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Molecule Enhances Copper’s Lethal Punch Against Microbes

Harnessing a natural process in the body that pumps lethal doses of copper to fungi and bacteria shows promise as a new way to kill infectious microbes, a team of scientists at Duke University report.

Mechanism Found for Development of Protective HIV Antibodies

Scientists at Duke Medicine have found an immunologic mechanism that makes broadly neutralizing antibodies in people who are HIV-1 infected.

Study Compares Cost-Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Programs and Drugs

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested, according to researchers at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice

Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, according to Duke Medicine researchers.

New Technologies Fuel Patient Participation and Data Collection in Research

The changing dynamic of health studies driven by “big data” research projects will empower patients to become active participants who provide real-time information such as symptoms, side effects and clinical outcomes, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Duke Named to National Network Studying Rare Diseases

Duke University is one of six new clinical sites in the country that will participate in a recenty formed Undiagnosed Diseases Network established by the National Institutes of Health.

Duke, WakeMed Agree to Guidelines to Explore Clinical Collaborations

Duke Medicine and WakeMed Health & Hospitals have established a framework designed to guide exploratory discussions regarding clinical collaborations that could potentially enable the two organizations to work toward shared goals while maintaining their independence.

DCRI and Industry Collaboration Promotes Open Data Access

Duke University, through its Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), announced this week it has entered into a novel collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) to promote open access to clinical information from company-sponsored studies.

BPA Stimulates Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Diminishes Effect of Treatment

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics, appears to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells, according to Duke Medicine researchers presenting at an annual meeting of endocrine scientists.

Air Pollution Controls Linked to Lower Death Rates in North Carolina

National and state air pollution controls that went into effect in the early 1990s coincide with decreasing death rates from emphysema, asthma and pneumonia among people in North Carolina, according to a study led by Duke University researchers.

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