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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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National study shows interventions like telephone calls can reduce suicides

In perhaps the largest national suicide intervention trial ever conducted, researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Brown University found that phone calls to suicidal patients following discharge from Emergency Departments led to a 30 percent reduction in future suicide attempts.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 01, 2017
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Scientists use high tech microscope to find clue to an autoimmune disease

Using a unique microscope capable of illuminating living cell structures in great detail, researchers at the University of  Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found clues into how a destructive autoimmune disease works, setting the stage for more discoveries in the future.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 26, 2017
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Cannabinoids may soothe certain skin diseases, say CU Anschutz researchers

Cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory properties that could make them useful in the treatment of a wide-range of skin diseases, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 18, 2017
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States can lower risk of measles outbreak by strengthening exemption policies

States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shows.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 21, 2017
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Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 01, 2017
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Common antioxidant may guard against development of liver disease

A common antioxidant found in human breast milk and foods like kiwi fruit can protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the offspring of obese mice, according to researchers at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 03, 2017
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Copeptin levels associated with renal and cardiac disease in type 1 diabetes patients

Type 1 diabetes patients with elevated albumin in their urine had three times the risk of life-threatening kidney and cardiac disease as those with normal levels, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 08, 2016
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Higher death rates associated with routine handoff of hospital patients

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found higher mortality rates among hospitalized patients during routine transitions of care from one medical resident to another.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 06, 2016
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Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections

AURORA, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2016) – High doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 16, 2016
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Researchers find association between gene mutation and rare heart disease

A strong association between a genetic mutation and a rare kind of heart muscle disease has been discovered by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 15, 2016
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Brains of those with anorexia and bulimia can override urge to eat

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered the neurological reasons why those with anorexia and bulimia nervosa are able to override the urge to eat.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 07, 2016
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Scientists map genome of African diaspora in the Americas

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  along with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions have conducted the largest ever genome sequencing of populations with African ancestry in the Americas.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 11, 2016
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Researchers win National Science Foundation grant to study brain

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder have won an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to try and reconnect neural communication between parts of the brain where it has been severed.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 18, 2016
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National survey says many, not all, open to doctors talking about guns

In perhaps the first national survey of its kind, two-thirds of people sampled said it is at least sometimes appropriate for health care providers to talk to patients about firearms. The remainder said it is never appropriate.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 25, 2016
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CU Anschutz program increases number of grants won by researchers

While the lure of academic medicine careers often lies in the promise of finding life-saving cures and new medical treatments, many young faculty leave the field in frustration after failing to win grants to fund their research. As a result, the best and brightest recruits are often lost to academic medicine.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 23, 2016
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CU Anschutz researchers discover how West Nile virus triggers memory loss

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have helped discover how the most severe forms of West Nile virus cause memory loss and mood disorders, opening the door to potential new treatments for the mosquito-borne illness.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 22, 2016
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CU Anschutz and Regis University academics behind new patient care law

A coalition of doctors and ethicists, including two from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and another from Regis University, are behind a new law signed Wednesday allowing doctors to take better care of the most vulnerable patients in hospitals and emergency rooms.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 18, 2016
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Doctors don’t die differently than anyone else

A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  appears to disprove the increasingly popular notion that doctors die differently than everyone else, using  fewer interventions that often have little value.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 17, 2016
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Obese and anorexic individuals react differently to taste

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that women suffering from anorexia nervosa and those who are obese respond differently to taste, a finding that could lead to new treatments for the eating disorders.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 16, 2016
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ECHO Colorado Announces Leadership Transition

The ECHO Colorado board of directors announced today that John “Fred” Thomas, PhD, will succeed Tim Byers, MD, MPH, as Director of ECHO Colorado while Duane Pearson, MD, will serve as the program’s new associate director starting immediately.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 05, 2016
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Mice flown in space show nascent liver damage

In a discovery with implications for long-term spaceflight and future missions to Mars, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has found that mice flown aboard the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with early signs of liver disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 20, 2016
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Holocaust scholar to discuss medical legacy of the Nazis, political rhetoric

Celebrated bioethicist Arthur Caplan, author of a landmark book, `When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and The Holocaust,’ will visit Denver and Aurora next month to discuss the medical legacy of the Nazis and how today’s overheated political rhetoric often features comparisons to Hitler’s Germany.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 14, 2016
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Consumers reveal obstacles to using nursing home quality ratings

A study of 63 people who placed a relative or friend in a nursing home in the previous six months found that few people were aware of the website Nursing Home Compare, published online by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help families find the best and closest available facility.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 04, 2016
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Only about half of suicidal patients asked if they have access to firearms

Despite national guidelines urging emergency department doctors to ask suicidal patients if they have access to firearms or other lethal implements, only about half actually do, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 21, 2016
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Key brain receptor sheds light on neurological conditions

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that a key receptor in the brain, once thought to only strengthen synapses, can also weaken them, offering new insights into the mechanisms driving depression, drug addiction and even Alzheimer’s disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 03, 2016
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High school football helmets offer similar protections despite prices

Despite prices, promises and even ratings systems, all helmets approved for high school football players appear to offer similar protection against concussion, according to a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus .


