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Duke Health Receives Support from IBM to Advance Community Wellness Program

Duke Health was named among the first recipients of the IBM Health Corps award, and will be receiving expertise from some of IBM’s top employees to build a communications infrastructure that will help connect members of Durham community health partnerships.

Mouse Study Points Way to Shut Down Harmful Immune Response in Lupus

Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body’s ability to combat flu, according to Duke Health studies in mice.

Probability Data Could Better Direct Lymph Node Removal for Thyroid Cancer

Surgeons operating on patients with advanced thyroid cancer are often conflicted when deciding how many lymph nodes they should remove to reduce the patient’s risk of recurrence.

Paraplegics Regain Some Feeling, Movement After Using Brain-Machine Interfaces

Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics, according to a study published Aug. 11 in Scientific Reports.

Warfarin Use May Not Bring Long-Term Stability for Atrial Fibrillation

Warfarin prescribed to prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation may not adequately control blood clotting over the long-term, even when patients have been historically stable on the drug, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Compound Shows Promise as Next-Generation Prostate Cancer Therapy

In the search for new ways to attack recurrent prostate cancer, researchers at Duke Health report that a novel compound appears to have a unique way of blocking testosterone from fueling the tumors in mice.

Duke Team Identifies New ‘Mega-Complex’ Involved in Cell Signaling

Duke Health-led researchers have discovered new information about the signaling mechanism of cells that could one day help guide development of more specific drug therapies.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Duke University Hospital Among Nation’s Best

Duke University Hospital has been named the No. 16 medical center in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which released its annual hospital rankings today.

Coordinated Emergency Care Saves Lives, Lessens Damage During Heart Attack

Patients suffering from deadly heart attacks can be spared more extensive heart damage when emergency responders and hospitals work together to standardize their treatment processes, according to a study published August 1 in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Tracking How HIV Disrupts Immune System Informs Vaccine Development

One of the main mysteries confounding development of an HIV vaccine is why some people infected with the virus make the desired antibodies after several years, but a vaccine can’t seem to induce the same response. A research team led by scientists at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute has been unraveling that mystery, detailing new insights in a study published July 29 in the journal Science Immunology.

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