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Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

The alarming increase in U.S. childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, according to a study led by a Duke Clinical Research Institute scientist.

Duke Breast Cancer Expert Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People for 2016

Shelley Hwang, M.D., chief of breast surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute, has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people for 2016 as a pioneer in her field.

23rd Annual “Angels Among Us” 5K Run and Family Fun Walk This Saturday

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke Health will hold the 23rd Annual “Angels Among Us” 5K run on Saturday, April 23, to benefit brain tumor research.

Duke Health Lifts Temporary Visitor Restrictions Due to Decrease in Reported Flu Cases

Given the decrease in reported influenza activity in the community and the state, Duke Health has lifted temporary visitor restrictions that were enacted on March 17, 2016.

Diagnostic Tests for Heart Disease Function Differently for Women, Men

Tests used to diagnose and assess the severity of coronary artery disease appear to function differently for women and men who have stable symptoms, according to researchers from Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Shorter, Intensive Radiation Can Be Recommended in Early Prostate Cancer

Giving early-stage prostate cancer patients a slightly higher daily dose of radiation can cut more than two weeks from the current treatment regimen without compromising cancer control, according to a national study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher.

Bypass Surgery Is Shown to Extend Survival in Heart Failure

After nearly 10 years of follow-up, a large international study led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) provides definitive evidence that coronary bypass surgery plus drug therapy saves and extends the lives of patients with severe heart disease when compared to medications alone.

Study shows that Wnt secretion preventing drugs may reduce renal fibrosis

Renal fibrosis or the scarring of kidneys, following an injury, reduces their function and can cause kidney disease to progressively worsen. In a recent study, published in Kidney International, researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) in Singapore and Duke University have shown that drugs that target Wnt secretion by inhibiting Porcupine, a protein usually targeted for cancer treatment, may reduce renal fibrosis and protect the kidneys.

Same Symptoms, Different Care for Women and Men With Heart Disease

Despite messages to the contrary, most women being seen by a doctor for the first time with suspected heart disease actually experience the same classic symptoms as men, notably chest pain and shortness of breath, according to a study led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Not Need Annual Screenings

Most high-risk lung cancer patients might not need annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings if they are cleared of disease in their initial test, according to a study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher.

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