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Kidney Failure Impacts Survival of Sepsis Patients

DURHAM, N.C. – Researchers at Duke Medicine have determined that kidney function plays a critical role in the fate of patients being treated for sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.

Old Bones Can Regain Youthful Healing Power

Broken bones in older people are notoriously slow to heal, but researchers at Duke Medicine have identified a potential way to speed the process.

Duke-led study clarifies best treatments for uncommon kidney cancers

A head-to-head comparison of two biologic therapies used to treat a subset of patients with advanced kidney cancers provides much-needed clarity on the preferred treatment for the first line of attack.

Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might Be Wired for Success

Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success, according to a study from Duke Medicine.

Interferon-Free Therapy Clears Hepatitis C in 93 Percent of Patients in Trial

A 12-week dose of an investigational three-drug hepatitis C combination cured the virus in 93 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis who hadn’t previously been treated, according to a study in the May 5, 2015, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Frailty Among Older Heart Patients Helps Predicts Severe Outcomes

Frailty among older people with cardiovascular disease appears to be more predictive than age for gauging their risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to an international study that included researchers at Duke Medicine.

Dean Nancy Andrews Named to National Academy of Sciences

Nancy C. Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an advisory organization to the president and Congress composed of experts in all scientific fields.

Your Adolescent Brain On Alcohol: Changes Last Into Adulthood

Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team at Duke Medicine that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans.

Duke Physician To Lead AMA’s RUC Committee

Peter K. Smith, M.D., chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, has been appointed chairman of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, also known as the RUC.

Heart Attack Risk High in Divorced Women, Even After Remarrying

Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings.

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