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National Comprehensive Cancer Network summit explores cancer survivors’ key concerns

It is important to take the time to simply ask how the patient is doing from several standpoints.

Can targeting immune cells offer new way to combat hypertension?

Activated immune cells may contribute to high blood pressure and offer a target for treatment.

It’s 2018 and black lung disease seems to be on the rise

“It is a very toxic dust, so if there’s an uptick in the percentage of the coal mine dust that’s silica, the lower standard may not protect people,” says Cecile Rose.

'Hmm, Maybe I Don't Want an LVAD'

Trial intervention's better-informed patients were less likely to opt for device.

Ginger Tam, singer and lung cancer advocate, dies at 56

“Sometimes she would fly out to Denver every few weeks for an experimental treatment. . . sometimes we sent her to other places around the country,” said D. Ross Camidge, an oncology professor with CU.

Expanded model of care could relieve depression and fatigue in chronic heart failure patients

“Many of the 5.8 million Americans with heart failure live with bothersome symptoms, reduced function and poor quality of life,” said David B. Bekelman.

How Your Housecleaning Products Can Be Bad for Your Lungs

According to Harold S. Nelson, an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health, the difference with this study is “the loss of pulmonary function. In that sense, it’s new.”

Patients with Advanced Cancer May Be Less Competent to Make Decisions Than Doctors Think

“There’s been a real shift in the relationship between doctors and patients such that we now expect patients to be involved in their care – they’re expected to be active agents and to share in the decision-making process,” says Elissa Kolva

Social factors major determinant of stroke, CVD risk

“The United States is a relatively unique example of representing a lot of variation in social conditions and therefore a lot of variation in disease,” Edward P. Havranek, MD

CU Anschutz seeks volunteers to test new gastric balloon for weight loss

Enrollment for the clinical trial has just begun at University of Colorado Hospital.

Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports

“We know in general that people that are younger and healthy can have better responses to vaccines than people who are older or very young,” said Michelle Barron.

8 Super-Random Things That Could Be Giving You High Blood Pressure

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. This means it can wake you up, help you stay focused, and even get things moving in the bathroom. But this also means it spikes your blood pressure and stresses your heart, says Amber Khanna.

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.

Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds.

Heart relaxation drug offers hope for for diastolic dysfunction

“These are exciting findings because we may be able to help patients with a form of heart failure that has been recalcitrant to standard-of-care therapies,” said CU associate professor of medicine and study co-author Timothy A. McKinsey.

‘Unconditional Love’: Having A Dog Can Help Your Heart

“Dog ownership is associated with better health habits and thus, actually better health,” said Larry Allen, cardiologist at University of Colorado Hospital, who runs and hikes with his two dogs.

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.

Researchers identify potential treatment for diastolic dysfunction in heart failure

“These are exciting findings because we may be able to help patients with a form of heart failure that has been recalcitrant to standard-of-care therapies,” said Timothy A. McKinsey, associate professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine.

Blood test in development could detect 8 cancers, save more lives

“It detects genetic mutations that are common in a number of different cancers and also a number of proteins that we see elevated in patients who have cancer,” said Alexis Leal, a medical oncologist at University of Colorado Hospital.