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The Earlier The Better – Bystanders Save Lives With CPR For Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest kills an estimated 200,000 people a year in the United States, but many of those lives could be saved if ordinary bystanders simply performed CPR, a new study led by Duke Medicine shows.

U.S. News Ranks Duke University Hospital As Leader in Nation, State

Duke University Hospital was again included on the Honor Roll of top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, ranking No. 14 in the magazine’s 2015-16 listings.

Study Links Success in Adulthood to Childhood Psychiatric Health

Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, according to research from Duke Medicine.

Nutritional Supplement Boosts Muscle Stamina in Animal Studies

he benefits of exercise are well known, but physical fitness becomes increasingly difficult as people age or develop ailments, creating a downward spiral into poor health.

Thin Colorectal Cancer Patients Have Shorter Survival Than Obese Patients

Although being overweight with a high body-mass index (BMI) has long been associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer, thinner patients might not fare as well after treatment for advanced cancer, according to a new study from Duke Medicine.

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another.

Fewer Than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible patients actually get a defibrillator within a year of their heart attacks, the study found.

Duke Eye Center Opens New, Four-Story Hudson Building June 29

The Duke Eye Center will open a new, four-story clinical pavilion on Monday, June 29, that adds 116,000 square feet of clinical and administrative space to serve eye patients and others.

Heart Patients Can Stop Blood Thinners When Undergoing Elective Surgery

Patients with atrial fibrillation who stopped taking blood thinners before they had elective surgery had no higher risk of developing blood clots and less risk of major bleeding compared to patients who were given a “bridge” therapy, according to research led by Duke Medicine.

Duke Human Vaccine Team Awarded Up to $9 million To Study Fungal Fever

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit has received an initial award of approximately $5 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to support further research on Valley Fever Pneumonia. Total funding could be up to $9 million over the course of the contract if all contract options are exercised.

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