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 24, 2016
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Skin infections rife among high school wrestlers, say CU Anschutz researchers

The first national survey of skin infections among high school athletes has found that wrestlers have the highest number of infections, with football players coming in a distant second, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 03, 2016
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U.S. and Cuban pediatricians to meet for first time since normalization in Havana

For the first time since the U.S. normalized relations with Cuba, a delegation of pediatricians co-led by Dr. Stephen Berman of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado School of Public Health, will travel to Havana to establish relationships with local physicians and collaborate on ways to improve child health in both countries.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 01, 2016
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Study finds association between indoor tanning and substance abuse

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have shown an association between indoor tanning and substance abuse among Colorado high school students.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 20, 2016
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Medical marijuana reduces frequency of migraines, study says

Patients diagnosed with migraine headaches saw a significant drop in their frequency when treated with medical marijuana, according to a new study from researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 15, 2016
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Cheerleading among safest high school sports but injuries can be severe

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 10, 2015) – Despite popular perceptions, cheerleading is one of the safest high school sports, yet the relatively few injuries sustained are often some of the most severe, according to a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 10, 2015
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Sex differences in Type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular risk

Women with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have coronary heart disease compared to men, and may need more frequent and intense physical activity to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a scientific statement released this week by the American Heart Association and co-authored by Judith G. Regensteiner, PhD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 08, 2015
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New Center for Human Development director reinvigorates global health

After years of teaching abroad and working with organizations like the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders, Tony Bolaños felt professionally fulfilled but personally frustrated.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date December 07, 2015
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Fat cells originating from bone marrow found in humans

AURORA, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2015) –  Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that fat cells produced by stem cells from the bone marrow may be linked to chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and some cancers.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 24, 2015
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Reducing body temperature can help cardiac arrest patients

Survivors of cardiac arrest who remain in comas have better survival and neurological outcomes when their body temperatures are lowered, according to new research by Dr. Sarah Perman at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 24, 2015
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Researchers find new risk from opioid pain medication

Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 17, 2015
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Lack of sleep may increase diabetes risk

A lack of sufficient sleep reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin, impairing the ability to regulate blood sugar and increasing the risk of diabetes, according to researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 05, 2015
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Type 2 diabetes makes exercise harder

Women with Type 2 diabetes experience a barrier to physical activity that threatens to make them more sedentary and cause their health to worsen, according to a new study by Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 14, 2015
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Research    Press Releases

Mysterious disease may be tied to climate change, researcher says

AURORA, Colo. - A mysterious kidney disease that has killed over 20,000 people in Central America, most of them sugar cane workers, may be caused by chronic, severe dehydration linked to global climate change, according to a new study by Richard J. Johnson, MD, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 08, 2015
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Researchers say hormone could break cycle of obesity

AURORA, Colo. – As obesity rates for pregnant women continue to climb, scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that increasing a specific hormone during pregnancy can reduce or eliminate the chances that the baby will become obese as well.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 28, 2015
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CU Anschutz researcher says thrifty gene making us fat

Richard J. Johnson

AURORA, Colo. - A genetic mutation that occurred among prehistoric apes to survive food scarcity could be behind today’s pandemic of diabetes and obesity, according to an article by Richard J. Johnson, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 28, 2015
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Researchers find key step in taste bud regeneration

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a key molecular pathway that aids in the renewal of taste buds, a finding that may help cancer patients suffering from an altered sense of taste during treatment.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 28, 2015
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Researchers create microscope allowing deep brain exploration

AURORA, Colo. - A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 11, 2015
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Children at risk for diabetes show immune response after oral insulin

Children at risk for type 1 diabetes, who were given daily doses of oral insulin, developed a protective immune response to the disease that researchers with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus say could possibly lay the groundwork for a vaccine against the chronic illness.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 20, 2015
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Global health veteran helps launch maternal care program in Guatemala

Center for Human Development in Guatemala

When she was a child, Gretchen Heinrichs would listen to her mother tell tales of East Africa where she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 24, 2014
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Economic disparities impact infant health

Cute baby

Women who are poor have higher cortisol levels during pregnancy and give birth to infants with elevated levels of the stress hormone, putting them at greater risk for serious disease later in life, according to a new research from the University of Colorado Denver.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 19, 2014
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High school lacrosse players at risk for concussions and other injuries

High school lacrosse players

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Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 21, 2014
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Grand opening of new CU medical center in Guatemala

