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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 01, 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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Patient Care    Mental Health   

New Unit Signifies Fresh Path to Reversing Mental Health Crisis

With its curved nursing stations and faux stone pathways winding throughout brightly-lighted hallways, the new 40-bed behavioral health unit at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) represents a fresh focus on mental healthcare at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 25, 2023
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Community    Public Health   

Hypothermia, Powerful Currents Top Danger List for Water Sports

A 25-year-old tourist visiting Rocky Mountain National Park slipped while viewing a waterfall on July 3, plummeting to the pool below, where forceful hydraulics sucked him in and held him under. Within seconds, a summer vacation turned tragic, his body recovered downstream later that evening.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Community    Faculty    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Worried About Forever Chemicals in Your Drinking Water?

“Forever chemicals” are unavoidable and found in everyday consumer products. They have even infiltrated our natural resources, including our drinking water, triggering concern about the dangers they may pose to human health.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date July 21, 2023
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Community    Faculty   

Lewis Capaldi’s Tourette’s Diagnosis Shines Light on the Disorder

Last month, Scottish singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi announced an indefinite break from touring to focus on his health following a Glastonbury Festival performance where his fans joined in when his Tourette’s symptoms took over. During the emotional show, Capaldi’s voice faltered, but the crowd encouraged him to keep going, singing with him. 


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date July 17, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community   

Doctors of Old ‘Fitz’ Reunite for First Time Since Army Base Closure

As Nicholas DiBella, MD, walked through the bright halls of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, heading toward the first-ever reunion of physicians who served at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (FAMC), memories came flooding back.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19   

Long COVID Patients Tell Top Officials That CU Anschutz Saved Them

While long COVID remains shrouded in mystery, the ravages of the disease were on clear and painful display when Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, U.S. assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on July 11 to learn about the campus’s research and clinical care, and hear directly from patients.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 13, 2023
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COVID-19    COVID-19 Podcasts    Clinical Research   

Studying How to Treat, Identify Long COVID: CU Anschutz Takes the Lead

Between leading-edge research and the region’s first clinic to specialize in treating patients with long COVID symptoms, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is at the forefront of providing care while seeking to understand this still-mysterious disease. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 11, 2023
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lungs    pregnancy

CU Anschutz Study Shows Vaping Nicotine While Pregnant May Impact Fetal Development

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that vaping nicotine during pregnancy may be no safer for a developing fetus than smoking cigarettes. The study suggests that vaping nicotine interferes with fetal bone and lung development.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date July 05, 2023
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Research   

Benzodiazepine Use Associated With Brain Injury, Job Loss and Suicide

Benzodiazepine use and discontinuation is associated with nervous system injury and negative life effects that continue after discontinuation, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date July 05, 2023
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Diabetes    Obesity    pregnancy

Can We Solve the Childhood Obesity Epidemic During Pregnancy?

Obesity is an epidemic. It’s projected that by 2030, one in two adults and one in four children ages 5-9 in the United States will be obese.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 30, 2023
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Press Releases

CU Anschutz Researchers Identify Unique Cell Receptor, Potential for New Therapies

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have identified a potential new immune checkpoint receptor that could lead to treatments for diseases such as lung and bowel cancer and autoimmune conditions including IBD.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 30, 2023
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Research    Community    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Federal Visit Brings Senator, FDA Commissioner to Campus

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on June 23. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Community    Mental Health    COMBAT   

Fireworks and PTSD: Keeping the Warzone Out of the Fourth

For one of Ian Stanley’s former patients, an unexpected firework blast sent him hurling across the room, pouncing on his children and shielding their bodies from the fallout of the “bomb attack” that left him trembling in fear.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 20, 2023
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Community    Faculty   

Why Are Sunglasses Important - Especially in Colorado?

Keys? Check! Phone? Check! Wallet? Check!


