UCH, Childrens Top Ranked
University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado, were ranked Colorado's best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report.
Cutting Corners to Help Underserved
A Missouri plan to use newly graduated medical doctors with no postgraduate training in underserved communities will not help the doctor shortage, a CU physician writes.
MDs Should Embrace YouTube
Doctors and other health advocates need to embrace social media to spread medical information to the public, a CU cancer researcher says.
Nurse Visits Help Babies
Low-income mothers and their first-born children who received home visits from nurses are less likely to die from preventable causes, CU research shows.
Road Tests for Older Drivers
Testing and rehabilitation for older drivers is available, but many physicians don't know about it, and insurance companies often don't pay, CU researchers say.
Alcohol Killing Coloradans
Alcohol is a factor in the death of one out of seven Coloradans - a statistic that sounds high but doesn't surprise CU addiction specialists.
Good Eating for Campers
There are easy and delicious recipes for campers who want to get out of the hot dog and hamburger rut, an Anschutz Health and Wellness nutritionist says.
Fitness Center a Step Above
Holly Wyatt, MD, says the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is unique in the country because of the services it offers.
New Plastic Surgery Clinic
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has a new plastic surgery clinic featuring CoolSculpting, Botox injections and other services.
Kennedy Named Pew Scholar
Matthew J. Kennedy, PhD, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He is one of 22 early-career researchers to receive the honor this year.
Expensive Hep C Treatments
New hepatitis C treatment can cost $1,000 per pill, but a CU physician says patients should have access because it saves money in the long term.
No More Divert Hours at UCH
No emergency patients have been diverted from University of Colorado Hospital since the new Emergency Department opened in April 2013.
Nutrition Know-How for Doctors
Most physicians receive little education on diet, but at CU School of Medicine, nutrition classes have been added to all four years.
Amputee Support Group
University of Colorado Hospital welcomes amputees looking for support, education and solutions to problems like phantom limb pain.
Alzheimers Link Grows
The link between Alzheimer's Disease and Down syndrome is growing, a CU researcher says.
$9 Million for Marijuana Research
A CU doctor hopes to use some of Colorado's $9 million for marijuana research to look into whether pot can help people break drug addictions.
Aurora - Best Place for Women Workers
Aurora earned the top spot in the nation for women workers, who earn almost as much as men for doing the same jobs, thanks in part to Anschutz Medical Campus.
A Pivotal Fellowship for Krugman
Dean Richard Krugman, MD, reflects on his pivotal year as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C.
Viruses Spread through Mimicry
CU scientists have learned that certain viruses spread by taking on the shape of other RNA molecules and hijacking the cell.
Avoid Airplane Blood Clots
Sitting for long hours on an airplane can cause blood to clot in your legs. But a UCH physician says there are ways to prevent that from happening.
Attacking Lung Cancer as a Team
Patients at CU's Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic receive care from a team of health care workers who investigate the best approach to cure the disease.
Doctors Help Zoo Animals
CU physicians volunteer to help Denver Zoo primates who suffer from many of the same diseases that plague their human counterparts.
MDs and Drug Addiction
A UCH anesthesiologist says his addiction to Oxycodone highlights how vulnerable physicians are to prescription drug dependencies.
UCH Adds Patient Rooms
UCH will finish building out its new patient tower years ahead of schedule because of higher than expected patient volume.
Vaccine Reimbursement Issues
School-based influenza vaccine programs could be more effective if not limited by low rates of third-party reimbursement, CU research shows.
Pot-Related Auto Crashes Increase
The proportion of marijuana-positive drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado has increased dramatically since 2009, CU researchers say.
Testing for Synthetic Drugs
CU toxicologists have developed a test to detect spice, a manufactured drug that has poisoned hundreds of people in Colorado.
New UCH Chief Named
Elizabeth Concordia, president of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospital and Community Services Division, will become president and CEO of UCHealth.
Pot Hospitalizations Increase
UCH is admitting about one person every day for marijuana-related problems, mostly involving edibles, the head of the emergency department says.
Wine Protects Kidneys
A little wine prevents kidney disease in healthy patients and protects hearts of those with kidney disease. CU researchers say.
Squabbling Over New VA Campus
VA and House members disagreed on the VA's ability to run big construction projects like the large VA complex going up next to Anschutz Medical Campus.
How Plane Hitchhiker Survived
The boy who caught a ride in the wheelwell of a Boeing 767 had youth on his side and possibly lucky genetics, a CU altitude specialist says.
Pioneering Personalized Medicine
CU's new Center for Personalized Medicine and Biomedical Informatics saves lives by tailoring medical treatments to patients' DNA.
CU researchers may help scientists develop treatments or vaccines for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and other disease-causing flaviviruses.
Guatemala Clinic Opens
Banana workers and their families have a new medical facility staffed by CU doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and students.
Health Careers for Kids
Dissecting cow eyeballs and suturing bananas were just some of the great activities for 200 kids interested in health care at hPod on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
School Clinic Supports Education
A community clinic staffed partly by Children's Hospital Colorado provides check-ups, dental care and immunizations for Aurora K-8 students.
Students Try CU Pot Program
A pioneering therapy model called Encompass is helping Adams City High School students caught intoxicated or using pot at school.
Zombie Cancer Cells
A cancer cell killed by chemotherapy doesn't necessarily stay dead, CU researchers have learned.
Medical Research Incubator Rises
Bioscience 2 on the Fitzsimons Life Science District will house CU's bioengineering graduate program and startup medical companies.
