researchers shared their expertise on a host of subjects, from psychedelics in medicine to AI in healthcare.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 10, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Parkinson’s Disease and Sleep: A Complicated Pairing

Trying to get a full night’s rest while living with Parkinson’s disease is often easier said than done. Patients often face frequent interruptions and irregular sleep due to a number of issues, such as poor nap patterns, abnormal movements during sleep, medication side effects, and difficulties surrounding sleep-improving exercise.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 10, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Pharmacy   

New Research May Make Future Design of Nanotechnology Safer with Fewer Side Effects

A new study may offer a strategy that mitigates negative side effects associated with intravenous injection of nanoparticles commonly used in medicine.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 05, 2023
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Faculty    Mental Health    Community and Practice

Coaching Program Reduces Burnout in Medical Residents

A pilot program that successfully reduced burnout among female medical residents has shown even greater results on a national level, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 04, 2023
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Education    Anesthesiology   

Horse or Human? Course Gives Medical Residents View of Another Kind

As a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow, Rizwan Nazarali, MD, keeps people safely asleep through major, open-chest surgeries. He monitors cardiopulmonary bypass when surgery patients’ hearts or lungs are outside of their bodies, and he manages patients on ECMO, a machine that keeps them alive while they wait for heart or lung transplants.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 02, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Infectious disease    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Deadly, Treatment-Resistant Fungus Sees Notable Rise

While the hit TV show “The Last of Us” depicts a fictional fungus, there is a real fungus causing concern in the healthcare community, and it can be deadly.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date October 02, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

Aging Americans Foreshadow Oral Healthcare Crisis

Oral health in a person’s golden years is a numbers game. The more natural teeth people retain – ideally at least 20 – the greater their quality of life and the lower their risk of chronic disease. For the 51% of Americans on Medicare who lack dental care, the odds are stacked against them.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 29, 2023
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Community   

Speaker Recounts Fight to Keep Migrant Families Together

It all started with the asylum-seeking mother who escaped violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018, arriving barefoot and hungry at the border. By the time Lee Gelernt, JD, arrived in San Diego to represent the woman placed in a makeshift detention center, her 6-year-old daughter had been taken from her, shipped off to Chicago four months earlier.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 29, 2023
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Research    Press Releases

New Study Provides Evidence for More Effective Brain-Based Treatment of Chronic Back Pain

A new study in JAMA Network Open may provide key answers to how to help people experiencing chronic back pain.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

What Is Kratom? Is the Herbal Extract a Safe Alternative to Opioids?

Is kratom a welcome respite for those with chronic pain? Or is it a different style of opioid that can be addictive? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 25, 2023
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Women's Health    COMBAT   

Military Standout Brings Strength to Women in Medicine

She was only 22 when Kathleen Flarity began attracting attention. As one of nine women in a U.S. Army airborne class of 500 men, Flarity and her fellow female service members were being pushed hard in an environment not yet welcoming of their gender.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 25, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Clinical Trials

New Research Adds Evidence to the Benefits of Ginger Supplements for Treating Autoimmune Diseases

New research has revealed a potentially important role ginger supplements can play in controlling inflammation for people living with autoimmune diseases.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences   

It’s Cold Season, and Your Decongestant Doesn’t Work. Now What?

Phenylephrine is the most popular oral decongestant in the country, but further scrutiny by scientists has found that the ingredient is actually no better than a placebo.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

Football Season Means It’s ‘Prime Time’ for Ear Plugs

Fresh off CU’s victory in the Rocky Mountain Showdown this weekend, both college and NFL fans are ready to gear up and head to the stadium for more action-packed games this season.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Patient Care   

TikTok and Mental Health: How Do You Decipher Accurate Information?

