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Community    COVID-19    Students

Colleges Battle COVID-19 but Also the Budget Hit of Canceling Sports

  • What you need to know: COVID-19 protocols for collegiate athletics vary from canceled seasons to games with over 10,000 fans. The decision making has placed student-athletes in a difficult position: play it safe with the pandemic or pursue their life-long dreams.

In spite of a global pandemic, many colleges and universities across the United States are gearing up for the fall football season. While this slice of normalcy may be comforting, it could also come at an enormous cost – the well-being of the student athletes.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date September 16, 2020
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Patient Care    Cancer

Living to Live: Friends Face Off Cancer; Find Strength in Each Other

  • What you need to know: When two couples from Germany retired to Colorado, intent on continuing their active lifestyles minus the work, cancer was the furthest thing from their health-conscious minds. But it struck. Twice. Although the prognoses were grim, the friends said that a combination of their strong bonds and their expert medical care at UCHealth and the CU Cancer Center brought them out on top.

From “No Hair Don’t Care” to “Keep Calm and Colorado On,” four friends facing two grim diagnoses used humor and grit in their battles against cancer. All four contend that, without their outlook and a little fate, their crusade might have had a different ending.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19

Dental Faculty to Reintroduce Oral Health Preventive Services to the Most Vulnerable

  • What you need to know: Drs. Deidre Callanan and Tamanna Tiwari, of the CU School of Dental Medicine, have a passion for community dentistry and population health. They will spend the next year consulting with the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Centers. They will work on reintegrating existing dental preventive practices that were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer guidance on the next level of preventive dental care.

Marcus’s mouth was a mess.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19    Faculty

‘Past the Pandemic’ Supports the Mental Health of Frontline Healthcare Workers

The past six months have affected everyone, but particularly the people working the front lines in healthcare. By doing their jobs of providing care to others during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also at a high risk of feeling stressed and anxious, among many other emotions. It is critical that healthcare workers know where to go if they need help when feeling this way and have support at no charge to get them through this difficult time. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Center Offers Outlet for Physical, and Emotional, Rejuvenation

  • What you need to know: The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has reopened in a gradual, phased-in fashion. Masks are required inside the center, where almost all of the 30,000 square feet of fitness areas have reactivated, including limited studio use for group classes and the reopening of the pool and hot tub.

Exercise is one of the best coping mechanisms during stressful times, so it’s good news for those seeking a “semblance of normal” amid the pandemic that the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) has reopened.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 11, 2020
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Research    neuroscience

Preemptive Strike Against Alzheimer's Could Markedly Change Course

  • What you need to know: Armed with early studies suggesting that what we do today greatly influences how well our brains function tomorrow, top Alzheimer’s disease researchers at CU and beyond are doing an about-face in the laboratories and doctors’ offices. Focusing on when and how dementias begin, they say, could dramatically curb the rising toll they are taking on the country. Of note: Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer's Day.

Could getting a flu shot every year as an older adult or taking piano lessons as a young child help curb the upward trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease as the nation ages? It’s possible, studies suggest. That evidence and more has spurred a shift in thinking, with experts looking backward in hopes of moving dementia care forward.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 04, 2020
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Community    Colorectal Cancer

Chadwick Boseman's Death Shines 'Unfortunate Light' on Young-adult Cancer

  • What you need to know: As fans worldwide mourn actor Chadwick Boseman’s death, the “Black Panther” star’s quiet battle with colon cancer has raised the volume on a longtime message from CU doctors. Boseman’s case illustrates issues surrounding the persistent annual rise in young-adult colorectal cases and deaths in the country.

Chadwick Boseman’s all-too-early death has cast the spotlight on a trend University of Colorado School of Medicine doctors have been heralding for nearly two decades. Colorectal cancer, the disease that took the acclaimed actor of “Black Panther” fame, no longer falls in the old-person’s disease bucket.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 04, 2020
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Campus Life    COVID-19    Students

CU Anschutz Rolls Out ‘Fresh-Air Break Room’ for Safety-Minded Respites

  • What you need to know: It’s a fall semester like no other at CU Anschutz. Campus units collaborated to offer the ‘Boettcher Fresh-Air Break Room’, and other solutions are planned to provide safe gathering spaces for students, faculty and staff.

It’s the noon hour, and students are enjoying a lunch break in Boettcher Commons at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. While there’s nothing unusual about that, that’s where the “old normal” of the familiar scene ends.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 03, 2020
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Campus Life

Jay Campbell Discusses How Facilities Management Is Keeping Campus Safe

Jay Campbell, MBA, was recently appointed associate vice chancellor of facilities management. He discusses his new role and the extensive safety measures Facilities Management is taking to make our campus clean and safe for the fall semester.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date September 01, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    neuroscience

CU Anschutz Researchers Shed Light on Split-Second Decision Making

A little understood region of the cerebellum plays a critical role in making split-second `go-no go’ decisions, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Innovation    Education    Community

Making Science ‘Cool and Fun’

  • What You Need to Know: Think Like a Scientist is a nonprofit mentoring program staffed by CU Anschutz graduate-student volunteers and serving elementary students in Aurora. The program, launched by an immunology faculty member, shows children from diverse backgrounds that science is fun and that anyone can become a scientist. NOTE: All photos in this story were taken last year or earlier. 

Francesca Manzella, MA, recalls the profound letdown. A high school guidance counselor said her dream of becoming a scientist was beyond her reach. “She discouraged the idea, saying I would be in school too long.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Study Finds Asymptomatic Chagas Patients are at a High Risk for Cardiac Disease

People living with Chagas disease without symptoms or signs of cardiac injury are at high risk of developing cardiomyopathy, a progressive heart disease, and the risk more than doubled among patients with acute infections, according to a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Press Releases

Artificial Pancreas Effectively Controls Type 1 Diabetes in Children Age 6 and Up

A clinical trial at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center and three other pediatric diabetes centers in the United States has found that a new artificial pancreas system — which automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels — is safe and effective at managing blood glucose levels in children as young as age six with type 1 diabetes. The trial was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. Results from the trial were published August 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine. 


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date August 27, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19    Diversity

Diversity Director Vows a United Front and Lasting Moves Toward Change

CU Anschutz 360 talks to Regina Richards, PhD, MSW, new associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and CU medical student Stephanie Nwagwu about this inflection point in American history – the demand for lasting change in social justice, health equity and access to opportunity.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Global Pandemic: Putting Our Medical Campus’s Talents to Task

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


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Research Summit Joins Colorado Experts Battling COVID-19

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

Choosing a theme for this year’s eighth annual CCTSI CU-CSU Summit took little effort for organizers of the event. With the world enveloped in a pandemic, the importance of the mission has never been so clear.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Campus Life    Support

CU Anschutz Announces Guided Meditation for Campus Community

CU Anschutz’s National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) will be hosting five-minute guided meditation exercises via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:50 a.m. beginning Sept. 1. The meditations will focus on stress management in response to COVID-19, and all staff, faculty, and students are welcome to attend.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Education

Milestone: Final Beams Go Atop Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Campus and The Anschutz Foundation leaders on Aug. 20 signed the final beams that topped off the seven-story Anschutz Health Sciences Building. In a message of thanks to the project workers, CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman said, “This building is going to be the manifestation of the vision that we have for the future of this campus.”


Author Staff | Publish Date August 21, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Free CU Anschutz COVID-19 Antibody Tests to Fuel Diabetes Study

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

Using a high-quality antibody test produced within their own walls, researchers at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) aim to answer questions about COVID-19’s effect on their patients – including whether SARS-CoV-2 can trigger one of the nation’s top chronic diseases.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 20, 2020
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Press Releases

Gov. Polis Proclaims Aug. 20 as Total Worker Health Day in Colorado

For the second year in a row, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has demonstrated the state’s commitment to worker health, safety, and well-being by proclaiming Aug. 20 Total Worker Health® Day. Health Links™, a program based at the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, is the champion of this officially sanctioned day.   


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date August 20, 2020
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Press Releases

Researchers Overturn Decades-Old Hypothesis Underlying the Incredible Sensitivity of the Mammalian Auditory System

A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus challenges a decades-old hypothesis on adaptation, a key feature in how sensory cells of the inner ear (hair cells) detect sound.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date August 14, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Woman Duo Creates COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

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

In an effort to keep their campus safe, two women on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus joined forces in creating a program aimed at preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in their community. So far a success, the pair’s model has gained attention from campuses across the state.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 14, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Press Releases

Scientists Win Grant to Unravel Mystery of How Animals Track Scent

Seeking to unravel the mystery of how animals follow scent, a team of scientists from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University, have won a grant to peer deeply inside the brain as the process takes place.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 12, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Breakthrough Software Prints 3D Replicas of Human Anatomy

Nicholas Jacobson, an architect by training, has a passion for combining structure with aesthetics. It wasn’t until he joined the Inworks team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that he put another skillset – a knack for collaboration – into overdrive.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 11, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Check-in Points Help Keep Campus Safe, Open

Just five days into his stint as a COVID-19 checkpoint worker, PhD student Dan Sisler had the system down pat.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 11, 2020
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Patient Care

This Is Breakthrough: Dr. Jenny Zablah

“One of the biggest challenges of working with kids is that you are also working with their families,” says Jenny Zablah, MD, interventional cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and assistant professor of Pediatrics-Cardiology at CU Anschutz. “You have to think about not just how to treat the patient, but how that treatment will impact the family.”


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date August 10, 2020
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Research    COVID-19 Podcasts

Podcast: CU Anschutz Experts Share Ups and Downs of Controlling a Pandemic

Other than halting it in its tracks, if experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus could wave a wand and change something about their battle against the coronavirus pandemic, it might be taking the politics out of the picture.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 05, 2020
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Research    Community

Podcast: Mental Health Challenges Facing Refugees

“People in my culture, even my family, wouldn’t have sought mental health treatment, and that’s one of the reasons why I got into the mental health field. I experienced it myself," said Phoutdavone Phimphasone-Brady, a refugee from Laos, who grew up in Kansas. Phimphasone-Brady shared how her firsthand experience with mental health stigma sparked her passion for her work as a clinical psychologist in a recent special edition of the Mind the Brain podcast. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date August 04, 2020
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Education    Community

CU Begins Implementation of New Title IX Rules

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new guidelines for how universities and K-12 schools will investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations beginning Aug. 14.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Patient Care

Reconstructive Surgery on Cleft Lip Transforms Teen’s Outlook

As a young child, Jennifer Falomir-Lopez just wanted to look “normal” like all the other kids. She knew she was different but couldn’t explain to her friends why she looked different. Jennifer was born with a cleft lip and cleft alveolus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Community

Podcast: The Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Mental Health

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others shocked so many out of complacency, catapulting the Black Lives Matter protests into the forefront of people’s minds. Many are still struggling with how to best support the Black community, as well as others who experience racism and discrimination in their daily lives. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has also added immense unexpected stress to everyone’s lives. The events of the past several months make the significance of July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month more important than ever. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date July 29, 2020
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Press Releases

Researchers Discover “Marie Kondo” Protein Which Aids in Organizing Fruit Fly Embryos

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have discovered a protein in fruit fly embryos, dubbed Marie Kondo, that destroys maternal proteins. Much like namesake, author and clutter consultant Marie Kondo, this gene removes unnecessary molecules, keeping embryos organized.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date July 28, 2020
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Research    Faculty

University of Colorado Anschutz, Boulder Launch New Initiative to Expand Research Collaborations

Today, the University of Colorado announced the launch of AB Nexus, an initiative to expand research collaborations between the CU Anschutz and CU Boulder campuses.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 28, 2020
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Education

Policy Office Announces CU Anschutz Policy Updates

On July 1, 2020, 11 updated campus policies and three new campus policies became effective. Most of these changes respond to Board of Regents policy revisions and related updates to system Administrative Policy Statements.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 28, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Philanthropy

Video: CU Anschutz Experts Discuss How We Are Redefining the Future of Cancer Care

Chancellor Don Elliman welcomed generous benefactors and community members to a live panel discussion titled “How we are Redefining the Future of Cancer Care with the University of Colorado Cancer Center” on July 23.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 24, 2020
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Press Releases

Peer Mentorship Can Be More Effective, Accessible Than Traditional Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Peer mentorship is a critical and more accessible option for professional and personal growth than traditional mentor-mentee relationships, according to a new paper from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date July 23, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

From Selfies to Being Seen: Doctor Honors Women of Color on Front Lines

In the early days of the pandemic, when many people worried about where to find toilet paper, Sarah Rowan, MD, had deeper concerns. Rowan appreciated the sudden spotlight on frontline medical providers ­– they graced magazine covers and even large murals – but she noticed something was missing.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 21, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Researchers Win Grant to Study COVID-19 Impact on Sense of Smell

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have won a grant to study why many infected with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 21, 2020
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Education    COVID-19

Dissecting Ethnic Bias of COVID-19 Pandemic

After more than three decades in critical care, Fernando Holguin, MD, recently witnessed something he’d never seen before. At the height of the pandemic, his hospital on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus had six Intensive Care Units dedicated solely to patients who all shared the same disease. More striking: The vast majority of the critically ill were not white.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 17, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Research Raises Concerns About Firearm Access for Alzheimer’s Population

Today, new research released from faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus looked at how caregivers address the issues of firearm safety when taking care of someone who has Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and has access to a gun.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 15, 2020
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Education

CU Anschutz Applauds ICE Decision to Rescind New Restrictions for International Students

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday rescinded its decision to require international students to transfer or leave the country if their colleges or universities held classes entirely online because of the pandemic.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 15, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19

Researchers Cast Doubt on Earlier COVID-19 Origins Study: Dogs Unlikely to have Passed Virus to Humans

A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, according to a collaborative group of international researchers, including scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 14, 2020
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Research    Education    Alumni    Students

New Program Gives Library Resource Access to CU Anschutz Alumni

A pilot program giving alumni access to select library resources is helping to strengthen alumni connections to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Press Releases

Pharmacy School First in Colorado to Offer Graduate-level Cannabis Education

Industry analysts say the market size of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals could generate up to $2 billion by the end of 2020 — and legal sales could earn up to $23 billion by 2025. The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry reports that 6,694 patients received a physician certification for medical cannabis in the month of April alone, bringing the total number of medical cannabis users on the state’s registry to more than 80,000. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Press Releases

$9 Million CDC Grant for Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment

The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health has been awarded a $9 million five-year training and research grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve worker health, safety and well-being. The award from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides continued support for the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), under the direction of University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Lee Newman, MD, MA and Colorado State University Professor Stephen Reynolds, PhD.  


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Patient Care

Facing Tough Road of Cancer Treatment, Scott Ryberg Just Kept Running Up Mountains

The day after Scott Ryberg lost his mother to lung cancer, the trail, as always, beckoned.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 08, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Press Releases

Researchers Find Promising Therapy to Fight Epidemic of Liver Disease

In an effort to combat a growing worldwide epidemic of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), scientists have discovered a new target and a new therapy that has shown promising results in preclinical mouse models, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Innovation    Education    COVID-19

Center for Surgical Innovation Manages Move – and Leads in Protocol – Amid the Pandemic

COVID-19 may have ruined the party as the world-renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) moved into its new digs this spring, but it didn’t steal its creative drive. Faced with social-distancing restrictions as most of its neighbors on campus shuttered around them, the staff not only managed their move amid the crisis. They served as a model for labs nationwide.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Innovation    Press Releases

CU Healthcare Innovation Fund Closes With $50 Million in Committed Capital

The CU Healthcare Innovation Fund announced today that it has secured its maximum targeted committed capital of $50 million. The fund is affiliated with and located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus near Denver.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

New Study Looks at Opioid Use and Driving Outcomes Among Older Adults

A new study from faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus looks at the relationship between opioid use and driving among older adults.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 06, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

CU-Backed Bill Aimed at Curbing HIV Infection

A bill approved this month and backed by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pushes open the door to highly effective HIV-prevention drugs, potentially curbing infection for the state’s most at-risk citizens.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 04, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Program Connects Students With COVID-19’s Most Vulnerable

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


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Press Releases

Pilot Program Increases Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in Colorado

Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that an 18-month pilot project that trained Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to prescribe Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD) was successful in increasing availability and access of services to residents of two rural Colorado counties experiencing high overdose rates. As a result of the success of the pilot project, the state legislature passed a second bill to expand MOUD into 17 counties.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 26, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Study: Concussion Concerns with Helmet Regulations in Girls’ Lacrosse

According to a new study, high school girls’ lacrosse players who may, but are not required to, wear flexible headgear are at a higher risk of getting a concussion from a stick or ball impact than boys’ lacrosse players, who are required to wear a hard shell helmet with a full face mask.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 25, 2020
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Community

Regina D. Richards Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Editor's note: This announcement from CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman was published June 22 in his Chancellor's Communiqué.

Dear colleagues:

It is my privilege to announce the appointment of Regina D. Richards, PhD, MSW, as Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, effective July 1, where she will focus on expanding our initiatives both on the campus and in the community with primary drivers of health equity, outreach and support.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 23, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

Charles Dinarello Awarded the 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Charles Dinarello, MD, has today been named one of the winners of the 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science “for the development of cytokine-targeting biological therapies for treatment of inflammatory diseases.”

Dr. Dinarello shares the prize with Dr. Marc Feldmann and with Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 22, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Providers and Patients Find ‘Silver Lining’ in Rapid COVID-Era Telehealth Transition

A mighty push from a novel virus created the momentum that telemedicine promoters have long wished for, forcing doctors’ visits from the office to the computer screen.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 19, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

Study Finds Better Glucose Control for Young People With Diabetes Using Continuous Monitoring Devices

Adolescents and young adults who use continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices to track their type 1 diabetes can improve blood sugar control by reducing high and low glucose levels, according to researchers from the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 17, 2020
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Innovation    Press Releases

University of Colorado Announces the Formation of PreView Medical, Inc.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, led by CU Innovations, has partnered with serial MedTech entrepreneurs Jonathan Gasson and Sharon Lake to form PreView Medical, Inc. PreView’s clinically proven technology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment optimization of prostate cancer.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 15, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

National Study Finds Significant Parental Hesitancy Surrounding Routine Childhood and Influenza Vaccines

A national study measuring parental attitudes toward vaccinations found 6.1% were hesitant about routine childhood immunizations while nearly 26% were hesitant about the influenza vaccine.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Faculty    Students

New Student Portal Design Soft Launches in June

A new CU Anschutz Medical Campus student portal design soft launched on June 12. While the new portal has been in beta mode for students over the past few months, beginning this month, staff and faculty may see the elements of the new design, depending on their roles.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 12, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception May Improve Usage in Younger, Uninsured Women

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and the rate is highest among younger women and those who are underinsured.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 11, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

Podcast: Researchers Devise Creative Ways to Share Sun Safety During COVID-19

Just as the Colorado Melanoma Foundation (CMF) was tuning up its Sun Bus for a second summer of large-event visits across Colorado, the coronavirus pandemic brought life to a standstill.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 10, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Gates Center Researchers at the Forefront of Epidermolysis Bullosa Exploration

From the moment of Brady Attar’s arrival into this world, as a beautiful baby boy who somehow had startling skin lesions covering his body even before his cord was cut, his family had much to learn.

