Latest Health News from Duke Medicine News and Communications
Study Identifies Potential New Avenue for Treating Pompe Disease
July 26, 2016
Researchers at Duke Health have identified a potential new avenue for treating Pompe disease, a rare condition caused by the build-up of glycogen, a storage form of sugar, in cardiac and skeletal muscle, the liver and other tissues, due to deficiency of a particular enzyme.
Physical Declines Begin Earlier Than Expected Among U.S. Adults
July 21, 2016
Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across a variety of age groups.
Duke to Participate in Early Clinical Trials for Emerging Neurological Therapies
July 21, 2016
Duke University could receive up to $19 million to lead early-stage clinical trials for new drugs to treat neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and neuropathy.
Newly Described Cellular Defense Activity Could Guide Solutions to UTIs
July 19, 2016
The process cells use to secrete chemicals also appears to be the way to clear urinary tract infections, or UTIs, according to a study by researchers from Duke Health and Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School.
Moderate Exercise Might be More Effective at Combatting Pre-Diabetes
July 18, 2016
Walking briskly on a regular basis may be more effective than vigorous jogging for improving glucose control in individuals with pre-diabetes, according to research from Duke Health.
Scientists Trace Origin Cell of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors, Test Drug Target
July 14, 2016
Scientists at Duke Health are part of a team that has discovered a type of cell surrounding blood vessels can also serve as a starting point for sarcoma, a form of cancer that occurs in bones and connective tissues.
Women with BRCA1 Gene Mutation at Higher Risk of Deadly Uterine Cancer
June 30, 2016
Women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation that dramatically increases their risk of breast and ovarian cancers are also at higher risk for a lethal form of uterine cancer, according to a study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher.
Duke Scientists Identify Method of Action for Common Chemotherapy Drugs
June 14, 2016
A study by scientists at Duke Health is providing insight into how certain commonly-used chemotherapy drugs work, potentially opening new ways to enhance the benefits of treatment for cancer patients.
Duke Health Team Performs First Hand Transplant in North Carolina
June 8, 2016
A Duke Health team has performed the first hand transplant in North Carolina, attaching the limb to a 54-year-old patient from Laredo, Texas, whose hand was severed in a childhood accident.
Study of 81,000 Adults Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide
June 6, 2016
People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to purchase guns, despite having a past record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief hospitalization, according to a new Duke Health analysis.