An uptick in mental health videos on TikTok can raise acceptance and awareness of psychological issues, but experts warn it can also be misleading and dangerous.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Funding    CCTSI

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Receives $54 Million From NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $54 million over a seven-year period to the CCTSI at CU Anschutz. The grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will fuel biomedical research and training across the state. This is the fourth consecutive time the NIH has funded the CCTSI since 2008 through its Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 18, 2023
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Community

CU Anschutz Block Party 2023 Reaches New Heights

Smells of cotton candy wafting through the air, colorful performers balancing on stilts and a floating astronaut marked this year’s University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Block Party. More than 3,000 people filled Bonfils Circle and the surrounding area in front of the Fitzsimons Building for the Sept. 13 celebration.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date September 15, 2023
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Public Health    Epidemiology    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Poisoned: Assessing the ‘Dirty Truth’ About Foodborne Illness

It’s been 30 years since Americans began looking at hamburgers differently. In 1993, what started as an alert from a Seattle emergency department doctor of an unusual number of bloody diarrhea cases ended in the then-largest foodborne outbreak in the nation’s history.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Community

Celtic Sea Salt: Hydration Helper or Hoax?

Scrolling through TikTok can be informative, entertaining and engaging. You can find everything from dogs frolicking in the snow to quick-and-tasty recipes to useful health tips. Some of the latter may seem like easy ways to hack your health.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Patient Care    Colorectal Cancer    Clinical Research   

At the Forefront: Focusing On Rise in Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer

At its given pace, colorectal cancer will seize the No. 1 spot as the top killer of Americans aged 20 to 49 within seven years. Cases of the deadly cancer – its warning signs not often comfortably shared with friends or even doctors – have increased between 1% and 2% each year in that age group since 1990.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Cardiology

When the Beat Goes Wrong: Cardiologist Explains Arrhythmias

Lohit Garg, MBBS, grew curious about the workings of the heart from a young age. His interest was tinged with personal heartache as he watched several family members battle cardiac disease, especially his grandfather.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Patient Care   

Peptic Ulcer Disease Sidelines Springsteen: What Is PUD and How Is It Treated?

Bruce Springsteen (aka, “The Boss”) recently announced a break in his world tour after he was diagnosed with peptic ulcer disease (PUD). 

The understanding of ulcers and PUD, often incorrectly associated with high coffee or spicy food intake, has come a long way.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 12, 2023
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Campus Life    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Town Hall Set on SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, a panel of key campus leaders will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down in June prohibiting universities from considering race as a factor in college admissions.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 12, 2023
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Conferences

ScienceWriters 2023 Seeks Volunteers at CU Boulder, CU Anschutz Oct. 6-10

CU Boulder and CU Anschutz are preparing to welcome hundreds of science journalists and communicators from around the country as this year’s ScienceWriters 2023 conference hosts Oct. 6-10.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date September 12, 2023
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Campus Life    Community

T Street Kitchen and Café Now Serving Breakfast

Delicious and hearty breakfasts are now available every weekday morning at T Street Kitchen and Café in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building (AHSB).


Author Staff | Publish Date September 12, 2023
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Research    Cancer   

From Childhood Fascination With Red Blood Cells to Life-Changing Research

When he was 4 years old, Angelo D’Alessandro clearly recalls a cartoon book about the peripatetic nature of red blood cells. Their adventures traveling through the body, visiting the brain, kidneys, lungs, liver, et al., mesmerized D’Alessandro in his native Italy.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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How Reliable Is Technology at Tracking Health and Fitness?

Trekking up the final leg of Fern Canyon Trail to Bear Peak, my quads were on fire, my heart was pounding, and oxygen was at a premium. Climbing to one of Boulder’s highest peaks has always tested my mental and physical stamina. But this time, I came armed with a new tool that would tell me more about the 1,700-foot vertical ascent and my health. 


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 11, 2023
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Campus Life    Community    Diversity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

University Counsel Advises CU Community on Impact of Supreme Court Decision

A U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this summer prohibits universities from considering race as a factor in college admissions, but it does not affect the University of Colorado's pursuit of a diverse student body, university leadership says.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Community

Can Finding Love Later in Life Contribute to Health?

Does love have an age limit? We have the opportunity to see the answer on the new show, “The Golden Bachelor” – a spinoff of the popular dating show, “The Bachelor” – which premieres Sept. 28 on ABC.