Eileen and Chris Attar had their second boy at one of the best children’s hospitals in Texas, and yet the expert who could teach them the most about extremely rare Epidermolysis Bullosa was hundreds of miles away in Austin. It would be days and weeks before they fully understood, still in shock, that “EB” was a genetic disorder that in severe versions weakens skin and soft membranes to the point where patients like Brady have new raw wounds every day.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 10, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Delirium Strikes COVID-ICU Patients at Higher Rates

In the picture she drew, the patient drifts above her hospital bed, her body human-like, her head resembling a bird. Shadow-like shapes add an eeriness to a black-and-white backdrop, as ghostly faces float around the room.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 09, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Researchers Roll Out Antibody Test

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

A one-of-a-kind antibody test targeting the novel coronavirus has joined the arsenal of tools needed in understanding and eradicating COVID-19. The test, described as “among the best of the best,” emerges from an also unique partnership between UCHealth and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a joint venture researchers hope will serve as a catalyst for future projects.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 09, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Study Examines Environmental Justice Impact of Senate Bill 181 in Colorado

In Colorado, Senate Bill 181 (SB19-181) is changing the way oil and gas development is regulated, and one of the main effects of the bill is a large shift towards increased local control over siting decisions. In a first of its kind study, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers in Colorado a $730,000 grant to examine the impact of the bill and whether or not shifting oil and gas decision-making to the local level will lead to fairer outcomes for marginalized communities


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 09, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Advancing Indigenous Research: 'Knowledge That Endures'

By its definition, science is the systematic knowledge gained through repeated observations of the world around us. And, as history indicates, the first pioneers of scientists were Indigenous people, whose contributions in modern science must not be overlooked.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 03, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

CU Researchers Develop Key Findings as COVID-19 Clinical Trials Progress

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the good news is that Colorado hospitals have moved through the surge of cases they were experiencing from late April to early May. For example, at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, the census of COVID-19 patients is down nearly 70 percent from its peak.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 03, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Controlling the Chaos: Expert Offers Tips on Shielding Our Minds

Eruption of civil unrest in cities across the country has dealt society a double blow. Already immersed in a pandemic-driven world of uncertainty, fear and insecurity have been compounded with feelings of injustice, anger, sadness and despair.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 02, 2020
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Patient Care    Campus Life

Mental Health Clinic Is Now Open for Faculty and Staff

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health, especially during these uncertain times. We are proud to support our faculty and staff with a new mental health clinic. 


Author Staff | Publish Date June 02, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

CU Anschutz Transforms Cancer Care 'One Miracle at a Time'

With a 3-year-old daughter and a second baby on the way, Emily Daniels was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Young and otherwise healthy, Daniels had no known risk factors for the disease.

On a new journey with his family in Colorado, photographer Scott Wilson learned he had Stage IV colorectal cancer shortly after moving to Denver from the UK. He was 48, two years shy of the generally recommended first colonoscopy screening.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 02, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Hope Realized

She’s a bright and motivated young woman with an infectious smile. She’s seemingly the picture of perfect health. But, at 25 years old, she wears support braces on her wrists and knees. And sports pain patches, too. Her condition is so painful, in fact, that she can’t sleep. She takes pills for that, she said. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 02, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Want to Banish the COVID Blues? Think 'Pawsitive'

Anxiety and cabin fever can stem from the stay-at-home orders impacting American lives for the past few weeks. But for nearly 85 million U.S. families, their households offer something that can reduce their feelings of angst and isolation. And it doesn’t come from the fridge.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 01, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Extra Choline May Help Pregnant Women Decrease Negative Effects of COVID-19 on Their Newborns

Pregnant women who take extra choline supplements may mitigate the negative impact that viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, can have on their babies, according to a new study from researchers in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Choline is a vitamin B nutrient found in various foods and dietary supplements, and is critical to fetal brain development.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 01, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care    COVID-19

Q&A with Dr. Neill Epperson, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

With May being Mental Health Month, we sat down with Neill Epperson, MD, professor and chair of the CU Department of Psychiatry, for a wide-ranging conversation about expanding mental health resources and services to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and broader community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, her new “Mind the Brain” podcast, the state of mental health in Colorado, and why the brain is so intriguing.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date May 28, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

CU Anschutz Surgeons Study Guidelines for Treating Cancer Patients During Pandemic

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic not only affects patients who have the virus, but strikes the entire healthcare system including the care for patients with cancer. Aggressive cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, require the continuation of oncological care during the pandemic. However, pursuing care exposes both healthcare professionals and vulnerable patients to COVID-19.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date May 27, 2020
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Four CU Anschutz Researchers Among the 2020 Class of Boettcher Investigators

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


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

‘It’s a New Me’: Amputee Steps Back Into Life with Restored Limb

On a soft August day in 1992, Paul Nozell and his older brother, seated next to him in a single-prop airplane, surveyed the familiar landscape below. They planned to skirt the sky above their dad’s house in upstate New York. Nozell maneuvered the plane into a “lazy 8,” something he’d done many times.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Education    Students

Diversity Program Fuels Graduate's Drive to Change Face of Dental Medicine

As the only African American woman in her class, Kasey Jones knew that when she left the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, she had a job to do, one that went beyond fixing jaws and extracting teeth.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Education    Students

A Fairy Tale: Pair Meet in Medical School, Snag Couple's Match

Once upon a time, not really that long ago, a city girl fell in love with public health at a university in Boston. In a twist of fate (it had to be, once you hear the whole story), the girl moved to Colorado, undergraduate degree in hand, to work in a lab on the acclaimed University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. A Bostonian at heart, the girl never intended to stay.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Press Releases

Nation’s Top Science Writers’ Conference Pushed to Fall 2021

The nation’s largest science journalism conference, originally scheduled to take place Oct. 9–13, 2020 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Boulder, has been postponed until the fall of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 21, 2020
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Campus Life    Education

Talent and Tenacity Push These Graduates to the Finish Line

This year hit us with a whopper of a surprise, but SARS-CoV-2 watch out: the CU Anschutz Class of 2020, brimming with brilliant minds, relentless determination and acute resilience, is coming for you.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 21, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

‘What We Do’: When Crisis Emerges, CU Anschutz Responds

The invisible threat of SARS-CoV-2 has upended life on the planet. Unprecedented in our lifetime, the pandemic is triggering waves of loss – of jobs, of celebrations (including in-person graduations), of social connectedness and, worst of all, of loved ones.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 21, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Caring for the Sickest COVID-19 Patients Brings Challenges, Sacrifices, Big Rewards

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


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 21, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

Mental Health Crisis Is the Next Wave of Pandemic

Experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are bracing for a predicted next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – a mental health crisis. In anticipation of the surge, mental health providers are casting a wide net of support resources to the multitudes whose lives have been upended in unprecedented ways.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Research    Campus Life    COVID-19

Campus Launches Heightened Safety Protocols, Screening Processes as Gradual Return Begins

This week, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus launched heightened safety protocols and screening processes to guide its limited return to select in-person working and learning activity.

Only a small percentage of faculty, staff and students have thus far been invited and approved for on-campus activity. A formal process is in place to determine which programs or areas deemed mission-critical require campus access to operate. The majority of campus activity continues to be done remotely.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Education    Community

AmeriCorps, Mentors Shape Soon-to-be Grad’s Next Mission

As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Rachel Steinberg knew she wanted to work with Native American communities. Now, preparing to graduate with her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), Steinberg is set to continue her mission of serving vulnerable populations.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Emerging Viral Diseases Causing Serious Issues in West Africa

In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus call attention to the emergence of mosquito-borne viral outbreaks in West Africa, such as dengue (DENV), chikungunya (CHIKV) and Zika (ZIKV) viruses.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

ColoradoSPH Graduate Sets Sights on Ending Human Trafficking

Somewhere between jungle warfare training in the Marine Corps and child abuse research at The Kempe Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Jessica Stubblefield found her calling.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 14, 2020
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Psychiatry Chair Neill Epperson On “We Are Unstoppable” Podcast

This week the new podcast We Are Unstoppable from Colorado sports radio hosts and personalities Les Shapiro and Vic Lombardi features C. Neill Epperson, MD, the Robert Freedman Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 13, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Genes May Play Role in Weight Gain from Birth Control

A woman’s genetic make-up may cause her to gain weight when using a popular form of birth control, according to a study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

‘We Can Do This’: Nurse Shares Story of Camaraderie and Courage During Pandemic

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

Haley Cehura remembers being nervous entering her first COVID-19 patient’s room. During the procedure, which took three hours, she began feeling a little weak. When she finally left the room, her eyes welled with tears.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Press Releases

Regeneron and Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine Announce Major New Human Genetics Research Collaboration

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus today announced a large-scale research collaboration designed to advance the field of human genetics and precision medicine through the sharing of 450,000 DNA samples and corresponding health records from de-identified, consented patient participants in the expansive UCHealth system. The Regeneron Genetics Center (RGC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Regeneron, has entered into the collaboration with CCPM and will sequence these samples, producing genomic data that can be used to facilitate translational medical research and ultimately enable physicians to make better decisions for their patients. 


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date May 11, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    COVID-19

Video: CU Anschutz Experts Discuss Life on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Chancellor Don Elliman welcomed 2,000 guests to a live panel discussion titled “Life on the Front Lines of COVID-19 with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus” on May 7.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 08, 2020
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Research

‘We Are Unstoppable’ Podcast Launches

Launching this week is a new podcast We Are Unstoppable from Colorado sports radio hosts and personalities Les Shapiro and Vic Lombardi. The podcast features athletes, celebrities and brilliant minds in medicine examining how to “be unstoppable in the face of adversity.” Two of the initial episodes feature CU Anschutz Medical Campus leaders. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 07, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

School of Medicine Grad Overcomes Adversity, Heads to Stanford Residency

Mario Hernandez embarked on the path to medicine by accidentally stabbing his leg with a yard aerating tool when he was 9. He still remembers the wound bleeding everywhere and being aware he needed to go to the hospital.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 07, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Practicing Patient Care in an Era of Unknowns

For the past two months, healthcare workers at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital have mounted an unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 07, 2020
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Research    Community    COVID-19

Colorado School of Public Health Leads the Charge in Modeling the Impact of COVID-19

When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) needed to respond to the rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic, they needed data and projections of the pandemic’s course based upon Colorado data.  A team was quickly assembled by the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) to collaborate with CDPHE on epidemic modeling—the basic approach for generating the needed information for decision-making.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 05, 2020
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Education    COVID-19 Podcasts

Pandemic Packs Double Punch For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dealing with the new world order under the invisible cloak of COVID-19 creates frustration, fear and uncertainties. For everyone, surviving the changes requires patience, flexibility and an even-headedness that challenges even the strongest of wills.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 05, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Colorado Emergency Departments Take New Steps to Prevent Youth Suicide

A new study conducted in seven Front Range emergency departments demonstrated success in helping parents make their homes safer when a teen is distressed.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 05, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Scientists Launch Effort to Build COVID-19 Antibody Test

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

Putting their heads and labs together, several groups of researchers from across the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are working to build a “homegrown” antibody test. Once they do, they say, they are equipped for dispersal to all corners of the state and can help lead the way in corralling the novel coronavirus in Colorado.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 04, 2020
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Patient Care    Press Releases    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Researchers Win Grant to Study COVID-19 Effects on Heart

A team of CU Anschutz researchers, along with scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University and others, have won a grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to investigate the effects of COVID-19 on the body’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 01, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

CU Nursing Graduate: 'You Are Not Just a Nurse'

Editor's note: National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

 

When she competed in Miss Colorado in 2015, Kelley Johnson, RN, wore a gown from Craigslist that was too short for heels. So, she went barefoot.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 30, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Competence With Confidence: Overnight Simulation Prepares Medical Students for Residency

Editor's note: This story was reported pre-coronavirus pandemic. Educational activities are being delivered online amid the public health crisis. 

 

It's 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, and the lights are bright on the fourth floor of the Education 1 Building at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Fourth-year medical students are interacting in an Emergency Medicine Overnight Simulation at the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE).


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 30, 2020
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Natural-Born Sleuth, Globetrotter Combines Passions With Public Health Job

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


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 29, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Organizing a Massive Field Hospital? No Problem for This Nurse

When Captain Taylor Allen, BSN, RN, arrived in Denver in March for an internship with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) before entering CU Nursing’s Master’s program, she never thought her Army experience would be in demand. Boy was she wrong.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 28, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: More Than 80 Under Development

Herd immunity to a germ occurs when enough people become immune to minimize the spread of the virus. Immunity occurs either through being infected naturally or through vaccination. Can we stake our hopes of conquering COVID-19 on herd immunity via widespread infection?


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 28, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

We Are In This Together

A strong spirit of giving among the community has helped carry an important message at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – that we are all in this together.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 28, 2020
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Campus Life    Press Releases

First Responders Honor Local Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19

As a show of support to the front-line healthcare heroes, the University of Colorado Police planned a procession that was held last night on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The event was led by federal and local police, fire departments, and other law enforcement officials. The motorcade saluted hospital staff with a display of lights and sirens while driving by UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, next to the campus. The procession was visible from the windows of all three hospitals, and the Children’s One helicopter crew flew multiple laps around the campus to showcase appreciation for our healthcare workers.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date April 24, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Sets Sights on ‘Refreshing and Learning Constantly’

Editor's note: “Our 2020 Grads” is an occasional series highlighting 2020 graduates from schools and colleges at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  

 

It’s not in Francesca Gutierrez’s nature to take the safe and predictable path. She loves the energy of big cities, thrives on meeting new people and exploring new places, and feeds off the excitement of emergency medicine where you “see a lot of variety – it keeps you on your toes.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 24, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19

Unsung Heroes on the COVID-19 Front Lines

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

 

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, so does the reliance on health care workers around the world. From social media salutes to neighborhood parades, the world is finding innovative ways to applaud the efforts of the medical community on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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Press Releases

Study Finds Provider Capacity to Expand Abortion – Implications for Access During COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that interest in abortion care among advance practice clinicians (APCs) in Colorado is substantial, though barriers must be addressed in order to increase access with APCs (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician’s assistants).


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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Campus Life    COVID-19

Worried About Healthcare Workers, Nursing Student Launches Mask Drive

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


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 22, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Video: CU Anschutz Experts Share Campus Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Chancellor Don Elliman welcomed 3,000 guests to a live recording of “A Conversation on COVID-19 with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus” on April 17, featuring CU Anschutz experts on topics including testing, PPE, patient care, modeling efforts, potential treatments and the research response.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 17, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Experts: Our Mental Strength Depends On Us All Reaching Out to Each Other

Colorado is no stranger to disaster, with its devastating floods and record mass shootings. But living through the COVID-19 pandemic, an invisible threat with no known end in sight, creates a whole new set of challenges – especially when you can’t hug your neighbors.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 16, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    COVID-19

CCPM Biobank Laboratory Steps Up to Develop COVID-19 Test

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


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 16, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Multiple COVID-19 Clinical Trials Underway at CU Anschutz

Doctors and nurses—many of whom are also researchers—are working around the clock at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to treat patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19. Over the next several months, research teams and caregivers will treat patients using four different drugs in the course of multiple clinical trials using Sarilumab, Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 15, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

Calming the Inflammation Storm to Protect the Lungs in COVID-19

If COVID-19 is a fire, the damaging cycle of inflammation known as a ‘cytokine storm’ is the tsunami that fans the blaze while flattening the rest of the village.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 15, 2020
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COVID-19

Through It All. Together.

“I have never been more proud to work alongside you,” said Chancellor Donald Elliman in a recent communiqué to students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “We continue to demonstrate incredible strength in unity as we address this unprecedented challenge together.”


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date April 13, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

CU Doctors Work to Treat COVID-19, Now and in the Future

Probably the hardest part of his job caring for patients stricken with a virus doctors know little about is the forced isolation: watching them battle for their lives with no loved ones by their sides.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 09, 2020
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Press Releases    COVID-19

Gov. Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

On March 27, Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 06, 2020
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Education    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Experts Share Insights on ‘the Medical Challenge of Our Lifetime’

Grand Rounds reached a whole new level of importance for the Department of Medicine on April 1, as campus experts discussed the COVID-19 pandemic that has halted much of the world and forced their community into a rapid-fire pace.
Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 06, 2020
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Press Releases    COVID-19

State Provides COVID-19 Modeling Data

On April 5, the state released additional COVID-19 modeling data to the public. Governor Jared Polis first provided an in-depth analysis of the data during a press conference on March 27. The state will continue to review data as it evolves to inform future policy decisions.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 06, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

Share Your COVID-19 Fighter Stories

In the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CU Anschutz healthcare professionals, researchers, faculty and staff, as well as countless students, are on the front lines, rallying to protect our health. They are true heroes.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Research    COVID-19 Podcasts

Research Could Lead to New Therapeutic Options for Lymphedema Patients

Thanks to a somewhat unexpected research journey, Tamara Terzian, PhD, and her team recently uncovered a new molecular pathway to a previously untreatable and common lymphatic disease, lymphedema. Terzian explains how the establishment of a lymphatic club on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus – involving Beth Tamburini, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and immunology, and Traci Lyons, PhD, associate professor of medicine-medical oncology – helped to advance her team’s significant findings.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Research

Researchers Have ‘Eureka’ Moment When Studying Molecule’s Role in Lymphedema

Tamara Terzian, PhD, a dermatology professor and researcher in the University of Colorado Cancer Center, focuses much of her research on genetic pathways that underlie diseases of the skin, such as pigmentary disorders and melanoma. Of particular interest in these diseases is the role of the tumor-suppressor molecule p53.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

Pancreatic Cancer Journey Underscores Importance of a Second Opinion

A year ago, when Colorado was getting pummeled by usual March snowstorms – not a pandemic – Nancy White strolled out on a rare warm day to do some yard work. Leaves bagged, she went back inside and faintly touched her side.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Joins Rapid Response to State's Pandemic-based Needs

Within two days of being asked to launch a testing site for face shields by the state’s newly formed Innovation Response Team Task Force, CU Bioengineering Distinguished Professor Robin Shandas, PhD, and nearly 200 volunteer researchers and students stood ready.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

Clinical Trial for Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 Opens at CU Anschutz

On March 25, Thomas Campbell, MD, was in an intensive care unit where a critically ill patient hospitalized with severe COVID-19 was to be the first given an experimental treatment at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Shawna Matthews | Publish Date April 01, 2020
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Research

World Autism Awareness Day 2020

On this year's World Autism Awareness Day, we take a look at some of the innovative autism research happening at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 


Author Staff | Publish Date March 31, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

This Is Breakthrough: Dr. Dan Pollyea

“AML is usually not eradicated with traditional, conventional chemotherapy,” says Dan Pollyea, MD, MS, Clinical Director of Leukemia Services and associate professor in the Division of Hematology, “and is a source of relapse when it occurs, which historically is pretty much always with this disease.”  


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date March 31, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Collects Truckloads of Supplies for Front Lines of Pandemic

Amid a growing crisis-level shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus stepped up to collect critical supplies for the healthcare professionals on the front lines of the pandemic.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 27, 2020
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Press Releases

Assessing Childhood Experiences and Mood Symptoms May Help Enhance Executive Function in Women Post-Surgical Menopause

Assessing adverse childhood experiences and current anxiety and depression symptoms may help ease cognitive distress in women who have undergone a surgical menopause for cancer risk-reduction, or RRSO, according to a new study published in Menopause.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19

Expert Offers Tips on Staying Productive, Keeping Morale High While Working Remotely

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. What are the best practices for working remotely? Should you get dressed in at least semi-presentable work clothes, for instance?


Author Shawna Matthews | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

Focusing in on Colorectal Cancer: Is 45 the New 50?

Editor's Note: The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services postponed the bill indefinitely after returning from the pandemic shutdown.

A pandemic stole Alba Wilson-Axpe’s chance at the podium recently. But when the Colorado Legislature re-opens its doors to the public, odds are high the 14-year-old will be back to testify.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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CU School of Medicine Again Ranked Among Best Medical Schools in the Country

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus made several appearances on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of higher education programs.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 24, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

In COVID-19 Battle, CU Anschutz Team Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks

As scientists around the world scramble against the COVID-19 clock, searching for a vaccine that could stop the viral infection before it happens, a trio of experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have taken a different tack: overpowering the new mutation after it invades the body.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 23, 2020
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Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

Making a Map in Uncertain Times: Tools and Support for Students During COVID-19

With our students and residents facing unique stressors in the efforts to treat and slow the spread of coronavirus, Matt Vogl of the National Mental Health Innovation Center sat down with campus experts Rachel Davis, MD and Robert Rosenthal, PhD, to map out some COVID-19 coping mechanisms for our community.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

We Got This: First Responder Stress and Resilience for COVID-19

As our First Responders rise to the demands of combating coronavirus, Matt discusses their particular issues of stress and resilience around COVID-19 with Steven Berkowitz, MD and Laura McGladery, PMHNP. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Stigma and Discrimination Against Asian Americans on the Rise

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has interrupted daily life as we know it. For Asian Americans, however, this virus has brought more than just social disruption and a lack of paper products. Incidences of stigma, discrimination and occasionally outright violence have erupted across the world.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 20, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

New Down Syndrome Study Goes Beyond Skin Deep

Patchy bald spots and painful skin lesions are targets of a new clinical trial aimed at curbing common skin conditions in people living with Down syndrome. For trial participants, that success would be benefit enough.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 18, 2020
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Research    COVID-19 Podcasts

Coronavirus: ‘Right Now, We’re Just Trying to Buy Time’

On March 12, only two months after the novel coronavirus outbreak, now known as COVID-19, started gaining traction in the Hubei province of China, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. COVID-19 has now reached over 100 countries, including over 1,200 cases in the United States, prompting President Trump to declare a state of emergency on March 13.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 16, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

What Was it Like on the Front Lines of the Spanish Flu?

