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Cancer Patients with ACA Policies Swiftly Reach Out-of-Pocket Caps

A hypothetical leukemia patient buying the life-extending drug therapy for his condition would reach his annual out-of-pocket maximum in a month on most of the bronze policies and half of the silver policies offered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Duke Among Sites to Train First Responders On Infectious Disease Safety

Duke Health is one of eight sites nationally selected to participate in a program to help train first responders and other workers in properly handling infectious disease emergencies.

Scientists Block Breast Cancer Cells From Hiding in Bones

Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have identified a molecular key that breast cancer cells use to invade bone marrow in mice, where they may be protected from chemotherapy or hormonal therapies that could otherwise eradicate them.

Duke’s Poliovirus Therapy Wins “Breakthrough” Status to Expedite Research

The recombinant poliovirus therapy developed at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Health has been granted “breakthrough therapy designation” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Bioengineered Blood Vessel Appears Safe for Dialysis Patients

Man-made blood vessels developed by researchers at Duke University, Yale University and the tissue engineering company Humacyte appear to be both safe and more durable than commonly used synthetic versions in patients undergoing kidney dialysis, the researchers report.

Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drug Targets

A new mouse model of a genetically-linked type of autism reveals more about the role of genes in the disorder and the underlying brain changes associated with autism’s social and learning problems.

Study Seeks Women’s Insights on What Works Best for Uterine Fibroids

A new registry that launches this month gives women who have uterine fibroids the opportunity to help determine which strategies are most effective in treating the common condition.

Antibody Appears to Attack Cancer Cells, Leaving Other Cells Unscathed

A research team from Duke Health has developed an antibody from the body’s own immune system that preferentially attacks cancer cells. The antibody works by targeting a natural defense mechanism that cancer tumors exploit.


Duke Cancer Leader Michael Kastan Is Named to National Academy of Sciences

Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an advisory organization to the president and Congress composed of experts in all scientific fields.

Walking Speed Could Be a New Indicator of Health

Walking speed is making strides toward becoming a key metric of a person’s health with the launch of the 6th Vital Sign, a first-of-its kind study being conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

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