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Implanted Heart Device Linked to Increased Survival

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Prostate cancer drug delivers benefits before chemotherapy

A drug currently used to treat men with late-stage prostate cancer proved effective in stemming disease progression and extending survival in patients who had not yet received chemotherapy, according to results from a large international study that included Duke Cancer Institute researchers.

Newly Identified Brain Cancer Mutation Will Aid Drug Development

A collaborative effort between Duke Medicine researchers and neurosurgeons and scientists in China has produced new genetic insights into a rare and deadly form of childhood and young adult brain cancer called brainstem glioma.

Stopping Statins May Benefit Terminally Ill Patients

People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network.

David Zaas, M.D., Named President of Duke Raleigh Hospital

David W. Zaas, M.D., MBA, has been named president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, effective July 1, 2014.

One Molecule to Block Both Pain and Itch

Duke University researchers have found an antibody that simultaneously blocks the sensations of pain and itching in studies with mice.

Non-Invasive Lithotripsy Leads to More Treatment for Kidney Stones

When it comes to treating kidney stones, less invasive may not always be better, according to new research from Duke Medicine.

Duke University School of Nursing Announces Marion Broome as New Dean

Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally renowned leader in the nursing field, has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. In addition, Broome will become associate vice president of academic affairs for nursing at Duke University Health System (DUHS).

ADHD Treatment Associated with Lower Smoking Rates

Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication may reduce smoking risk, especially when medication is taken consistently, according to an analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.

Bullying May Have Long-Term Health Consequences

Bullied children may experience chronic, systemic inflammation that persists into adulthood, while bullies may actually reap health benefits of increasing their social status through bullying, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

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