Does waist size predict dementia risk?
The first large-scale cohort study of its kind looked at the link between waist circumference in later life and the risk of dementia in a population of older Asian adults.
Sharing Stories Connects Clinicians to Each Other, Patients
Palliative care doctor Katherine Morrison, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, remembers when she was asked to talk to a group of internal medicine residents who had been dealing with some “difficult things” on their rotation.
Income loss tied to elevated risk of CVD
A drop in income over six years was linked to a higher likelihood of CVD in a recent analysis of the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study, suggesting financial stress might be a predictor of worse heart health in the U.S.
Second Primaries Different in Early- vs Late-Stage DLBCL
“We hypothesized that if the genetic milieu of early stage DLBCL is different than that of late-stage disease, then the incidence and timing and the temporal association of secondary primary malignancies would also be different,” said Manali Kamdar.
Losing Your Job Can Be a Real Heart Breaker
“One could argue that the fraying social and economic fabric of American society is, quite literally, killing us,” said Edward Havranek, a professor of medicine and cardiology with the Denver Health Medical Center [and CU School of Medicine].
Leukemia cure? New approach to kill cancer
“We’ve never seen a drug work like this, to target any type of cancer cell, let alone a stem cell,” said Dan Pollyea, Clinical director of Leukemia Services, CU Cancer Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Rare breast cancer comes with unusual symptoms
Radhika Acharya, the medical director of the UCHealth Cancer Center in Highlands Ranch [and assistant professor of medicine for CU School of Medicine] has been assisting Escobedo in her cancer journey.
Gabow honored by National Academy of Medicine
Patricia Gabow, MD, professor emerita of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and former CEO of Denver Health, has today been named the recipient of the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care.
New cancer treatment helps Colorado mother of 6
“The take-home message here is: if you have lung cancer, you need to have your tumor tested for these genetic alterations because there can be very promising therapy that can last years,” said Robert Doebele.
Leukemia cure? New approach to kill cancer
“We’ve never seen a drug work like this, to target any type of cancer cell, let alone a stem cell,” said Dan Pollyea, clinical director of leukemia services, at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Anschutz Medical Campus.
40 Most Common Types of Cancer in People Over 40
Unfortunately, the biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. “Breast cancer in women is the most common cancer diagnosed, and the incidence increases with age,” says Regina Brown.
A Patient’s Guide to Thyroid Cancer
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front of the neck. Its job is to make thyroid hormones, which “basically makes everything in the body work more smoothly – metabolism, thinking, other organs,” says Bryan R. Haugen.
“Cardiabetes”: Is It Time for a New Subspecialty?
In support of a specialty created for cardiometabolic medicine was Robert H. Eckel, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, and Cardiology at the CU School of Medicine.
3 things to know about cholesterol
“First of all, it’s important for people to understand that cholesterol is itself not a bad thing,” said Robert Eckel, director of the Lipid Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]
Next 50 is taking care of our elders
“I’m particularly interested in helping LGBTQ individuals, and particularly the older population, just given the disparities they face,” said Carey Candrian, PhD, co-director of the Next 50 Initiative with Dr. Hillary Lum.
Key 9Health Fair results explained
We talked with Michael McDermott, a member of the 9Health Medical Advisory Committee and the director of the endocrinology and diabetes program at University of Colorado Hospital [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] about thyroid health.
How to Get the Best From Your Immune System
“You need inflammation to protect against invaders. You need policemen,” said Charles Dinarello who discovered the molecule that causes fever. “But if police are too rambunctious they can cause damage to innocent people.”
Where law and medicine collide
Eric Campbell, a CU bioethics professor who specializes in conflicts-of-interest in the medical field, believes that may be difficult given the hospital and Ho’s ties to law enforcement.
Could You Have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
That’s why a second test, for methylmalonic acid—which rises if B12 levels are low—is commonly done to confirm, according to hematologist Sally Stabler, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
“Even if you don’t decide to be in one of those databases, if a relative is in it, you are going to be there somehow,” says Matthew DeCamp, an internal medicine doctor and bioethicist from the University of Colorado.
The Biology Of Weight Loss
In this episode of the “Rethinking Weight Loss” Life Kit podcast, we spoke to Kevin Hall, senior scientist at the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and Holly Wyatt.
Study investigates use of texting in health care
While the study’s results may seem disappointing, coauthor and CU School of Medicine cardiology professor Fred Masoudi said that his team’s efforts have still contributed to science in a meaningful way.
Closing the gender pay gap in medicine
We encourage division heads to share benchmark data with new recruits during the hiring process, or I share them myself. That’s part of the transparency process,” says David A. Schwartz, professor and chair of the DOM at CU School of Medicine.
New Drug Could Help Those With Tough-to-Treat Cholesterol
“It suggests that adding ezetimibe, which is typically an 18 to 20 percent reduction, to bempedoic acid only produces a modest additional benefit,” said Robert Eckel, who holds an endowed chair in atherosclerosis at the CU School of Medicine.