Author Kelsea Pieters and Kiley Carroll | Publish Date September 06, 2023
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Community   

Keeping the CU Anschutz Community Safe Together

With every headline about a tragic shooting at a retail outlet, place of worship, school or anywhere else in public, we may feel uneasy about our safety and the safety of loved ones as we go about our lives.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 05, 2023
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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Positive Psychology, Neurodiversity and Reframing Autism Research

For any child, the birth-to-age-5 period is vital to healthy development, but another important period – the transition into adolescence – is an opportunity to support positive developmental trajectories. For autistic children, matching the right intervention approaches to the right developmental period is essential to support healthy development and well-being.  


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Research   

The Sound of Silence: Researching Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Hearing loss prevalence increases with age, and nearly 90% of Americans over the age of 80 have lost some or most of their hearing, a toll taken by a lifetime of noise that goes beyond the sense of sound. Research links hearing deficits with social isolation, cognition issues and dementia, underscoring the need for hearing protection.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Patient Care    Community    Opioid Research   

‘It Will Save Lives’: Students ‘Keep the Party Safe’ With Fentanyl Overdose Awareness Effort

The nation’s fentanyl overdose crisis appeared within a few steps of Eduardo Ornelas at a recent music festival in Colorado.


Author Chris Casey and Ryan Wuller | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Neuroscience    Pharmaceutical Sciences    Alzheimer's   

Discoveries on Memory Mechanisms Could Unlock New Therapies for Alzheimer’s and other Brain Diseases

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have made a `paradigm shifting’ discovery on the mechanisms required for learning and memory that could lead to new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and potentially Down syndrome.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Patient Care   

CPAP: A First-Line Sleep Apnea Therapy Fit for a President

President Joe Biden recently joined the likes of basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, “Saturday Night Live” star Amy Poehler and Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia – he went public with his sleep apnea disorder.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Patient Care    Clinical surgery   

What Is Inspire for Sleep Apnea and Will It Work for Me?

So far, nothing rivals the CPAP machine for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder that causes lapses in breathing throughout the night and robs people of oxygen and sleep. But for some of the estimated 30 million sufferers, the apparatus required – which includes headgear, face mask and a protruding tube anchored to a bedside machine – can be intolerable.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Patient Care    COVID-19   

New Variants? New Shots? What’s in the Forecast for COVID-19?

COVID-19 cases have continued a steady uptick that began over the summer in Colorado and across the nation, already contributing to school closures in some harder-hit Southern states. Meanwhile, with respiratory season fast approaching and a brand-new, highly mutated variant raising eyebrows, doctors are fielding questions about a yet-to-be released booster shot.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 25, 2023
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Press Releases    Alzheimer's   

'A Fitness Tracker for Brain Health': Headband Seeks Early Signs of Alzheimer’s During Sleep

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Washington University in St. Louis have identified a way to assess brain activity in sleep that occurs in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, typically many years prior to developing symptoms of dementia.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date August 23, 2023
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Research   

Counting Sheep: Exploring the Science of Sleep Research

Think about how you like to fall asleep. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date August 21, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Groundbreaking Stroke Study Seeks Ways to Keep Brain Cells Alive

In partnership with the UCHealth Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers are measuring blood samples of patients within minutes of stroke onset and discovering data that could change the way many stroke patients are treated.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 16, 2023
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Faculty    Public Health   

Program Merges Bioethics and Public Health in Search of Justice

Daniel S. Goldberg has devoted his career to studying how laws affect public health. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, legal and ethical considerations played critical roles in crafting public health policy and protecting the most vulnerable. Goldberg saw a need to better explore the interplay of public health law and ethics – as well as opportunities for improving health justice – and launched the PHEAL program at the Colorado School of Public Health with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date August 15, 2023
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Research   

Could Deciphering How Kids Read Faces Help Curb Anger, Depression?

“Oh my God, he’s bored!” 

Simone Haller, PhD, jokingly recalled seeing a colleague’s neutral facial expression during a recent presentation. The situation was a unique moment for Haller, who studies bias and emotional reactions alongside Joel Stoddard, MD, associate professor in theDepartment of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date August 15, 2023
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Mental Health    Climate Science   

Aftermath of Maui Wildfires May Have a Heavy Mental Health Toll

As first responders across the nation headed to the fire-ravaged small Hawaiian island of Maui focused on halting the devastation, psychological experts were bracing for an aftermath of another kind.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 10, 2023
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Research    Education    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Climate Change, Mental Health Top Issues as New ColoradoSPH Dean Takes Reins

Responding to climate change, developing large-scale solutions to the mental health crisis and extolling the positive influence public health plays in making communities stronger and more resilient are just three of the first research and education goals for Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, as she steps into her role as the newest dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH).


