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Debra Melani


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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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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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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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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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    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    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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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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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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