From typhoid to smallpox to the Spanish Flu, we’ve had no shortage of epidemics in the United States in the last 100 years and no shortage of nurses to help care for the ill. Now, it’s the coronavirus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 13, 2020
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Research    Community

Czars, Spirits and St. Patrick's Day: What's the Connection?

Like scientists around the world, Boris Tabakoff, PhD, has searched for years for that genetic reason some people regularly over-imbibe when drinking alcohol and others do not.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

What to Do in the Event of an Active Harmer

Michael Bear, director of Emergency Management at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, says three simple actions can be taken to save your life: run, hide and fight. Bear, joined by CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola, discussed important steps to take to be prepared if you are faced with an emergency situation. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

As Strategic Planning Unfolds, CU Anschutz Leans Into the Future

Leaning Into the Future, CU’s strategic planning process, is roughly halfway to completion, as the effort that began in early summer 2019 moves toward a July presentation to the Board of Regents and implementation expected in the fall.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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COVID-19

Coronavirus FAQs with Michelle Barron, MD

Michelle Barron, MD, professor of medicine and an infectious diseases expert, responds to questions about COVID-19. She addresses what's myth and what's fact, how it's spread, how we can contain it and when to see a doctor. 


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Press Releases

Young Sugarcane Workers at High Risk of Kidney Function Decline

Researchers from the Center for Health, Work and Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health have published a paper in PLoS-ONE, studying the decline in kidney function for young, first-time sugarcane workers in Guatemala. The study, led by University of Colorado Instructor Miranda Dally, is the first to examine kidney function decline in workers starting their first day on a job with a high risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu), a rising epidemic in rural workers in Central and South America.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

New Study Identifies Valuable Tool for Treating Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2030. However, recent developments in staging and treatment provide options to improve the long-term survival rate for an otherwise devastating diagnosis.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Education    Community

‘You Are Not a Hothouse Flower’

Lilly Marks, vice president for Health Affairs at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, knows career discomfort.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Press Releases

Predicting Appropriate Opioid Prescriptions Post-Cesarean Delivery

Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used for non-medical purposes, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date March 09, 2020
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Research

Researchers Identify Ways to Improve Care to Trafficked Children

Newly published research by a CU School of Medicine faculty member and colleagues identifies multiple ways that health care providers and organizations can improve the quality of care provided to trafficked children.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 09, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19

COVID-19 Reshapes Annual Pandemic Response Simulation

As the genuine virus continued its spread across the globe, 165 medical students hunkered down in multiple Education 2 North and South rooms, focused on preventing the same (but mock) COVID-19 virus from becoming a pandemic.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 06, 2020
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Innovation    Education

Innovation in Education: CU Anschutz Palliative Care Program Gains National Nod

After unexpectedly falling into palliative care and becoming a staunch believer in its healing power, Amos Bailey, MD, FACP, joined the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2015 set on expanding the field.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 05, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Community

CU Partners With Salud to Open Clinic in Aurora

The University of Colorado School of Medicine joined Salud Family Health Centers on Friday, February 28, to celebrate the grand opening of a new federally qualified health center in Aurora that will serve community residents who depend on Medicaid for health insurance.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 03, 2020
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Patient Care

The Latest From Our Coronavirus Expert: Michelle Barron, MD

The coronavirus outbreak continues to cause worldwide alarm as new cases are diagnosed each day. The vast majority of those who contract the illness recover, yet it still poses serious risks. We asked our expert Dr. Michelle Barron, professor of medicine in the division of infectious disease at CU Anschutz and director of infection control and prevention at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, about the virus and how best to avoid it.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 03, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

Coronavirus: Expert Notes ‘Reasonable Probability There Are More U.S. Cases Than We Are Actually Catching’

Outbreaks of illness caused by the novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, have dramatically increased in countries outside China. As of June 28, COVID-19 had sickened more than 10,173,722 people in 188 countries with over 502,517 deaths globally.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 28, 2020
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Research    Community

Advocates Gather at the State Capitol to Talk Public Health

Students, faculty, and staff from the Colorado School of Public Health joined members of the public and representatives from the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) under the rotunda for Public Health Day at the Capitol. The annual event, co-sponsored by ColoradoSPH and CPHA, gives public health supporters an opportunity to learn how to advocate for bills, meet their legislators, and see the law-making process in action.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 27, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

Alzheimer’s Center Gets a New Name

The age-old question “what’s in a name?” took on special meaning for members of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center last year as they examined the center’s brand identity in the public eye.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 27, 2020
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Research    Education

In Battle of the Pancakes, Powerful Protein and Whole Grains Win

Mmmmmmm. Pancakes. Who doesn’t love the Homer Simpson favorite?


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Education    Community

'It's Not Your Fault': CU Anschutz Students Talk With Teens About Mental Health

Armed with colorful graphics, jars of beads and pieces of string, a team of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus students filed into a high school classroom on Valentine’s Day, prepped to lead their younger counterparts in a class-wide project. Their mission that day, however, had nothing to do with hearts. At least in the Cupid sense.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Despite Burdens Most Pediatricians Very Supportive of National Vaccination Program

Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 21, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Changes to Title X Mean Contraception Access for Teens Could Worsen Nationwide, Study Shows

Many teens lost access to confidential family planning services in Texas due to family planning budget cuts and loss of Title X funds, says a new study led by the University of Colorado College of Nursing just published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Lack of clarity around parental consent laws, confusion among staff, and funding uncertainty made it more difficult for organizations to provide confidential, low-cost, and quality services to teens. This research suggests that contraception access for teens throughout the nation could worsen as new changes to Title X are implemented.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 19, 2020
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Community

Journalist Launches ‘Back From Broken’, a Recovery Podcast

Vic Vela is intimately familiar with demons. He’s spent much of his life wrestling with depression and addiction. He sabotaged himself for years with drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behavior. He once begged for mercy when confronted by an angry, gun-wielding drug dealer.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Research    Education

CU Medical Student Wins $250,000 Scholarship

For more than a decade, Kumar Thurimella watched helplessly as his father battled ulcerative colitis. Failed treatments and seemingly endless hospital trips ultimately led to pre-colonic cancer and a total colectomy. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Parenting Elective Lets Physicians Spend More Time With Their Babies

A novel, four-week parenting rotation designed for pediatric residents has dramatically increased the amount of time resident parents can spend at home with their babies, according to a study by researchers at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Research    Education

Blessing Ceremony Opens New Genomics and Health Research Lab

Perhaps the future of modern, transformative medicine begins with a bridge to the past.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

Pet Your Furry Friend – And Take Care of Your Heart – This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day. It's the day of the heart and everything associated with this most vital organ – love, longing, health. That thumping organ in your chest is the veritable timekeeper – and emotional center – of your life.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 13, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus: How Infectious Is It?

The coronavirus outbreak impacting China has the world’s attention. Known as novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, the new virus started in Wuhan, a city of 11 million. Within a few weeks it has spread to at least 24 other countries, affecting more than 40,000 people globally, and resulting in more than 900 deaths since mid-December.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Where Is a Healthcare Revolution Centered? CU Anschutz

Until now, technological upheavals have emanated from the usual hubs, such as Cupertino, Calif., (Google) and Seattle (Amazon). More and more, however, the best minds are coming to Colorado, where the healthcare space sits ripe for innovation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

Enhanced SafeZone Network Makes Campus Even Safer

If you look carefully, you might see them: white Tic-Tac-sized plastic boxes dotting room walls and hallways across the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The devices may be inconspicuous, but they are powerful tools that help keep the campus secure. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Research    Patient Care

Technology, Teamwork and Trials Add Up to Top Care

Just over three years ago, a doctor told Karen Possehl the tumors he discovered in her pancreas and liver would kill her within months. No treatment, no surgery, would change that fact, he said.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 07, 2020
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Education    Community

Why Did Our Neurosurgeon Go To Washington?

If you thought you were hopelessly hooked on American politics, Jeremy Hosein, MD, can do you one better. Hosein, a senior neurosurgery resident at CU Anschutz, traded his hospital scrubs for a pressed suit and moved east, finding himself exactly where he wanted to be – in the trenches of U.S. healthcare policy.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 06, 2020
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Patient Care    Campus Life

Colonels Row Renovation a ‘Game-Changer’ for Veteran Care

In what one predicted would be a “game-changer,” Colonels Row on the west side of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus will house patients of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH), bringing military veterans undergoing care a welcome dose of old-time camaraderie and homey comfort.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 05, 2020
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Patient Care

This Is Breakthrough: Dr. Richard Schulick

“I hate cancer more than anyone,” says Richard Schulick, MD, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and chair of the Department of Surgery


Author Staff | Publish Date February 04, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

New Research Looks at Type 1 Diabetes and Changes in the Environment

Studies have shown a rapid increase in new cases of type 1 diabetes worldwide. However, scientists and researchers have struggled to identify a direct cause. Many have questioned if changes in the environment or lifestyle have impacted the disease. In a newly released review paper published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, faculty from the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus examined whether any environmental exposures can explain why type 1 diabetes is on the rise. 


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 31, 2020
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Patient Care    Press Releases

Study Shows Promising New Web Approach to Prevent Firearm Suicide

Access to firearms and other lethal methods of suicide during periods of risk can make it more likely that a suicide attempt will end in death. Yet many patients with suicidal thoughts or behaviors receive no counseling about this from healthcare providers, and many have questions about options for firearm or medication storage.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 29, 2020
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Education    Community

What You Can Do to Keep Your Kids From Vaping

As a mom and physician, I know a lot of information is circulating about vaping and the dangers it poses to children. For an overview of the problem, please read this article that explains what parents need to know about this rapidly growing threat to kids’ safety.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 28, 2020
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Patient Care    Press Releases

Groundbreaking Device Enables 30 Days of Continuous Vital Signs Monitoring

BioIntelliSense, Inc., a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, today announces the U.S. commercial launch of its medical grade Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform and FDA 510(k) clearance of the BioSticker™ on-body sensor for scalable remote care. BioIntelliSense offers a new standard for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) by combining an effortless patient experience with medical grade clinical accuracy and cost-effective data services.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 28, 2020
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Press Releases    Community

Voting and Polling Center Coming to CU Anschutz

Voting just got easier for members of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community, as well as for residents living in close proximity to the campus. A new, on-campus Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) will be open March 2-3 for the Presidential Primary Election. In addition, a 24-hour drop box will be available on campus, starting on Feb. 10, for ballot drop-off.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 27, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

What Parents Need to Know About Kids Vaping

E-cigarettes have risen quickly in popularity, and so has the amount of confusing messaging about their safety. As a mom and physician, I know how hard it is to know what is a must-read and what gets relegated to the TLDR (too long, didn’t read) heap. Here is what you must know about this rapidly growing threat to kids’ safety. I include links for further reading—including some for your children—but these are the basics. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 23, 2020
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Press Releases

Traumatic Brain Injury Study Coming to University of Colorado Hospital

A nationwide clinical trial involving patients with severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is coming to the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), which is one of 45 sites around the country selected to participate in the study.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 23, 2020
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Surgeon General Releases First Report Focused on Smoking Cessation in 30 Years

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, served as an editor of a new Surgeon General report that reviews and updates evidence on the importance of quitting smoking. It's the first Surgeon General report focused on smoking cessation in 30 years. Samet was the senior scientific editor on the last one in 1990.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 23, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

Rep. Crow Tours Heroes Clinic, a National Model of Dental Care For Vets

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) learned about the groundbreaking care being provided by the CU School of Dental Medicine’s Heroes Clinic, a national model of free and reduced-cost dental care for veterans, during a quick visit before returning to Washington, D.C.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 22, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Grant To Help CU Anschutz Researcher Learn Why Therapeutic Horseback Riding Benefits Autistic Children

After showing that a 10-week therapeutic horseback riding intervention reduced irritability and hyperactivity while improving the social communication skills of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researcher and Children’s Hospital Colorado psychologist, Dr. Robin Gabriels, has received a $2.5 million grant to investigate why the therapy works. 


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 21, 2020
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Patient Care

Veteran’s Pancreatic Cancer Caught ‘At Just the Right Time’

Steve Becker always looks forward to Veteran’s Day. He and his father, Don, did hitches in the Navy, so it’s a special day they set aside to hang out and reflect on their service to the nation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 16, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Lactate May Prompt Cancer Formation, CU Anschutz Study Shows

A byproduct of glucose called lactate, used by every cell in the body, may also prompt a mutated cell to become cancerous, according to new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Involving Family in Care for Bipolar Disorder Helps Children and Teens Stay Healthier

Children and adolescents with a high risk for developing bipolar disorder stayed healthier for longer periods when their family members participated in their psychotherapy sessions.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Patient Care

Stressed About the Dentist? Paws for a Smile Instead

A visit to the dentist can leave you with a case of sensory overload, but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is calming patients’ fears with the help of a new dental therapy dog. Lucy, a five-year-old golden retriever, roams the clinic halls—easing patient’s anxiety and providing them comfort during routine cleanings and procedures.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

CU Nursing-Led Pilot Project Boosting Mental Healthcare in Local Clinics

Patients with substance-use or other mental health disorders at CU Nursing’s Sheridan Health Services clinics are bucking a national trend: They’re getting professional help.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 14, 2020
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Education

State of the School of Medicine: Strong Upward Trend Continues

Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, outlined key initiatives for the CU School of Medicine in education, research, and community service in his annual State of the School address on Jan. 8.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 10, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Children's Hospital Colorado Uncovers Largest US Outbreak of Neurologic Disease to Date

The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published the results of an observational study led by researchers on Children's Hospital Colorado Infectious Disease and Neurology teams, along with counterparts at the Centers for Disease Control and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The study was conducted from March 1 to November 30, 2018, and led to a discovery of the largest outbreak of enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) in the United States.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 10, 2020
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Patient Care

Top-Flight Care Fuels Lacrosse Player's Drive to Reach the Pros

Dylan Johnson was on a roll during his senior season as captain of the Denver University lacrosse team. The Pioneers were ranked No. 8 nationally and Johnson, a surefire top pick in the upcoming Major League Lacrosse draft, was having his best college season yet.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 10, 2020
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Innovation    Press Releases

University of Colorado Cancer Center Named National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence

The most important factor predicting the survival of pancreatic cancer patients is whether the cancer can be surgically removed (whether the cancer is “resectable”). The answer isn’t always clear. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 09, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Most-Read CU Anschutz Newsroom Stories of 2019

From research breakthroughs to unrivaled patient care to student and faculty achievements, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus generates a lot of news every year. Here's a look back at the most-read stories posted in the CU Anschutz Newsroom in 2019. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 03, 2020
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Few Consider Religious Affiliation of Their Hospital, Don’t Want Religious Restrictions on Healthcare

A small minority of Americans surveyed consider the religious affiliation of the hospitals that treat them, but a majority said they didn’t want religious doctrine dictating their healthcare choices, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 02, 2020
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Education

What You Need to Know About Nicotine Vaping

For some people, the war against nicotine addiction is a lifelong battle.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 19, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Celebrated Ancient Egyptian Woman Physician Likely Never Existed, Says Researcher

For decades, an ancient Egyptian known as Merit Ptah has been celebrated as the first female physician and a role model for women entering medicine. Yet a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus now says she never existed and is an example of how misconceptions can spread.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 18, 2019
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Research

CU Anschutz Launches Comprehensive Directory of Research Studies

Here at the Anschutz Medical Campus, we are in the business of answering important research questions in order to improve human health. One of the ways our physicians and scientists do this is through research studies that involve human participants who volunteer to make the studies possible.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Long-Acting Contraception has Proven Highly Effective but Restricted in Some Hospitals

Long-acting reversible contraceptives like intrauterine implants have greatly reduced unintended pregnancies and abortions, but government protections allowing religious hospitals to restrict care are limiting access to health care consumers, according to an expert at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Snot Season For Your Child: What You Can Do to Help

’Tis the season of snot – it’s running down faces, clogging up noses, smearing the sleeves of our little ones.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Breakthrough Therapy Approved for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Earlier this fall, the FDA approved a new breakthrough therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that leads to lung, digestive, endocrine and nutritional problems. Researchers from Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, were part of a national network that oversaw clinical trials leading to the approval of TRIKAFTA, a highly-effective treatment for people with CF, 12 years of age and older. The trials have taken place in the CCTSI’s pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) at Children’s Colorado.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

High Doses of Vitamin D for Critically Ill Patients Yield Minimal Benefit

A major study conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Network into whether high doses of vitamin D can improve health outcomes for critically ill patients has concluded that such supplements do not reduce mortality or improve other non-fatal outcomes.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Patient Care    Press Releases

CU Anschutz Professor Tabbed a Team USA Physician for 2020 Olympics

Christina Yannetsos, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named a physician for Team USA for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 10, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Infant Morbidity Decreases with Incentive-Based Prenatal Tobacco Interventions

Colorado is taking a critical step to protect low-income women during their pregnancy through incentive-based smoking cessation interventions. A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus shows a significant reduction in infant morbidity due to the program.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 06, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Nurses Bring ‘Sunshine’ to Dying Man's Journey

On April 22, David “Scott” Ferguson died after battling melanoma. Ferguson was 49 and loved life. For him, that revolved largely around skiing, hiking, his gym clients, his dogs, his wife, his son and Jerry Garcia. Ferguson grew so touched by his nursing care before he died that he left behind the Scott Ferguson Memorial Fund. More than $60,000 has been raised so far to support scholarships for University of Colorado College of Nursing students. Ferguson’s goal: to help ensure compassionate care for future patients. The first scholarship will be awarded this spring.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Education    Community

Wishing for a Healthy, Happy Holiday? Check Out These Tips

This month, many in our community will be gathering to bake together, give gifts and light candles. Holiday celebrations are fun and often center around great food and gatherings of many friends, family and coworkers. The social activities are so important for children and adults alike — social connection is good for your physical and emotional health


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Research

Pouch or Jar? Researchers Compare Nutritional Value of Infant and Toddler Foods

Infant and toddler foods sold in pouches have lower nutritional value than foods sold in jars and other packaging, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 03, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Public Health Students Trained as Food Safety First Responders

In the event of a foodborne disease outbreak, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is well-equipped to handle most investigations. However, some large outbreaks require extra help.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 03, 2019
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Research    Innovation

Got a Translational Project? SPARK | REACH Accepting Applications

SPARK Colorado, founded in 2018, has been assisting CU Anschutz faculty and researchers in the process of transitioning their discoveries into products that will improve health. The program provides funding, industry mentorship, and a curriculum tailored to the needs of participating members.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 03, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

‘It’s OK to Cry’: Viral Nurse Photo Highlights a Sometimes Forgotten Toll

For Kim Paxton, it was the young father shot in the back of the head after opening the store safe for two masked men. The robbers left with $100.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 26, 2019
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Campus Life

It's the Most Wonderful Time...

