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Duke Nursing Is Ninth in Funding from National Institutes of Health

Duke University School of Nursing is now ninth in the country in the amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research, among 63 other schools of nursing receiving NIH funding, according to new federal data.

Prostate Cancer’s Penchant for Copper May Be a Fatal Flaw

Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.

Stress May Be Harder On Women’s Hearts Than Men’s

Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis by researchers at Duke Medicine shows mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s.

DHVI Receives Contract Renewal for HIV/AIDS Quality Control

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute received a contract renewal to again provide quality control for research laboratories across the globe involved in federally-funded HIV/AIDS studies.

Gene Interacts With Stress and Leads to Heart Disease In Some People

A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.

Duke To Lead $20 Million Project to Study Uterine Fibroids

The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) will serve as the research and data coordinating center for a five-year, $20 million project to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment strategies for women with uterine fibroids.

Duke Researchers Among the First Funded In President’s BRAIN Initiative

Two projects at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University School of Medicine are among the first funded by President Barack Obama’s new BRAIN initiative that aims to advance knowledge and treatments of brain disorders.

Coping Techniques Help Patients With COPD Improve Mentally, Physically

Coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage stress, practice relaxation and participate in light exercise can boost a patient’s quality of life and can even improve physical symptoms, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

New Insights on an Ancient Plague Could Improve Treatments for Infections

Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on how the body responds to infections.

Surgical Complications of DBS No Higher Risk for Older Parkinson’s Patients

Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson’s disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

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