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Patient being evaluated for potential Ebola virus at Duke University Hospital

As of Sunday evening, November 2, a patient has been admitted to Duke University Hospital for further evaluation and testing for potential Ebola virus infection. We expect to know the results of this test from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services sometime Monday morning. Meanwhile, the patient is being cared for in the same confined, isolated and secured space in which an actual Ebola patient would be treated. The patient is receiving care from a seasoned team of Duke clinical professionals who have completed extensive training to treat such a patient. We have anticipated this possibility for several weeks now and have a plan in place to manage this situation.

Duke University Health System Hospitals Maintain Top Patient Safety Scores

Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have earned top scores for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Early Palliative Care Can Cut Hospital Readmissions for Cancer Patients

Doctors at Duke University Hospital have developed a new collaborative model in cancer care that reduced the rates at which patients were sent to intensive care or readmitted to the hospital after discharge.

Duke’s Dan Blazer Receives Distinguished Service Medal From IOM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) honored Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., the J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine, with the Walsh McDermott Medal for distinguished service over an extended period.

Klotman Named to Institute of Medicine

Mary E. Klotman, M.D., chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). Klotman is an expert in infectious diseases and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Duke Nursing Is Ninth in Funding from National Institutes of Health

Duke University School of Nursing is now ninth in the country in the amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research, among 63 other schools of nursing receiving NIH funding, according to new federal data.

Prostate Cancer’s Penchant for Copper May Be a Fatal Flaw

Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.

Stress May Be Harder On Women’s Hearts Than Men’s

Researchers have known for decades that stress contributes to heart disease. But a new analysis by researchers at Duke Medicine shows mental stress may tax women’s hearts more than men’s.

DHVI Receives Contract Renewal for HIV/AIDS Quality Control

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute received a contract renewal to again provide quality control for research laboratories across the globe involved in federally-funded HIV/AIDS studies.

Gene Interacts With Stress and Leads to Heart Disease In Some People

A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.

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