The holidays can be stressful. Between buying gifts, cleaning your home and cooking feasts in the kitchen, it’s hard to think of anything besides your to-do list. But it’s also the time of year to take a moment to be grateful.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 25, 2019
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Skin Disease Researchers Win Renewed Grants

National leaders in research to cure debilitating skin diseases based at the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have won a second NIH grant to further investigations of innovative treatments.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 25, 2019
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AVITA Medical Teams With Gates Center to Advance Therapeutic Skin Restoration

AVITA Medical (ASX: AVH, NASDAQ: RCEL), a regenerative medicine company with a technology platform positioned to address unmet medical needs in therapeutic skin restoration, and scientists at the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have announced a preclinical research collaboration to establish proof-of-concept and explore further development of a spray-on treatment of genetically modified cells for patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), with potential applicability to other genetic skin disorders.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 25, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers Find Long-Term Benefits of Nurse Home Visits for New Mothers and Infants

Home visits by nurses to check on infants and first-time mothers offer learning benefits for the children and savings in the cost of public welfare programs, according to new research published in December 2019 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 22, 2019
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Anschutz Grant Will Train Students to Prescribe Drugs That Fight Opioid Addiction

As the nation struggles with a persistent epidemic of opioid addiction, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is taking a critical step that will allow its graduates to better treat patients and save lives.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 21, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

Campus Musicians Find Balance Through Performance

From handling our emotions to pain management and rehabilitation, science is starting to fill in the details on a phenomenon that most humans know intuitively: when we’re going through a tough time, music can help us feel better.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 20, 2019
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Research    Innovation

State of the Campus: Why Our Work Matters

In this year’s State of the Campus address, Chancellor Don Elliman zeroed in on why our work matters. He highlighted stories that paint the bigger picture: how the cutting-edge research, education and clinical care taking place at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are changing the world for the better.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 20, 2019
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Education    Community

CU Anschutz Stands With DACA Students and Their Families

The next several months may be unnerving for some of our campus community, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have been protected from deportation by DACA, which enables access to education and work visas for many young undocumented immigrants.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 15, 2019
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Education

Students Tackle Vaping Epidemic in Public Health Case Competition

The challenge posed to competitors in this year’s public health case competition centered on vaping: develop a proposal for a $2 million grant, over three years, for a multi-disciplinary task force to develop an initiative aimed at addressing the youth vaping epidemic in Colorado.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 15, 2019
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Researchers Create Model to Predict Children Likely to Go Into Septic Shock

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have developed a unique model allowing them to predict which children arriving in emergency departments are most likely to go into septic shock, a life-threatening condition.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 13, 2019
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Patient Care

Heroes Clinic a ‘Godsend’ For Veterans Seeking Dental Care

John Berdeaux came up with a simple solution to his complex dental problem: chew a Chiclet and put it where his front tooth should be.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 13, 2019
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Campus Life

What You Need to Know About CU Anschutz’s Weather Closures

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” That’s one of the first things heard from Coloradans who’ve become accustomed to the unpredictable weather.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date November 12, 2019
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Patient Care

U.S. Army Veteran Pops The Question in Style

Few moments in life are as vivid as the heart-pounding instant in which you pop, or receive, The Question. Not for Spencer Milo.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 11, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Transforming Health Care in Orthopedics

For the orthopedics team at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, simply meeting current standards of care is not sufficient.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 07, 2019
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Research    Community

Fashion Show Raises $2.5 Million for Down Syndrome Research

Down syndrome is the least-funded major genetic condition in the United States. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation strives to change this pattern by holding a variety of events – its most high-profile being the “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” – to raise awareness and funds for research.  


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date November 07, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

University of Colorado Anschutz, Boulder Campuses to Expand Research Collaboration

A new era of research collaboration is unfolding at the University of Colorado. The University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are moving forward together on a bold plan to enhance research collaborations with the aim of generating knowledge that improves human health and spurs innovation and economic development.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 07, 2019
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Campus Life    Community

New Primary School Taking Advantage of Proximity to CU Anschutz

A recent visit by a group of 3- and 4-year-olds to the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center exemplifies the kind of learning experiences a new independent school likes to offer its students.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 05, 2019
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Patient Care    Press Releases

CU Anschutz Takes on Dementia and Firearm Safety to Prevent Injuries

Today, faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus announced the Safety in Dementia website, the first comprehensive online resource to help caregivers navigate issues related to firearm access and dementia. Before now, there’s been a lack of public resources available on steps to take when someone has dementia and firearms are in the home.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date November 05, 2019
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Campus Life    Press Releases

CU Anschutz to Co-Host Nation’s Largest Science Journalism Conference in 2020

CU Boulder and CU Anschutz Medical Campus will welcome hundreds of science journalists, storytellers and organizational communicators to their respective campuses Oct. 9-13, 2020, for ScienceWriters2020 (#sciwri20).


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 04, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

CU Nursing-Led School-Based Clinics Change Lives

Allowing a boy’s dream of playing Friday night football, keeping an asthmatic preschooler out of the ER, and guiding a young woman back on track to graduation are all in a day’s work for the Sheridan Health Services staff.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 31, 2019
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Campus Life

Diversity Engagement Survey to Assess Inclusion Efforts Across CU

Members of the CU community will have the opportunity beginning this week to share their perspective on how well the university is implementing its commitments to diversity and inclusion.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2019
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Education

Students Enjoy Hands-On Experience in Another Healthcare Discipline

Thirty first-year students from a variety of schools at CU Anschutz attended the third annual CU School of Dental Medicine Interprofessional Open House on a recent evening. Attendees enjoyed an exclusive look into the lives of CU dental students. They toured the expansive dental facility and even drilled fake cavities.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 30, 2019
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Campus Life

Is the Fitzsimons Building Haunted?

The Fitzsimons Building stands in stately fashion in the center of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Its art-deco stylings from the ’40s sharply contrast with the campus’s gleaming, state-of-the-art research buildings. Its walls could tell a million stories — and, at times, it seems they eerily do.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 30, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Colorado School of Public Health Named One of 25 CDC Funded Prevention Research Centers

Across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support 25 university-based Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) that serve a vital role within the public health system by identifying new approaches to promote health and prevent disease. The Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and its Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) will receive more than $3.7 million over the next five years to address the intergenerational transmission of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, household dysfunction by working with the school’s long-term partners and community leaders in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.


Author Tonya Ewers | Publish Date October 24, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Artificial Pancreas System Better Controls Blood Glucose Levels Than Current Technology

A multicenter randomized clinical trial evaluating a new artificial pancreas system — which automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels — has found that the new system was more effective than existing treatments at controlling blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes. The trial, based partly at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, was primarily funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 24, 2019
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Press Releases

CU Anschutz Awarded Grant to Drive Commercialization of Academic Discoveries

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has been awarded $4 million over the next four years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) grant. As a result, the university is now part of a national network of research institutions sharing best practices around commercialization of academic discoveries.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 23, 2019
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Education

Colorado School of Public Health Moves to Drop Its GRE Requirement

Beginning with the current 2019-2020 application cycle, the Colorado School of Public Health is eliminating the GRE as an admission requirement for its Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate programs. Immediately, applicants to the school will have the option to submit GRE scores if they feel their scores strengthen their application. Those not submitting GRE scores will not be penalized.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 23, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Dr. Betz: Care of Suicidal Patients Takes Humans, Not Just Doctors

In 2019, nearly 31,000 people have died due to gun violence. Suicide by firearm represents nearly two-thirds of those deaths. As an emergency physician at CU Anschutz, Emmy Betz, MD, sees multiple patients with suicidal thoughts on every ER shift. “It’s a huge part of my job,” Betz said. “Sometimes I have to stop being a doctor and just be a person, to let people know I’m glad they came in and that tomorrow will be better.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 22, 2019
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Community

Hyatt Regency Donates $250,000 to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, a hotel and conference center developed by Corporex Colorado in partnership with the City of Aurora and managed by Commonwealth Hotel Collection, LLC, donated $250,000 through the Fitzsimons Aurora Medical Campus Foundation, Inc. to eight medical campus entities including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus health professional schools, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 21, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

Cancer Warrior Pens Devotional to Grit, Hope and Cutting-Edge Care

Bonnie Doran spent several years researching and writing “Dark Biology,” a science-fiction thriller that blends medicine, astronautics, family dysfunction and faith.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 18, 2019
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Community

Olympian. World Champion. NFL Player. Entrepreneur. Mental Health Activist.

Colorado native Jeremy Bloom has “lived both” his dreams in skiing and football. His accolades speak for themselves: a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian and 11-time World Cup gold medalist in skiing, and drafted in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Bloom is the only athlete in history to ski in the Winter Olympics and be drafted into the NFL, and is the youngest member ever inducted into the US Skiing Hall of Fame. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 16, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette Decries Lack of Vaping Oversight

As the self-proclaimed “Miss Science” of Congress, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House Oversight and Investigation Committee, is an ardent supporter of scientific evidence in public policy. “Over the years,” she said, “I realized that if you don’t have rigorous scientific research in public policy, then you won’t be able to find solutions that work.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 14, 2019
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Campus Life    Press Releases

CU Anschutz designated ‘Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus’

In recognition of its commitment to student health, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has earned the “Skin Smart Campus Award” from the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP).


Author Staff | Publish Date October 11, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

Anatomy Expert Models Brains, Greases Wheels

 

Noah Leppek has an artist’s eye for aesthetics, a journalist’s zeal for accuracy, and a teacher’s gift for explaining the complex.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 08, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Research Supports Expanding Insurance Coverage of Non-invasive Prenatal Testing

 

Research conducted by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences provides evidence to support expansion of insurance plan coverage of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), a simple maternal blood draw which screens for fetal chromosomal disorders including trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), to women under the age of 35.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date October 08, 2019
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Research    Innovation

Gender, Genetics and Grants

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, distills the underrepresentation of women in clinical data down to a simple equation: “If you put male data in, you will get male data out.” Studies are only as good as the data available, he said, and without the other half of the genome represented in research, mistakes can be made.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date October 03, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Screenings, research share spotlight at annual event

Over 150 people participated in health screenings, learned about research studies, and took part in culinary medicine cooking demos and recipes at the second annual Research & Health Fair.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 03, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Finding the cause of a devastating polio-like illness

For some researchers who spend their days tucked away in a lab, the impact of their work may at times seem removed from the lives of real people. Not so for Dr. Kevin Messacar, pediatric infectious disease specialist. In his mind, he has considered himself a physician first, researcher second since he came to Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2009.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 01, 2019
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Innovation    Education

Public health ethics toolkit offers unique resource

Is the area of public health ethics different from research ethics?


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 01, 2019
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Education

Goodbye Lynda.com, hello LinkedIn Learning

The University of Colorado upgraded Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on Sept. 30. We are excited to announce that employees now have access to LinkedIn Learning: A free, on-demand
learning solution. LinkedIn Learning has a large number of resources to help employees succeed in their
careers, expand their knowledge, build a professional network, and receive professional certifications.

LinkedIn Learning provides the following:
Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 01, 2019
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Press Releases

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus launches first-ever national marketing campaign

United by a mission to remove barriers, advance research and improve lives, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with its hospital partners, Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, today launched its first-ever marketing campaign: This Is Breakthrough.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 30, 2019
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Innovation

For modernizing healthcare, there's no place like home

No more waiting rooms. No more outdated, sticky magazines. No more trying not to touch anything as you wait to see a doctor.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 27, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Dr. Epperson Q & A: the relationship between women's brain health and dementia

As part of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we spoke with C. Neill Epperson, MD, Chair of the CU Department of Psychiatry, to discuss the relationship between women’s brain health and dementia, in an effort to better understand why Alzheimer’s affects women more than men, and what, if any, preventative strategies women can use to protect themselves against the onset of dementia.  


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date September 27, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Study: Patients prefer toolbox approach to weight loss

A new study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine finds that patients, when given the option to use evidence-based medical weight management tools in a primary care setting, achieve better weight loss results compared to those who receive routine care.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 25, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Dr. Potter: Progress toward new Alzheimer's treatments

Huntington Potter, PhD, has spent his career researching the manifold mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects over 5.5 million people in the United States at a cost of about $200 billion a year. By 2050, almost 14 million Americans are expected to be living with the disease at a cost of $1 trillion a year – in Medicare and Medicaid costs alone.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 24, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Health workers aim to put end to hepatitis A outbreak

Allison Seidel, MPH, who is pursuing a DrPH in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, is taking the fight against hepatitis A to the front lines in Denver through an innovative mobile clinic with one goal: end the outbreak.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date September 24, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

To prevent gun violence, it takes a community

Maisha Fields, nurse practitioner with the CU Anschutz student-run DAWN Clinic, will never forget her first patient in nursing school: a young man with a gunshot wound, the same age as her brother Javad when he was murdered along with his girlfriend 30 days after they graduated from college. It was the night before he planned to testify as a witness in an ongoing murder trial.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 24, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Are toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water in Colorado?

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received notification of a $1 million, first-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to address the human health effects of contaminated drinking water in El Paso County, Colorado. The grant is part of the first major study to look at exposure nationwide; six other sites are also being funded to total $7 million this year.


Author Tonya Ewers | Publish Date September 23, 2019
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Campus Life

Block Party 2019: a real BREAKTHROUGH

This year’s Anschutz Block Party will be remembered for the This is BREAKTHROUGH buzz. The longest lines of the day formed at the Communications booth, where the This is BREAKTHROUGH-branded T-shirts, water bottles, tote bags and power chargers flew off the table.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 19, 2019
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Religious hospitals often fail to supply family planning care

Nearly half of all Catholic and other religious hospitals fail to comply with required abortion and family planning training for obstetrics and gynecology residents, putting women at potential risk, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 19, 2019
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Innovation    Press Releases

Scientists use advanced imaging to map uncharted area of genome

Using advanced imaging techniques, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have mapped a previously uncharted region of the human genome that gives rise to a variety of disease, setting the stage to potentially test for the conditions in the future.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 18, 2019
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Innovation    Campus Life

This is BREAKTHROUGH: Exciting campaign, extraordinary campus

You've heard the buzz, maybe seen the signs. Swing by the Communications tent in front of the Fitzsimons Building at today’s Block Party and get the scoop – along with some cool branded swag.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 18, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Study: Fast MRIs offer alternative to CT scans for pediatric head injuries

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have released a study that shows that a new imaging method “fast MRI” is effective in identifying traumatic brain injuries in children, and can avoid exposure to ionizing radiation and anesthesia.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 18, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

CU researchers identify potential target for cardiac fibrosis treatment

A research team led by scientists from the Consortium for Fibrosis Research & Translation (CFReT) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has identified a potential target for treating heart failure related to fibrosis.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 17, 2019
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Campus Life

Check out the CU Anschutz Medical Campus virtual tour

We’ve added a new feature to our campus map, which is accessible on the CU Anschutz homepage. This is a new way to interact with our campus via a virtual tour. The tour offers 360-degree views of key areas of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. There is an audio narrative so you can read and/or listen as you explore and interact with our innovative campus.  


Author Staff | Publish Date September 17, 2019
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Physicians report high refusal rates for the HPV vaccine and need for improvement

Despite its proven success at preventing cancer, many adolescents are still not getting the HPV vaccine. A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus shows that physicians’ delivery and communication practices must improve to boost vaccination completion rates.
Health care providers must also learn to deal with parents hesitant to get their children vaccinated with HPV vaccine.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 16, 2019
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Campus Life

This is BREAKTHROUGH: Telling our story to the world

When an academic medical campus attracts the best minds in science and unleashes them on the biggest challenges in health care, barriers simply don’t stand a chance.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 15, 2019
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Education

Former Denver Bronco David Bruton becomes healer

In many ways, the current chapter of David Bruton, Jr.’s, life runs counter to his first career as a strong safety and Super Bowl 50 winner in the National Football League.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 10, 2019
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Research    Innovation

What does it mean to become an academic innovator?

The CU Anschutz Innovator Spotlight is a new video series that celebrates the discoveries of CU Anschutz inventors. Dr. Malik Kahook is one of the most prolific inventors and entrepreneurs on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Take a journey with Dr. Kahook in the video below as he shares what it means to become an academic innovator.


Author CU Innovations | Publish Date September 09, 2019
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Patient Care

Caring for those with lung disease

The interstitial lung disease (ILD) program at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus reaches out to patients who not only have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but a myriad of other lung ailments – and even those who are at risk of developing interstitial lung disease. Dr. Joyce Lee, associate professor of pulmonary sciences and critical care, said the clinicians and researchers fully understand the importance of early diagnosis when it comes to all forms of ILD.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 06, 2019
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Research

A fatal lung disease has met its match at CU Anschutz

You won’t find any ‘Donate to IPF’ options on your dinner tab or at the grocery checkout – yet.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 06, 2019
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Patient Care

UCHealth dedicates more than $100 million for behavioral health care

Sept. 4, 2019, marks an important date in advancing health care in Colorado.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 04, 2019
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Innovation

AI Offers Real-World Benefits to Healthcare

In contrast to the science fiction portrayal of evil computers plotting to overthrow humankind, artificial intelligence (AI) in fact seems poised to help improve human health in a multitude of ways, including flagging suspicious moles for dermatologist follow-up, monitoring blood volume in military field personnel and tracking flu outbreaks via Twitter.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 03, 2019
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Research   

Study: CBD helps Parkinson's patients with mood, sleep

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects 15,000 Coloradans. From feeling fatigued, depressed and anxious, to experiencing uncontrollable muscle spasms and tremors, symptoms can interrupt every aspect of daily life. Maureen Leehey, MD, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 30 years and is looking to the booming world of cannabis for a potential treatment.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 29, 2019
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Campus Life

Link in to your professional growth with a LinkedIn account

The learning platform Lynda.com will upgrade to LinkedIn Learning this September. This enhanced tool acts as an online resource with videos and courses aimed on developing workplace skills. Access will expand to all University of Colorado students.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 29, 2019
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Campus Life

Amy Barton leaves administrative post – and legacy – behind

During her 22 years as associate dean of Clinical and Community Affairs, Professor Amy Barton spearheaded the creation of the University of Colorado College of Nursing’s clinical enterprise. The string of health centers target everyone from CU Anschutz Medical Campus students to the Denver area’s most at-risk populations.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 29, 2019
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Campus Life

April Giles wins Outstanding Women in Business Award

There's extra excitement at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community this week, thanks to a major honor for April Giles.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 28, 2019
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Research   

Lung cancer puzzle leads to breakthrough discovery

Getting ready to catch a morning flight to Chicago in February 2018, Emily Daniels felt a strange tightness in her chest. She noticed a shortness of breath. Taking her mother’s advice, she called her obstetrician who said she should go to the ER.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 28, 2019
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Innovation    Press Releases

First out-of-home gun storage map to prevent suicide

Faculty members at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus announced the Colorado Gun Storage Map, the first online out-of-home firearm storage map in the country. Until now, there’s been no web-based resource to link community members and clinicians to off-site storage options, such as firearm retailers or law enforcement agencies, during times of crisis. The new resource was developed in collaboration with the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a group of gun shop owners, firearms trainers, and public health researchers who share a goal of preventing suicide.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date August 26, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Health care workers unprepared for magnitude of climate change

An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to strike as a result of climate change, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 22, 2019
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Patient Care

Service animal training program helps heal veterans

Opening doors, turning on lights, helping remove socks and shoes – for the talented service dogs in training from the non-profit Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), these skills are just the tip of the 80-command iceberg that dogs master to assist the visible and invisible injuries of their veteran partners.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 21, 2019
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Campus Life

What you need to know about InfoEd changes

Beginning Monday, Nov. 25, InfoEd will look and feel differently to what you are used to. While the functional changes are minimal, there are some new features that may change the way you search the Conflict of Interest (COI), Human Subjects (HS), Proposal Development (PD) and Proposal Tracking (PT) modules.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 21, 2019
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Patient Care

Hitting the streets in hepatitis A battle

With an armed police officer and grocery cart stuffed with backpacks and suitcases behind him, Scott Harpin snapped on his latex gloves and fished out his supplies from a six-pack cooler.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 13, 2019
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Education

Battling the opioid abuse crisis in Colorado

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has a simple but important message for all Coloradans: Bring naloxone home.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 09, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers discover why intense light can protect cardiovascular health

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that intense light amplifies a specific gene that bolsters blood vessels and offers protection against heart attacks.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 08, 2019
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Campus Life

University Police achieves prestigious accreditation from international organization

CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman welcomed the news that our University Police Department has been awarded a prestigious accreditation from an international law enforcement organization.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 07, 2019
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Education

CU Movement Disorders Center named a Center of Excellence

The University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center is now one of now 48 International Centers of Excellence designated by the Parkinson's Foundation.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 07, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Expectant mothers can mitigate the impact of marijuana on baby’s brain development

A team of researchers led by members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that choline, an essential micronutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that can occur when mothers use marijuana while pregnant.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date August 02, 2019
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Research

Researchers Making Progress On Causes of Vitiligo

AURORA, Colo. (July 30, 2019) – A pair of new journal articles by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine indicate that both genetic and environmental factors play significant roles in the onset of vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of color in blotches of skin.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Education

Video: First Responders In Space

Your breath rasps as you carry out a strenuous EVA (extra-vehicular activity) rocket-payload retrieval to bring critical supplies to humanity’s first Martian colony. Suddenly, you lose your footing and feel a snap in your lower leg. Gut tells you: a break. Through the pain, you radio your team about the injury. What are you going to do when help is 250 million miles away? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Campus Life

CU Nursing's Pearl Treyball wins Nightingale Luminary Award

Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD, hoists a 20-plus-pound trophy up in the air for a guest to see. For the nursing professor, the bronze statue of a kneeling Florence Nightingale cradling a patient in her arms represents more than her recent win. It affirms her life’s work.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Innovation

Bus revs up innovative access to sun safety

Strolling across the manicured lawn of the Denver Polo Club under a bluebird Colorado sky, Neil Box, PhD, walks his sun-safety talk. He wears a wide-brimmed Wallaroo hat, dark sunglasses and EltaMD sunscreen, while greeting the many attendees of the recent “Mallets for Melanoma,” an annual fundraising event for the Colorado Melanoma Foundation (CMF).