New Treatment at CU Cancer Center Is Possible Cure For AML
The clinical trial had a 91 percent remission rate in older adults who were newly diagnosed. Leason has been in complete remission for two years. “We do have some cases in which we believe it’s possible these patients have been cured,” said Daniel Pollyea
Confronting Transphobia in Healthcare
Rita Lee shared some anecdotes that suggest a lack of understanding about transgender health among some medical providers, particularly in primary care.
Fit and Healthy: Is marijuana safe for seniors?
“I get 90 year olds who come in and say, ‘Do you think I should try marijuana? My daughter says I should,’” says Gretchen Orosz, a geriatrics internal medicine doctor at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
How cancer care has changed in the last 25 years
Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S. only after cardiovascular disease. The good news is, over the last 25 years we have seen a 31 percent drop in cancer deaths here in Colorado. Ross Camidge.
Some People Are Actually Allergic to Cold Weather
“If you get red, itchy, and swollen skin five to 30 minutes after exposure to the cold, you may have cold urticaria. Other symptoms include swollen hands when holding a cold drink, or swollen lips or tongue when drinking a cold beverage,” said Eileen Wang
Study looks at breast cancer and childbirth
A study by researchers at University of Colorado Cancer Center shows that breast cancers diagnosed in young women within 10 years of giving birth are more likely to metastasize, which increases the risk of death.
Colorado doctors warn against new claim of cancer cure
“Without evidence to show this has any efficacy, I’m afraid they are trying to get clicks on their website and interest in their company,” said John Tentler, an associate director of education at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
What Climbing Stairs Can Tell You About Your Health
Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health [and assistant professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine] says that the exercise he would suggest is 30 minutes a day of “breathlessness.”
Gout Research - Treatment and Prevention
“Unfortunately, gout research has been stalled for a while,” says rheumatologist Kevin Deane, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
Do PPIs contribute to chronic illness?
“Because of their highly prevalent and often chronic use, attention has focused on the potential harmful effects of long-term PPI (proton pump inhibitors) use,” wrote authors led by Gregory L. Austin.
Flashback secures FDA approval for health monitor
Robert H. Eckel, professor at the CU School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus: “The program that I envision is a 2-year internal medicine residency program, then a 4-year training program in metabolic diseases and cardiovascular disease prevention.”
8 foods cardiologists try to avoid
Diet is incredibly important, noted Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health, and a member of the American College of Cardiology’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Section Leadership Council.
Take Two Sonnets and Call Me in the Morning
Dr. Lawrence Hergott, a medical professor at the University of Colorado, shared how poetry helped him cope with loss. His poem “The Teardrop Approach,” details his experience suffering the loss of his son in a plane crash.
Is Too Much Protein Bad for Men’s Heart Health?
In general, the findings support the idea that a well-balanced diet, high in vegetables and whole grains, “tends to be associated with better outcomes” for heart health than an unbalanced diet, such as one that’s heavy in protein, said Larry Allen.
Gasping for air
How high altitude and less oxygen impacts performance in the mountains.
Scott Naylor Holden
Scott Naylor Holden, 50, passed away on March 5, 2018 at his residence in San Francisco.
Family Caregivers Finally Get A Break – And Some Coaching
Eric Coleman, a gerontologist and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2012, created the Care Transitions Intervention model. The national program, based at CU, trains coaches to help caregivers ease the transition of a patient to home care.
The Belly Fat Battle
There are some ethnic and racial differences, however, notes endocrinologist Robert Eckel, director of the Lipid Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware
“I think it’s important for patients to get information from multiple sources, to see if the information converges for them,” said American Heart Association spokesman Michael Ho, a professor of cardiology with the CU School of Medicine.
Here’s When to See a Doctor About That Persistent Cough
You might expect that your cough from the cold or flu should clear up around the same time that you start to feel better. It’s actually normal for it to continue for weeks after that as your body works to get back to full health, said Flavia Hoyte.
Leaving hospital? Heed care tips or you may return
“There couldn’t be a worse time, a less receptive time, to offer people information than the 11 minutes before they leave the building,” said readmissions expert Eric Coleman of the University of Colorado.
Clinical Challenges: Use of Bisphosphonates
“One reason is preservation of bone density,” said Anthony Elias, of the CU Cancer Center, Anschutz Medical Campus. “The second would be reduction in fractures and bone pain, and the third potential reason would be to reduce the risk of recurrence.”
Severely elevated cholesterol often goes untreated
If physicians don’t recommend statins to patients with high cholesterol, they should get a second opinion from another doctor, advised Robert Eckel, of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and a past president of the American Heart Association.
Is Being Overweight Always Unhealthy?
While a good diet and fitness regimen can have a positive impact on your health, “simply being overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease in particular,” says Judith Regensteiner.
Methadone clinics in Colorado have doubled in 3 years
Denver Public Health director Bill Burman named expansion of medication-assisted treatment a top concern in fighting the opioid crisis. He described how treatment, ideally, should work: “The minute somebody says ‘I’m ready,’ you say ‘great,’” he said.
The Effects Of Air Pollution On Human Health
“When you have a bad head cold, you feel sick everywhere and your muscles might ache,” said Anthony Gerber, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. “The same thing can happen when you breathe in pollution.”
Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier
“Looking at vitamin D earlier in life -- before there’s a lot of cardiovascular disease on board -- could be an encouraging improvement,” said Robert Eckel, director of the University of Colorado Hospital's Lipid Clinic.
E. Coli Cases Linked To Romaine Lettuce
“Don’t just put them under the sink for a few seconds. I often will put it in a bowl and let it soak so I know the surfaces have been touched by the water. Then, I drain it and repeat that a couple of time,” said Michelle Barron.
Columbine survivor battles colon cancer with hope
“It’s very unusual for a 31-year-old to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” said one of Rund’s doctors, Wells Messersmith, a Gastrointestinal Oncologist at UCHealth. “For the most part, this is a disease of elderly patients.”
7 Heart Health Mistakes Even Smart People Make
“In general, I tell people to take 30 minutes a day to do something mindful. It could be yoga, meditation or prayer—whatever it takes to cast off the stresses that accumulate,” says Andrew M. Freeman, cardiologist at National Jewish Health.
Is it time to retire cholesterol tests?
Cardiologist Robert Eckel of the CU School of Medicine, who was also on the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association committee, agrees. “I don't see apoB changing the playing field very much,” he says.
One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life
“What will ultimately come out of all of this work is it’s not just one thing. It’s not just weight loss, not just diet, not just stress reduction or social support, but a combination of many things together,” said cardiologist Andrew Freeman
Team care and structural changes could vastly improve the recovery of older patients. Yet institutions that implement such approaches remain rare.
Researchers find lung cancer driver in non-sun melanoma
“Maybe these non-sun-exposed melanomas are molecularly more like a lung cancer or a colorectal cancer, and maybe we should be treating them like that,” said Kasey Couts, an assistant research professor at the CU School of Medicine.
Does breast-feeding really decrease my cancer risk?
Nursing has been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in both pre- and post-menopausal women. But, says Virginia Borges, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s young women’s breast cancer program.
How Long Has COPD Been Around?
According to a 2006 history of COPD in the International Journal of COPD written by Thomas L. Petty, an early reference to emphysema came when Swiss physician Theophile Bonet described a patient’s “voluminous lungs” in 1679.
Hepatitis A cases double in Colorado from last year
“If you eat out, if you like any kind of fruits and vegetables, at some point you will be exposed to this virus and you could get sick from it,” said Michelle Barron, UC Health’s Medial Director of Infection Prevention and Control.
'Upside' to Diabetes Really Isn't
It has been known for at least two decades that diabetes decreases the risk of aneurysm, but the reasons behind this phenomenon are not clear, said Robert Eckel, a professor with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
Rockies Go To Bat For College Coach With Rare Cancer
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A college baseball coach, battling a rare form of liver cancer, got some encouragement Tuesday from the pros. Three Colorado Rockies players surprised him at the University of Colorado Hospital. It was a moment to remember.
US News Hospital Rankings
U.S. News ranks the top 20 hospitals in the nation, plus the best hospitals in each state and metro area.
Closing the Gap
Having grown up in some of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods, Denver Health’s Lilia Cervantes was already passionate about serving low-income populations, but the experience kindled her interest in researching ESRD in immigrant populations.
Weight gain between pregnancies tied to gestational diabetes
“Further research is needed to tease out exactly how changes in weight, particularly over short time interpregnancy intervals, have adverse metabolic effects in future pregnancies,” said Jacinda Nicklas, a researcher at the CU School of Medicine.
US hospitals set record for fast heart attack care
“Things have definitely improved” from a decade ago, when less than half of heart attack patients were treated that fast, said Fred Masoudi, a CU cardiologist who led a recent report examining response times.
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.
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.
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.
4 doctor-approved strategies to live longer
Daniel Matlock, a geriatrician and associate professor of medicine at CU’s School of Medicine, encourages many of his patients with a fear of falling to consider a cane or a walker.
DOM Announces 2017 Outstanding Early Career Scholars
The University of Colorado Department of Medicine has selected the 2017 recipients for its Outstanding Early Career Scholar Program, HIV/AIDS researcher Kristine Erlandson, MD, and cardiology researcher Kunhua Song, PhD.
Art in the healthcare industry
Three local leaders will be honored Friday for making significant contributions to the field of arts, community services, science and medicine.
New weight-loss therapy offered in Colorado
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, I’m going to feel hungry when the balloons come out,’ that’s actually not true,” said Shelby Sullivan at University of Colorado Hospital is offering the Obalon balloon system.
Proposed NIH Cuts “Risk Losing a Generation of Scientists”
The budget proposal put forth by the current administration seeks a 19 percent cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a federal agency that is responsible for conducting medical research and funding it at centers across the country.
Takeda’s lung cancer drug OK’d for sale
“We’re trying to change this disease from a death sentence to a chronic condition, and duration of control is key to doing that,” D. Ross Camidge, director of thoracic oncology at the University of Colorado, who was involved in clinical studies.
Top of Mind with Julie Rose: Food is Medication
Rice and beans are a staple food around the world. They’re affordable and plentiful and an environmentally friendly source of protein. Eating a lot of beans and rice may help prevent colorectal cancer, too, which is great news.
Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say
“It can also burn your esophagus,” says Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention at National Jewish Health and who serves on the American College of Cardiology’s prevention board.
Now Is The Time To Plan For End-Of-Life Wishes
“It is something you can do around your kitchen table,” said Hillary Lum, geriatrician at the University of Colorado Hospital Seniors Clinic. “It’s a way of maintaining control so that you are able to receive the care you want.
Finding a kidney donor on your own
University of Colorado Hospital has a unique program called Donor Champions that teaches loved ones how to search for a living kidney donor on their own, using things like social media.
Are any fad diets good for heart health?
“There is growing consensus that a predominantly plant-based diet that emphasizes green, leafy vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit is where the best improvements are seen in heart health,” said lead study author Andrew Freeman.
Heart Disease Kicks in Earlier for Obese People
“If you’re obese or overweight, your years of survival after you have a cardiovascular disease event may be a bit higher, but I think that’s because these people are more aggressively treated for risk factors,” said Robert Eckel.
Cold caps reduce chemotherapy hair loss, studies show
Virginia Borges, director of breast cancer research at University of Colorado Hospital: “They have more energy, they really feel like a return to themselves, their sense of themselves, much faster because they don’t have to wait for their hair to regrow.”
The Skinny on Coconut Oil: It May Be Fattening
“There’s very little data showing health benefits,” said Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health. “It’s not in one’s best interest.”
A device to cap chemo hair loss
University of Colorado Hospital is the first in the state to offer the DigniCap, an FDA-approved scalp-cooling device designed to slow hair loss from chemotherapy.
Air Force Major Gets Second Chance With New Heart
“The body makes extra proteins that are deposited in the heart,” explained cardiologist Amrut Ambardekar, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at UCH. “The heart muscle thickens and it doesn’t squeeze and relax the way it should.”
Family, Inmates Question Jail Death Of Elderly Man
Joel S. Levine, a gastroenterologist with Denver Health Medical Center, said inflammation of the gall bladder usually lands most people in the emergency room. “There is only one treatment — it’s a surgical problem,” said Levine.
Denver Health Improves Regional Ebola Treatment Center
“There’s nothing else like it in this region,” said Connie Price, Chief Medical Officer at Denver Health Medical Center, explaining that the biocontainment unit is one of 10 Regional Ebola and Special Pathogens Treatment Centers in the country.
Despite slow start, CDC says flu season is coming
Michelle Barron, the Medical Director for Infection Control at University of Colorado Hospital, said flu cases so far have been sporadic, but could skyrocket any time. “Typically by December or January we've already seen a huge number,” Barron said.
Can you really die from a broken heart?
“People are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke in the month after the death of a loved one,” explained Amrut Ambardekar, a cardiologist at University of Colorado Hospital.
Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.
People who sit for more than eight or nine hours daily, which for many of us describes a typical workday, also are at heightened risk for diabetes, depression and obesity compared with people who move more often.
Strong is the new healthy
CU researchers explore how improving fitness and body composition can impact life for cancer survivors.
No plans but life itself
“Last year I felt like I was on death row,” says Jerry. “Now I am able to get up and run around with my great-grandkids. People don’t believe me when I tell them I have cancer because I have put my weight back on. It is incredible.”
Cancer and the Microbiome
“Don’t poo-poo the microbiome,” says Andrea Dwyer, co-director of CU Cancer Center’s Colorado Colorectal Screening Program. Her words encapsulate the dichotomy of microbiome research.
A mix of East and West
“As far back as I can remember I was always interested in liberal arts and in sciences,” says Kamdar. “I was drawn towards the field of medicine, research and its impact on human lives.
State of the Department 2016
Presented by David A. Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine.
CU Researcher to Lead National Study of Physical Activity
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will be one of seven clinical centers nationwide to participate in an initiative of the National Institutes of Health to improve understanding of molecular changes during physical activity.
Helping Lungs Rebuild Themselves
Königshoff will build a new Fibrosis and Regeneration Program at CU with a focus on interdisciplinary and translational research.
Patient safety may drop during doctor rotations
“Our results show that patients exposed to this type of transition in care were at a greater risk of death in the hospital as compared to those not undergoing this type of transition,” said Joshua Denson
In cancer immunotherapy, one PD-L1 test to rule them all?
Clinical trials have proven the power of immunotherapies targeting PD-L1 or PD-1 in a range of cancers. However, these same trials show that only some patients benefit – tumors must depend on PD-L1 to be affected when medicines block its action.
How Doctors Die
While we like to think of ourselves as autonomous masters of our own destiny, our results make us wonder if forces beyond our control drive much of what we see in medical care in the last months of life.
DREAM Program Introduces Med Students to Research
“Medical school is very cut-and-dried,” says Nycz. “It’s very structured compared to this research work, where we’re using new tools, we’re improving them as we go, and no one knows how it’s going to turn out.”
A Breath Away from the Cure
Ross Camidge, MD PhD, CU Cancer Center investigator and the Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research, received the award in San Francisco at the 11th annual “Simply the Best” Dinner and Gala in November 2016.
Twice-a-year shot may lower cholesterol
Instead of popping a pill every day, people might soon control "bad" LDL cholesterol by getting an injection at their doctor's office two or three times a year.