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date August 08, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Research Shines Light on How COVID-19 Vaccination Reduces Severity and Mortality After Breakthrough Infections

In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers provide answers to whether COVID-19 vaccinations reduce sickness and mortality following infection with SARS-CoV-2.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date August 08, 2023
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Neuroscience   

What Is Prosopagnosia? An Odd Condition That Can Steal Your Face

In “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” the “man,” identified as Mr. P., visits neurologist and author of the book, Oliver Sacks, MD, for a vision problem that has been perplexing his other doctors. On his way out, Mr. P. grabs his wife’s head, thinking it’s his hat, ultimately and unknowingly introducing the lay world to face blindness.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 07, 2023
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Clinical Research    Child & Adolescent    Research Pharmacy

New HIV Drug Formulation Could Improve Treatment Outcomes for Children Worldwide

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have helped confirm the dosing, safety and effectiveness of a drug formulation designed for treating children with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 03, 2023
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Research    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU

Red Meat Allergy From Ticks: Reality or Science Fiction?

Apparently, people love their red meat. Either that, or they find news of a rare allergy that can result from a tick bite juicy fodder for water-cooler chit-chat.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 01, 2023
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Research    Press Releases   

Fructose Intake Can Lead to Obesity in Humans, Just Like in Hibernating Animals, CU Researchers Say

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have officially identified a central conduit to obesity: fructose.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date August 01, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Dental Medicine   

Do Rugged Hills of Nepal Hold Answers to Craniofacial Defects?

Trevor Williams, PhD, spent decades studying the genetic underpinnings of craniofacial anomalies. Without treatment, which typically involves surgery, the birth defects can leave children with breathing and eating problems and make them the targets of bullies.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 01, 2023
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Innovation    Patient Care   

Ready to Roll: Team Effort Bucks Sedation Trend

With her favorite Taylor Swift songs playing in the background and her team of healthcare providers cheering her on, Chenille James stood up from her hospital bed. Her destination was just outside the door, her task a short walk down the hallway. But the feat would be celebrated for months to come.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 31, 2023
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Patient Care   

A Healthier Climb to the Top: Treating Eating Disorders in Sports

Across sports, athletes push themselves to excel. The pressure to succeed can be internal – setting a personal best – and external – a “no-pain, no-gain” sports culture. However, this drive to achieve can come with the cost of an unbalanced relationship between food, exercise and overall health.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 31, 2023
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Research    Geriatrics

Scientists May Have Found Mechanism Behind Cognitive Decline in Aging

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered what they believe to be the central mechanism behind cognitive decline associated with normal aging.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 25, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Orthopedics   

World Cup Shines Light on ACL Injury Bias Toward Women

When Rachel Frank, MD, associate professor of orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, performs surgery on a patient with a knee injury, it’s more than professional. It’s personal.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 25, 2023
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COMBAT

Challenges of Medical Care in Space

On Monday, the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research welcomed NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD, to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he presented at a distinguished leader seminar on “The Challenges of Medical Care in Space: A Perspective From Low Earth Orbit and the Future of Human Spaceflight."


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 12, 2023
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Research    CCTSI

Type 2 Youth Diabetes Study Changes Standard of Care Worldwide

A 15-year, multicenter study has changed the course of care for youth with type 2 diabetes, enhancing treatments for this growing population and illustrating the scope of the work conducted on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Called Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents & Youth (TODAY), the massive clinical trial included 699 participants and was led nationally by Phil Zeitler, MD, professor, pediatrics-endocrinology, University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19    CCTSI

CU Researchers Show that Paxlovid Remains Highly Effective on Omicron Variants

Though many Coloradans are proceeding as though the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the virus continues to circulate, evolve and have an impact—especially for older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Furthermore, because of the evolution of variants, doctors have fewer treatment options.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date February 10, 2023
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Pediatric Cancer    Brain and Spinal Cancer    Cancer    Pediatrics

New Drug Combination Might Better Treat Often Fatal Childhood Brain Tumor

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a drug combination that might offer a better prognosis for children diagnosed with MYC amplified Medulloblastoma, an often deadly form of brain cancer. The research was conducted in collaboration with the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) University Hospital Dusseldorf.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date January 19, 2023
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Press Releases    Cancer   

Study Finds New Feature Indicative of Gastrointestinal Tumor Recurrence

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have identified a new feature indicative of the chance of recurrence of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs).


