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​Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care

Team Science 2016

Three interdisciplinary research groups will receive funding through the DOM Team Science Program.

Oliver Eickelberg, MD

This November Oliver Eickelberg, MD will become the new division head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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.

Marvin Schwarz, MD

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


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Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain

“There is little evidence to guide clinicians in the process of opioid tapering, especially in primary care settings, where most opioid therapy is prescribed,” Joseph W. Frank and colleagues wrote.

Woman sees outpouring of support in finding dog a home after owner gets cancer

Madeline Kane with CU School of Medicine said esophageal cancer is more common in men than women, and it is associated with older age, heavy alcohol use and tobacco use.

Poor Home Health, Doctor Communication Drives Readmissions

“As hospitalists, we need to think about what happens beyond the hospital walls and how we can support our patients after discharge, especially when it comes to home health care patients who can be very vulnerable,” said Christine D. Jones.

National Academy of Medicine Goes Public With Efforts to Combat Burnout

Marc Moss of the CU School of Medicine, a lung specialist, says that the problem is a “silent epidemic” in intensive care units, where at least 50 percent of physicians exhibit symptoms of burnout.

A Flu Pandemic Is Coming, But When, and How Bad Will It Be?

“On average, we see pandemics every 20 or 30 years or so, and they vary in terms of their intensity,” said Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention at the University of Colorado Hospital.

The U.S. should rethink its entire approach to painkillers and the people addicted to them, panel urges

Joseph Frank, a primary care physician at Denver’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center who teaches at CU, said the new recommendations underscore that “the best physicians should not be providing pain treatment on their own.”

Women’s Health Week: Getting a good night’s sleep

“If you’re not breathing well at night, that could affect your sleep quality as well,” said Jeffrey Sippel, a pulmonologist and sleep medicine expert at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Study: Apple Watch may help doctors spot heart condition

A new study out of the University of California in San Francisco found the Apple Watch may be able to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year.

How to Beat Asthma

The common lung disease debilitates millions of Americans and costs the country billions of dollars, but some very new—and very old—methods are emerging in fighting it.

Young Mother With Pulmonary Hypertension: ‘All My Organs Were Shutting Down’

“Over time, that can lead to failure of the right side of the heart,” explained pulmonary disease specialist David Badesch, head of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the University of Colorado.

Tick bite paralyzes couple's dog after camping trip to Colorado

Michelle Barron, an infectious disease expert with University of Colorado Hospital, says people with pets should be aware of the potential dangers of tick-borne illnesses.

Presidential HIV/AIDS Advisor From Denver Resigns Position

Lucy Bradley-Springer was named to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the final two years of the Obama administration.

More Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat

Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist with National Jewish Health, says that doctors often worry that patients will balk at the idea of radically altering what they eat. But that’s slowly changing.

Colorado 2-year-old survives dry drowning scare

“Dry drowning is a common name for a condition where fluid floods the lungs, not because fluid is absorbed through the mouth of the breathing pipe, but because it leaks into the lung from the blood supply itself,” said Ivor Douglas.

How Pasteur’s Artistic Insight Changed Chemistry

In a paper published last month in Nature Chemistry, Gal explains how a young Pasteur fought against the odds to articulate the existence of chirality.