Palliative care gets creative
Clinicians at UCH turn to art and music therapists for help in meeting the needs of seriously ill patients and their loved ones
What’s in your genes?
An employee’s rare opportunity for genomic sequencing turns up some surprising results – and highlights what genetic testing can and can’t do.
Grant to Train Community Volunteers
Using a longstanding academic-community partnership and infrastructure, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Denver Hospice will recruit and train a volunteer workforce to facilitate and promote quality conversations about values.
Fighting the flu: Best time to take shot
Jean Kutner, Chief Medical Officer at University of Colorado Hospital: “We don’t want people getting the flu vaccine so early that it’s maybe not active by the time that the flu actually hits.”
Clinton's Hypothyroid Medication Draws Interest
“I would also be a bit worried about Mrs. Clinton being on Armour thyroid, since older patients are at increased risk for heart rhythm problems if too much thyroid hormone is given,” CU’s Bryan Haugen wrote in an email.
Many with diabetes missing out on statins
Robert Eckel, past president of the American Heart Association and professor at the CU School of Medicine, said: “I perhaps thought 15 or 20 percent of patients with diabetes would not be on statin therapy. This is almost 40 percent. That’s unacceptable.”
Gaps In Care Persist During Transition From Hospital To Home
Alton Rodgers had just come in from gardening when he suddenly blacked out and collapsed on the floor. The 89-year-old Kentucky native spent about 10 days at Palomar Hospital, where doctors told him a build-up of fluid around his heart was the culprit.
Don’t be fooled
Patient advises others to get heart health checked even if they have a healthy lifestyle
Twice saved by trials
Clinical cancer trials saved Elisa’s life, allowing her to become a mother, and then later, enabling her to raise her son
UCH on the short list for rare cardiology distinction
Colorado’s Adult & Teen Congenital Heart Disease program, a collaboration between UCH and Children’s Colorado, is one of five pilot sites in the U.S. to seek first-ever accreditation by the Adult Congenital Heart Association
Poverty immersion returns for local med students
“This is designed to give participants an idea as to what the demographic health indicators are in Colorado Springs, and to also give an experience as to what the resource limits are in this community,” said Erik Wallace
A big effort to accelerate cancer research
AURORA - When the word “moonshot” is attached to a project, the understanding is clear. It will be ambitious, exploratory and hopefully groundbreaking. Most recently, the word moonshot has been linked to cancer.
Saved by the screen
A CT scan at University of Colorado Hospital revealed a cancerous nodule in Donna Vogelsong’s left lung. She couldn’t be more grateful.
UCHealth hitches cancer care to a STAR
The STAR Program, which integrates clinical treatment and rehabilitation services for cancer patients, will soon to debut at UCHealth hospitals in metro Denver and Colorado Springs.
Building Community Awareness
Students and faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will participate in a two-day project in August called Poverty Immersion in Colorado Springs.
Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough
Opioid withdrawal is a highly disturbing experience, added Joseph Frank, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. He said withdrawal typically involves a deep malaise, severe pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Multidisciplinary care impacts diagnosis and management of patients
University of Colorado Cancer Center members Tracey E, Schefter, MD, Chris Lieu, MD, Csaba Gajdos, MD, Martin McCarter, MD, and Barish Edil, MD are on the team of clinicians that evaluated the data.
High school girls explore health care careers
In early June, over 50 high school girls from around Aurora and Denver had the extraordinary opportunity to get an inside look at several centers operating on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Arsenic found on Mission Hills housing site
Arsenic at levels beyond those considered safe by state regulators has been found on the Mission Hills Country Club property where Red Seal wants to build 137 homes, according to environmental test results filed June 29 in Cook County Circuit Court.
The sobering thing doctors do when they die
“We went into this with the hypothesis we were going to see very large differences,” said Stacy Fischer, a physician who specializes in geriatrics at the CU School of Medicine. “What we found was very little difference to no difference.”
New report connects kidney disease with climate change
Richard Johnson of CU Anschutz Medical Campus indicated that a recent heatwave took a heavy toll on workers in sugar cane fields in Central America, where more than 20,000 people died of chronic kidney disease between 2002 and 2015
LETTERS: More than sticks and stones
Letter to the Editor by Erik Wallace, associate dean for the Colorado Springs Branch of the CU School of Medicine: “Through our individual actions, all of us in this community can dramatically reduce the number of firearm deaths.”
Most Patients Don’t Think Opioids Are Risky
“When asked about specific concerns related to opioid medications, patients were generally aware of opioid overdose as a potential complication but did not perceive themselves to be at risk,” said lead author Joseph Frank
Opioid-Use Patient Study
AURORA, Colo. – A team of researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System recently surveyed patients to understand barriers to reducing the use of opioids to manage chronic pain
Do Doctors Really Die Differently Than the Rest of Us?
Stacy Fischer, senior researcher on the study and an associate professor at the CU School of Medicine: “This will be a really interesting study to repeat down the road, to see whether where you live might still be more important than who you are.”
