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Duke Clinical Research Institute to Coordinate National Study of Childhood Health

The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) has been named the coordinating center as part of a $157-million federal initiative involved in studying how environmental factors affect childhood health.

Duke Team Identifies Blood Biomarkers in Drug-Resistant Cancer Tumor Cells

While searching for a non-invasive way to detect prostate cancer cells circulating in blood, Duke Cancer Institute researchers have identified some blood markers associated with tumor resistance to two common hormone therapies.

Humira Provides Effective, Non-Steroid Alternative for Eye Inflammation

Patients suffering from noninfectious uveitis, a group of diseases that causes eye inflammation, can get effective treatment from a corticosteroid alternative that has previously been approved for treatment of arthritis and Crohn’s disease, according to a study led by a Duke Health researcher.

Researchers Find Molecular Link Behind Aspirin’s Protective Powers

Aspirin’s ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer has been a welcome, yet puzzling, attribute of the pain reliever that has been a mainstay in medicine cabinets for more than 100 years.

Cancer Centers Often Misinform Patients About Supportive Care Services

Using a “mystery shopper” approach, researchers at Duke Cancer Institute anonymously called most of the nation’s comprehensive cancer centers to ask whether palliative care was available, and found barriers to accurate information nearly 40 percent of the time.

Immersion Pulmonary Edema May Cause Swimming Deaths During Triathlons

Heart abnormalities linked to immersion pulmonary edema were present in a greater-than-expected proportion of triathletes who died during the competition’s swim portion, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health.

Gastric Bypass is Better than Other Procedures for Sustainable Weight Loss

Gastric bypass surgery is more effective for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance than are other surgical procedures and non-surgical treatment, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health and the Durham VA Medical Center.

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.

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