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Stopping Statins May Benefit Terminally Ill Patients

People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network.

David Zaas, M.D., Named President of Duke Raleigh Hospital

David W. Zaas, M.D., MBA, has been named president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, effective July 1, 2014.

One Molecule to Block Both Pain and Itch

Duke University researchers have found an antibody that simultaneously blocks the sensations of pain and itching in studies with mice.

Non-Invasive Lithotripsy Leads to More Treatment for Kidney Stones

When it comes to treating kidney stones, less invasive may not always be better, according to new research from Duke Medicine.

Duke University School of Nursing Announces Marion Broome as New Dean

Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally renowned leader in the nursing field, has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. In addition, Broome will become associate vice president of academic affairs for nursing at Duke University Health System (DUHS).

ADHD Treatment Associated with Lower Smoking Rates

Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication may reduce smoking risk, especially when medication is taken consistently, according to an analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.

Bullying May Have Long-Term Health Consequences

Bullied children may experience chronic, systemic inflammation that persists into adulthood, while bullies may actually reap health benefits of increasing their social status through bullying, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Small Mutation Changes Brain Freeze to Hot Foot

Ice cream lovers and hot tea drinkers with sensitive teeth could one day have a reason to celebrate a new finding from Duke University researchers. The scientists have found a very small change in a single protein that turns a cold-sensitive receptor into one that senses heat.

Duke-led Team Clarifies Use of Anti-Fungal Drug for Premature Infants

In most circumstances, extremely premature babies should not be given a drug to prevent a potentially fatal fungal infection, according to findings by a Duke Medicine-led research team.

Duke Cancer Institute Teams with UNC, WUSTL to Speed Drug Development

A partnership formed by the Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University in St. Louis will become part of a national network working to accelerate the pace of cancer drug development.

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