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Gene Sleuths Use Social Media to Help Map a New Disease

By combining the modern tools of gene-sequencing and social media, a team of researchers has confirmed the identification of a new genetic disorder that causes severe impairments in children.

Past HIV Vaccine Trials Reveal New Path to Success

A multi-national research team led by Duke Medicine scientists has identified a subclass of antibodies associated with an effective immune response to an HIV vaccine.

New Guidelines Deem 13 Million More Americans Eligible for Statins

New guidelines for using statins to treat high cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease are projected to result in 12.8 million more U.S. adults taking the drugs, according to a research team led by Duke Medicine scientists.

One in Three Patients with Bloodstream Infections Given Inappropriate Therapy

Growing drug resistance, a high prevalence of S. aureus bacteria and ineffective antibiotics prescribed to one in three patients are among the challenges facing community hospitals in treating patients with serious bloodstream infections, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Contagious Yawning May Not Be Linked to Empathy; Still Largely Unexplained

While previous studies have suggested a connection between contagious yawning and empathy, new research from the Duke Center for Human Genome Variation finds that contagious yawning may decrease with age and is not strongly related to variables like empathy, tiredness and energy levels.


Plaques Detected in Brain Scans Forecast Cognitive Impairment

Brain imaging using radioactive dye can detect early evidence of Alzheimer's disease that may predict future cognitive decline among adults with mild or no cognitive impairment, according to a 36-month follow-up study led by Duke Medicine.


Unique Individual Demonstrates Desired Immune Response to HIV Virus

One person’s unique ability to fight HIV has provided key insights into an immune response that researchers now hope to trigger with a vaccine, according to findings reported by a team that includes Duke Medicine scientists.

Brain Tumor Collaboration Led by Duke Receives Team Award

A team of brain tumor researchers led by Duke Medicine scientists will be presented with the Eighth Annual AACR Team Science Award at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in April.

Blasts May Cause Brain Injury Even Without Symptoms

Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to veterans with TBI, according to researchers at Duke Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kirk Named Chairman of Surgery Department at Duke

Allan D. Kirk, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief for the Duke University Health System.

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