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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.

Statin Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Men who begin taking statins after prostate cancer surgery are less likely to have a recurrence of their cancer, according to a retrospective analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.

Duke University Health System Hospitals Earn Top Marks for Hospital Safety

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital were awarded “A” scores for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Duke Regional Hospital Names Katie Galbraith as President

Katie Galbraith, MBA, has been named president of Duke Regional Hospital, effective May 1, 2014. She has served as Duke Regional’s interim president since Sept. 30, 2013, and formerly served as the hospital’s vice president.

Complications From Kidney Stone Treatments Are Common And Costly

DURHAM, N.C. – Despite their overall low risk, procedures to treat kidney stones lead to complications that require hospitalization or emergency care for one in seven patients, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

New approach for surgery patients cuts hospital stays and costs

Changes in managing patients before, during and after colorectal surgery cut hospital stays by two days and reduced readmission rates, according to researchers who led a study of the approach at Duke University Hospital.

A Bad Penny: Cancer’s Thirst For Copper Can Be Targeted

Drugs used to block copper absorption for a rare genetic condition may find an additional use as a treatment for certain types of cancer, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

Over a Lifetime, Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 Per Child

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for this age alone reach roughly $14 billion.


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