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Human Mode Of Responding To HIV Vaccine Is Conserved From Monkeys

The antibody response from an HIV vaccine trial in Thailand was made possible by a genetic trait carried over in humans from an ancient ancestry with monkeys and apes, according to a study led by Duke Medicine researchers.

DCRI Awarded Federal Contract to Test New Anti-Infection Drugs

The Duke Clinical Research Institute will become one of three national sites to run early clinical trials of new anti-infection therapies under a contract announced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., to Become Duke's Next Chancellor for Health Affairs

A. Eugene Washington, M.D., an internationally renowned clinical investigator, health-policy scholar and executive at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will become Duke University’s next chancellor for health affairs and the president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday.

Duke University Health System Temporarily Restricts Hospital Visitations


Researchers Map Paths to Cancer Drug Resistance

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute has identified key events that prompt certain cancer cells to develop resistance to otherwise lethal therapies.

‘Financial Toxicity’ Can Lower Cancer Patients' Quality of Life

Doctors who treat cancer are vigilant when it comes to the physical side effects of the therapies they prescribe, but financial stress from accumulating medical bills can also weigh on patients’ health — even those who have finished their treatments and are cancer-free.

Coffman Named Dean-designate, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

Dr. Thomas Coffman, M.D., has been named the dean-designate at the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS).

Older Breast Cancer Patients Still Get Radiation Despite Limited Benefit

Women over the age of 70 who have certain early-stage breast cancers overwhelmingly receive radiation therapy despite published evidence that the treatment has limited benefit, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

Five Duke Faculty Named Fellows of American Association for Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 401 of its members this year. Five members of the Duke faculty are being recognized for distinguished scientific and societal efforts.

Coordinated Emergency Response Speeds Care to Heart Attack Patients

An ambitious, coordinated emergency response effort modeled after a program that began at Duke Medicine to speed up heart attack care has now been applied to more than 23,000 patients in regions across the United States – and it appears to have saved lives.

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