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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 2015-16 Best Hospitals Guide.

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.

New tool helps match cancer patients with most ideal drugs

“A lot of these kinase inhibitors inhibit a lot more than what they’re supposed to inhibit….Our approach centers on exploiting the promiscuity of these drugs, the ‘drug spillover’,” said Aik Choon Tan

New tool uses ‘drug spillover’ to match cancer patients with treatments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer’s genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient’s cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone

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.

Colorado board votes no on allowing medical pot for PTSD

The American and Colorado psychiatric associations do not support it, said board member Ray Estacio, an internist at Denver Health and associate professor in medicine at the University of Colorado.

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.”

Peter Buttrick, MD, Named Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

AURORA, Colo. (June 18, 2015) – Peter Buttrick, MD, professor of medicine and head of the Division of Cardiology, has been named senior associate dean of academic affairs for the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Frequent Nosebleed Sufferers May Have Serious Genetic Condition

CU pulmonologist Brian Graham: “When you have an enlarged blood vessel in the lung then you’re at risk of having a blood clot head up to the brain or bacteria head up to the brain and cause an infection or stroke.”

Erie resident joins President’s Precision Medicine Initiative as patient advocate

John Carroll, director of interventional cardiology at the CU School of Medicine, said his former patient quickly picked up on the intricacies of the complex system.

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.

Clinicians Reluctant to Prescribe Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

CU’s Ingrid Binswanger: “Given the substantial increase in fatal overdoses from pharmaceutical opioids in the United States in recent years, expanding access to naloxone is a promising option to prevent future deaths.”

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.

Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat

Paul Varosy, a cardiologist with the CU School of Medicine, compared the Lariat's approval process to that of the Watchman, another device targeting the left atrial appendage that received FDA approval in March.

The evolutionary reason you always want to eat suger

CU’s Richard Johnson, author of The Sugar Fix, says “a mutation occurred” that increased the apelike creatures' sensitivity to fructose so that even small amounts were stored as fat.

End the aches and pains of ineffective policymaking by restoring NIH funding

CU’s Susan Boackle: “The best way to treat arthritis – and other rheumatic diseases – is to stop it in its tracks and find a cure. And we’re almost there"