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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).

Researchers Find Alternative Pathways to HIV Antibodies

The immune system appears to hamper an investigational vaccine from inducing antibodies that protect against HIV infection, but there may be ways to overcome this impediment, according to research led by the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Duke Expert: What Parents Should Ask Before Their Kids’ X-Rays, CT Scans

Whether a child is complaining of intense stomach pain or has a head injury after a car crash, doctors may recommend a computed tomography, or CT scan, to investigate possible injuries.

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