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CU Researchers Call for National Ethics Guidelines When Student Health Surveys Uncover Suicide-Risk “Hot Spots”

  • What you need to know: CU researchers are urging national public health and education associations to produce guidance that clarifies the ethical and legal duties owed to schools when surveillance activities identify high-risks of suicides. 

Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 18, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Fabulous Faces'

Crouched at his desk in a quiet corner of a university lab, Francis Smith, PhD, peers at rows of jagged lines spanning his computer screen. The hum of rotators gently mixing vials is all that breaks the silence, as the postdoctoral research fellow studies genome sequencing reads, looking for mutations. As with most researchers, Smith hopes for a breakthrough discovery someday. But unlike most scientists, he has the mutations he seeks.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 06, 2016
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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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