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 30, 2019
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Research

Research day: speed dating, unicorns and a gong show

A whole day to celebrate being a postdoc? To my jaded postdoc sensibilities, the 10th annual Postdoctoral Research Day, themed “Transcending Boundaries” and featuring speed networking and a “Gong Show”, seemed guaranteed to drag me, kicking and screaming, out of my comfort zone.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 30, 2019
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Research

Opioid Prescribing Rates Higher in U.S., Study Finds

AURORA, Colo. (July 24, 2019) - Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to a recently published study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date July 25, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Evidence of relationship between birth defects and oil, gas activity

Mothers living near more intense oil and gas development activity have a 40-70% higher chance of having children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) compared to those living in areas of less intense activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 18, 2019
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Patient Care

The importance of the mental side of healing

Bruce Gordon has always been an athlete. Climbing mountains, endurance swimming and biking came naturally to him.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 10, 2019
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Patient Care

Helicopter crash victim reflects on life-saving medical care

Amanda Repsher vividly recalls watching flight nurses load her husband on board a helicopter. Less than two hours earlier, his own crew’s helicopter had crashed during a failed takeoff, erupting into a ball of flames and scorching nearly all of Dave Repsher’s body.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 09, 2019
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Innovation

Caring for the Frontline promotes teamwork and self-care

Morning sunlight pours through windows at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, inviting guests to take a break to focus on their health. A team of six nurses from the UCHealth Outpatient Infusion Clinic, still dressed in scrubs, are eager to spend an afternoon learning about wellness, nutrition and fitness.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 09, 2019
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Innovation

CU Anschutz drives cancer breakthrough

Under the sunny skies that return to Portland, Ore., every summer, Nichol Miller is enjoying a life of family and purpose. The mother of three soaks in the milestones of graduations, weddings and anniversaries as well as the simple pleasures of seeing her kids head off to school and her husband come home from work.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 09, 2019
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Research

Has soccer become more dangerous?

Scoring a decisive 2-1 win over England in a dramatic Women’s World Cup semifinal match – and netting both of their goals via skillful “header” shots, no less – defending champions Team USA advance to play for their fourth World Cup title in the tournament final this Sunday, July 7.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date July 03, 2019
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Campus Life

Inspirational story highlights Friends of the Haven gala

A hugely successful annual gala put the focus on the Friends of the Haven, with proceeds going to support unfunded programs and services at the Haven and Baby Haven. The programs are located within the Addiction Research & Treatment Services (ARTS) organization in the Department of Psychiatry, CU School of Medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 02, 2019
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Education

Women in STEM symposium tackles tough issues

After moving from Puerto Rico to the University of South Alabama for graduate school, Sonia Flores, PhD, encountered her share of biases. Recalling how she fit in to her new town and with her new classmates, Flores said, “It was a culture shock for me, and it was definitely a culture shock for them.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 02, 2019
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Research

The reason some people hate fireworks

Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated the Fourth of July.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date July 01, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

CU Anschutz researchers win grant to commercialize miniature microscope

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received a grant to commercialize a miniature microscope that fits on the head of a mouse and can peer deeply inside the living brain.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 01, 2019
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Patient Care

Vic Lombardi: Men's Health Month

Local legendary sports television and radio host Vic Lombardi knows what most men are thinking when someone nudges them to go to the doctor. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 26, 2019
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Research

Book focuses on 'the how' of implementing integrated healthcare

For decades, mental health was largely divorced from physical health. While this perspective has changed, primary care physicians continue the challenging task of revising their practices to encompass mental and behavioral healthcare.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date June 26, 2019
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Campus Life

Grubstake Awards highlight remarkable return on investment

Pioneering research recognized by the 2018/19 Gates Grubstake Awards underscores promising strides in recent years in guiding basic science at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus toward commercialization and tangible benefits for patients.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 26, 2019
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Campus Life

Central HR team volunteers to help hungry Coloradans

In what’s become a spring tradition of service, the CU Denver | CU Anschutz Medical Campus Human Resources Office team once again spent a half day volunteering at the Food Bank of the Rockies. This year’s group of 25 team members marked the seventh consecutive year the HR Department has sorted, loaded and prepped food for distribution to Coloradans in need.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 24, 2019
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Education

What's It Like To Practice Medicine On Mars?

INSIDE ‘THE HAB,’ MARS UTAH – When it comes to medicine on Mars, or even on a spaceflight to the Red Planet, “definitive care” means something very different than it does on Earth. Quite simply, it means that nobody is coming to help the crew tend to an injured or ill astronaut.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 20, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Scientists demonstrate the advantages of diverse populations when compiling genetic data

AURORA, Colo. (June 19, 2019) – Relying strictly on genetic data from those of European descent, rather than more diverse populations, can exacerbate existing disease and increase health care disparities, according to new research.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 19, 2019
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Campus Life

Over 400 CU Anschutz alumni attend ‘Wicked’ cultural event

Over 400 alumni of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus had a wicked good time in downtown Denver on June 5.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 19, 2019
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Medical Care At The Final Frontier

NEAR HANKSVILLE, UTAH – Ben Easter, MD, steps onto a rocky ledge overlooking a dry riverbed. He cranes his neck and points into the canyon.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 19, 2019
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Tanning industry uses promos, cheap prices to lure adolescents and young adults

It’s well-known that cigarette smoking causes cancer and as a result, prices and advertising are closely regulated to discourage youth from starting.  But another cancer risk, indoor tanning, shown to cause melanoma, lags in regulation.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 19, 2019
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Cancer care providers see benefit in medical marijuana, but not comfortable prescribing

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2019 shows that while 73 percent of surveyed oncology providers believe that medical marijuana provides benefits for cancer patients, only 46 percent are comfortable recommending it. Major concerns included uncertain dosing, limited knowledge of available products and where to get them, and possible interactions with other medications.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 18, 2019
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Patient Care

Frequently asked questions on Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, impacting millions of Americans and their families.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 14, 2019
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Help is only a phone call away with Real Help hotline

In life, there are highs and lows. Some are big and small. If you reach a point where you're feeling overwhelmed by the stress in your life - whether it's related to finances, relationships or any other issue - there's help through the Real Help hotline.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 11, 2019
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Study finds FDA dermatology advisors receive payments following drug approvals

A team of researchers led by a member of the Colorado School of Public Health faculty at the Anschutz Medical Campus examined post-advisory financial relationships between U.S. physicians who advised FDA committees during dermatological drug approval processes. Critics of these industry-physician relationships claim these types of payments could incentivize advisors to alter their voting habits.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 10, 2019
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Patient Care

Heart of the matter: Doctors and designers collaborate to improve patient care

Among the projects of Inworks, a joint innovation initiative of the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus, one remains close to the heart. That is, the literal hearts from Inworks’ high-end polyjet printer, which produces 3D model organs for surgical planning. For a young patient of Max Mitchell, MD, the model hearts served as illustrative surgical tools and a showcase of the collaboration between doctors and designers.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 07, 2019
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Education

Tornado time: How to stay safe on campus in severe weather

Colorado doesn’t fall into the nation’s notorious “twister alley,” but severe thunderstorms occasionally spawn funnel clouds or tornados. Some have even churned in the vicinity the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Research

Research projects emphasize improved outcomes in pediatrics

An array of innovative ideas – from devising a way to speed medications to sepsis patients to creating a standardized process that better secures epidural catheters to children – were on display at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) biannual pediatric poster session.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Campus Life

How can you avoid losing excess vacation hours?

Employees with excess vacation hours should use them or donate them to leave banks before they are removed from their accounts during leave sweeps.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Patient Care

Cochrane US Network opens affiliate at CU Anschutz

The Cochrane US Network, made up of some of the country’s leading institutions in the research and practice of evidence-based medicine, announced Tuesday the opening of 11 new affiliates across the country including one at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 04, 2019
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Campus Life

Rep. Crow tabs mental health crisis as a top concern

On a tour of CU Anschutz Medical Campus facilities and programs, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow learned how the campus in the heart of his district is expanding mental health resources and innovation. The emphasis is well-timed, considering the need for new treatments and improved patient access has never been greater.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 31, 2019
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Education

Spring Commencement 2019 by the numbers

Jubilant students, sporting graduation gowns, sunglasses and hard-earned diplomas, gathered in ceremonies across campus for CU Anschutz Spring Commencement last week.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Campus Life

CU School of Medicine partners with CSU to open medical school branch

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is in the planning stages of establishing a medical school branch in Fort Collins in partnership with Colorado State University.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Cannabis use among older adults rising rapidly

Cannabis use among older adults is growing faster than any other age group but many report barriers to getting medical marijuana, a lack of communication with their doctors and a lingering stigma attached to the drug, according to researchers.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Campus Life

CU Anschutz faculty awarded for outstanding achievement

Fourteen faculty members at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received accolades recognizing outstanding accomplishments in teaching, leadership and service, research and creative activities and faculty mentoring. The faculty awards were presented at the May 24 commencement ceremonies.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 29, 2019
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Patient Care

Pro cyclist forges new path after traumatic brain injury

At a road cycling race three years ago in Los Angeles, Lauren De Crescenzo’s life changed forever. The pro cyclist was leading a teammate in a down-the-stretch sprint when she flipped over her handlebars at the finish line, landed on her head and suffered a traumatic brain injury.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 29, 2019
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Bioethics during times of war: Where are we today?

World War II came with cruelties the world had never seen. The atrocities committed by medical providers in Nazi Germany permanently shaped present-day medical ethics.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 20, 2019
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Police say 'Run, Hide, Fight' in the event of active harmer

As first responders described key ways people can stay safe on campus, especially in the event of an active harmer, CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola addressed the elephant in the room: last week’s shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 17, 2019
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Symposium uses data to clear air-quality debate haze

On May 9, a conference room in the Education 1 building on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus steadily filled with smoke, ozone, particulate matter and a brew of other pollutants.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 16, 2019
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Campus Life

CU Anschutz faculty recognized for 25 years of service

Forty-seven faculty members who have served the CU Anschutz Medical Campus – and its predecessor, the CU Health Sciences Center – for 25 years were honored at a reception at Fulginiti Pavilion on May 8.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 14, 2019
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Students win CU Anschutz Excellence Awards

The CU Anschutz Student Senate recently presented 10 awards to students and organizations, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the campus community.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 14, 2019
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Education

Gift of life: Transplant patients, donors tell their stories

Did you know the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has the longest-running transplant program in the country? It has literally given life to thousands of patients, trained generations of surgeons and brought new and innovative techniques and therapies to clinical use.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 14, 2019
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Farley Center brief: What are potential solutions to the gun violence epidemic?

This timely report from the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at CU Anschutz examines current gun safety policies throughout the United States and presents evidence-based opportunities to strengthen gun safety legislation.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 10, 2019
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Chronic kidney disease epidemic may be result of high heat, toxins

A mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease among agricultural workers and manual laborers may be caused by a combination of increasingly hot temperatures, toxins and infections, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 08, 2019
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Education

How the opioid epidemic shaped my family

As a breast cancer scientist with a PhD in cell and molecular biology, typically when I stand in front of an audience, I know what the hell I’m talking about. And yet, I recently found myself talking about monsters in front of an audience of community members at an event called “Science in the News: The Opioid Epidemic”, part of a monthly series aimed at demystifying hot topics in science to the general public.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 07, 2019
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Mental Health Month 2019: Marcus Institute for Brain Health

Born out of the D-Day invasion, the motto of the US Army Rangers is “Rangers lead the way.”


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 07, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

New disease discovered by CU Anschutz researchers

A new immunodeficiency disease caused by a novel genetic mutation has been identified by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus providing unique insights into cell biology.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 06, 2019
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Stress Fest 2019

Everyone knows finals can be a stressful time for students. With group projects, looming deadlines and make-or-break final exams, it’s safe to say students have a lot going on, which is why taking time to decompress is so important.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 03, 2019
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College of Nursing wins Volunteer of the Year award

Faculty, staff and students in the University of Colorado College of Nursing dedicated 770 volunteer hours to humanitarian work at Aurora’s only 24/7 homeless shelter last year, including data-collection efforts and employment support and résumé advice for people experiencing homelessness.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 03, 2019
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Campus Life

Board of Regents to hold Special Board Meeting

The CU Board of Regents will host a Special Board Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, May 2, at 1 p.m. in Krugman Hall, Research 2 Building, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The full agenda is available here.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 01, 2019
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Is treating drinking water enough to limit PFAS exposure?

Researchers from three states currently grappling with water contaminated with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are joining forces to tackle one of the biggest remaining questions facing communities who have found the toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and water-repellent clothing lurking in their water supply.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 01, 2019
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Campus Life

How is Emergency Medicine leading in gender equality?

When it comes to promoting gender equality, diversity, opportunity and inclusion, the CU Department of Emergency Medicine is leading the way. The department, which is within the School of Medicine, recently received the Outstanding Department Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 01, 2019
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Research

CU presidential finalist pledges to expand research

Mark Kennedy, finalist for University of Colorado president, told an audience at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Wednesday that his skills in running a large business, engaging stakeholders and his passion for academia make him the right candidate for the position.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 25, 2019
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Campus Life

Employees recognized for years of service

About 180 staff members at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus were thanked for their years of service at a recent breakfast at CU South Denver.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 25, 2019
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School of Medicine postdoc helps create database of women scientists

AURORA, Colo. (April 23, 2019) – A database of women scientists that was created a year ago by a team led by a CU School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow has grown to list more than 7,500 women and is featured in an article published today in PLOS Biology.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 23, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

The mystery of FIRES

Amid the pageantry of a holiday weekend at the Air Force Academy, a cadet suddenly feels fatigued and feverish. His condition quickly worsens until he starts having seizures.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 23, 2019
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Patient Care

Using our expertise to fight the opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities, families and individuals across Colorado and the country. On average 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdose; it was responsible for 560 deaths in Colorado 2017. And for every death, there are many more people struggling with opioid addiction.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 23, 2019
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First-year MD/PhD student wins $250,000 award

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus conducts cutting-edge research that is advancing personalized medicine and making other important discoveries. Typically, the work is done by scientists whose credentials include a PhD and often other advanced degrees.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 22, 2019
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Patient Care

‘Columbine represents hope’

For Frank DeAngelis, the “beloved 13” are never far away. They are with the retired Columbine High School principal when he speaks about school safety across the country, while he works as a consultant for safety and emergency management in Jefferson County, and the moment he wakes up in the morning.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 17, 2019
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How do you run a pandemic simulation?

This spring, fourth-year School of Medicine students were once again on the front lines of a pandemic.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 15, 2019
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Prove it: National telehealth research network greenlighted

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is part of a team of researchers that has received a grant of $3.6 million for the SPROUT-CTSA Collaborative Telehealth Research Network.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 15, 2019
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Innovation    Press Releases

CU researchers creating the most advanced 3D human lung to test e-cigs

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced the funding of $3.4 million by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create the most advanced living mimicry of a human lung to identify toxicity and cancer-causing potential of emerging tobacco products.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date April 11, 2019
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Sexual behavior may influence gut microbiome

A person’s sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 09, 2019
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Innovation

A cure for orphan disease homocystinuria?

Born with a rare metabolic disease that increases his risk for stroke and other cardiovascular illness — and greatly limits what he can eat — Russell Maestas is excited about research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that has produced the first human clinical trial of a potential cure.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 09, 2019
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Patient Care

Surgeon's work spans saving limbs to curbing the need for opioids

Matt Iorio, MD, has found a new professional home at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus after training at many prestigious universities and hospitals across the United States. He specializes in microvascular surgery that involves saving limbs of traumatically injured patients. When he is not treating patients, Iorio studies alternatives to one of the leading causes of addiction in America — opioids.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date April 04, 2019
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Anti-seizure drug, reformulated by CU professor, used in first clinical trial

Tom Anchordoquy, PhD Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, professor at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Author Staff | Publish Date April 04, 2019
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Dermatology students improve Wikipedia entries on skin disease

A group of medical students recruited to improve Wikipedia articles on skin-related diseases, saw millions more views of those stories following their editing, highlighting the value of expert input on the popular web encyclopedia.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 03, 2019
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Campus Life

‘Mayor of Anschutz’ becomes lead ambassador

When it comes to smiling faces and warm dispositions on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, they don’t come much sunnier than Ron Washington.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2019
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Women dominate OBGYN field but make less money than male counterparts

While women outnumber men as OB-GYN practitioners, they still make significantly less money and the pay gap extends to subspecialties like reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 01, 2019
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Study: exercise is more critical than diet to maintain weight loss

A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus revealed physical activity does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 29, 2019
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CU Anschutz at the forefront of breakthroughs in Down syndrome research

Colorado is a world leader in studying Down syndrome — with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus at the epicenter — and the galvanized research is spurring discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia and autoimmune disorders that affect the broader population.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 22, 2019
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Stroke risk declines in the US and Colorado


A research team with a faculty member from the Colorado School of Public Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has found that stroke risk has dropped in both black and white older adults. The study analyzed 25 years of Medicare hospitalizations due to stroke.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 21, 2019
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Sleep problems during pregnancy affect glucose, may increase risk of childhood obesity

A study conducted by Sarah Farabi, PhD, RN, while she was a post-doctoral fellow working with Teri Hernandez, PhD, at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and School of Medicine in 2018 found that mild sleep apnea changed sugar levels during pregnancy and was connected to infant growth patterns related to increased risk of obesity.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 20, 2019
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Most Catholic hospitals don’t advertise restrictions on healthcare

In a survey of Catholic hospitals throughout the country, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found many did not advertise their religious affiliation and the majority did not explain how that affiliation results in healthcare restrictions.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 19, 2019
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Gender-based salary gap persists among academic emergency medicine physicians

Although overall salaries for emergency physicians have increased over the past four years, and despite a call to end gender disparities in salary, men still make 18 percent more than women, and a $12,000 gender salary gap remains essentially unchanged. That is the finding of a study to be published in a March 2019 special issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) titled: "Influence of Gender on the Profession of Emergency Medicine."