Anschutz Opens Doors to Neighbors
A $1 million grant to reach out to Anschutz Medical Campus neighbors will encourage healthy lifestyles and expand employment opportunities.
The Secret to Alligator Ears
A CU researcher says alligators' mysteriously good hearing is the result of air-filled channels connecting the middle ears - a trait similar to that of birds.
Extreme Weight Loss Series
Thirteen episodes of the Extreme Weight Loss TV series taped partially at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, will premiere May 27 on ABC.
MS and Marijuana
Marijuana in pill or spray form reduces MS symptoms, and many patients are using it, despite the lack of thorough research.
Exercise Prescribed for Cancer
CU Cancer Center physicians are prescribing exercise because patients who work out have fewer hospitalizations, tolerate treatments better and have improved outcomes.
Grant for Teens with Diabetes
A diabetes diagnosis can be tough for teens, but a $2.1 million grant to the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes will teach them how to manage the disease.
Deep Brain Stimulation Video
Neurosurgeons at University of Colorado Hospital help patients with Parkinson's and other neurological diseases through deep brain stimulation.
UCH Recommends Acupuncture
Cancer patients at UCH say acupuncture treatments are helping with recovery and mitigating side effects.
UCH Donation for Food Bank
UC Health has given $50,000 to Loveland Food Share, which makes sure clients get plenty of fresh produce and recipes on how to prepare it.
A Cure for Hep C
A new drug tested at University of Colorado Hospital can cure most patients with Hepatitis C within 12 weeks, researchers say.
The Workout Woe
Working out but not losing weight? It's a common complaint, but there might be a reason for it.
Fast-track Drugs Helping Patients
Leukemia patients in clinical trials at Anschutz are taking advantage of life-saving drugs made available by new federal legislation.
Marijuana and You
How does the legalization of marijuana affect you and your health? Attend a symposium with experts from CU and elsewhere.
Care-taking the Caregiver
Caregivers of cancer patients can learn stress reduction, problem solving and other skills at classes offered by CU Cancer Center.
Surviving Cancer Classes
Support classes for cancer survivors offered by University of Colorado Hospital and CU Cancer Center can help improve quality of life.
Springs Branch Offices Open
Leaders from the CU School of Medicine on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its branch in Colorado Springs at a ceremony in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at CU Colorado Springs.
Old Denver Campus Sold
The CU Board of Regents has agreed to sell the former 26 acrew CU medical campus at Ninth and Colorado to developers who plan to build a "town center."
Wanted - Female Researchers
Women make up fewer than one-third of researchers and engineers nationally; a CU advocate says attempts to attract girls to these fields needs to start early.
Big Flu Year at UCH
Flu numbers are up at UCH, but a new molecular test is helping staff identify patients' illnesses more accurately.
Beauty Before Cancer
Cancer warning don't increase teen use of sunscreen, but PSAs showing that sun causes aging will.
Melanoma Therapy Working
A two-drug therapy that blocks separate melanoma growth pathways is helping patients at CU Cancer Center.
Gift for Melanoma Research
A research project that aims for more targeted therapies for melanoma has been made possible by a $5 million anonymous gift.
Weather Warmup Equals More Falls
Be careful! The number of slips and sprains rises as winter weather warms and people begin emerging from their homes, CU physicians say.
Unvaccinated Adults Dying
Adult vaccination rates remain stubbornly low but CU researchers have found that doctors rarely discuss the 11 recommended vaccines with their patients.
'Weight Fate' Sets Early in Life
Your "weight fate" is set by age 5, a new study shows, meaning day care and preschools need to get involved in diet and exercise, a CU physician says.
Pacemakers and defibrillators can keep very ill people alive against their will. A CU palliative care physician says doctors need to talk to patients about end of life when inserting the devices.
Biological, Chemical Agent Research
School of Medicine researchers will team with the Boulder campus to develop ways to more quickly determine how drugs and biological and chemical agents affect humans.
Rodeo Doc Knows the Ropes
Sprains, strains and broken bones borne by rodeo cowboys often fall under the care of a CU orthopedic traumatologist, who can be found at many Colorado rodeos.
Running CU's Banana Plantation Clinic
A physician who has split his time between Guatemala and Colorado will head CU's new health clinic to help an impoverished area in southwest Guatemala.
Palliative Care Grant
The CU and Duke University schools of medicine have received a $10 million grant for work with the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group over the next five years.
Synthetic Pot Grows More Potent
CU emergency doctors who treated 263 patients who had ingested synthetic marijuana last fall say the substances can be much stronger than the real thing.
Danger of Too Much Sugar
Need a good reason to cut back on sweets? How about this: Too much sugar makes you dumb, sad and wrinkly.
Crossfit Injuries Rarely Serious
A CU orthopedic surgeon says a paralyzing injury like the one a crossfit athlete recently suffered during a power lift is rare. Most crossfit injuries are less serious.
Grant for Type 1 Diabetes Study
Barbara Davis Center researchers have received a $2.4 million grant to study the effect of uric acid on kidney disease among diabetics.
Dean Krugman to Step Down
Richard D. Krugman, MD, University of Colorado vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, announced in his Jan. 13 email to campus that he has asked the university’s leadership to begin the process of hiring his successor.
Poor and Rich Kid Obesity Divide
Poor kids are more likely to be overweight than their wealthier peers; a CU physician says more effort needs to go into changing lifestyles in poor neighborhoods.
PT for Preemies
Infants born too early or who have genetic or drug exposure issues can benefit from UCH therapists who gently teach their patients how live outside the womb.
Gala for Groundbreaking Hearing Center
Donnie Osmond will star in a gala for the Marion Downs Hearing Center to build the world's most comprehensive clinic to help the deaf, hearing impaired and their families.
