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Newman Named President of Duke Faculty Practice

Mark F. Newman, M.D., has been named president of the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), the faculty practice plan of the Duke University Health System. Newman will succeed Carl Ravin, M.D., the inaugural PDC president, in the first week of April 2014.

$1 Million Gift Supports Pediatric Cancer Research at Duke Children’s Hospital

Glenn H. and Stacy Schiffman of Austin, Texas, have pledged $1 million to create a pediatric cancer research fund at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

Young, Unvaccinated Adults Account for Severest Flu Cases

A snapshot of patients who required care at Duke University Hospital during this year’s flu season shows that those who had not been vaccinated had severe cases and needed the most intensive treatment.

Non-Traditional Risk Factors Illuminate Racial Disparities in Type 2 Diabetes

Two surprising risk factors – diminished lung function and low serum potassium levels - appear to have nearly the same impact as obesity in explaining why African-Americans are disproportionately prone to developing type 2 diabetes, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

Duke Physician Named to Panel That Makes National Care Recommendations

Alex Kemper, M.D., associate chief for research in the Division of Children’s Primary Care and professor of pediatrics, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as one of its newest members.

Long-Term Spinal Cord Stimulation Stalls Symptoms of Parkinson’s-like Disease

Researchers at Duke Medicine have shown that continuing spinal cord stimulation appears to produce improvements in symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and may protect critical neurons from injury or deterioration.

Duke and University of Colorado Awarded $10 Million for Ongoing Work in Palliative Care

Duke University and the University of Colorado schools of medicine have received a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue the development of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) over the next five years.

Foundation Donates Alexander Calder Mobile to Duke Medicine

The Robert and Nettie Benenson Foundation has donated a mobile created by renowned sculptor Alexander Calder to Duke Medicine. The mobile is now on display in the Duke Medicine Pavilion concourse.

Chemical Signaling Simulates Exercise in Cartilage Cells

Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers at Duke Medicine have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the chemical signals spurred new cartilage growth, mimicking the effects of physical activity.

Bacteria Linked to Water Breaking Prematurely During Pregnancy

A high presence of bacteria at the site where fetal membranes rupture may be the key to understanding why some pregnant women experience their "water breaking" prematurely, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

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