Author Staff | Publish Date March 15, 2019
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In honor of World Kidney Day, celebrate with an ode

Use your head. Go with your gut. Trust your heart.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 14, 2019
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CU Anschutz 360: Tzu Phang talks data science, favorite food and book he's reading

Tzu Phang, PhD, is an associate professor in the CU School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health. Better known as Tzu by his students, he teaches and demystifies data science. Outside of the classroom, he advises scientists across campus in designing and analyzing datasets. He also hosts a bi-weekly bioinformatics journal club every other Friday.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date March 14, 2019
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Expectant mothers can prevent fetal brain problems caused by the flu

Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and influenza (flu).


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 14, 2019
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CU Anschutz study offers clues for why birth control may fail

Women who get pregnant while using birth control may carry a gene that breaks down the hormones common in contraceptives, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 12, 2019
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Education

CU School of Medicine among best medical schools in country

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 12 on the primary care rankings of medical schools and No. 30 on the research rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 12, 2019
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Climate change: ‘Physicians need to be involved’

The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine is a leader in studying the effects of climate change on human health, and Cecilia Sorensen, MD, has put the mileage on her shoes to prove it.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 12, 2019
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Campus Life

Chief medical officer addresses work, life and job security

On her bedroom wall, Jean Kutner, MD, MPH/MSPH, chief medical officer at the University of Colorado Hospital, associate dean for medical affairs and professor of medicine, has a framed sheet of first edition stamps featuring Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, one of the first female physicians and one of Kutner’s childhood heroes. “I remember writing book reports on her,” Kutner said. “Did I know that I was going to pursue a career having something to do with healthcare? Yeah, most likely. But this? This? Who knew?”


Author Staff | Publish Date March 08, 2019
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Benefactors recognized for incredible generosity

“The overall goal remains steadfast, ambitious and far-reaching: to provide the finest medical care in the world, to push the science behind that care to new horizons, and to train those who will deliver it in the future,” said CU Anschutz Chancellor Donald Elliman.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 07, 2019
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Campus Life

Physician burnout? It's an epidemic

When Marc Moss, MD, vice chair of clinical research for the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM), delivers presentations about the growing epidemic of physician burnout he shows a clip from the “M*A*S*H” TV show. In the “Heal Thyself” episode, the Army hospital hosts a top-notch replacement surgeon who ends up breaking down amid the unabated stream of wounded soldiers. The strain builds until the surgeon finally crumples to the floor, rubbing his hands together and saying to no in particular, “The blood won’t come off.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 05, 2019
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Education

What You Need To Know About Strokes

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke occurs when your blood flow is stopped to a portion of your brain. With the recent death of actor Luke Perry you may be wondering what you should know about stroke and how to react if a loved one is experiencing one.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date March 05, 2019
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Women in STEM discuss challenges

Breaking down gender-based barriers and promoting diversity in STEM were discussed as strategic imperatives at a recent event, “Women as Innovators: Creating Success in the Workplace,” at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. About 50 students, faculty and staff attended the full-day session, which was hosted by the Department of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Denver.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date March 01, 2019
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Campus Life

Kathryn Wells, MD, named new director of Kempe Center

The Kempe Center and Kempe Foundation are pleased to announce Kathryn Wells, MD, as the new executive director of the center. A board certified specialist in child abuse pediatrics, Wells has dedicated her career to protecting children and families and building communities where children have the opportunity to thrive.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 28, 2019
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Campus Life    Press Releases

Researchers awarded grants for health studies

On Monday, researchers at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus were awarded multiple grants from the Rose Community Foundation to advance cardiology research as well as arthritis research and treatment. The one-time grantmaking is an initiative called “Heart and Soul,” awarding nearly $1.3 million to six organizations in the greater Denver area.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date February 25, 2019
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Over half of home health care clinicians say they lack adequate information from hospitals

A survey of Colorado home health care clinicians (HHCs) revealed that 60 percent said they had not received enough information to guide patient treatment while 52 percent said patients often had unrealistic expectations of the kind of care they would receive.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 25, 2019
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How will artificial intelligence affect health care?

The explosion of big data promises potential breakthroughs in disease treatments, but, just as in the development of new drugs, scientists and clinicians must exercise caution in how they apply algorithms and other technologies, according to a CU Anschutz panel of experts.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Changes to six campus administrative policies

This past fall, CU Anschutz and CU Denver embarked on their first semi-annual policy review process which resulted in several policy updates. The Office of the Provost has announced changes to six campus administrative policies from the Academic & Faculty Affairs and General Administration areas.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Research

Researchers discover a genetic defect linked to pediatric liver disease

Researchers from the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, in collaboration with several other institutions, have discovered a genetic defect linked to Biliary atresia (BA), the most common pediatric cause of end-stage liver disease, and the leading indication for liver transplantation in children.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Researchers find genetic clues to high rates of asthma in those of African ancestry

In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found new clues into the parts of the human genome associated with the higher rates of asthma in those of African ancestry.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 20, 2019
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SPARKS: Program helps speed discoveries from bench to bedside

Aha! Eureka! The sounds of scientific breakthroughs echo across the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. While academia produces revolutionary ideas, it can be a complicated and difficult process to translate them to commercial products.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date February 19, 2019
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Wellness Center teaches people how to improve their health through nutrition

When the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center piloted a series of cooking classes to educate the community about the importance of nutrition and health, organizers did not expect it to grow into one of the most popular programs offered on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 19, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

New study shows hidden genes may underlie autism severity

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  have implicated a largely hidden part of the human genome in the severity of autism symptoms, a discovery that could lead to new insights into the disorder and eventually to clinical therapies for the condition.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 15, 2019
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Patient Care

Love dogs? Train a service canine for a good cause

Do you love dogs? The Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a partner of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, is looking for volunteers interested in puppy parenting and puppy sitting for its service dogs in training.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 14, 2019
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Understanding Alzheimer's: a conversation about living with the disease

From routine questions such as, "When is it time take the car keys away from an Alzheimer’s patient?" to queries about the progress of research into the mysterious disease, a panel of experts, including two from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, led a discussion on the illness that affects 5.5 million people in the United States.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 13, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Study reveals health risks in low-income homes

A team of investigators from the Colorado School of Public Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder has identified that people living in homes with high ventilation are more likely to suffer from respiratory health issues such as asthma.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date February 12, 2019
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Campus Life

Rejuvenation and resource

Today’s fast-paced world tends to trigger angst and stress, leaving people in need of outlets that provide relief, tranquility and health. Dan Bessesen, MD, who was recently named director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), believes the center – a place of energy and wellness, connection and fun – can be a beacon of rejuvenation as well as community.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 12, 2019
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Education

Cardiothoracic surgeon answers heart health questions

Ever wonder if a glass of red wine or piece of dark chocolate is actually good for you? Or if sitting all day is really that bad for you? Muhammad Aftab, MD, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, answers common questions about heart health.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date February 12, 2019
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Campus Life

Unmatched mentor

It’s not a stretch to say that David Elm, PhD, who mentored more than a thousand University of Colorado pharmacy students over three decades, has perhaps contributed to the health of more Coloradans than any other health care professional in the state.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 08, 2019
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Education

Up in smoke

Colorado’s reputation as one of the healthiest states in the nation is clouded by at least one inconvenient fact: more than one-quarter of high school students in the state used electronic cigarettes at least one day in the previous 30, according to a 2017 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s double the national rate.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 08, 2019
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Strauss Health Sciences Library naming celebrated

On Feb. 4, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus celebrated the honorary naming of the Health Sciences Library for 1951 pharmacy alumnus and philanthropist Henry L. Strauss. “It is an honor to recognize Henry’s commitment to CU with the naming of the library,” said Chancellor Don Elliman. “Our students will spend countless hours here preparing to launch their careers.”


Author Staff | Publish Date February 05, 2019
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Postdoc crafts international infectious disease policy

Twenty-five infectious disease outbreaks prevented, detected or responded to overseas. These are among the triumphs experienced by Mark Lucera, PhD, a former CU Anschutz postdoctoral fellow who recently shared some of his global-health initiative stories with a campus audience.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 05, 2019
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Innovation

A new way to kill cancer cells

Today, on World Cancer Day, I’d like to share some exciting news. A recent breakthrough at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus could alter the future of cancer treatment in Colorado – and the world.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 04, 2019
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Research

The state of cancer in Colorado

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Colorado has the fifth lowest overall rate of cancer in the United States, behind only District of Columbia, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. And the American Cancer Society recently reported that the U.S. cancer death rate has dropped 27 percent over 25 years.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 04, 2019
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Q&A with Thomas Flaig, MD, on World Cancer Day

Thomas Flaig, MD, associate dean of clinical research at the CU School of Medicine, is heartened by the American Cancer Society’s report showing the U.S. cancer death rate has declined 27 percent over the past 25 years. But Flaig, who met with members of the African Cancer Coalition in Ghana last summer, says the trend doesn’t necessarily apply to the rest of the world, where cancer remains a huge health issue and is often the first or second leading cause of death.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 01, 2019
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Research

Science predicts Super Bowl winner

Intrepid researchers at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus conducted scientific simulations to determine the winner of Super Bowl 53.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Patient Care

‘I sometimes can't believe I'm here’

Please excuse Kelsey McNeill if she wipes away tears during a short home video of her husband, Brian, playing the drums while their 4-year-old daughter shimmies to the groove under a blanket.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Campus Life

390,000 square feet of possibilities

Campus and The Anschutz Foundation leaders, shovels in hand, on Wednesday turned ground on which the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus takes another bold step toward revolutionizing health care for the region and the world.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Campus Life

Unsung Heroes: CU Anschutz Facilities Management

Every organization has unsung heroes who sometimes go unnoticed. The CU Anschutz Facilities Mangement grounds crew comes to work in the middle of the night to make sure our campus is ready for the day's work. We appreciate all the work they do on our campus. We couldn't do what we do without them!


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date January 23, 2019
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Press Releases    Education

Online partnership plays key role in training care professionals

Coursera, the global online learning leader, announced the launch of its health vertical – a broad portfolio of health content from the world’s top universities curated specifically to help address the acute shortage of skilled workers in the health industry and meet the demands of a digital health economy.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 22, 2019
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Campus Life    Press Releases

College of Nursing ranks among top online graduate programs

U.S. News announced the 2019 Best Online Programs in the country and the University of Colorado College of Nursing online master’s in nursing ranked as one of the top in the nation at No. 4. Only one other public university placed higher than CU. For the past three years, CU has ranked in the top 10 of online nursing programs (No. 4 in 2018 and No. 9 in 2017). Factors contributing to the rank included graduation rates, academic and career support services offered to students and admissions selectivity.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 22, 2019
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CU Anschutz investigators receive PhRMA Foundation Award

The University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Value (PValue) has been established with a Value Assessment Center of Excellence Award from the PhRMA Foundation.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Education

Dental school pioneers use of multi-modal, digital tools

In Chase Lewis’ first semester at the CU School of Dental Medicine, he dug deep into human anatomy on his school-provided iPad. He used a state-of-the-art dental trainer that simulates drilling on an actual tooth. He even explored new worlds, including a land of dinosaurs and the surface of Mars, in the new Immersive Learning Suite.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Vaccine-Preventable Infections Higher in Pediatric Transplant Patients

Children who receive solid organ transplants are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable infections at rates that are significantly higher than the general population, according to a newly published study by University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 15, 2019
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers raise bar for managing severe eczema

A team of investigators from the University of Colorado College of Nursing and National Jewish Health has identified comprehensive guidelines for managing severe atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 15, 2019
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Education

How To Stop Severe Bleeding

We live in a world where terrorism and the violent actions of unstable individuals are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent and victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes. The basics of first aid and how to control severe bleeding are important skills for everyone to know. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, this video will empower you to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching the basic techniques of bleeding control. In this video, Justin Harper, assistant chief for training and education with the Denver Health Paramedic Division, gives you the information you need to save your own life or the lives of those around you if the worst happens.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date January 08, 2019
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Innovation

New vaccine safety guide a resource for health care providers

CU Anschutz pediatrician Sean T. O’Leary, MD, MPH, has co-authored a new book entitled "The Clinician’s Vaccine Safety Resource Guide," aimed at providing essential information on vaccines, the diseases they prevent and the kinds of safety questions often brought up by patients.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date December 21, 2018
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Research

Research initiative uses Big Data to improve patient care

Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing are participating in an initiative to improve health care outcomes and efficiencies by using large clinical and administrative data in a pediatric acute care setting. The project was funded by a grant received from Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) from the CU School of Medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 19, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers make breakthrough finding in pulmonary fibrosis

A team of investigators led by members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty at CU Anschutz Medical Campus has identified a connection between mucus in the small airways and pulmonary fibrosis.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 19, 2018
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Blood results revealed from contaminated water near Colorado Springs

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado School of Mines shared the preliminary blood results from a study on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found at high levels in groundwater wells associated with public drinking water systems near Colorado Springs in 2013. The contaminants are linked to firefighting foam used at nearby Peterson Air Force Base.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 14, 2018
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Campus Life

Leslie Berg named chair of Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Leslie J. Berg, PhD, who specializes in understanding how T cells develop and help fight infection, has been named Chair of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus, effective Feb. 1, 2019.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 13, 2018
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Innovation

Nevertheless, she persisted

When Victor Spitzer, PhD, director of the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, talks about his friend Susan Potter, he often describes her as “persistent.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 13, 2018
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Research

CU Anschutz to Partner with New Allen Institute for Immunology

The Allen Institute today announced the launch of the Allen Institute for Immunology, a new division of the Institute that is dedicated to studying the human immune system. The new Institute will work directly with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and other leading research organizations to understand the dynamic balancing act of the human immune system, how it senses friend from foe and what goes wrong when we’re ill.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 12, 2018
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Education

Book explains how to treat vertigo

When Carol Foster, MD, first publicized her home-remedy vertigo maneuver in 2013 — an online story and YouTube video both posted — the response was nothing short of phenomenal. The video has received over 3 million views and the CU Anschutz Today story has been clicked 256,000 times.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 11, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Possible connection between cardiovascular disease and fracking found

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found a possible connection between the intensity of oil and gas exploration in an area and early indicators of cardiovascular disease among nearby residents.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 11, 2018
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Innovation

CU Anschutz on forefront of reimagining health care

Amid spiraling costs, complexity and inefficiencies, the health care industry has reached an inflection point. It’s ripe for massive disruption.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 06, 2018
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Hormone may preserve bone and muscle mass in older women

Women 55 and older have an increased risk of bone and muscle loss, but therapy with the hormone Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may help prevent bone loss and increase muscle mass in older women, according to a new study led by Catherine M. Jankowski, PhD, FACSM, an exercise physiologist and associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 06, 2018
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Research

Information on reproductive health outcomes lacking in Catholic hospitals

As Catholic health care systems expand nationwide, little is known about the reproductive outcomes of their patients compared to patients in other settings, according to researchers at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 06, 2018
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Talent behind the lab coats

“Ni hao.” “Namaste.” “As-Salaam-Alaikum.” “M’bolani.” “What’s up?”


Author Staff | Publish Date December 06, 2018
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Research

Can technology provide solutions to mental health crisis?

Speaking to a rapt audience of almost 5,000 in Denver, Matt Vogl covered more territory than what is usual in a brief TEDx talk. He went from an unflinching account of what led him to the brink of suicide 15 years ago to his desire to disrupt and innovate in the nation’s “snarled” mental health system to promising virtual-reality treatments for prisoners in Alaska and beyond.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 04, 2018
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Looking ahead to Public Health 4.0

Faculty, students, staff and friends of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) gathered Nov. 28 for an annual event with a special twist. The “State of the Sc­­hool” address, led by Dean Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, included an acknowledgement and celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 04, 2018
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Women in hospital medicine face major obstacles in pregnancy and returning to work

Women in hospital medicine face major obstacles during pregnancy, parental leave and returning to work, prompting a discussion about gender equity in medicine, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 03, 2018
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Campus Life

Movember: making headway on men's health

Philip Owens, an Army veteran-turned-scientist, believes the sideways glances that accompany his month-long mustache are a small sacrifice to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 27, 2018
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Research

Is there a penalty for weight loss?

Losing weight is difficult for most people, and keeping it off is invariably a struggle. Some studies have suggested that a greater than expected reduction in resting metabolic rate — the amount of calories your body burns at rest — may be one factor that contributes to weight regain after weight loss.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 20, 2018
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Education

Answers to every Thanksgiving question you've ever had

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means two things: 1) time spent with family and friends around the television watching football, and 2) eating turkey. Lots and lots of turkey. At this time of year, we often overindulge and loosen our belt and wonder how we fit all that stuffing and gravy into our stomach. Don't worry. We asked leading health experts from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus a few of the Thanksgiving questions you've always wanted to know the answer to.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date November 19, 2018
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Conference tackles challenging ethical dilemmas in health care

Health care professionals face ethical dilemmas every day. They don’t have the luxury to treat ethics and gray areas of morality as intellectual parlay, because these challenging situations arise with regularity.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 16, 2018
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Infants born to obese mothers risk developing liver disease, obesity

Infant gut microbes altered by their mother’s obesity can cause inflammation and other major changes within the baby, increasing the risk of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease later in life, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 15, 2018
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Gone in 180 seconds: Scarves and cocoa hot items at debut of First Snow

Students excitedly stood in line, waiting for a warm cup of hot chocolate, an afternoon caffeine jolt and a special-edition CU Anschutz First Snow scarf on Monday.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 13, 2018
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Chancellor Don Elliman honored with American Cancer Society Champion of Hope Award

“I love my job. I get to go to work every day surrounded by people who are trying to make the world a better place: to give people life, to give people hope.”


Author Anne Button | Publish Date November 13, 2018
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Patient Care

Rockin’ his way back from the brink

Pumping iron. Shredding guitar. Hiking the mountains. Working in information technology. For Shuvanzan “Shavvi” Dwa, the start of his 30s was a daily exercise in the things he loved.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 13, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers investigate suicide attempts and psychotropic drugs

As prescriptions for psychotropic drugs increase, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that prescribed access to anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medications may make it easier for some patients to use the drugs in attempted suicides.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 12, 2018
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Education

Library turns a page, gets new name

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has named the Health Sciences Library in honor of 1951 pharmacy alumnus and philanthropist Henry L. Strauss, a significant supporter of the library and the university more broadly. The honorary naming of the Strauss Health Sciences Library is a testament to Henry Strauss’s long history of partnership, advocacy and philanthropy, and will carry forward his legacy through the education of future health leaders, and their impact on the surrounding community.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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Education

Workplace-based private school to open next fall

A private school serving students in preschool through fifth grade is planned to open in fall 2019 on the Fitzsimons Innovation Community, just north of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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Innovation

Drug reduces chances of a second heart attack, stroke

In a clinical trial involving 18,924 patients from 57 countries who had suffered a recent heart attack or threatened heart attack, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and fellow scientists around the world have found that the cholesterol-lowering drug alirocumab reduced the chance of having additional heart problems or stroke.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 07, 2018
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Former First Lady Laura Bush urges more health research

In keynote remarks delivered last week during the Annual Community Luncheon for the Center for Women’s Health Research, former First Lady Laura Bush encouraged the 800 attendees at the sold-out event to continue supporting and advocating to fill the gaping hole in women’s health research.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 07, 2018
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Patient Care

At last, a beautiful smile

A pair of words — beautiful smile — are heard all the time in dental and orthodontic clinics. These days, it’s practically an expectation for teenagers to, after wearing braces, end up with sparkling and picture-perfect teeth.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 07, 2018
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Crisis management and recovery focus of Public Health Case Competition

A flash flood that left a community with contaminated water and facing other public health emergencies was the dilemma given to over a dozen teams at this year’s Rocky Mountain Region Public Health Case Competition.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 06, 2018
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Campus Life

Vape-Free November

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined leading health organizations, including the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado, in calling for a reduced tobacco use and vaping among youth — an urgent issue given a recent report that Colorado leads the nation in teen vaping.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 05, 2018
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Campus Life

Nerdfest: Halloween by the numbers

It’s no secret that data powers much of the work done here at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. But one staffer, self-proclaimed data nerd and Halloween enthusiast Matt Kaskavitch, also applies his analytics expertise to preparations for hosting a robust, efficient – and most of all, fun! – trick-or-treating experience at his Green Valley Ranch home.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date November 02, 2018
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Patient Care

The power of a second opinion

When Karen Possehl was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that had spread to her liver, she went to the Mayo Clinic for a consultation that ended in heartbreak and disappointment. Then Possehl came to the University of Colorado Cancer Center to meet with Richard Schulick, MD. Watch the video to find out what happened next.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2018
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Campus Life

State of the Campus: ‘Unmatched trajectory’

With a nod to the visionaries who came before him, those who dreamed of what the former Fitzsimons Army medical site could become, University of Colorado Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman said in his State of the Campus address that the campus is on a grand journey, one closer to its beginning than its end.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Children with autism spectrum see benefits from equine therapy

In the first large, randomized study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have shown a lasting reduction in irritability and other positive social and communication impacts on children with autism spectrum through therapeutic horse riding.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 30, 2018
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Why we do what we do: State of the Campus 2018

Behind every diagnosis at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a patient, their loved ones and an extraordinary medical team that strives to restore their good health.