Cholesterol Checks for Kids
Children between 9 and 11 should have cholesterol checks to identify hereditary problems that could cause heart disease, says a CU physician.
What to Tell Your Teen about Pot
Marijuana is now legal in Colorado, so what do you tell your kids? Is it addictive? Is it harmless? Our doctors offer some advice.
Access Impacts ER Visits
Medicaid beneficiaries often say they are unable to reach primary care providers or make a same-day appointment, which may be a reason they end up more often in emergency departments.
UCH to Expand Again
Just months after finishing its inpatient expansion, University of Colorado Hospital plans to grow again, building out a med-surg unit, a critical care unit and four more operating rooms.
In Utero Surgery Growing at Anschutz
Advanced, specialized in utero surgeries are part of a day's work at the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health, where deliveries have grown 10-fold since 2011.
Variant NKH Discovered
A CU medical school professor has identified a new disease that clears up illnesses that resemble but differ from NKH.
Nurse Visits Benefit Children
Home visits by nurses to low-income pregnant women and parents of young children had some positive benefits for the children, researchers say.
Meniere's Disease Breakthrough
Two CU researchers say they've determined the cause of Meniere's disease, a disabling disorder that can cause permanent deafness.
Frostbite Treatment Improves
Freezing temperatures mean frostbite cases for University of Colorado Hospital, where new medicines are providing better cures.
State of Slim Success Stories
State of Slim participants at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center are losing weight through exercise and nutrition, but also by adopting new behaviors in all areas of their lives.
Healthy Obese People Still at Risk
Healthy obese people continue to have a greater chance of heart attack and stroke than healthy normal-weight people, a new analysis shows.
Python Physiology Offers Human Clues
Pythons' ability to swallow and digest prey far larger than themselves offer enticing clues that could help scientists understand human conditions like ulcers and metabolic disorders.
Grant for Pediatric Stroke Study
Anschutz researchers will study pediatric strokes with a $2.5 million four-year grant from the American Heart/Stroke Association and the Bugher Foundation.
Anschutz Pulls in Donations
Donations to Anschutz Medical Campus comprised over half the total fundraising dollars in CU's Creating Futures campaign, which has raised $1.521 billion since 2006.
Kids Less Healthy Today
Children around the world are slower and have less endurance than their parents when they were young, says a CU pediatrician.
Bike Crashes Soar in North
The number of cyclists involved in accidents in Northern Colorado jumped 80 percent between 2006 and 2012, a UCH study says.
The End of Diabetes
"I think that the day will come when we don’t have diabetes,” says a researcher at CU's Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.
Over the counter probiotics could be the answer for people suffering from abdominal bloating, food allergies and even weight gain.
Campus a Good Place for Vets
Anschutz Medical Campus and its sister campus in Denver made the Military Times' list of top four-year colleges for veterans.
In Utero Surgery for Twins
Twins Coco and Scout were endangered by an uneven blood supply before they were even born, but surgeons at Children's Hospital Colorado quickly fixed the problem.
Biggest Loser Spurs Three-Resort Plan
The Biggest Loser show was the idea behind a three-part health resort plan with the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center that will include sites in Telluride, Estes Park and Colorado Springs.
DNA Tests for Kids Sports
DNA tests that claim to identify sports in which your child will excel are available in Boulder. But a CU geneticist says don't take it too seriously.
Training Curbs Opioid Abuse
An epidemic of prescription drug abuse is reversing thanks to a training effort to educate Colorado health care workers on chronic pain management.
CU researchers are linking popular testosterone supplements to heart attacks, strokes and an increased risk of death.
Coaching Is High Pressure Job
The high pressure world of sports coaching has seen some casualties lately; a CU physician says too much stress causes serious problems for everyone.
School-Based Medical Centers
School-based health centers get high marks from parents and teens, who use them as a medical home for a variety of needs including vaccinations and illnesses.
New Neighbors on Colfax
A healthcare group that wants to be near Anschutz Medical Campus has agreed to build on a four-acre property at Colfax and Peoria.
Largest Study of Male Breast Cancer
Men with breast cancer are more likely to be treated with mastectomy than are women, CU Cancer Center researchers say in study involving more than 700,000 cases.
Mice Numb to Scorpion Sting
Grasshopper mice can eat scorpions without feeling the sting. CU researchers say that discovery could lead to development of new pain-relieving drugs.
$48.4 Million NIH Grant Award
The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute on the Anschutz campus has won a grant to research drugs and diseases and translate findings into practical health improvements.
Breast Cancer Risk Test
University of Colorado Health has developed a Facebook quiz to help women determine their risk of breast cancer.
Why We Slow Down
An older person's heart pounding 120 beats per minute is working harder than a younger person's heart at 150. Why is that? Blame the heart's natural pacemaker, CU researchers say.
Postpartum Breast Cancer Riskier
CU Cancer Center researchers are asking healthy new moms to give breast biopsy samples to help cure breast cancer in young mothers, who stand a high risk of recurrence.
Top Breast Cancer Risks
Being overweight causes 20 percent of all breast cancers, a CU researcher says. Alcohol consumption is another culprit.
Wellness Center's CO Expansion Plans
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center plans three centers in Estes Park, Colorado Springs and Telluride, each with a different emphasis, leaders said at a community meeting.
Refusing HPV Vaccine
CU researchers asked low-income parents of girls ages 12-15 why they their daughters didn't get a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus. Answers varied between English speakers and Spanish speakers.
