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Same Symptoms, Different Care for Women and Men With Heart Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where Prostate Cancer Spreads In the Body Affects Survival Time

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

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

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.

Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs Using Only Their Thoughts

Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair.

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