Latest Health News from Duke Medicine News and Communications
One and Done: New Antibiotic Could Provide Single-Dose Option
June 4, 2014
In the battle against stubborn skin infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a new single-dose antibiotic is as effective as a twice-daily infusion given for up to 10 days, according to a large study led by Duke Medicine researchers.
Implanted Heart Device Linked to Increased Survival
June 3, 2014
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
Prostate cancer drug delivers benefits before chemotherapy
June 1, 2014
A drug currently used to treat men with late-stage prostate cancer proved effective in stemming disease progression and extending survival in patients who had not yet received chemotherapy, according to results from a large international study that included Duke Cancer Institute researchers.
Newly Identified Brain Cancer Mutation Will Aid Drug Development
June 1, 2014
A collaborative effort between Duke Medicine researchers and neurosurgeons and scientists in China has produced new genetic insights into a rare and deadly form of childhood and young adult brain cancer called brainstem glioma.
Stopping Statins May Benefit Terminally Ill Patients
May 30, 2014
People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network.
David Zaas, M.D., Named President of Duke Raleigh Hospital
May 23, 2014
David W. Zaas, M.D., MBA, has been named president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, effective July 1, 2014.
One Molecule to Block Both Pain and Itch
May 22, 2014
Duke University researchers have found an antibody that simultaneously blocks the sensations of pain and itching in studies with mice.
Non-Invasive Lithotripsy Leads to More Treatment for Kidney Stones
May 16, 2014
When it comes to treating kidney stones, less invasive may not always be better, according to new research from Duke Medicine.
Duke University School of Nursing Announces Marion Broome as New Dean
May 13, 2014
Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally renowned leader in the nursing field, has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. In addition, Broome will become associate vice president of academic affairs for nursing at Duke University Health System (DUHS).
ADHD Treatment Associated with Lower Smoking Rates
May 12, 2014
Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication may reduce smoking risk, especially when medication is taken consistently, according to an analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.