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Duke Researcher Receives White House Honor

Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University School of Medicine, was one of 102 researchers honored by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

Conversations on Sex Lacking Between Doctors and Teens

Doctors are missing a prime opportunity to share information about sex with their teenage patients by failing to broach the subject during checkups, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Stress Reaction Gene Linked to Death, Heart Attacks

A genetic trait known to make some people especially sensitive to stress also appears to be responsible for a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, scientists at Duke Medicine report.

Health Care Costs Steadily Increase With Body Mass

Researchers at Duke Medicine are giving people another reason to lose weight in the new year: obesity-related illnesses are expensive. According to a study published in the journal Obesity, health care costs increase in parallel with body mass measurements, even beginning at a recommended healthy weight.

Salmonella Jams Signals From Bacteria-Fighting Mast Cells

A protein in Salmonella inactivates mast cells -- critical players in the body’s fight against bacteria and other pathogens -- rendering them unable to protect against bacterial spread in the body, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS).

Duke Receives Grant to Fund Development of Potential HIV Vaccine

Duke University has received a grant of up to $2.9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an HIV vaccine candidate that will be tested in humans.

New Children's Center Studies Association Between ADHD and Secondhand Smoke

Duke Medicine has established a new research program to investigate the relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke during pregnancy and childhood and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

High Cholesterol Fuels the Growth and Spread of Breast Cancer

A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute report.

Duke University Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Thirteen leading scientists at Duke University were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), selected by a panel of their peers from the organization.

Rotator Cuff Surgery Saves Society Money

Surgery to repair torn rotator cuffs improves patients’ quality of life and can allow them to get back to work quickly, resulting in societal savings for patients 61 years and younger, according to a new analysis led by Duke Medicine.

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