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‘Financial Toxicity’ Can Lower Cancer Patients' Quality of Life

Doctors who treat cancer are vigilant when it comes to the physical side effects of the therapies they prescribe, but financial stress from accumulating medical bills can also weigh on patients’ health — even those who have finished their treatments and are cancer-free.

Coffman Named Dean-designate, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Dr. Thomas Coffman, M.D., has been named the dean-designate at the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS).

Older Breast Cancer Patients Still Get Radiation Despite Limited Benefit

Women over the age of 70 who have certain early-stage breast cancers overwhelmingly receive radiation therapy despite published evidence that the treatment has limited benefit, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

Five Duke Faculty Named Fellows of American Association for Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 401 of its members this year. Five members of the Duke faculty are being recognized for distinguished scientific and societal efforts.

Coordinated Emergency Response Speeds Care to Heart Attack Patients

An ambitious, coordinated emergency response effort modeled after a program that began at Duke Medicine to speed up heart attack care has now been applied to more than 23,000 patients in regions across the United States – and it appears to have saved lives.

Duke Hospitals Earn Top Performer Status For Third Consecutive Year

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have earned top recognition for outstanding patient care in 2013 from The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S.

Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries

A blocked artery causes a deadly kind of heart attack known as STEMI, and a rapid response to clear the blockage saves lives.

Final test results negative for Ebola in hospitalized patient

The patient who was transported to Duke University Hospital on November 2 with a reported fever and a travel history to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a confirmatory lab test. As a result, the patient is considered to be free of the virus.

Preliminary test results negative for Ebola in hospitalized patient

The patient who was transported to Duke University Hospital on November 2, 2014, with a reported fever and a travel history to West Africa has tested negative for Ebola infection in a preliminary lab screening. Duke was notified of the results of this initial test this morning by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services who performed the test. A confirming test will be run in 72 hours.

Patient being evaluated for potential Ebola virus at Duke University Hospital

As of Sunday evening, November 2, a patient has been admitted to Duke University Hospital for further evaluation and testing for potential Ebola virus infection. We expect to know the results of this test from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services sometime Monday morning. Meanwhile, the patient is being cared for in the same confined, isolated and secured space in which an actual Ebola patient would be treated. The patient is receiving care from a seasoned team of Duke clinical professionals who have completed extensive training to treat such a patient. We have anticipated this possibility for several weeks now and have a plan in place to manage this situation.

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