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​Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Eric Schmidt, MD

As the son of a father with a serious chronic illness, Eric Schmidt came to understand the power of a good bedside manner at an early age.

Todd Bull, MD

It was in the Intensive Care Unit there that he developed a keen interest in the delicate relationship between heart and lungs.

Mark Geraci, MD

“Our overarching goal is to continue to make Colorado the place where the next generation is being trained”

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How does plague spread in the U.S.?

“Rodents, animals in the rodent family, are the reservoir and fleas that bite them can become infected and bite humans,” CU’s Michelle Barron, an infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Hospital, told CBS News.

Clinicians Reluctant to Prescribe Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

CU’s Ingrid Binswanger: “Given the substantial increase in fatal overdoses from pharmaceutical opioids in the United States in recent years, expanding access to naloxone is a promising option to prevent future deaths.”

Ebola lurked in doctor’s eye

“We have a designated space that would be sealed off from the rest of the hospital. A team would be called in and they’re available 24-7,” said CU’s Connie Price, Denver Health’s chief medical officer.

Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat

Paul Varosy, a cardiologist with the CU School of Medicine, compared the Lariat's approval process to that of the Watchman, another device targeting the left atrial appendage that received FDA approval in March.

The evolutionary reason you always want to eat suger

CU’s Richard Johnson, author of The Sugar Fix, says “a mutation occurred” that increased the apelike creatures' sensitivity to fructose so that even small amounts were stored as fat.

End the aches and pains of ineffective policymaking by restoring NIH funding

CU’s Susan Boackle: “The best way to treat arthritis – and other rheumatic diseases – is to stop it in its tracks and find a cure. And we’re almost there"

'Humanised' Mice Developed to Improve Immunotherapy Testing

CU’s Antonio Jimeno: “One of the reasons that anti-cancer immune therapies have been difficult to develop is that perhaps we haven’t had adequate models.”

IU Names Department of Medicine Dean

CU’s Mark W. Geraci, a pulmonologist and lung cancer researcher, has been named the new chair of the Department of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, effective Aug. 24, 2015.

'Life is Great,' Says Denver Woman With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

CU’s Todd Bull, a pulmonologist: “She had extremely severe disease — life-threatening.” UCH’s Pulmonary Hypertension Center was recently accredited as a Center for Comprehensive Care.

Metabolism changes present fitness challenges in menopause

CU’s Wendy Kohrt: “The anecdotes we often hear about weight — there is real biology behind why it becomes more difficult for women to lose weight or to prevent gain after menopause than before.”

Tips to a lifestyle that can prevent premature aging

CU’s Amy Heubschmann: “People are more likely to be active if they find exercises that are personally rewarding, such as walking regularly or going to an exercise class.”

Family donates $1.5M for young breast cancer research

With an infusion of $1.5 million, CU’s Virginia Borges will lead the research to help find new treatments for young women and young mothers who have breast cancer.

First human study of new HIV treatment shows promise

CU’s Thomas Campbell, an HIV researcher: “This is the first human study of this antibody. It gives a strong signal that the people who are developing this approach should continue on with this type of investigation.”

More than 15 months in, pot-infused edibles still confound

CU’s Jason Persoff: "Edibles go through digestion, and it takes a while for that to happen. That can lead to a sustained high, and it also can have sustained side effects.”

The app that makes you SLIM

CU's Holly Wyatt:"The app offers individuals a clear-cut end goal for weight loss and provides users with an important tool to activate and achieve a successful programme."