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Duke University Health System Hospitals Earn Top Marks for Hospital Safety
Apr. 29, 2014
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
Apr. 28, 2014
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
Apr. 28, 2014
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
Apr. 24, 2014
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
Apr. 9, 2014
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
Apr. 7, 2014
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.
Common Molecular Defect Offers Treatment Hope for Group of Rare Disorders
Apr. 1, 2014
Duke Medicine researchers studying tiny, antennae-like structures called cilia have found a potential way to ease some of the physical damage of numerous genetic disorders that result when these essential cellular components are defective.
Relaxed Blood Pressure Guidelines Cut Millions from Needing Medication
Mar. 29, 2014
New guidelines that ease the recommended blood pressure could result in 5.8 million U.S. adults no longer needing hypertension medication, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers.
High Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Stroke for Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Mar. 29, 2014
Poor blood pressure control among patients with atrial fibrillation is associated with a 50-percent increased risk of stroke, according to an analysis presented by Duke Medicine researchers.
Duke Appoints New Department Chairs in Neurology, Pediatrics
Mar. 25, 2014
Duke University School of Medicine has appointed two new leaders: Richard J. O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Neurology, and Ann M. Reed, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics.