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Over a Lifetime, Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 Per Child

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for this age alone reach roughly $14 billion.

Common Molecular Defect Offers Treatment Hope for Group of Rare Disorders

Duke Medicine researchers studying tiny, antennae-like structures called cilia have found a potential way to ease some of the physical damage of numerous genetic disorders that result when these essential cellular components are defective.

Relaxed Blood Pressure Guidelines Cut Millions from Needing Medication

New guidelines that ease the recommended blood pressure could result in 5.8 million U.S. adults no longer needing hypertension medication, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers.

High Blood Pressure Increases Risk of Stroke for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Poor blood pressure control among patients with atrial fibrillation is associated with a 50-percent increased risk of stroke, according to an analysis presented by Duke Medicine researchers.

Duke Appoints New Department Chairs in Neurology, Pediatrics

Duke University School of Medicine has appointed two new leaders: Richard J. O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Neurology, and Ann M. Reed, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

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.

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