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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.

Adding Stress Management to Cardiac Rehab Cuts New Incidents in Half

Patients recovering from heart attacks or other heart trouble could cut their risk of another heart incident by half if they incorporate stress management into their treatment, according to research from Duke Health.

Duke Cancer Researcher Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award to David G. Kirsch, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the departments of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke Health.

Need Your Thyroid Removed? Seek A Surgeon With 25+ Cases a Year

A new study from Duke Health suggests that patients who need to have their thyroid gland removed should seek surgeons who perform 25 or more thyroidectomies a year for the least risk of complications.

Duke Health Launches Star Rating for Doctors, Expands Access to Records

Patients and consumers now have the ability to see how most Duke Health providers score on a new five-star rating scale that is part of a physician’s public profile at

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