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Common Molecular Defect Offers Treatment Hope for Group of Rare Disorders
Apr. 1, 2014
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
Mar. 29, 2014
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
Mar. 29, 2014
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
Mar. 25, 2014
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
Mar. 20, 2014
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
Mar. 19, 2014
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
Mar. 19, 2014
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
Mar. 18, 2014
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
Mar. 14, 2014
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
Mar. 11, 2014
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.