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Duke Named to National Network Studying Rare Diseases

Duke University is one of six new clinical sites in the country that will participate in a recenty formed Undiagnosed Diseases Network established by the National Institutes of Health.

Duke, WakeMed Agree to Guidelines to Explore Clinical Collaborations

Duke Medicine and WakeMed Health & Hospitals have established a framework designed to guide exploratory discussions regarding clinical collaborations that could potentially enable the two organizations to work toward shared goals while maintaining their independence.

DCRI and Industry Collaboration Promotes Open Data Access

Duke University, through its Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), announced this week it has entered into a novel collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to promote open access to clinical information from company-sponsored studies.

BPA Stimulates Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Diminishes Effect of Treatment

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics, appears to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells, according to Duke Medicine researchers presenting at an annual meeting of endocrine scientists.

Air Pollution Controls Linked to Lower Death Rates in North Carolina

National and state air pollution controls that went into effect in the early 1990s coincide with decreasing death rates from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia among people in North Carolina, according to a study led by Duke University researchers.

Architecture of Signaling Proteins Enhances Knowledge of Key Receptors

A team of scientists from Duke Medicine, the University of Michigan and Stanford University has determined the underlying architecture of a cellular signaling complex involved in the body’s response to stimuli such as light and pain.

$15 Million Award to Go Toward Exploring New Treatments for Autism, Other Brain Disorders

Duke Medicine has been awarded $15 million to support an innovative research program that explores the use of umbilical cord blood cells to treat autism, stroke, cerebral palsy and related brain disorders.

Combining Treatments Boosts Some Smokers’ Ability to Quit

Combining two smoking cessation therapies is more effective than using just one for male and highly nicotine-dependent smokers who weren't initially helped by the nicotine patch, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Heparin Derivative Suppresses Neuroblastoma Tumor Growth

Researchers at Duke Medicine have identified a new strategy for treating neuroblastoma using a modified version of heparin, a century-old injectable drug that thins the blood to prevent clots from forming.

Lifetime Cancer Risk from Heart Imaging Low for Most Children, but Rises with More Complex Tests

Children with heart disease are exposed to low levels of radiation during X-rays, which do not significantly raise their lifetime cancer risk. However, children who undergo repeated complex imaging tests that deliver higher doses of radiation may have a slightly increased lifetime risk of cancer, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

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