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date January 09, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Pancreatic Cancer   

Largest Study of its Kind Reveals Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Overall Survival for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Today, the University of Colorado Cancer Center released new research that showcases chemotherapy treatment before and after surgery for pancreatic cancer as the most effective combination for patients.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 08, 2022
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Research    Genetics    CCTSI    rare disease

Researchers Shed Light on a Rare Genetic Disease in Children

You probably learned about cilia in high school biology class. The tiny hairlike structures line our nasal passages, ears and airways. Children born with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare inherited disease, have problems with the cilia that prevent them from moving mucus and inhaled particles and germs out of their airways, causing mucus to build up, leading to ear, sinus and lung infections.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 07, 2022
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Research    Lung Cancer    Women's Health   

New Research from the University of Colorado Cancer Center Explores Options for Motherhood in Lung Cancer Patients

New research from the University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center highlights the need for additional data collection for women hoping to have successful pregnancies while undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Specifically, they focus on the diagnosis of advanced oncogene-driven non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that disproportionately affects women of reproductive age.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date December 02, 2022
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Press Releases    Head and Neck Cancer    Cancer   

CU Anschutz Researchers Find Less Invasive Treatment for Certain Head and Neck Cancers

A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has identified a less invasive way to treat a subset of head and neck cancers that could potentially change the standard of care for patients.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date November 28, 2022
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Head and Neck Cancer    Cancer    Oncology    Immunotherapy

Selective Nodal Radiation May Be a More Effective Approach in Cancer Treatment

A promising new study released by the University of Colorado Cancer Center suggests that recurrence of certain cancers can be significantly decreased by irradiating only a select set of lymph nodes near a tumor rather than all of them.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Clinical Research    Geriatrics    CCTSI

Older Adults Embrace New Careers in Research

Clinical research is one of the primary reasons the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a nationally renowned healthcare destination. Yet in 2019, only 25% of CU Anschutz adult clinical trials enrolled even one participant over age 50. Study results may not apply to unrepresented populations, so the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires clinical research to include individuals across the life span.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer    DNA   

Researchers Find Less Risky Way to Monitor Breast Cancer Progression

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered how to extract critical information about breast cancer tumors and disease progression by analyzing blood plasma rather than using more invasive tissue biopsies.

“This is simply a blood draw,” said the study’s senior co-author Peter Kabos, MD, associate professor of medicine in the medical oncology division at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and CU Cancer Center member. “This allows us to look under the surface to see the defining characteristics of the disease. The advantage is that we don’t need to do repeated tissue biopsies.”


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 25, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer   

Study Could Lead to Better Education and Treatment of Sexual Health for Breast Cancer Patients

A new study released by the University of Colorado Cancer Center shows that more than 70 percent of breast cancer patients have reported changes that affect their sexual health during and beyond treatment.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 02, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Lung Cancer   

CU Cancer Center Study Aims to Predict Critical Markers for Lung Cancer Treatments

A new study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center explores which lung cancer patients are the best candidates for novel therapies that directly target a gene identified as driving certain cancers.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 27, 2022
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COVID-19   

Data scientists in the spotlight

Melissa Haendel, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and her team of data scientists have been working at a lightning-fast pace for two years, unlocking some of the mysteries of long COVID. Not only have they been instrumental in the development of the largest national, publicly available HIPAA-limited dataset in U.S. history – the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) – but their research using the data is making headlines and getting the attention of the White House.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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Brain and Spinal Cancer    Clinical Research   

Recurring Brain Tumors Shaped by Genetic Evolution and Microenvironment

Researchers have discovered that infiltrating gliomas, a common brain and spinal cord tumor, are shaped by their genetic evolution and microenvironment, a finding that could lead to more targeted treatments.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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