Grand opening of new CU medical center in Guatemala

BANASA FARM, Guatemala (April 14, 2014) - Standing before a gleaming new building rising from the surrounding ramshackle villages, Gustavo Bolaños delivered a simple yet powerful message to the assembled dignitaries and banana plantation workers.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 13, 2014
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Thousands of unvaccinated adults die of preventable diseases

By David Kelly | University Communications


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 04, 2014
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A foot in two worlds

Marco Celada

Marco Celada has been bouncing between Colorado and Guatemala for years, first as an exchange student, then fleeing a brutal civil war and now as director of a new medical facility operated by the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 22, 2014
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2013 Global Health Symposium highlights some of the year’s best work

AURORA, Colo. - The long reach of the University of Colorado’s Center for Global Health was on full display last Friday, as more than 20 faculty and students presented studies on everything from HIV in Zambia to breastfeeding in Bolivia.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 19, 2013
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Cultural differences may explain why some don’t get HPV vaccines

By David Kelly | University Communications


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 14, 2013
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Study shows high school athletes suffer from preventable heat illnesses

High school football players

Two new studies on heat exertion among high school football players show only 2.5 percent of certified athletic trainers surveyed complied with national guidelines aimed at limiting heat-related illness.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date September 09, 2013
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Health impact assessements critical public health tool

Drilling rig

As natural gas development expands nationwide, policymakers, communities and public health experts are increasingly turning to health impact assessments (HIA) as a means of predicting the effects of drilling on local communities, according to a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date April 21, 2013
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New program to curb opioid prescription drug overdoses

Prescription drugs

A new training program to help stem the epidemic of opioid prescription-related overdoses and unintentional deaths has won the endorsement of the Colorado Medical Society and COPIC, a medical malpractice provider.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 12, 2013
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Construction slated for CU medical facility in Guatemala

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Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 28, 2013
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Physician, research exchange for CU and Zhejiang University

HANGZHOU, China – As Chinese string music wafted through the operating theater, Barish Edil, MD, swiftly searched the open abdomen for the patient’s diseased pancreas.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 21, 2013
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Timely reminders boost child immunization rates

New research from the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado shows that timely reminders by state or local health departments are more effective at increasing immunization rates among preschool children than those from primary care practices.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 07, 2013
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Key element found that improves vascular health in postmenopausal women

Researchers studying why arteries stiffen in postmenopausal women have found a specific chemical cofactor that dramatically improves vascular function.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 13, 2012
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CU Medical team assess Guatemala health needs

Patients wait at the clinic door

The heat was stifling, lying like a wet blanket over the tiny village of El Pomal in southwest Guatemala. A CU School of Medicine  team sweated through their pale blue scrubs as a line of children snaked around the concrete school house.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 05, 2012
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Hysterectomy may lead to arterial stiffening in postmenopausal women


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Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 12, 2012
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Colorado School of Public Health wins Grand Challenges Exploration funding

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Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 08, 2012
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Colorado School of Public Health scientist testifies before congressional panel

Lisa McKenzie​Lisa McKenzie, a research associate at the Colorado School of Public Health, testified before a congressional panel Wednesday urging stronger regulations to protect against possibly hazardous air emissions near hydraulic fracturing or fracking sites.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 01, 2012
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Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may have serious health impacts

A Colorado School of Public Health Study found that fracking causes potentially harmful air emissions

​AURORA, Colo. – In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health have shown that air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 19, 2012
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Cancer Center test helps reduce death rate in clinical trial

Researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center have developed a test that identifies key biomarkers in advanced lung cancer that helped reduce the risk of death by 36 percent over a 30-month period in a recent clinical trial.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 10, 2011
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Study questions key quality measure for children with asthma

Researchers studying the first national quality measure for hospitalized children found that no matter how strictly a health care institution followed the criteria, it had no actual impact on patient outcomes.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 04, 2011
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Researcher finds key eye reflexes altered in Down syndrome

A scientist investigating why those with Down syndrome often have poor balance and motor coordination has found that key eye reflexes are substantially altered.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 24, 2011
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Living at higher altitudes reduces heart disease risk

In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in partnership with the Harvard School of Global Health have found that people living at higher altitudes have a lower chance of dying from ischemic heart disease.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 25, 2011
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Low cost, nonprofit program shown to reduce obesity

In the battle against obesity, new research has found that it may not be necessary to spend a lot on a weight loss program when cheaper, nonprofit alternatives may work just as well.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 15, 2010
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Discovery in mice cages can alter rodents’ brains-skew research results

Researchers at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus have found the brains of mice used in laboratories worldwide can be profoundly affected by the type of cage they are kept in, a breakthrough that may require scientists to reevaluate the way they conduct future experiments.
“We assume that mice used in laboratories are all the same, but they are not,” said Diego Restrepo, director of the Neuroscience Program and professor of cell and developmental biology whose paper on the subject was published Tuesday, June 29. “When you change the cages you change the brains and that affects the outcomes of research.”


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 29, 2010
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