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date June 19, 2023
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Patient Care    Diversity   

Improving the Lives of Black Mothers and Their Children

“It takes a village to raise a child.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 19, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

SPARK | REACH Program Offers Bridge to Patient Bedside for Promising Treatments

In its short, five-year history, the SPARK Colorado program has created 20 startup companies, launched nearly 50 projects and invested $7.5 million in teams that are advancing biomedical discoveries into treatments for patients.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 19, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Neuroscience   

Why Do Women Suffer Migraines More Frequently and Severely Than Men?

Ten percent of the world’s population suffers from migraines, with women suffering from the painful headaches at significantly higher rates than men, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date June 16, 2023
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Community   

What Are the Top Health Benefits of Yoga?

I’ve been practicing yoga for years. It’s a regular part of my fitness routine, and even if I can only fit in 15 minutes, I feel a difference in both my mental and physical health.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date June 14, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Mental Health    COMBAT   

Post-Traumatic Growth: How to Flourish After a PTSD Diagnosis

No caring person would wish post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – or the likely terrifying event that led to it – on anyone. But for those people who develop the mental health condition and find treatment, the skills and lessons they learn can improve their lives in unexpected ways.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date June 09, 2023
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Innovation    Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Resolving Campus Conflicts With Collaboration and Community

A campus community that unites diverse groups with innovative ideas and shared interests periodically experiences conflicts. It’s just human nature. But what if disciplinary actions spelled out in university codes and policies exceed what both parties want as an outcome?


Author Staff | Publish Date June 09, 2023
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Press Releases    COVID-19   

Study Shows Commonly used Diabetes Drug Reduces Risk of Long COVID

A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases this week has found that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, reduces the risk of long COVID.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 09, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

CU Anschutz Receives $50 Million From The Anschutz Foundation to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Medicine

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus this week announced the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative, a program to advance cutting-edge healthcare innovations that are poised to reach patients within the next three to five years.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Research   

Advancing Research Collaboration: AB Nexus Awardees Announced

The AB Nexus program has announced its sixth round of grant awards to researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder. From advancing new Alzheimer’s treatments to developing predictive computer models to help youth in crisis, the awarded teams are advancing a wide range of collaborative research projects aimed at improving human health and well-being.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Research    Education    Community    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Leadership   

Cathy Bradley Named Colorado School of Public Health Dean

On Aug. 1, Cathy Bradley, PhD, will take the reins of the Colorado School of Public Health, becoming the fourth dean in school history and the first woman appointed to the position, following interim deans Judith Albino and Elaine Morrato. Bradley will succeed Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, who hasheld the post since October 2017.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Press Releases    Public Health

Cathy J.  Bradley, PhD, named as Colorado School of Public Health’s next Dean

The Colorado School of Public Health today announced the appointment of Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, MPA, as its next dean.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Research   

Three CU Anschutz Researchers Named to the 2023 Class of Boettcher Investigators

The Boettcher Foundation has selected eight researchers, including three from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, to receive funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. 


Author Staff | Publish Date May 31, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Advancement    Alzheimer's   

Q&A: Experts Weigh in on Alzheimer’s Disease and Discovery

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple by 2050, the sense of urgency for researchers to find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for the 6 million people whose memories and lives are at stake has intensified.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 31, 2023
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Patient Care    Mental Health   

Can Magnets Help Heal Depression?

A treatment offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Community Practice is giving hope to people with depression who haven’t found relief with other treatment options.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 30, 2023
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Press Releases    COVID-19   

Large Study Involving CU Anschutz Researchers Provides Scientists With Deeper Insight Into Long COVID

Initial findings from a study of nearly 10,000 Americans, many of whom had COVID-19, have uncovered new details about long COVID, the post-infection set of conditions that can affect nearly every tissue and organ in the body. Clinical symptoms can vary and include fatigue, brain fog and dizziness and can last for months or years after a person has COVID-19.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 26, 2023
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Research   

Do Direct-Access IV Infusions Offer Health and Wellness Benefits?