UCH Flies Docs to Estes Park
University of Colorado Health is renting a helicopter to bring physicians to patients in Estes Park, where flood waters have damaged access roads.
Falls Predict Recovery
CU researchers say they can predict how well older patients will recover from surgery by the number of falls they've had in preceding months.
Get Your Kids Moving
You can't count on PE classes to be enough so get your child moving by giving him a pedometer, limiting her TV time and other small things to increase exercise hours.
Clearing the Air on Mammograms
How often should you get a mammogram? If you have a close relative who died of breast cancer, start 10 years before her diagnosis, says UCH Dr. Regina Brown.
Shutdown Hurts CO Medical Research
A prolonged government shutdown could hit hard at Anschutz Medical Campus, which gets about half of its research funding from federal sources.
Colorectal Cancer Upsurge in Youth
Cases of colorectal cancer are increasing in younger people, who are more likely to die of the disease. A CU researcher is trying to find out why.
Wellness Center Expanding to Mountains
The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center may partner with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park to build a wellness center/resort akin to the Broadmoor Hotel and Spa in Colorado Springs.
Simpler Bariatric Surgery
A CU physician is an expert in a new type of surgery that helps patients who have started to gain weight several years after having bariatric surgery.
Calling Dr. Mole
CU researchers say 229 mobile apps like Dr. Mole and iSore will diagnose your skin problem, but there's no guarantee they'll be accurate.
Child Sex Exploitation Report
Children forced into prostitution should be treated as child abuse victims, not be as sex workers, says a study by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council committee, co-chaired by our Dean, Richard Krugman, MD.
Home treatments can be pretty effective for treating acne, the nation's No. 1 dermatological complaint, says a CU doctor.
Marijuana Links to Lung Cancer
Does smoking marijuana cause lung cancer? Probably, simply because cigarettes and marijuana have many of the same carcinogens, but a CU doctor says studies are too flawed to be sure.
Get a Flu Shot
Do you have questions or concerns about getting a flu shot? UCH director of infection diseases can answer all of them.
Healthy After-School Snacks
Did you know that kids eat more fruit and vegetables if they've been cut up for them? A CU nutritionist offers some easy snack tips.
Pre-Health Program Awarded
The CU Undergraduate Pre-Health Program, which focuses on increasing underrepresented populations in health care professions to combat health disparities, has been recognized nationally.
Now that we know how bad sugar is for our health, should it become regulated?
Opportunities in Health Care Changes
Two CU School of Medicine students write that the Affordable Health Care Act will give providers the opportunity to test new models and innovations.
The Frightful Freshman 15
The freshman 15 is no fantasy. Many first-year students don't realize they've put on weight until they come home for the holidays. Here are some tips on avoiding weight gain.
Heat Illness Guidelines Ignored
Athletic trainers are failing to follow guidelines that would prevent heat-related illnesses in high school football players, two studies show.
New Genetic Disease
CU doctors trying to solve the mystery of a young boy's illness have discovered a new genetic mutation.
Universal Influenza Vaccines
A vaccine that would protect the public from all flu viruses, including an influenza pandemic, will be available in the near future.
Scholars, Donors Honored
Top CU officials recognized 97 School of Medicine students who have been awarded President’s Medical Scholarships and University Physicians, Inc. Scholarships.
$1 Million Endowment
Robert H. Allen, MD, and his wife Nancy Carroll Allen have announced a $1 million commitment to support the creation of the Robert W. Schrier, MD Endowed Chair in the Department of Medicine.
School Lunch Tricks
Want to make healthy school lunched your kid will actually eat? Make them look and taste like the unhealthy pre-packaged lunches.
VA Construction Probe
Arguments between a contractor and the Veterans Administration over a hospital complex going up next to Anschutz Medical Campus will likely result in an inspector general's probe.
Is It Allergies or a Cold
Summer colds can be mistaken for allergies because they generally last longer than winter colds. A CU physician tells how to know the difference between the two.
Awards for Innovation
Three teams from the School of Medicine were recognized Friday for their efforts to create and implement process improvement tools that save time and money for the University.
Mapping Life-Saving Devices
An ER doctor and her team have mapped the location of 2,000 AED devices since 2010 so 911 operators can get help faster to heart attack victims.
Childproof Marijuana Packaging
Wrapping pot in opaque, child-resistant packaging could cut accidental ingestion by children in half, CU researchers say.
Brain Size Linked to Anorexia
A CU researcher has found that parts of the brain that control taste and hunger are larger in girls who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
Inside the Nighthorse Campbell Building
Get a peek inside the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, fashioned after a Plains Indian teepee and filled with collections of Native American art.
Unknown Effects of E-Cigs
E-cigarettes contain no tobacco, but they have plenty of other stuff that is causing scientists to worry about their use, CU Cancer Center says.
Do you know your metabolism personality type? Just how flexible is your metabolism? The answers could determine how easy it is for you to lose weight, says CU's Jim Hill.
Live music, massage, exercise classes and games will be part of the Anschutz Medical Campus first block party on Aug. 20. We'll post more details when we have them.
You might be surprised at how good airline food tastes on the ground, a CU researcher says. Altitude does bizarre things to our sense of taste.
Avoid Back-to-School Plague
Tips to keep your kids healthy this school year include avoiding drinking fountains and cafeteria trays, says CU's Harley Rotbart, MD.
Personalized Workouts at CU
CU's sport sciences expert Inigo San Millan, MD, is running tests on each Buffaloes football player to learn how they can excel.
Fighting Anemia through Grain
Combatting anemia in developing countries could get easier with the use of a new fortified grain, says a CU pediatrician.
