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Study shows that Wnt secretion preventing drugs may reduce renal fibrosis
Mar. 25, 2016
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
Mar. 23, 2016
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
Mar. 22, 2016
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
Mar. 21, 2016
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
Mar. 17, 2016
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
Mar. 14, 2016
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
Mar. 8, 2016
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 dukehealth.org.
Where Prostate Cancer Spreads In the Body Affects Survival Time
Mar. 7, 2016
Patients with lymph-only metastasis have the longest overall survival, while those with liver involvement fare worst. Lung and bone metastasis fall in the middle.
Quality of Life Not Notably Better for Women Choosing Double Mastectomy
Mar. 7, 2016
Although having a double mastectomy has shown little impact on reducing deaths among women with cancer in only one breast, increasing numbers of women are electing to undergo the p
Researchers Unravel Pathways of Potent Antibodies that Fight HIV Infection
Mar. 3, 2016
One of the most crucial and elusive goals of an effective HIV vaccine is to stimulate antibodies that can attack the virus even as it relentlessly mutates. Now a research team, led by investigators at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has tracked rare potent antibodies in an HIV-infected individual and determined sequential structures that point to how they developed.