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Early Trial Shows Injectable Agent Illuminates Cancer During Surgery

DURHAM, N.C. -- Doctors at Duke Medicine have tested a new injectable agent that causes cancer cells in a tumor to fluoresce, potentially increasing a surgeon’s ability to locate and remove all of a cancerous tumor on the first attempt. The imaging technology was developed through collaboration with scientists at Duke, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lumicell Inc.

Brain Regions of PTSD Patients Show Differences During Fear Responses

Regions of the brain function differently among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, causing them to generalize non-threatening events as if they were the original trauma, according to new research from Duke Medicine and the Durham VA Medical Center.

Older Breast Cancer Patients Defy Survival Models

Older women with early-stage, invasive breast cancer had better survival rates than what was estimated by a popular online tool for predicting survival, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute.

Research yields potential treatment approach for glycogen storage disease

Researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) and Duke Medicine have identified a potential treatment strategy for an often-fatal inherited glycogen storage disease.

Study finds surprising links between bullies and eating disorders

Being bullied in childhood has been associated with increased risk for anxiety, depression and even eating disorders. But according to new research, it’s not only the victims who could be at risk psychologically, but also the bullies themselves.

PCI reduces need for additional drug even when blockages remain

Heart patients who had undergone an angioplasty procedure that opened only some blocked arteries tended to have a resolution of their chest pain, making it unnecessary to add another medication to treat the symptom, according to a study led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Women cardiologists do different work, make less money than men

Despite efforts to increase gender diversity in cardiology, major differences in job characteristics and pay persist between men and women who treat heart patients, according to a Duke Medicine-led study presented at the annual American Heart Association meeting.

Cellular stress process identified in cardiovascular disease

Combining the investigative tools of genetics, transcriptomics, epigenetics and metabolomics, a Duke Medicine research team has identified a new molecular pathway involved in heart attacks and death from heart disease.

Used alone, weight loss apps might not help overweight young adults

Used alone, a cell phone app that tracks exercise, calories and weight loss goals is, on average, not enough to create meaningful weight loss in young adults, according to new research from Duke Medicine.

Tenet and Duke LifePoint reach definitive agreement for the sale of Tenet's N.C. hospitals and related operations

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) and Duke LifePoint Healthcare have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of Tenet’s North Carolina hospitals and related operations. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, and is expected to be completed between late in the fourth quarter to middle of the first quarter.

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