Four-Decade Mystery Solved
A gunshot wound to the spine nearly killed Lou Nonay in a Vietnamese rice patty. More than four decades later, a UCH surgeon uncovered a surprising memento from that day.
No Good News on Obese Toddlers
Studies show a slight decrease in preschooler obesity, but a CU wellness leader says the decline is insignificant because one out of nine young children remains obese.
Lung Cancer Game Change
A new drug is giving a second chance to lung cancer patients thanks to a clinical trial at UCH.
Take Concussions Seriously
Strenuous activities that should be avoided after a concussion include more than soccer and football. Calculus and even reading a good book can bring on symptoms.
Overcoming the Yuck Factor
Fecal transplants to cure digestive disorders were first documented in Denver. Now the technique is considered to be more effective than antibiotics.
Free Diabetes Treatment
Participants in a CU diabetes research study testing treatment options will receive medications free.
CU's Top Docs
Almost 200 CU physicians are named among the metro area's top doctors by 5280 magazine.
Dry Eye Remedies
Dry eyes are common problem in dry office air. Here are some tips to ease the symptoms.
Sugar is the Culprit
Excessive sugar isn’t just empty calories; it’s toxic, says CU's Dr. Richard Johnson, who blames sugar for many of the West's health woes.
Hepatitis C Testing
Hepatitis C testing for all baby boomers will identify 800,000 new cases and prevent more than 120,000 deaths, a CU doctor says.
Clinic Founders Visit
Guatemala banana plantation owners Fernando and Gustavo Bolanos came to Anschutz Medical Campus to talk about their new medical center, which will be staffed by our health sciences faculty and staff.
UCH Top in Colorado
The University of Colorado Hospital is again ranked as the best hospital in Colorado by U.S. News Best Hospitals report.
CU's efforts to help improve medical education in Zimbabwe took another step forward when several cardiologists came to Colorado recently to observe our procedures.
Flavonoid's Checkered Record
A CU cancer researcher says flavonoids, which are often taken as nutritional supplements, may actually encourage some cancers while discouraging others.
Wanted; Down Syndrome DNA
A CU genetics researcher says he needs the help of 500 people with Down syndrome to find better treatments for common problems like diabetes.
Med Peds Residency Program
The CU Department of Medicine and Pediatrics launched a new combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program.
Postpartum Breast Cancer
Published research by DOM fellow studies how reproductive history influences the prognosis of breast cancer in young women.
From the Chair - June 2013
Welcome to our Department of Medicine newsletter which will become a regular occurrence to help you keep up with all the things happening in our Department.
Help for Back Pain
UCH is one of the few hospitals in the country performing SI joint fusion to ease back pain.
Hyatt Conference Center
A Hyatt conference center/hotel will go up at Anschutz Medical Campus but another proposal has pulled out.
Baby Food and Diabetes
Starting solid foods too early or too late may be a cause of the childhood diabetes epidemic, CU researchers say.
Quick Test for Seniors
CU doctors say there's a simple way to find out whether the benefits of undergoing surgery outweigh the risks for seniors.
Translators Not Being Used
Pediatricians often fail to use professional translators when working with families with limited English-speaking abilities. A CU doctor says medical students and residents need better training.
Great Dane Spurs Research
A CU researcher used an innovative approach to treat his Great Dane's lung cancer. Now he's starting a clinical trial to see if it works with humans.
Painkiller overdose deaths are growing even faster for women than for men; a CU pharmacist speculates why.
Extreme Weight Loss
CU's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center will be featured in the fourth season of ABC’s hit series Extreme Weight Loss.
Change Medical Education
Medical schools across the country are altering curriculum to keep up with changes in health care, says CU's Larry Green, MD.
CU medical and nursing students participate in a rural immersion program to help attract health professionals to underserved areas.
Osmonds Support CU Hearing Center
The Osmond family's own experience with deafness has spurred their support for CU's Marion Downs Center, with Donny Osmond planning to appear at a January fundraising gala.
New Rail Line
RTD managers say they recommend moving a new light rail line to the north of Anschutz Medical Campus to avoid disrupting sensitive equipment.
Saving Their Son
A little boy with a brain tumor is doing fine, thanks to CU doctors, a mom who was a medical student for most of his life and a dad who is a CU pharmacology fellow.
When to Have the Talk
Physicians should begin talking to seniors about driving abilities when they turn 65 and Medicare kicks in, a CU survey of patients and doctors says.
UCH is the first hospital in the state to use a new method of freezing tumors of the esophagus.
Talk to grandparents and other family about storing pharmaceuticals out of the reach of children - a CU study shows more kids are being poisoned by accidental ingestion of adult prescription drugs.
Path to Medical School
A Basalt teenager makes it into a prestigious program that guarantees acceptance to CU School of Medicine as long as he meets standards during his undergraduate years.
Readjust Light Rail Line
CU President Bruce Benson wants a future light rail line moved away from campus to avoid electromagnetic interference with sensitive hospital equipment.
Obesity Care for the Poor
CU researchers are reaching out to obese patients with few resources in hopes of discovering a method that could help more in the community.
Premie Food Shortage at an End
Children's Hospital Colorado officials welcome an FDA move to acquire rare nutrients from Norway to inject premature babies and cancer patients who cannot eat normally.
Timing Matters in Survival Rates
Patients with congestive heart failure have a lower survival rates if admitted in January, on Fridays or between midnight and 6 a.m., CU researchers say.
Kids Eat Parents' Pot Goodies
A CU researcher has found that a growing number of children younger than 12 are being treated for accidental ingestion of marijuana since the federal government eased enforcement against Colorado's medical marijuana users.
