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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.

Vaping among teens is an epidemic that needs our attention

Former smokers who began using e-cigarettes were more than 16 times as likely to resume tobacco smoking, according to research by Russell Bowler, a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health [and CU School of Medicine].

Immigrants here illegally were waiting until near death to get dialysis. A new Colorado policy changes that

The study’s author, Lilia Cervantes, [associate professor at CU School of Medicine,] published another report in 2018 noting that the death rate for people receiving emergency dialysis instead of regular dialysis was 14 times higher.

Asthma-Linked Loci Uncovered in Genome-Wide Analysis of Individuals of African Ancestry

“We need to understand what is driving asthma in these populations,” senior author Kathleen Barnes, the director of the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at CU Anschutz, said.

15 Weird Medical Conditions You Probably Haven't Heard Of

“My patient had many years of gastrointestinal problems—mostly around abdominal pain and diarrhea. He also had problems with heat intolerance and had a small diffuse rash around his waist area,” says Matthew Taylor

Separating myths from realities regarding food allergies

The most basic misunderstanding is the nature of food allergy symptoms, according to Kanao Otsu, an allergist and immunologist from National Jewish Health [and faculty affiliate with University of Colorado].

Insurers Hand Out Cash and Gifts To Sway Brokers Who Sell Employer Health Plans

These industry payments can’t help but influence which plans brokers highlight for employers, says Eric Campbell, director of research at the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities. “It’s a classic conflict of interest,” Campbell says.

Genetic clues to high rate of asthma in African ancestry found with 4 chromosomal regions

Despite the high incidence of asthma among those of African ancestry, it has been historically underrepresented in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) even though the African genome is the most diverse on earth.

Study Explores Popular Foods and Heart Health Evidence

“The current nutritional recommendations show a heart-healthy diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts in moderation,” said Andrew Freeman

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.

Man in remission has hope for life after cancer treatment trial

“We were seeing responses and outcomes unlike anything we had ever seen. I mean from the very beginning,” says Daniel Pollyea, University of Colorado’s clinical director of leukemia services.

Study: Marijuana Affects People In Different Ways, Possibly Even While Driving Impaired

“It is known that people develop a tolerance to the psychoactive effects of cannabis when they use it on a regular basis. There’s evidence of tolerance,” said Michael Kosnett, Anschutz Medical Campus medical toxicologist.

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.

Improving Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants With ESRD

“Providing standard hemodialysis and/or kidney transplantation would allow undocumented immigrants to rejoin the workforce,” said Lilia Cervantes.

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.