Fighting off a nasty headache after your cousin’s wedding? Stomach virus have you feeling fatigued? Gearing up for tomorrow’s half-marathon? Many of us might be tempted to pop into an “IV bar” to seek relief from minor ailments or to prep for an upcoming event.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 25, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Cardiology

Stroke Drug Offers Neuroprotection Without Long-Term Impact on Memory and Learning

A promising new stroke drug that temporarily inhibits a key protein in the brain without causing lasting harm may significantly change the future treatment of cerebral and global ischemia, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 23, 2023
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Research    Campus Life   

‘Fly to Heal’ Mural Takes Off to Amplify the Voices of Children in Migration

Against a backdrop of pink and purple hues, a masked figure sails on the wind to a new destination and an uncertain future. Monarch butterflies accompany the traveler, undertaking the same arduous journey. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 23, 2023
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Community    Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Ceremony Celebrates CU Pre-Health Scholars

Thirty-one high school seniors graduated from the CU Pre-Health Scholars (CUPS) program on May 6.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 19, 2023
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Faculty    Leadership   

Center for Bioengineering Announces New Director

Kristyn S. Masters, PhD, has been appointed chair of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Bioengineering and the director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Bioengineering, following an extensive national search. These coupled roles provide the leadership to the unique cross-campus bioengineering program.  For the past seven years, Masters has served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 18, 2023
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Community    Public Health   

Here’s How to Avoid a Spring Surge of Hungry Ticks

On a trip five years ago, as he was about to check off the last of all 50 states he’d visited, Daniel Pastula jumped out of the car for a quick photo at the Maine state line. After memorializing the moment, Pastula glanced down to an unwelcome surprise – his pant legs were crawling in ticks.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 18, 2023
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Press Releases    Community   

CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration Announce Initiative to Increase Diversity in the Behavioral Health Workforce

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), in partnership with the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), launched the Hummingbird Initiative today, a program that aims to increase diversity in the state’s behavioral health workforce. 


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Research    Neuroscience   

Michael J. Fox Legacy: ‘Time Travel’ or Parkinson’s Cure?

Exactly one month before the public release of a documentary on Michael J. Fox and his life with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the actor’s research foundation announced a landmark discovery – a novel test that can biologically diagnose the disease in live patients, even before symptoms emerge.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Students    Public Health    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Opioid Research   

Boyfriend’s Fentanyl Death Inspires Nonprofit to Battle Crisis

Charlie Ternan had a job interview and wanted to cool the back pain that had flared on a long drive up the California coast. It was spring 2020, the COVID pandemic had just begun, and graduation was weeks away at Santa Clara University.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Community    Mental Health    Addiction   

How Can Employers Help When Workers Struggle With Substance Use?

It’s no secret that Coloradans are struggling with substance use and mental health issues.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date May 12, 2023
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Community

CU Anschutz Schools and Colleges Rank Among Nation’s Best in 2024 U.S. News & World Report Listing

Schools and colleges of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are again ranked among the best in the country on the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of higher education programs.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 11, 2023
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Research    Cancer    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast   

Podcast: CU Anschutz Powers Up for Regenerative Medicine Frontier

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a leader in bench-to-bedside research, and the Gates Institute and Gates Biomanufacturing Facility (GBF) are at the forefront of some of the campus’s most cutting-edge innovations in cell and gene therapy.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Students    Diversity    Advancement   

Giving Day 2023 Engages Community, Provides Essential Support for Programs

Beginning at midnight on April 13, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus held its second annual Giving Day. For 24 hours, the CU Anschutz community was encouraged to contribute to funds honoring pioneers of diversity in healthcare and the many schools and colleges across campus. This year’s theme was “Go Further, Together” – a phrase that highlights the ability of CU Anschutz students to face challenges and push through adversity to change lives for the better.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Research    Cancer    Diabetes   