Healthy Eating Cheat Sheet
Eat healthy at local restaurants by peeking first at a list of healthy menu items through a CU Anschutz Health and Wellness program.
$1.5 Million Gift
A generous gift to the CU Lion's Eye Institute is the second of its size in three months and will establish a chair at the institute.
CU's Catherine A. Lozupone weighs in on the early science of our "second genome," the bacterial species that live in human bodies. What makes a healthy microbial community?
North Middle School students plan to hold a farmer's market this summer with produce grown in their new community garden - the brainchild of Anschutz Medical Campus students.
Implanted Defibrillators Study
A CU study shows that the mortality rate was no better for people receiving an expensive implanted defibrillators rather than a cheaper one.
CU's Dr. Connie Savor Price is one of a team of experts invited to Saudi Arabia to investigate the outbreak of a fatal SARS-like disease called coronavirus.
Turn Off the Fat Switch
Animals evolved to store fat for hard times, but there's a way to teach your body to burn fat instead, a CU researcher says.
Knee Fat-Arthritis Link
CU researchers have found a connection between a type of protein in knee fat and rheumatoid arthritis, paving the way for a vaccine or drug to stop the disease's progression.
Asking Questions Can Save Lives
Asking heart patients about their quality of life can help physicians save lives by predicting heart attacks and other serious health crises.
More Benefits from Daily Aspirin
We all know that taking a daily aspirin can prevent heart attacks and strokes. But a CU study shows that it can also help you survive trauma from severe injuries.
Dramatic Drop in ER Waits
A new UCH emergency room means quicker service. Wait times for patients have dropped from an average of 80 minutes to 10.
DNA Tests Safer for Fetus
UCH is offering expectant mothers a DNA blood test instead of the more dangerous amniocentesis procedure to test for birth defects.
Amusement Ride Injuries
A new study shows that 4,400 children are injured in amusement rides each year. A CU expert gives tips on how to keep your kids safe.
Eye Exercises Don't Have to Be Expensive
Eye exercises can help people who have problems reading despite having good vision. But a CU doctor says watch out for clinics who advocate and charge for unscientific methods.
Hiring Boom at UCH
A new patient tower translates to a lot more medical staff at UCH. In the last year, 251 nurses have been hired to help care for the booming patient population.
High Tea for New Moms
A high tea service hits the spot for tired, hungry new moms at University of Colorado Hospital.
Add Nuts to Your Diet
Substituting nuts for other high-fat, high-calorie foods could actually help you lose weight, researchers say.
Fighting a Deadly Virus
CU is part of a nationwide study to determine whether using antibodies to treat women infected with the CMV virus will cut back on birth defects for their children.
Gun Violence Study
A CU study of emergency room visits at Denver Health showed that 2 percent of childhood trauma cases involve gunshot wounds.
UCH Chief Shaped Boston ER Response
Practice is key to a successful emergency response in dealing with mass casualties, says University of Colorado Hospital emergency chief Richard Zane, MD, who helped shape Boston policies.
A CU study of patients with pulmonary fibrosis is the first to map out genes associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis risk on a genome-wide scale and should help improve treatment.
LDL Link to Alzheimer's
A CU researcher says the cause of both Alzheimer's disease and heart disease may lie in high LDL cholesterol levels.
BMI and Breakfast Cereal
Have you heard about the study that showed children who eat breakfast cereal tend to have a lower body mass index? A CU doctor says the study wasn't broad enough.
New quarters for the UCH Emergency Department means a transformation in patient care, including all new processes to ease the experience.
Beall Blacklists Journals
CU research librarian Jeffrey Beall tracks the explosion of what he calls "predatory open-access journals," which exploit researchers.
Testosterone Gel Study
Healthy men with low testosterone levels get little benefit from popular testosterone creams, a CU researcher says.
Endobarrier Research Study
Health and Wellness researchers are looking for diabetes patients to take part in a study for a new device that can block food absorption.
Clues to Pediatric MS
A study into what causes children to come down with multiple sclerosis is underway at Children's Hospital Colorado.
MDs Not Asking about Guns
Emergency staff fail to ask suicidal patients about gun access in the majority of cases, a CU study shows.
CU's research achievements are on display in Research Colorado, a publication of the Boulder County Business Report and Northern Colorado Business Report.
Transitioning Diabetic Kids to Adulthood
Children with type 1 diabetes face a greater risk of health problems in adulthood if transition to adult care is not carefully managed, two CU researchers have found in the most comprehensive study of its kind.
A four-star hotel, conference center and apartment unit are planned just south of the Anschutz Medical Campus near the new VA hospital.
Whole Milk vs. Skim
Is low- or non-fat milk better than 2 percent and whole milk? Pediatricians have been saying yes for years, but newer studies raise doubts. A CU pediatrician weighs in.
Learn how to 'accumulate wellness' with Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Executive Director Jim Hill at a weekend retreat at the Broadmoor Hotel.
HPV Vaccine Safety
Fewer parents are electing to vaccinate their daughters with the HPV vaccine, which a CU researcher says is "extremely safe" and can prevent cervical cancer.
Match Day 2013 Photos, Video
See our coverage of Match Day 2013, when 166 CU School of Medicine fourth-years learned where they'll spend their residency.
ER Efficiencies at Memorial
Wait times at the Memorial HospitalCentral Emergency Department, part of University of Colorado Health, have dropped precipitously following a procedures overhaul last month.
Fifth in Primary Care
The CU School of Medicine continues to rank among the top schools of medicine in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.
