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Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might Be Wired for Success
May 13, 2015
Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success, according to a study from Duke Medicine.
Interferon-Free Therapy Clears Hepatitis C in 93 Percent of Patients in Trial
May 5, 2015
A 12-week dose of an investigational three-drug hepatitis C combination cured the virus in 93 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis who hadn’t previously been treated, according to a study in the May 5, 2015, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Frailty Among Older Heart Patients Helps Predicts Severe Outcomes
May 1, 2015
Frailty among older people with cardiovascular disease appears to be more predictive than age for gauging their risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to an international study that included researchers at Duke Medicine.
Dean Nancy Andrews Named to National Academy of Sciences
Apr. 29, 2015
Nancy C. Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, an advisory organization to the president and Congress composed of experts in all scientific fields.
Your Adolescent Brain On Alcohol: Changes Last Into Adulthood
Apr. 27, 2015
Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team at Duke Medicine that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans.
Duke Physician To Lead AMA’s RUC Committee
Apr. 17, 2015
Peter K. Smith, M.D., chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, has been appointed chairman of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, also known as the RUC.
Heart Attack Risk High in Divorced Women, Even After Remarrying
Apr. 14, 2015
Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings.
Worms and Germs Lead to Better Immune Function
Apr. 8, 2015
A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems. A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems.
Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Has Impulsive Anger Issues and Access To Guns
Apr. 8, 2015
An estimated 9 percent of adults in the U.S. have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns, according to a study published this month in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. The study also found that an estimated 1.5 percent of adults report impulsive anger and carry firearms outside their homes.
Duke Research Teams Win Large Federal Grants for HIV Vaccine Studies
Apr. 3, 2015
Two research teams at Duke Medicine have received large, multi-year grants from the National Institutes of Health to pursue projects on HIV vaccine development.