Funding for Heart Failure Center
A team of physicians and scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded funding by the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish a center that will be a part of the AHA’s Heart Failure Research Network.
Doctors don’t die differently than anyone else
A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus appears to disprove the increasingly popular notion that doctors die differently than everyone else, using fewer interventions that often have little value.
Study Links Climate Change to Kidney Disease
“We were able to connect increased rates of chronic kidney disease in different areas to an underlying mechanism -- heat stress and dehydration -- and to climate,” said study co-leader Richard Johnson, from the CU School of Medicine.
ECHO Colorado Announces Leadership Transition
The ECHO Colorado board of directors announced today that John “Fred” Thomas, PhD, will succeed Tim Byers, MD, MPH, as Director of ECHO Colorado while Duane Pearson, MD, will serve as the program’s new associate director starting immediately.
Q and A with Michelle Barron
In truth, as an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the CU School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Barron’s research often deals with mysteries, and, for her, that’s part of the appeal of her job.
Palliative Care Master's Degree
(May 2016) The nation’s healthcare providers are ill-prepared for the oncoming “silver tsunami” - 75 million baby boomers entering their senior years needing individualized care and help making medical decisions, says CU professor Amos Bailey, MD.
Teaching Medical Ethics and the Holocaust
(May 2016) In 2013, the Liaison Committee for Medical Education polled all medical schools in North America to find out how many require students to learn about the role of physicians in the Holocaust.
DOM Announces 2016 Rising Stars
4 early-career faculty members have been selected as 2016 Rising Stars, for their commitment to our values of excellence in patient care, research, education and community.
7 Health Questions Every Woman Should Know The Answers To
Jacinda Nicklas, says it’s crucial for women to be able to answer these seven health questions, routinely asked by doctors, or used in risk factor assessments, to help figure out if something harmless—or potentially extremely harmful—is going on.
Medical students begin training in Colorado Springs
UCHealth Memorial Hospital soon will begin playing a major role in educating the physicians of tomorrow. On May 2, students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s new Colorado Springs branch will begin clinical rotations at the hospital.
Denver Health names interim CEO
Dr. Bill Burman, director of Denver Public Health, will serve in the CEO role until the public hospital agency's leaders find a permanent successor to Dr. Arthur Gonzalez.
It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor
The word cancer is a problem, said Bryan R. Haugen, a thyroid cancer specialist at the University of Colorado, who was also not a member of the renaming panel. “If you keep cancer in there a lot of people are going to be aggressive,” he said.
We should be leading the field
New CU consortium, UC4Health, joins more than 20 faculty members to tackle problems around climate change and health – a critical 21st-century issue
DOM Faculty Spotlight: Marc Moss
Moss has built a research program ranging from neuromuscular function, alcohol abuse and ARDS in critically ill patients to psychological distress among intensive care unit nurses.
Innovations in Medical Education
“We think this whole process of talking and writing about medical overuse can change behavior and lead to higher-value, higher-quality care,” said Brandon Combs.
DOM Faculty Spotlight: Judith Regensteiner
Regensteiner mentors young scientists in women’s health and sex differences research, conducts research on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and develops educational programs.
Effects of Meldonium on Athletes are Hazy
“Glucose is more efficient when you have limited oxygen,” said William R. Hiatt, a cardiologist and professor at the CU School of Medicine. “I can only see a downside to inhibiting carnitine in a healthy athlete.”
Stress Management Tool for Caregivers
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are working to develop a way to help reduce stress in caregivers who are caring for patients receiving stem cell transplants.
Allergy season already?
“If you have taken allergy medications in the past, and you know what you can tolerate and what works well for you, I’d go ahead and start them on a daily basis if you’re not taking them already,” said Stephen Dreskin.
The Best Way to Keep Weight Off
When you’re trying to lose weight, your diet is the most important factor, but when you’re trying to maintain weight loss, exercise becomes the most important factor, said Jacinda Nicklas.
AAP Members 2016
Two faculty members in the Department of Medicine have been selected for membership in the Association of American Physicians (AAP).
How to Lose Weight After Pregnancy
"Weight gain during pregnancy is the single biggest predictor of postpartum weight retention," said Jacinda Nicklas, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the CU School of Medicine.
You Asked: Are Egg Yolks Unhealthy?
“Our focus should be on healthy dietary patterns, not specific foods or nutrients,” says Robert Eckel, professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine.
Leadership reboots rounding model at UCH
University of Colorado Hospital leaders gathered Feb. 5 for the latest in a series of day-long “Hardwiring” events aimed at improving service to patients, families, staff, and faculty.
Faculty Spotlight: Richard Albert
CU School of Medicine, Richard Albert, MD has returned to CU with a leadership role as the department’s Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs.
Transformational Research Funding
CU School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, announced five proposals that will receive funding under the School’s Transformational Research Funding awards.
Hospital streamlines TB tracking
A quality-improvement initiative at University of Colorado Hospital has reduced dramatically the average time patients at low risk for tuberculosis (TB) spend in airborne isolation units to rule out the disease.
Tough Workouts 'May Not Lead to Weight Loss’
Edward Melanson, from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, says “the public health message is not going to change one bit” because working out can help prevent diabetes, keep blood pressure under control and reduce stress.