Counseling the Young
Siblings of Children’s Hospital Colorado patients ask Jenaya Gordon what will happen when their brothers or sisters die: “Is she going to be hungry? Is she going to be cold? Can she breathe when she’s buried underground?”
Too Many Gun Wounds
A trip to Asia opened the eyes of an emergency doctor on staff the night of the Aurora theater shootings: "I had seen more gunshot wound victims in that one night than these doctors will see in their entire careers."
$3.7 Million Grant for Kempe
The state has awarded $3.7 million to Kempe Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect to overhaul training for child protection workers.
Introduce Allergens Early
Introducing allergens like peanuts and milk to children as young as 4 months can reduce their chances of developing allergies later, a CU research study shows.
Fear of Falling
A CU physician sees the national crisis of falling among senior citizens through the eyes of his father-in-law who keeps a "flog" short for fall log in which he documents his wife's falls.
Blocking the Obesity Gene
CU researchers have designed mice that do not get fat by blocking an obesity gene. Humans have the same gene.
Midwife Deliveries Multiply at UCH
The number of women choosing midwives for labor and delivery is rapidly increasing. The Center for Midwifery at UCH sees 35-50 babies born a month.
Faculty Spotlight: Duy Nguyen, MD, MA
Dr. Nguyen has been as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado for two years. Much of his work is as a cardiac electophysiologist specializing in cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Good Bacteria through Starches
Eat a diet high in resistant starches like whole grains, beans and room temperature pasta, and your body will be more likely to resist colon cancer, diabetes and other diseases, CU researchers say.
Highs and Lows of Pot Use
Is marijuana bad for you? Yes, says a CU researcher, but just how bad isn't known. There isn't a long-term body of research to answer that question.
Krugman - Waiting for Godot
Dean Krugman says that waiting more than two years for the first meeting of the national commission charged with solving health care worker shortages is like 'Waiting for Godot."
Getting Men to See a Doctor
Many men will avoid going to the doctor until a problem becomes a crisis. A CU emergency physician has listed five conditions that mean a medical visit needs to happen right away.
CU's Sloan Research Fellow
A School of Medicine professor has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2013 – a prestigious award that recognizes early-career scientists.
New Ovarian Cancer Technique
CU researchers have discovered that women at high risk of ovarian cancer can reduce their risks by having their fallopian tubes removed and leaving the ovaries, delaying menopause and averting disease.
CU Researchers Weigh In
Get the skinny on the big weight debate from CU doctors: What BMI numbers really are unhealthy?
Powerful Cancer Partnership
Wings of Hope and the CU Cancer Center have joined forces to increase research funding and visibility for pancreatic cancer.
Building a Better Hand
CU researchers are building a new generation of artificial limbs that use tiny sensors for better movement.
Lindsey Vonn’s Knee Injury Explained
Dr. Omer Mei-Dan of CU Sports Medicine in Boulder says a torn ACL and MCL is one of the most common knee injuries they see in sports medicine—several each week at their clinic alone.
Diet Drinks and Alcohol
Do you get drunk faster if you mix alcohol with diet drinks? Some researchers say yes, but find out why one CU doctor disagrees.
Scarlet Fever Not to Blame
Scarlet fever was probably not what caused blindness in Mary Ingalls (left), the sister of author Laura Ingalls who wrote Little House on the Prairie, says a CU medical student researcher.
Better intake of the nutrient choline - found in eggs, tofu and fish and other foods - by pregnant women might decrease the likelihood of schizophrenia, a CU researcher says.
CU's Guatemala Clinic
Construction will start next month on a $1 million clinic serving Guatemalan plantation workers and staffed by School of Medicine students and physicians.
CU and five other schools are endeavoring to teach interprofessional education to health sciences students, but it's proving to be a challenge to manage and measure.
Viagra for Weight-loss
Will Viagra be the new weight-loss drug? Mice fed Viagra and high fat foods can't seem to gain weight, but a CU expert says that doesn't mean humans could get the same effect.
Grant to Study HIV
A CU scientist will spend the next five years researching why virus-killing cells can’t find and kill HIV-infected cells.
Debate Over Anschutz's Role
Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks responds to former Gov. Richard Lamm's recent column criticizing the role Anschutz plays in health care for all citizens.
Researchers and students in the Department of Bioengineering are developing prosthetics that will act and move more like regular arms and even give patients a sense of touch.
CU-Chinese Hospital Agreement
Doctors at CU and Zhejiang University, one of China’s premier medical institutions, have agreed to start physician exchanges and share research opportunities.
ER Docs Stop Pain Killer Abuse
Colorado emergency doctors are changing rules regarding addictive painkillers to stop a nationwide increase in overdose deaths.
Traffic Headaches Ahead
New bus and light rail lines combined with a highway upgrade will mean years of traffic challenges for the medical campus.
Relations between UCH and community doctors have not always been strong, but a campus initiative is improving communications.
Choline as the Cure
The essential nutrient choline found in many common food sources may prevent schizophrenia as well as cure diseases from hepatitis to dementia.
Flu Defense Methods
Hand sanitizers and flu shots are only the beginning. Exercise, eating right and even knowing the correct way to sneeze will help prevent the flu.
Fort Collins Cancer Center
University of Colorado Health will open an $11 million outpatient cancer center in Fort Collins in 2014.
Broomfield Medical Campus
University of Colorado Health will open a medical campus in north Broomfield to meet health care needs in a fast-growing part of the metro area.
CU research shows that reminders sent by health departments are more effective at increasing immunization rates among preschool children than those from primary care practices.