Platform Promises Improvement in Athlete Performance, Early Insight Into Disease Risk

With each study into world-class cyclists being pushed to the physiological limit, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researchers get deeper insight into high-performance metabolism. They are also gaining clues about how to head off serious diseases in the general population through early detection and personalized interventions.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 08, 2023
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Research    Community    Regenerative Medicine   

CU Anschutz Takes the Reins in CAR T Cancer Therapy Research

One of the initially scheduled speakers at this spring’s “Transforming Healthcare” series on May 2 bowed out for a more spontaneous event: his own wedding. With his high-school diploma newly in hand and his little-known CAR T-cell therapy giving him time, the young man decided to embrace the future – now.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 08, 2023
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Community    Faculty   

How Vaccines Prep and Train Your Immune System

Ever wonder why children who start daycare are always sick? Or why you catch a cold after going on vacation? New environments mean exposure to new pathogens, said immunologist Aimee Pugh Bernard, who recalls getting sick frequently when she started graduate school in a new state. But it’s not all bad: New exposures give your body an opportunity to learn and build immunity, she said.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date May 08, 2023
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Research   

The Under-Discussed Consequence of Alcohol Use Disorder: ‘Wet Brain’

Liver disease, heart disease and high blood pressure are among the conditions commonly associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD), but one condition that’s rarely discussed, and often overlooked, is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, better known as “wet brain,” and can be the most challenging to identify and treat.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date May 04, 2023
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Research    Esophageal Cancer    Advancement   

Esophageal and Gastric Center Naming Celebration Cements CU Cancer Center Legacy

About 40 people recently gathered at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building to celebrate the newly named Katy O. and Paul M. Rady Esophageal and Gastric Center of Excellence and honor Sachin Wani, MD, as the inaugural center director and recipient of the Katy O. and Paul M. Rady Esophageal and Gastric Center Chair.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Research    Sustainability

How Are Chemical Harm Risks Established After an Industrial Spill?

When discussing recent high-profile industrial chemical spills in places such as East Palestine, Ohio, and Philadelphia, the first step in public health response is identifying the harm these chemicals pose, according to Lisa Bero, PhD. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Research    Women's Health   

Scientists Pursue Personalized Approach to Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse

At least one in four women suffer with pelvic floor disorder symptoms that can range from urine leakage to organs falling out of place, sometimes protruding outside the vagina. Many women remain silent, embarrassed to share their issues even with their doctors.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Research    Women's Health    Advancement   

Research Powerhouse: CU Anschutz Strengthens Women’s Mental Health Focus

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide, with young adults and women hit the hardest, according to a scientific briefing released by the World Health Organization. Yet there’s still much that’s not understood about women’s health research and how it impacts their mental and physical health.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 01, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Study: Multiple Sclerosis Blood Antibodies Found to be Toxic to Neurons

A University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus research team has discovered that the immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies in the plasma of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are toxic to neurons, a finding the lead investigator said could transform the field of study.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 25, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Advancement    Anesthesiology   

New Endowed Chair for Anesthesiology Bolsters Campus Innovation and Research

A recent gathering at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building celebrated the generosity of the University of Colorado Department of Anesthesiology and honored Susan Ingram, PhD, as the inaugural recipient of the Richard Traystman, PhD, Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 24, 2023
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Campus Life   

How to Use the Campus Events Calendar

Looking for events happening on campus? Wondering how to better promote your event? Need a one-stop-shop for all campus events? Look no further than the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Events Calendar. 


