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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.

5 Man-Killing Cancers You Might Not Spot Until It’s Too Late

“Your lungs are mostly air, so you can actually grow a fairly decent sized mass without even noticing it,” says David Ross Camidge, professor of medical oncology and lung cancer researcher at the CU Cancer Center.

Physicians honored for efforts to provide care to poor patients

A Colorado physician and medical educator, Jennifer E. Adams earned the Dr. Debasish Mrdiha Spirit of Medicine Award for the Selfless Elimination of Human Suffering.

U of A Alumnus Wins University of Colorado Early Career Scholar Award

University of Arkansas alumnus Kunhua Song has been named an Outstanding Early Career Scholar by the CU Department of Medicine.

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.