Epicenter of Healthy Living
The new Anschutz Health and Wellness Center encourages a holistic approach to health, which Executive Director Jim Hill calls "accumulating wellness."
Cancer Prevention Funding Returns
The state of Colorado is diverting millions in tobacco tax money back to cancer prevention, putting funds toward screening, and smoking cessation and prevention strategies.
Mental Health Funding Lags
The executive director of CU's Depression Center says Colorado's funding to help the mentally ill is behind the rest of the nation.
Anxiety and the Elderly
Read this essay about anxiety and the elderly, and how one CU doctor learned to help his grandfather's worry a little less.
Grant to Help Fetal Health
Two CU doctors will use a new $11 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve in utero nutrition in Guatemala, Pakistan, India and Zambia.
A Tree That Moved a Building
University of Colorado Hospital changed architectural plans for the new $400 million patient tower to save one of the oldest trees on campus.
Wendy Kohrt, PhD
Wendy Kohrt, PhD, combines a background in exercise science with a focus on geriatrics to lead a research group dedicated to preventing disease and maintaining functional independence in old age.
Overseas Patients Fill Luxury Rooms
Patients from around the world seek medical care in Colorado, so UCH has outfitted four rooms to look like luxury hotel rooms for patients willing to spend an extra $1,000 a day.
Breast Cancer Prevention
Obese women stand a greater chance of getting breast cancer after menopause but there are perimenopausal lifestyle and medication options that can decrease those odds, a CU researcher says.
CU Surgeons in Katmandu
A team of CU surgeons is working in Katmandu operating on patients, donating equipment and helping local doctors learn new techniques.
UCH-Memorial Attract Doctors
The number of doctors associated with Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs has jumped 40 percent since a lease was approved with University of Colorado Health system.
New Prostate Cancer Approaches
The drug arsenal for treating prostate cancer in older patients has grown rapidly, as has the complexity in deciding treatment options, CU researchers say.
A Pre-Med Journey
Forty high school students hovered around mannequins with medical problems as part of a pre-med field trip to Anschutz's Center for Advancing Professional Excellence.
Above and Beyond
Fourth-year medical student Matt Leroue has traveled the world helping the under-privileged through Timmy Global Health. Now the organization is up for a national award, which could mean big money to help the patients.
A Simpler Heart Surgery
Doctors at University of Colorado Hospital can now replace a heart valve without open heart surgery.
Less Invasive Pancreatic Surgery
University of Colorado Hospital patients can now take advantage of an advanced laparoscopic technique in surgery of the pancreas.
Comilla Sasson, MD, reveals her list of good and bad drinks to help you avoid holiday weight gain. (Hint: eggnog=bad)
Art Auction for Aids Treatment
An auction of Zimbabwe artwork will fund AIDS treatment in that country through the ZATA Project on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Fulginiti Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Scary Hotel Germs
If your holiday includes some time in a hotel, check out some tips from a CU infectious disease doctor on how to disinfect your room to help you stay healthy for the season.
Oral Care Expands
Physician assistants at the School of Medicine are on the forefront of a national movement to improve patients' oral health by checking for disease and infections.
Distinguished Professor Award for Krugman
"Dr. Krugman is the best-known living physician in the field of child abuse and pediatrics, not only in the United States, but likely in the world," Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks said in recognizing Thursday Krugman as a Distinguished Professor.
Danger for Dialysis Patients
Long-term dialysis patients have a higher risk for postoperative complications and death after surgery than nondialysis counterparts, a CU study shows.
Juggling Patient Overload
As they wait for a new patient tower to open in the spring, University of Colorado Hospital medical staff carefully balance a constant stream of patients with too few beds.
Influenza, Autism Link
A CU study indicates that women who had the flu for at least one week during pregnancy can increase their child's chances of autism.
Home for the Heart Institute
Children with congenial heart defects have a new medical home at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Heart Institute, where all the diverse services have been centralized.
Future of Medicine Videos
If you're interested in the future of medicine and medical education, see these videos with AAMC President and CU alumnus Darrell Kirch and CU School of Medicine Dean Richard Krugman as they talk about change.
Cholesterol Drug Ineffective
A drug that's been found to boost HDL (good cholesterol) does nothing to prevent strokes and other health problems, a CU researcher says.
Avoid Hospital Readmission
About 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge for reasons including infection, errors and confusion, says a CU researcher.
Beefing Up MMR Vaccine
An extra MMR shot can ramp up immunity for kids living or studying in close quarters, especially in areas where vaccine rates are low, a CU researcher says.
The Anschutz Medical Campus has a new home on the web. Check it out at: http://ow.ly/eVir3
A Return to Vietnam
A former surgeon in the Vietnam war has returned to help modernize training for medical professionals at a hospital for the poor.
Water vs. No-Calorie Drinks
Do zero calorie drinks offer the same benefits during weight loss as water? That's what Anschutz Health & Wellness researchers are going to find out.
Belly Fat Loss
CU dermatologists are performing a new non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound to melt away belly fat.
Halloween Tricks for Treats
Are you worried that Halloween will kick off a three-month sugar blitz for you and your kids? Here are some good ideas on how to avoid that.
Rural Cancer Challenges
People living in rural areas who get diagnosed with cancer face different challenges than their urban cohorts. Two CU programs are working to overcome the distinction.
Apply to Bioengineering Program
Applications are being taken to CU's new bachelor's degree program in bioengineering; an open house for the graduate level program is this Friday.
CPR and Racial Issues
CU researchers say that blacks and Latinos are far less likely to receive CPR than whites and that everyone's odds of receiving assistance deteriorate in poorer neighborhoods.