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Study Seeks Women’s Insights on What Works Best for Uterine Fibroids

A new registry that launches this month gives women who have uterine fibroids the opportunity to help determine which strategies are most effective in treating the common condition.

Antibody Appears to Attack Cancer Cells, Leaving Other Cells Unscathed

A research team from Duke Health has developed an antibody from the body’s own immune system that preferentially attacks cancer cells. The antibody works by targeting a natural defense mechanism that cancer tumors exploit.


Duke Cancer Leader Michael Kastan Is Named to National Academy of Sciences

Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an advisory organization to the president and Congress composed of experts in all scientific fields.

Walking Speed Could Be a New Indicator of Health

Walking speed is making strides toward becoming a key metric of a person’s health with the launch of the 6th Vital Sign, a first-of-its kind study being conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

Researchers Find Alternative Pathways to HIV Antibodies

The immune system appears to hamper an investigational vaccine from inducing antibodies that protect against HIV infection, but there may be ways to overcome this impediment, according to research led by the Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Duke Expert: What Parents Should Ask Before Their Kids’ X-Rays, CT Scans

Whether a child is complaining of intense stomach pain or has a head injury after a car crash, doctors may recommend a computed tomography, or CT scan, to investigate possible injuries.

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.

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