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date April 20, 2023
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Innovation    Patient Care    Pediatrics   

Anesthesia-Free Procedure Widens Scope of Patients Eligible for Diagnostic Tool

When Joel Friedlander, DO, MA, bioethics, travels to Vienna this month, he will check another box on a journey that’s been a series of peaks, and a few valleys, on the way to a breakthrough medical device that hit the healthcare trifecta: it opens access, improves care and lowers costs.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 19, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

After the Marshall Fire: Survey Offers Community Snapshot of Recovery

The story of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history didn’t end with the receding of hurricane-strength winds and the extinguishing of the blaze’s last embers. Over a year later, while some questions the Marshall Fire left in its wake have been answered, many others remain, including where future public policy should go.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 19, 2023
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Diabetes    Clinical Trials   

New Therapy First to Target Type 1 Diabetes Disease Process

Not long after recovering from a frightening episode that culminated in their daughter’s type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis at age 7, Doug and Laura Aeling turned their attention to their son.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 17, 2023
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Community   

Does Oxygen in a Can Deliver on Its Altitude and Energy Claims?

In a three-year span, canned oxygen has become almost as available as the real thing. Buoyed by COVID-19, a “Shark Tank” deal, and a scene on “The Simpsons,” increased demand has resulted in a burst of the small aluminum cans on store shelves, from pharmacies to gas stations.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 17, 2023
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Research    Press Releases   

A New Way to Conduct Research: Streamlining the Clinical Trial

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have partnered with UCHealth to pilot a streamlined way to conduct clinical trials that could cut down on costs, time and extra lab work, while enabling patients to more easily enroll in research studies.  


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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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Innovation   

Women Leaders Share What It Takes to Innovate in Healthcare

Taking what’s learned in the lab and creating a viable commercial product to improve patient health is a journey many academics aspire to take yet few accomplish. At “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Stories of Women-Led Innovation on April 10, women scientists shared how focus, intention and a great team can assist in finding success.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 12, 2023
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Community   

CU Police: From Army Barrack to State-of-the-Art Building

After working for years out of a “temporary” army barrack built in 1938, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Police Department will soon move into a 26,000-square-foot building on the northeast corner of campus. The new, solar-powered Campus Safety & Security Building is slated to become the first Net Zero Energy building at any of the four CU campuses.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Research    Patient Care   

Can Dogs Improve Access to Dental Care?

Sometimes serendipity has a wagging tail. 

When Lexi Dunnells looked to build a project for the School of Dental Medicine’s Research Day, she knew she wanted to study how to reduce barriers to care in the dental clinic. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Addiction   

Study Shows Involuntary Displacement of People Experiencing Homelessness May Cause Significant Spikes in Mortality, Overdoses and Hospitalizations

Involuntary displacement of people experiencing homelessness will likely lead to a substantial increase in morbidity and mortality over a 10-year period.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Campus Life    Faculty

CU Regents, President Provide Report Assessing Treasury Issue

The Treasury Investment Process Review Committee has provided its report to the Board of Regents and CU President Todd Saliman on findings and recommendations regarding a gap in funding for planned acceleration of elements of the system strategic plan.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 06, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Pediatrics    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    pregnancy    ColoradoSPH at CSU   

Study Reveals Prenatal Supplements Don’t Offer Adequate Nutrition for Women and Babies

A new study from researchers in the Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity (LEAD) Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows that 90% of pregnant women do not receive adequate nutrients during pregnancy from food alone and must look to supplements to fill that deficit. However, they also discovered that 99% of the affordable dietary supplements on the market do not contain appropriate doses of key micronutrients that are urgently needed to make up for the nutritional imbalance.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date April 04, 2023
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Research    Press Releases   

Study Finds Schizophrenia Patients May Be Candidates for Deep Brain Stimulation

A study published in Frontiers in Surgery finds that people with schizophrenia (SZ) and schizoaffective disorder (SAD) have overall lower surgical risk than people with Parkinson’s disease, which is reassuring when considering potential surgical interventions such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of SZ and SAD.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date April 03, 2023
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Faculty   

How Much Protein Do You Really Need? Expert Weighs In

American diets go through waves of popularity. One year fat is unfathomable and the next year the trend is to “skip the carbs.” Protein intake is currently in vogue, but how much do we really need to eat in a day? 


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date April 03, 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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