 


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date October 26, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers find gene that makes some susceptible to middle ear infections

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found multiple genetic variants within the FUT2 gene that makes some people especially susceptible to middle ear infections.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 25, 2018
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Campus Life

Evalina Burger named chair of Orthopedics

Evalina Burger, MB ChB, MMed, an expert spine surgeon and accomplished administrative leader, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Nov. 1, 2018.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 25, 2018
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Star-studded event raises $2.4 million

Down syndrome researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus joined with Hollywood celebrities, Denver Broncos and foundation advocates to raise $2.4 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation on Saturday.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 23, 2018
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Study: Home care for knee replacement patients aids in recovery

A team of physical therapy researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have conducted one of the first full-scale studies to assess the effectiveness of in-home physical therapy care for patients who have had knee replacement surgery.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 23, 2018
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Researchers find common genetic link in lung ailments

An international research team led by members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty has identified a genetic connection between rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 23, 2018
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Our experts weigh in on acute flaccid myelitis cases

Several University of Colorado School of Medicine experts on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have been interviewed in recent news reports about an increase in AFM cases nationwide, including in Colorado.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 19, 2018
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Campus Life

Room with a view

Tucked down a quiet hallway on the fourth floor of Education 2 North, a room nearly overflows with vintage artifacts. Starched, floor-length uniforms that look more like gowns highlight the assortment of nursing relics, from 19th-century class pins and yearbooks to antiquated textbooks and medical instruments.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 18, 2018
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Nanette Santoro elected to National Academy of Medicine

Nanette Santoro, MD, professor and E. Stewart Taylor Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been elected into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 17, 2018
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Campus Life

Meeting an unspoken need

Jennifer Huynh noticed how a food pantry fills a vital need at the University of Colorado of Denver, so she wondered why, after becoming a student at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, a similar pantry wasn’t available here.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 17, 2018
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'Very exciting' time for regenerative medicine

The pace of progress in cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine is unprecedented, and the development of disease therapies, and possibly cures, will only accelerate in the near future.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 11, 2018
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Campus Life

New Nursing dean sees boundless potential

Growing up in a large family, especially as the middle child, tends to enhance a person’s powers of observation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 10, 2018
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Patient Care

Lung cancer survivors celebrate life and hope

A decade ago, Ellen Smith went through the “traditional three” therapies for her lung cancer — radiation, surgery and chemotherapy — but still her cancer progressed to Stage IV and the prognosis was bleak. Her physician said he’d done all he could do.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 04, 2018
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Nursing alumna paves way for future nursing leaders through scholarships

At the age of 91, and with more than five decades’ experience in the field of nursing, Chiyoko Furukawa, PhD, MS, RN, has demonstrated a profound dedication to her life’s work and a commitment to advancing the careers of nursing students. The CU Nursing alumna was the featured guest speaker at the 2018 College of Nursing Scholarship Luncheon held on Sept. 19. The occasion celebrates student scholarship recipients and honors benefactors whose generous gifts support them.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 04, 2018
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Sen. Cory Gardner tours Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus celebrated achieving 100 clients with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who stopped by for a tour and conversation on how the clinic provides low to no-cost mental health services to post-9/11 veterans and their family members.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 25, 2018
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Campus Life

New name marks a proud history

The structure that has long been the centerpiece of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus — Building 500 — has been given a new name befitting its proud history and stature: the Fitzsimons Building.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 19, 2018
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Cree-Green receives prestigious research award

Melanie Cree-Green Melanie Cree-Green, MD, PhD

Author Staff | Publish Date September 19, 2018
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Campus Life

Block Party reaches new heights

The Quad Bungee Trampoline towered over the CU Anschutz Block Party, its brave bouncers soaring and somersaulting high above the many food trucks, booths and tables in Bonfils Circle.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 13, 2018
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Leading the fight against opioid epidemic

Ending the opioid crisis that claims the lives of tens of thousands of people annually is going to take years of hard, dedicated work. Saving the life of one person who has overdosed on opioids is surprisingly easy.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 11, 2018
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Lack of diversity in medical studies can cost lives

Two welcome guests Lina Cheuy, chair of PDRD and chief communications officer for the Postdoc Association, and Jennifer Major, member of this year’s PDRD planning committee and next year’s PDRD chair, welcome guests with a smile.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 11, 2018
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Research

New discovery on T cell behavior has major implications for cancer immunotherapy

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that disease-fighting T cells, elicited from vaccines, do not require glucose for their rapid reproduction, a finding with major implications for the development of immunotherapies for cancer patients.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 07, 2018
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Research

Liver clinic targets silent epidemic with team approach

After watching the cafeteria lady’s husband die under his team’s care, Thomas Jensen, MD, began focusing on preventing the scenario from happening again. The patient, who had been unknowingly suffering from liver disease, had lost all function of the organ, leaving Jensen and his colleagues nearly helpless.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 06, 2018
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CU Orthopedics serves super-club of 10,000 kickers

The Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club (CRYSC) is partnering with leading sports medicine specialists at the University of Colorado Department of Orthopedics at the CU School of Medicine and UCHealth to ensure its athletes receive unsurpassed care as well as education about injury prevention.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 06, 2018
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Adolescents seeking abortions without a parent’s consent face numerous hurdles

Adolescents under the age of 18 seeking abortions without a parent’s consent often undergo a series of humiliating, burdensome and unpredictable hurdles as they try to navigate the legal system, according to a new study led by Kate Coleman-Minahan of the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 05, 2018
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Education

Gender identity, sexual orientation and pronouns

Starting this academic year, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus students can now choose to provide the university with their gender identity and sexual orientation information through their UCDAccess Student Portal. This wraps up an identity management project by the University of Colorado System that began last year when students were first able to choose a preferred name. The project continued in the spring when students were given the option to add the pronouns with which they identify to their university student record.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 05, 2018
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Research

Lifestyle makeover: Wellness Center study fuels transformation

With the words “morbidly obese” ringing in her ears and the thrill of crossing a 5K finish line fresh in her mind, Emily Cooley’s eyes stopped short on a Facebook post. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) needed recruits for a weight-loss study. Having just been counseled by her doctor about the gravity of her weight, Cooley took it as a sign.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 31, 2018
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Diverse cohorts immerse in pediatric psychiatry as part of PURPLE

Undergraduates are rarely exposed to a mentored research experience where they interact with patients. Yet that is exactly what a group of students enjoy each summer in a select program rich in opportunity.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 30, 2018
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Sarcoma team delivers best in world care

In an article he wrote after a second bout with a rare form of cancer, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks observed, “The great paradox of my experience with cancer is that it gave me temporary weakness and permanent strength.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 28, 2018
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Research

A passion for improving cancer detection

A first-generation college student who lost her grandmother to ovarian cancer, Jazmyn Mosqueda aspires to become a cancer researcher. She took a big step in that direction this summer as one of 37 applicants chosen for the prestigious Cancer Research Summer Fellowship (CRSF) program through the University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 27, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

Connection found between viruses and inflammatory bowel disease

A study led by a University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researcher reveals a key connection between viruses and inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 25, 2018
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Education

University of Colorado announces new dean to lead the College of Nursing

The University of Colorado Board of Regents approved the Sept. 1 appointment of Elias Provencio-Vasquez, RN, PhD, as the new dean of the CU College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 23, 2018
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Campus Life

Historic $120 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received a $120 million gift, the largest private philanthropic commitment in its history, to further elevate its stature as one of the country’s top medical destinations.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 21, 2018
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Drug prices not always aligned with value, CU Anschutz researchers say

In many countries, health care reimbursements for drugs are directly related to their value or net health benefits in treating disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 06, 2018
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Grad reflects on academic journey

Editor's note: This story was written by recent graduate Blair Ilsley about her experience at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Ilsley was in the Biomedical Sciences program in the Graduate School and earned a master's of science degree in biotechnology.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date August 03, 2018
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Research    Press Releases

The U.S. has experienced a spike in violent and unintentional injuries

The U.S. has experienced a disturbing increase in violent and unintentional injuries over the last few years, reversing positive gains made in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver Health Medical Center.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 01, 2018
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Researchers develop model on how brain reward response may impact anorexia nervosa

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that the brain’s response to taste stimuli is linked to high anxiety and a drive for thinness that could play a role in driving anorexia nervosa.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 26, 2018
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CU Anschutz awarded $8 million to refine and expand research cooperative focused on end-of-life and palliative care

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received an $8 million, five-year continuation grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to refine and expand the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC).


Author Staff | Publish Date July 16, 2018
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Online course focuses on opioid prescription guidelines

The Center for Health, Work & Environment, at the Colorado School of Public Health, and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention have released an online course that educates healthcare professionals in Colorado about the latest opioid prescription guidelines and best practices for treating patients in pain. Originally developed in 2012, the updated course, “The Guidelines and Tools for Improving Pain Management: Opioid Stewardship,” has been redesigned to reflect current federal, state, and professional association guidelines, incorporate new research, and provide guidance about how to treat specific populations including workers and pregnant patients.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 16, 2018
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College of Nursing accepted into first cohort of State Innovation Model of whole-person care

Sheridan Health Services, owned and operated by the CU College of Nursing, was accepted into the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded, governor’s office initiative that helps primary care providers deliver whole-person care.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 09, 2018
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Researchers find little association between suicide and hypoxia

Following an extensive analysis of published studies, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that while suicide rates are higher at higher altitudes, they are unlikely caused by hypoxia, (low oxygen) at these elevations.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 27, 2018
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Campus Life

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center part of longstanding partnership

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth announced Tuesday the naming of the UCHealth Eye Center program for philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, who has made leadership gifts to accelerate innovative research, speed the development of new therapies and devices, and enhance clinical care. 


Author Staff | Publish Date June 26, 2018
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CU Anschutz Graduation 2018

The CU Anschutz Spring 2018 Commencement was held May 25 at Boettcher Commons. Additional school and college graduation ceremonies took place across campus. Graduates from a wide range of health care disciplines received their degrees and celebrated their achievements with friends and family.


Author Ali Hanson | Publish Date May 30, 2018
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Research

Pioneering new eczema treatments

The battle between good and evil is a theme usually reserved for blockbuster movies or literature. However, biomedical researcher Donald Leung, MD, PhD, is engaged in his own epic battle, pitting good bacteria against bad in order to treat atopic dermatitis or eczema – the world’s most common skin disease.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 29, 2018
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Antioxidant supplement helps cystic fibrosis patients, study finds

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that taking a specially formulated antioxidant-enriched multivitamin may decrease respiratory illnesses in people with cystic fibrosis (CF).


Author Staff | Publish Date May 24, 2018
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Insights into liver disease caused by intravenous nutrition

Research by physician-scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus offers hope for improved quality of life for people who rely on intravenous nutrition due to intestinal damage.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 24, 2018
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Rapping his way through the Curriculum

Lee Amaya, stage name SouLeePharmD, is our very own rapping pharmacist.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 21, 2018
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Video shines light on an often hushed disease

In recognition of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) awareness month, students Diana Ir, Hailey Hyde and Jacqueline Garner in the Colorado School of Public Health created a public health awareness video about the disease. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, currently affects about 1.6 million Americans.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 18, 2018
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Campus Life

Epperson named Chair of Psychiatry at CU School of Medicine

C. Neill Epperson, MD, an expert in women’s behavioral health, particularly the relationship of hormones and the brain, has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus, effective Sept. 1.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 17, 2018
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Infant growth patterns affected by type of protein consumed

A new study by CU School of Medicine researchers has determined that choices of protein intake from solid foods has a significant impact on infant growth during the first year of life.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 15, 2018
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Campus Life

Once a troubled teen, now a physician in training

William Mundo called it a “miracle” that he graduated from high school in 2012. Now the aspiring physician is graduating with his master’s degree in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoSPH).


Author Amy Ventura | Publish Date May 14, 2018
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Opioid Awareness

Every nine hours and 36 minutes, a Coloradan dies from a drug overdose. This disturbing statistic underlines the rampant opioid abuse in the United States. Poor prescribing habits compounded by the spreading of misinformation has stalled any real progression toward ending this epidemic, experts say.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 11, 2018
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New sunscreen dispensers

Colorado has one of the highest death rates in the United States from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In hopes of reducing the numbers within its community, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is spreading the word about sunscreen protection, offering both the message and the means.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 10, 2018
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Milestones in Success 2018

From puppies and genomes to iPhones and brains, topics highlighting the annual ‘Milestones of Success’ celebration generated ample applause in the Krugman Conference Hall on May 2, as CU Anschutz Graduate School students, faculty and staff recognized the accomplishments of their peers.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 08, 2018
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Gates Biomanufacturing Facility readies first shipment of clinical trial cancer treatments

The Gates Biomanufacturing Facility at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has passed an important landmark in manufacturing its first clinical trial-grade product for direct infusion into patients.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 08, 2018
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Invasive procedures should be reserved for a sub-group of acid reflux patients, study says

As the number of Americans with acid reflux grows, a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus says invasive procedures to treat those who don’t respond to medication should be done for select patients.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 08, 2018
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Researchers say issues of dementia and gun ownership need more discussion

As the number of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia steadily increases, questions around their access to firearms remain largely unaddressed, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 07, 2018
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Lindau Nobel Laureate 2018

At the prospect of meeting her role model, Rushita Bagchi is at a loss for words. Selected through a national competition to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer, Bagchi has the chance to interact with top scientists from around the world, including Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date May 03, 2018
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Ronald Sokol, MD, named president of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Ronald Sokol, MD, a professor of pediatrics-gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been named president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).


Author Staff | Publish Date May 01, 2018
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Celebrating variety: First-ever Diversity Showcase packs Krugman Hall

Once they’d hung up their lab coats and pushed in their chairs, an impressive cross-section of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus came together after work recently, filling the Krugman Conference Hall in what organizers called a dynamic show of dedication and celebration.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 26, 2018
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Firefighters learn 'reality' of virtual world

VR BugEditor’s note: This is the second in a periodic series of CU Anschutz Today articles focused on the potential of virtual reality technology in the medical setting. With its unique attributes, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus could lead the way in ensuring responsible and effective implementation of the gaming technology in health care.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 26, 2018
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CU Anschutz wins $46.5 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded $46.5 million to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and its Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), a research partnership designed to speed up development of new treatments to address the greatest health needs of Coloradans.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 26, 2018
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Study shows prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights

With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study led by the Colorado School of Public Health shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time spent in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 23, 2018
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Innovation

CU Anschutz poised to lead VR's health care integration

Editor’s note: This is the first in a periodic series of CU Anschutz Today articles focused on the potential of virtual reality technology in the medical setting. With its unique attributes, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus could lead the way in ensuring responsible and effective implementation of the gaming technology in health care. 


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 19, 2018
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Annual Department of Medicine Research Day 2018

Battling breast cancer, hepatitis C and the nationwide opioid-addiction crisis were just three of the research goals highlighted as part of the Department of Medicine’s sixth annual Research Day on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date April 13, 2018
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CU Anschutz stem-cell scientists awarded $3.8 million DOD grant

Scientists from the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are part of a consortium awarded $3.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to move discoveries in stem cell-created skin grafts into the manufacturing stage, bringing further hope to victims of debilitating inherited skin diseases.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 13, 2018
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Vascular problems associated with symptoms of menopause and quality of life measures

A new study shows that more frequent and severe menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbance, loss of sexual interest, weight gain and other quality of life measures, were associated with markers of vascular aging, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 11, 2018
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Research

Those living near oil and gas facilities may have higher health risks

People living near oil and gas facilities along Colorado’s Northern Front Range may be exposed to hazardous air pollutants, including carcinogens like benzene, that could pose health risks above levels deemed acceptable by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, Boulder County Public Health, CU Boulder, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of California Irvine.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 09, 2018
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Campus Life

Take me out to the ballgame!

Chuck Powell, DDS, MS, lived his dream as an all-star MLB baseball player at the Rockies Fantasy Camp this winter. From official, personalized jerseys in recognizable Rockies purple to champagne celebration showers, the camp spared no details.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date April 05, 2018
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New health economics graduate programs

Kris Wain, a second-year master’s of economics student at CU Denver, compares being one of the first prospective students in a brand-new doctoral program to standing at the base of Mount Everest: intimidating but exciting.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date April 04, 2018
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A sign of the future: Bioscience 3 heralded for innovation to come

Recognized as much for its symbolism as for the structure it will become, the imminent Bioscience 3 building on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was hailed in high fashion during a groundbreaking ceremony on April 3.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 04, 2018
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Shaping behavior, not changing minds, more effective in boosting vaccination rates

A comprehensive review of scientific literature surrounding the psychology of vaccinations has shown that shaping behavior rather than trying to change minds is far more effective at persuading people to get immunized.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 04, 2018
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Search for migraine relief lands Pennsylvania patient in Denver

The Blakes Jeffery and Carol Blake pose during a walk down the shore near their Pennsylvania home.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 03, 2018
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Answering the call: Line9 partnership puts pharmacy school to action

As soon as Bayli Larson hung up the phone, it rang again. She closed her eyes. It rang again. On the third ring, Larson took a deep breath, exhaled slowly and picked up the receiver.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 27, 2018
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Study reveals lack of self-awareness among doctors when prescribing opioids

As health providers struggle to curb the epidemic of opioid abuse, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found that 65 percent of emergency department (ED) physicians surveyed underestimated how often they prescribed the highly addictive pain killers to patients.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 27, 2018
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University staff receive recognition for years of service, hard work

About 175 staff members at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus were thanked for their years of service at a breakfast at CU South Denver last week.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 12, 2018
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Firearm safety and training program aimed toward physicians

A group of physicians handled a variety of firearms, and even emptied rounds into targets on a firing range, but they weren’t at the Centennial Gun Club to work on their marksmanship.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 08, 2018
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Military nursing program graduates first master's degree student

Some people just like finishing first. For Allison Boyrer, a University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty member in the College of Nursing (CON), that means everything from a Master of Science program to a stint on the “Wheel of Fortune.”


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 06, 2018
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CU Anschutz researchers use electronic health data to predict which patients will use opioid medications long-term after hospitalization

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are working to develop statistical models to better predict which patients will be prescribed opioid medications long-term following discharge from a hospital stay. Opioids are commonly prescribed in the hospital but little is known about which patients will progress to chronic opioid therapy following discharge.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date March 02, 2018
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Shared decision-making between patients and clinicians can result in better choices

As more and more older patients are offered advanced treatments for chronic diseases, including surgeries and implantable devices, new questions have arisen over how these decisions are made.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 27, 2018
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Honor Society: A small dose of compassion goes a long way

In the end, his patient died. But as Ajay Major, MD, MBA, then an intern, flipped through the old veteran’s medical record, he found comfort in the memories the notes inspired.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 22, 2018
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Discovery could speed clinical translation of stem cell therapies

A team of scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at CU Anschutz has reported a more efficient approach to reprogramming a patient’s diseased skin cells into stem cells, raising hopes for future clinical trials and potential cures for critical illnesses.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 22, 2018
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Former Olympian sets her sights on a new goal – becoming a surgeon

From throwing a hammer in Bird’s Nest Stadium in the 2008 Summer Olympics to studying to become a surgeon at CU Anschutz, former Olympian Loree Thornton is no stranger to pushing herself to the limits in pursuit of her dreams.