Zika virus: Prevention is key
The World Health Organization, on Feb. 1, announced the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas is now a public health emergency of international concern.
JAMDA study IDs readmission spike
“Patients who experienced readmission during their stay in a post-acute care facility were less likely to return to the community,” says lead author Robert Burke.
Take It Personally - Robert Doebele
“It argues for a new way of thinking about clinical trials,” says University of Colorado medical oncologist Robert Doebele says. “Personalized medicine is about matching the right drug with the right person.”
Take It Personally - Kathleen Barnes
Kathleen Barnes joined the faculty of the CU School of Medicine in spring 2015 as the director of the new Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine.
Take It Personally - Matthew Taylor
UCH medical geneticist Matthew Taylor: “For the majority of individuals with diabetes, we don’t have answers. But we’re getting better and better at classifying diseases properly—at identifying the genetic mistakes causing them.”
Take It Personally - John Reilly
“Strictly speaking, your DNA sequence is the ultimate personal identifier,” says John Reilly, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, “much more so than your social security number. It’s what makes it such a powerful tool in forensics.”
Masters Degree In Palliative Care Launches At CU Anschutz
As the wave of people needing end of life care grows in the years to come, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus launches what it dubs the nation’s first master's program in interdisciplinary palliative care. Amos Bailey spearheaded the project.
Cholesterol in diet advice overturned in U.S.
CU medicine professor Robert Eckel agrees focusing on reducing saturated fats and removing trans fat from the diet is a better approach: “The current evidence isn’t sufficient to claim dietary cholesterol as harmful.”
In Defense of the Annual Checkup
“I think most physicians believe that the routine visit does build rapport with patients, but there are few data on what patients’ views are on this,” said Allan Prochazka, a professor of internal medicine at CU School of Medicine.
Targeted therapy keeps pedal to life's metal
To no small degree, Matt Mikulich and his bright-red ride owe their presence to another British export: Ross Camidge, the Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
The High Plains Research Network and their Community Advisory Council developed the iSurvive training program with lead researcher Linda Overholser from the University of Colorado Medical School.
Has gun violence in the US become a public health crisis?
Erik Wallace:“After a careful review of the literature…I came to the conclusion that for myself personally despite a real true personal death threat that the risk of owning a firearm for protection greatly outweighed the benefit.”
State of the Department 2015
Presented by David A. Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Robert W. Schrier Chair of Medicine.
Managing Cancer as a Chronic Condition
“The great thing is, because she’s surfing this wave of discovery, the rulebook hasn’t been written,” says Ross Camidge, who is an investigator and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
How the new mammogram recommendations work
Jennifer Diamond, an oncologist specializing in breast cancer at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, discusses newly released recommendations for breast cancer screenings.
The arguments for – and against – the annual physical
The ongoing debate about the annual physical exam popped up in the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine, with Allan Prochazka of CU and a colleague noting that annual physical is ineffective at improving health and costly to the U.S. economy.
9Health Fair offers weight-loss advice, BMI screenings
Victoria Catenacci, associate professor at the University of
Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, said a BMI screening helps people understand the health risks of extra weight, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Anschutz campus signs on for BC Platforms
“Our goal is to become leaders in the application of genomics research to transform the way we make decisions in the clinic and in our research,” said Kathleen Barnes, director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine.
Shortness of breath can be more serious in some
“Patients are often misdiagnosed early on as having asthma or one of the other pulmonary diseases,” said David Badesch, at the University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Lungs and Breathing.
Race for the Cure: Breast cancer survivors share stories
KUSA – This week leading up to Race for the Cure we are focusing on amazing women who have conquered, are fighting, or who have been touched by breast cancer. They say they're sharing their stories to help other families who are fighting the disease.
Wedding vows give patient a final victory
In the softly lit chapel, the bride-to-be waited patiently. It was a moment that might have been dipped in amber and preserved forever. The man she loved stood by her side. Flowers graced the room.
How they survived bubonic plague, just barely
There have been rare cases where people recover without antibiotics, but “it’s such an uncommon disease, I don’t know if it’s been studied well enough to know if certain people have increased susceptibility”
Med school branch could impact right areas
“It’s all the more important to pair and train those students with the best teachers in the community — to work with students and help with those recruiting efforts,” said Erik Wallace, associate dean of the CU School of Medicine’s first branch campus.
New cancer treatment shrinking tumors in clinical trials
Patient Nicol Miller, who traveled to Colorado from Oregon for a clinical trial, is working with Robert Doebele, who discovered a cancer-causing gene back in 2012 in another patient and the drugs to block the gene’s activity.
Poverty Immersion in Colorado Springs
“It’s really important for physicians of the future to understand social determinants of health, understand limited resources patients are dealing with on a daily basis, so physicians can better provide services necessary to patients,” said Erik Wallace.
7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit
“A doctor who focuses on the screen while talking to a patient is communicating ineffectively,” says Robert Eckel, professor of medicine. “A doctor should look directly at a patient when he’s providing important information about the visit.”