Author Amanda Blackman | Publish Date February 20, 2018
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New security measures at CU Anschutz

Should the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus become a target of violence, a brand-new, state-of-the-art security system could save lives. Featuring panic buttons, frosted windows and blue-strobe lights, the new system will help secure safety – as long as everyone prepares for an emergency.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date February 20, 2018
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Overcoming a health challenge and finding purpose

Seven years ago, Courtland Keteyian rolled into an operating room, excited by the prospect of running the way he once did as a star athlete on the track team in college. He imagined running on an outdoor trail and alongside gurneys in an emergency room.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 19, 2018
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Existing drug may be effective at preventing onset of type 1 diabetes

A drug commonly used to control high blood pressure may also help prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes in up to 60 percent of those at risk for the disease, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 15, 2018
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trial commencing for Elipse Balloon

Enrollment for ENLIGHTEN, a United States clinical trial for the Elipse® Balloon – the world’s first and only procedureless™ gastric balloon for weight loss, has started at University of Colorado Hospital at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date February 14, 2018
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Depression and fatigue increase women’s risk of work-related injuries

Women who suffer from depression, anxiety, and fatigue are more likely to be injured at work, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine led by researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The study found that these health factors significantly affected women’s risk of injury but not men’s risk.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 13, 2018
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Mapping the Body art exhibit

An excited buzz replaced the usual quiet at the Health Sciences Library on Feb. 8, as students, faculty and staff from both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus joined for a first-of-its-kind art and poetry exhibit.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date February 13, 2018
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Education

New STEM school to be neighbor of CU Anschutz

The next generation of health professionals will soon be learning in a STEM-focused school next door to the world-class CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 12, 2018
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Unintended birth rates decrease

Thanks in large part to a team of researchers on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a state program heralded for dramatically reducing Colorado’s teen birth and abortion rates gained a funding boost, allowing the public health initiative to continue.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date February 08, 2018
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Immune system dysfunction may occur early in Alzheimer’s disease

An association between inflammation biomarkers in both blood plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and markers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) associated pathology, has been found by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus working with the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 06, 2018
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Curiosity: It's what makes new interim vice chancellor tick

Robert Eckel at desk Dr. Robert "Bob" Eckel is serving as interim vice chancellor for research while a search for a permanent replacement is underway. Eckel has served as program director of the Clinical Translational Research Center Network of the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) and the CU Adult General Clinical Research Center. He was only the second endocrinologist ever to serve as president of the American Heart Association.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 01, 2018
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Research Uncovers Risk Factors for Mysterious Kidney Disease in Farm Workers

Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have identified new risk factors for a mysterious kidney illness affecting tens of thousands of farm workers worldwide. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date January 30, 2018
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CU Anschutz students present research to lawmakers at Capitol

More than 50 researchers greeted Colorado lawmakers entering the Capitol building on Jan. 19, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of research. Colorful posters highlighting the young scientists’ projects lined the rotunda’s walls, as the presenters’ lively voices bounced around the room’s large marble structures while they explained their work.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date January 23, 2018
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Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention at CU Anschutz Receives $1.5 Million

The Colorado Health Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million to advance Colorado’s efforts to fight substance abuse and the opioid epidemic plaguing the state.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 22, 2018
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Powerful food-derived antioxidant can halt, prevent fatty liver disease

As obesity continues to rise in the U.S., non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a major public health issue, increasingly leading to cancer and liver transplants.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 22, 2018
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Method to assess early intervention programs for America’s youngest is flawed

The US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) should change the way it evaluates state early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays, according to research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date January 18, 2018
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ACA Medicaid expansion resulted in fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas

A new report published in the January issue of Health Affairs is the first to examine hospital closures in the context of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. The study from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus used data from 2008 to 2016, including multiple years of post-expansion hospital performance data.

The findings indicate the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was positively associated with improved hospital performance and a substantially lower likelihood of hospital closure especially in rural markets and counties where residents were largely uninsured adults prior to Medicaid expansion.

Richard Lindrooth, PhD, and coauthors in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health, examined national data on local market conditions, comparing the fiscal years immediately before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (2008-12) with the years just after implementation (2015-16). The analysis was limited to nonfederal, short-term, general and critical access hospitals that had been in operation for at least one year between 2007 and 2015. According to the results, hospitals in the 32 states that expanded Medicaid were about six times less likely (or about 84 percent less likely) to close than hospitals in non-expansion states.

"Access to health care is a fundamental element of our health care system," explains Lindrooth. "Our results suggest that if future policies are adopted that both eliminate the Medicaid expansion and lower health insurance coverage rates, we will see an increase in hospital closures, especially in rural areas."

The authors note that the effects of closures on access and patient welfare depend on the degree to which local residents rely on the hospital for inpatient care.

Gregory Tung, MPH, PhD, co-author of the study at ColoradoSPH, says some closures could be less detrimental in certain areas, especially if hospitals are inefficient or of poorer quality. In urban areas, patients have more options, but it is a different story in rural communities.

"In rural and smaller communities, hospital closures have a far greater impact because they not only affect the delivery of health care services and emergency care, but we also have to consider that these hospitals may be the largest employer and often are pillars in those communities. A closure could mean the loss of well-paid, highly skilled jobs which often leads to well-paid skilled labor leaving those areas for larger cities and urban areas," Tung said.

The authors also add that virtually all closures will increase the travel time required for receiving care that can lead to worse outcomes for patients with conditions that need immediate attention.

"If patients do not have access to other hospitals, as is the case in many rural markets, access to health care will suffer--regardless of whether a person has health insurance or not," added Lindrooth.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date January 16, 2018
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Exposure study to assess people and water near Colorado Springs

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado School of Mines received a two-year grant to investigate contamination of the drinking water in the communities of Fountain, Security and Widefield. Residents of these areas were exposed to drinking water contaminated with pollutants originating from aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) used in firefighting and training activities.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date December 21, 2017
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Expensive new cancer therapy may be cost effective

Researchers from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, selected to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly approved CAR-T therapies, have found the clinical benefit may justify the expensive price.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 20, 2017
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CU Anschutz hosts student research forum

Why can a rhythmic tune halt the tremors and walking struggles in people with Parkinson’s disease, allowing them to dance with fluidity and box with precision? And why do some teenagers storm sobbing out of clinic doors when their providers broach the subject of weight control?


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 19, 2017
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CU Anschutz Fall 2017 Commencement

Jubilant graduates filled the Colorado Convention Center on Dec. 16 as the CU Anschutz Medical Campus held its Fall 2017 Commencement ceremonies in downtown Denver.


Author Ali Hanson | Publish Date December 19, 2017
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Graduating student finds his passion at CU Anschutz

When Andy Winter talks about the prospect of continuing his education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one word comes to mind: excitement. Although he has spent the last year and a half on the CU Anschutz campus, Winter wants nothing more than to stay put.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date December 14, 2017
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Rare brain donation could shed light on Alzheimer's pathology

As he looks back on this year’s activities at the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Huntington Potter, PhD, points to one event that was especially meaningful – receiving the center’s first brain donation for research from a person with Down syndrome who died with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 14, 2017
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Little understood cell helps mice see color

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that color vision in mice is far more complex than originally thought, opening the door to experiments that could potentially lead to new treatments for humans.
The study was published today in the journal `Neuron.’


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 14, 2017
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High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson's progression

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and decreases worsening of motor symptoms, according to a new phase 2, multi-site trial led by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Northwestern Medicine scientists.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date December 12, 2017
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Students get creative to bring holiday cheer to kids

Covered in glitter and holiday-themed stickers, Samantha Robinson, a student in the Graduate School, laughed as she put the final touches on her holiday card. She tossed her finished product in a crate with many other colorful creations bound for Children’s Hospital Colorado.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date December 08, 2017
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CU’s AIDS Clinical Trials Unit celebrates 25 years of progress

Diagnosed in 1991, David Dillon was sure his HIV-positive test was a death sentence. He’d watched friends die, struggling on the only drugs available at the time, medications that had intense side effects and were barely effective, with the rapidly evolving AIDS virus building resistance to them often within months.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 08, 2017
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Living with Treacher Collins syndrome

Researchers frequently speak about their studies of diseases and the positive influences their work has had in their field. But few can talk about experiencing a disease they explore firsthand.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date December 05, 2017
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Pharmacy school enrollment numbers up despite drops nationally

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Author Amy Ventura | Publish Date November 30, 2017
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Skin pigmentation far more complex than previously known

Researchers examining understudied populations in Africa have found that skin pigmentation is far more varied and complex than previously understood. And that complexity increases nearer the equator.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 30, 2017
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Top global expert on air pollution and tobacco control takes reins of ColoradoSPH

The newest dean on campus has a lot to boast about. A recent invitation to the Vatican. An award presented by a king. But after 40 years in a career that landed him many top-level posts and prominent international recognition, the dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) remains straight-forward and modest.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 28, 2017
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CU Anschutz students prepare Thanksgiving meals for community

Jennifer Jones packed a turkey into a donation box and looked out over the assembly line of over 200 volunteers, including about 20 students from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date November 28, 2017
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CU School of Medicine Physician Receives Top Honor

Michael Holers, MD, the Scoville Professor of Rheumatology in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was honored with the designation of Master by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) during the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the ACR bestows on its distinguished members.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date November 27, 2017
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Advocacy center at CU Anschutz ending abuse – one ‘flag’ at a time

Although it can feel overwhelming at times, with allegations of sexual abuse running rampant from Hollywood to Capitol Hill and numerous college campuses in between, victim advocates now at both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are tackling the issue  ̶  one person and one red flag at a time.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 14, 2017
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Physicians' book 'Enviromedics' explores link between climate change and human health

The adverse impacts to human health from global warming are undeniable and on track to worsen, without significant interventions, in the coming decades.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 07, 2017
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Study to probe impact of marijuana legalization

Does legalizing recreational marijuana in a state lead its residents to use it, or other substances, more? How does legalization impact careers, family life and mental health? Are some people more vulnerable to its negative impacts than others?


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2017
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Second University of Colorado vaccine approved by FDA for shingles

The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended new treatment practices Wednesday for shingles based on a vaccine initially developed at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, now the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date October 27, 2017
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Project takes AIM at rural students' health and wellness

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Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 24, 2017
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TBI laws effective in reducing concussions among high school athletes

A new study using data collected in a national sports injury surveillance system by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that state-level TBI laws are, in fact, beneficial in reducing the rates of new and recurrent concussions among U.S. high school athletes. Between 2009 and 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia enacted one or more traumatic brain injury (TBI) laws, more commonly known as concussion laws. These laws often include mandates to remove athletes from play following an actual or suspected concussion, a medical clearance before they can return to play, and annual education of coaches, parents, and athletes regarding concussion signs or symptoms.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date October 23, 2017
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Scientists develop new theory of molecular evolution

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University College London have developed a new theory of molecular evolution, offering insights into how genes function, how the rates of evolutionary divergence can be predicted, and how harmful mutations arise at a basic level.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 23, 2017
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Enough vitamin D when young associated with lower risk of diabetes-related autoimmunity

Getting enough vitamin D during infancy and childhood is associated with a reduced risk of islet autoimmunity among children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes, according to a study published this week in the journal Diabetes.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 23, 2017
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2017 CU Anschutz State of the Campus Address

Speaking to a very full house at this year’s State of the Campus address, CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman shared his unwavering vision for the university: “to be the place where anyone who needs it can find the finest medical care in the world; where the science of that care is being pushed to new horizons and where the health care workforce of our future is being trained.”


Author Amy Ventura | Publish Date October 19, 2017
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Alumni earn prestigious science policy fellowships

Two University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus alumni have earned prestigious AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. They are among the latest class of policy fellows – 280 scientists and engineers – who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 17, 2017
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Poverty simulation helps dental students gain compassion

In under an hour, Margaret, 57, a grandmother who suffered a stroke and is partially paralyzed, lost her foods stamps, faced eviction from her home and was robbed of her jewelry and valuables. These events left her and her son, Miles, 36, his wife, Melinda, 36, and their daughter, Mandy, 15, confused, frustrated and worried.


Author Kathleen Bohland | Publish Date October 17, 2017
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Health Sciences Library opens spacious and welcoming study zone

With more than 4,000 students on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, there is stiff competition for study space. The Health Sciences Library envisioned creating a new, inviting space for studying, and on Oct. 9 it became a reality.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 12, 2017
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Researchers say climate change may accelerate infectious disease outbreaks

Aside from inflicting devastating natural disasters on often vulnerable communities, climate change can also spur outbreaks of infectious diseases like Zika , malaria and dengue fever, according to a new study by researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 12, 2017
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Training cells as cancer killers

With the August approval by the Food and Drug Administration of a new therapy to treat young patients with a form of leukemia, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is positioned to contribute to a revolution in patient care.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date October 10, 2017
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Send a thank you card to our veterans

Sometimes saying thank you to our veterans seems so small when their service is anything but that. So let’s make it more personal!


Author Staff | Publish Date October 10, 2017
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Program on ethics revives 'special relationship' with Aspen

The University of Colorado School of Medicine once had a lively presence in Aspen. Beginning in the 1970s, the school held academic conferences and programs for the best and the brightest medical professionals at the Given Institute in Aspen, a building owned and operated by CU. Unfortunately, the Given Institute was demolished in 2011, and CU’s connection to Aspen dissipated without it.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 03, 2017
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Program reduces high ED use, increases primary care visits for most vulnerable patients

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  have found that a community-based program aimed at high users of hospital emergency departments (EDs), reduced ED visits and hospital admissions,  while increasing use of primary care providers.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 02, 2017
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CU Researchers win prestigious $2 million NIH grant for Brain study

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder have won a $2 million grant allowing them to refine a unique microscope they have developed while expanding its use to other scientists across the country.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 02, 2017
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Law enforcement, gun retailers resources for safe, temporary storage

Law enforcement agencies and gun retailers can be resources to concerned families for storing guns to prevent suicide, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. It is the first to examine the extent to which these organizations are willing to offer voluntary, temporary storage – especially when a household member is in crisis – according to surveys conducted in eight mountain west states.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date September 28, 2017
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Four sisters with cancer get care

Roberta Aberle and her three sisters share an unfortunate bond: cancer.


Author Amy Ventura | Publish Date September 28, 2017
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Dental students treat underserved in ACTS Program

When Matthew Iritani enters a dental office, it feels like home.


Author Kathleen Bohland | Publish Date September 26, 2017
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Despite efforts, barriers to emergency contraceptives remain

Efforts to win greater access to emergency contraceptives (EC) saw some success in 2013 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration removed age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the levonogestrel drug Plan B.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 26, 2017
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Hard Call podcast explores tough ethical decisions in health care

Some of the toughest ethical challenges in life play out in health care. The Hard Call podcast series, launched over the summer by the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, explores heart-wrenching choices confronting real patients, families and care teams. And in a novel, creative twist for a podcast, it also asks listeners to vote on what they would do if they were facing the same decisions.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 21, 2017
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New oral diabetes drug shows promise

A University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus study finds sotagliflozin helps control glucose and reduces the need for insulin in patients with type 1 diabetes.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date September 13, 2017
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Jankowski awarded NIH funding for bone density study

Approximately 46 percent (21 million) of older women in the United States have low bone mass, a condition that increases the risk of fracture, disability, and death, but may also be reversible. Exercise is recommended to maintain bone health in women, but the benefits of exercise may be limited by low levels of sex hormones after menopause.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date September 12, 2017
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New arrival bolsters Cardiothoracic Surgery team

The recent addition of Jay Pal, MD, PhD, to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine both maintains and deepens its expertise in treating heart failure and other serious cardiac problems. It’s also gained a guy who would rather focus on teamwork than individual achievement.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date September 12, 2017
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ECHO Colorado receives grant renewal

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is honored to announce a $3.3 million gift in renewal funding from the Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) in support of the continued success of ECHO Colorado (Extensions for Community Health Outcomes) and to recognize the positive impact of the program center located here on campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 31, 2017
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Canto-Soler brings visionary aspirations to Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine

Valeria Canto-Soler at CU Anschutz Valeria Canto-Soler at work growing mini retinas in a petri dish.

Author Kathleen Bohland | Publish Date August 30, 2017
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Doping in sports: official tests fail to pick up majority of cases

Doping is remarkably widespread among elite athletes and remains largely unchecked despite the use of sophisticated biological testing methods. This is according to Rolf Ulrich of the University of Tübingen in Germany and Dawn Comstock of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. They are lead authors of a study in Springer’s journal Sports Medicine.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date August 29, 2017
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An Epic Sprint to aid clinics

In February 2011, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus took a major step toward fundamentally changing its health care delivery. The change would eventually affect every provider, researcher and staff member on the campus and beyond – and the reverberations continue today.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 29, 2017
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Researchers find creosote bush could treat Giardia and brain-eating amoeba infections

Compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert shrub common to American Southwest, exhibit potent anti-parasitic properties against two deadly parasites responsible for Giardia infections (Giardia lamblia) and the amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis (Naegleria fowleri), according to researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CU Anschutz and UC San Diego.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 16, 2017
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Small cash incentives can encourage primary care visits

An economic experiment to inform policymakers considering Medicaid expansion shows small cash incentives to low-income people with new health care coverage can promote primary care visits that may significantly reduce costs overall. The study, by Cathy Bradley, professor of health systems management and policy at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz, published today in the August issue of Health Affairs.


Author Nathan Gill | Publish Date August 07, 2017
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Facilities Management honored for excellence

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has received the 2017 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, an organization that promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education.


Author Emily Williams | Publish Date July 25, 2017
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Major communication gaps between doctors and home health care nurses revealed

Researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found serious gaps in communication between physicians and home health care agencies (HHC) responsible for caring for often elderly patients discharged from hospitals. The problem, the study said, can contribute to hospital readmissions.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 19, 2017
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Center for Women's Health Research holds career day for high school girls

Participants of the ‘Exploring Healthcare Careers for High School-Aged Girls’ event, hosted by the CWHR, practice suturing techniques at the Center for Surgical Innovation Participants in the ‘Exploring Healthcare Careers for High School-Aged Girls’ event, hosted by the CWHR, practice suturing techniques at the Center for Surgical Innovation

Author Staff | Publish Date July 18, 2017
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Immune system may keep body from neutralizing HIV-1 virus

Researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that a process protecting the body from autoimmune disease appears to prevent it from creating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus, a finding that could possibly help lead to a vaccine that stimulates production of these antibodies.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 12, 2017
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Dr. Jonathan Samet is new dean of Colorado School of Public Health

Following an extensive national search, the chancellor of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Don Elliman, announced Tuesday the hiring of Dr. Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, as the new dean of the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 11, 2017
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Researchers to study neurological effects of Zika virus in young children

Researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Baylor College of Medicine will join with Guatemalan investigators in a major study examining the clinical outcomes of children infected with the Zika virus after being born, focusing on long-term brain development.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 19, 2017
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Film uncovers life-threatening risks temp workers face

An hour and a half into his first day on the first job of his life, 21-year-old Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis was killed.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 31, 2017
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The hero and the dental student: A tale of friendship

Willie Peterson is an Army veteran who has lived through his share of hard times. He has learned to cherish small blessings and pay attention to positive role models. One such role model sat across from him over a string of dental appointments which saw Willie’s once-shy smile transform into a mouth of pearly whites.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 30, 2017
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Palliative Care includes Creative Arts Therapy

After being diagnosed with cancer of the intestines in November 2016, Nick Gonzales was in and out of the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) over a period of several months. By the time he began receiving palliative care, Nick and his wife Carol were stressed by multiple hospital visits and struggling to process his declining health.


Author Jennifer Loyd | Publish Date May 24, 2017
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Landmark gift makes CU Anschutz a national leader in veterans health care

Thanks to a gift of $38 million from The Marcus Foundation, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will soon become a national model for the diagnosis and care of veterans who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries and related psychological health conditions.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 16, 2017
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