US News Rankings 2015
Seven medical specialties in the University of Colorado Department of Medicine were ranked among the top 50 nationwide for clinical excellence in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015
Seeking the “State of Slim” at Destination Boot Camp
The boot campers in Colorado this week came from around the country, plus Switzerland and Italy, to live the weight-loss principles Holly Wyatt touts on the show, where she serves as the medical director, and in the book she co-authored, “State of Slim.”
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the community engagement,” says Virginia Borges at the CU Cancer Center. “Colorado women have so far stepped up to the plate and said, ‘You bet we can do this.’ ”
Faculty Spotlight: Robert Eckel
CU’s Robert Eckel has spent his career studying lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, with the twin goals of reducing obesity and preventing heart disease.
7 Things Your Body Hair Says About Your Health
CU’s Margaret Wierman: “There’s a spectrum of what’s normal with each ethnicity, of course…So what’s normal, hair-wise, for you might not be normal for someone of a different ethnic background.”
CO among top 10 states for whooping cough cases
“It can be deadly, and certainly in younger children, especially children under the age of 1, who usually aren’t able to get vaccinated yet,” said Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.
Jean Kutner discusses palliative care
Jean Kutner, professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine, discusses palliative care and explains how she would handle a conversation with a stage IV pancreatic cancer patient.
Mosquitoes numbers down in Loveland
David Beckham's lab research at the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Infectious Diseases Division focuses on the West Nile virus: “Our goal is to be able to find a specific drug that can stop injury process in the brain and reverse injury infection.”
Singapore firm eyes global wound care market
Cell Research Corporation, working with American stem cell research leader the University of Colorado, is starting trials to treat patients with diabetic wounds in the United States.
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.
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.
Rising Stars - 2015
These four faculty members were selected from an extremely qualified pool, for recognition as 2015’s Rising Stars.
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.
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.”
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."
Conversations About Women's Health
Join us for lunchtime learning as our expert physicians and researchers explain how plaque forms in our vessels, how the formation of plaque is different in men and women.
New Personalized Medicine Director
AURORA, Colo. – Kathleen Barnes, PhD, has been named head of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Kudos to Dr. Charles Dinarello!
There will be a traditional academic assembly and Dr. Dinarello will deliver a historical over view of cytokine biology, as he is being honored again for his pioneering contributions to the field.
From the Chair - July 2014
This spring, the Department of Medicine and several of our partners on the Anschutz Medical Campus established a new Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine and a similarly named division within our Department.
What is 'ASC' You Ask?
ASC stands for Academic Subspecialist Careers, a program which is the brainchild of Anschutz residents and faculty in the Department of Medicine.
New Developments in Lung Cancer
It’s no secret that University of Colorado Department of Medicine lung cancer research and treatment program is highly regarded.
The Fat Switch
Richard Johnson, MD, chief of the division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the CU School of Medicine, with his new book The Fat Switch.
The DREAM Program
The DREAM program, a two month, summer program, supports each student with a $3,000 stipend from the Department of Medicine.
Faculty Spotlight: Hugo Rosen
Dr. Rosen is Head of the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and also holds the Waterman Endowed Chair in Liver Research, Professor of Medicine and Immunology.
Early Career Scholars Program
The Department of Medicine (DOM) at the University of Colorado is pleased to continue a program to accelerate the career development of exceptionally creative and promising faculty early in their career.
Rebuilding Zimbabwe's Medical System
The University of Colorado medical school isn’t just focused on training future doctors here, it’s trying to rebuild a medical system that virtually collapsed in Zimbabwe.
Med Peds Residency Program
The CU Department of Medicine and Pediatrics launched a new combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program.
Department of Medicine Rising Stars
The Rising Star Award recognizes the next generation of faculty stars who are currently making a significant contribution in the Department of Medicine.
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.
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.
Detection of complement activation
Imaging methods that use these antibodies may provide sensitive means of detecting and monitoring complement activation–associated tissue inflammation.
State of the Department 2013
Dr. David Schwartz, Chair of the Department of Medicine took time Monday afternoon to recount the successes the Department of Medicine has seen during the last year and provide a vision of the future for the Department of Medicine.
From the Chair - December 2013
Two significant events took place since our last newsletter issue. Our first New Faculty Welcome Reception and the State of the Department Address.
Missing Elements of the History
In this Journal feature, information about a real patient is presented in stages to an expert clinician, who responds to the information, sharing his or her reasoning with the reader.
From the Chair – Spring 2014
I am encouraged by our opportunities and sincerely believe that the upcoming changes will strengthen our department and broaden our impact.
Innovation at the VA
Faculty researchers from many different specialties participate in the development of high quality/high value care for veterans across the country.
Faculty Spotlight: Jeannette Guerrasio
When Dr. Guerrasio, arrived at University of Colorado 8 years ago, she discovered that residents who were struggling with the curriculum had nowhere to turn for help.
Poeschla Named Head, Division of Infectious Diseases
Eric Poeschla, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, has been named Head, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective August 2014.
UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital inching closer to opening
“The key is we are all in the same building, we see the patient together, we bring the multidisciplinary approach,” said Tom Purcel a medical oncologist who has been hired as the hospital’s chief medical officer and system director for all cancer care. l