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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

Doctors see huge spike in Hepatitis C cases around Denver

“When people inject there is a little bit of blood in the syringe and if they share that syringe with someone else, (it) basically transmits from one person to another person,” said Sarah Rowan of Denver Public Health.

What really works to fight a stubborn cough?

“So people are looking for ways to make it more bearable.” And while a quick fix might be tempting, simply slowing down could help, Beuther said.

For Patients With Heart Failure, Little Guidance as Death Nears

Americans are living longer with heart disease, managing it as a chronic condition. But there are few rules for these patients as they near the end of life.

Adults with overweight, obesity not receiving enough weight loss counseling

“We know that less than 50% of patients with obesity have reported receiving weight loss counseling within a provider visit and most providers, primary care providers, provide no counseling at all,” Sean J. Iwamoto

Daylight Saving Time and its impact on your health

Jeff Sippel, a sleep medicine specialist with UCHealth, said that additional hour of sleep from Saturday can disrupt your normal sleeping pattern this week.

Special Treatment

Team care and structural changes could vastly improve the recovery of older patients. Yet institutions that implement such approaches remain rare.

Pat yourself on the back, America. Your cholesterol levels are holding steady, CDC says.

When it comes to our health as a nation, we’re not doing so great. Some cancer rates are climbing sharply. Nearly one in eight Americans has diabetes. And we are ballooning in weight, with obesity rates at record highs.

Mother and Son Share Heart Defect and Cardiologist

The CATCH Program currently treats approximately 3,000 patients and expects that number to grow by about 3,000 additional patients over the next 10 years.

Man Battling Leukemia Gets Surprise From Broncos Players

“It is a deadly disease if it is not treated,” explained Dr. Enkhtsetseg Purev, hematologist with the University of Colorado Hospital.

The doctor of the future

In new healthcare systems, 'the doctor' is increasingly a team. Can actual physicians adapt?

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.

How the new impatient patient is disrupting medicine

Patient activists have never been as vocal. But are they truly being heard?

Another Risk Identified From ‘Stress Diabetes’ – And A Possible New Way To Measure It

“The uniqueness of this study is the use of a not tremendously well-founded biomarker, the glucose-to-glycated-albumin ratio,” said endocrinologist Robert Eckel, endowed chair and professor at the University of Colorado Hospital.

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.

Insurers are slow to approve pricey new cholesterol drugs

Robert Eckel: “I know the indications of the drug, how to assess its risk and when I need to push hard. I often also explain to my patients upfront that I’m the prescribing physician and not in a position to discuss copays.”

Study: Women Seeking Emergency Contraception In Colorado May Still Face Barriers

“In some cases it was kept in a locked plastic container or a locked cabinet, so you would have to ask the assistance of pharmacy staff or store staff to get it,” says Carol Stamm, who initiated the study at the CU School of Medicine.

Denver woman donates kidney to complete stranger, saves 6 lives

“An altruistic donor can spike a big chain reaction,” said Monica Grafals with the University of Colorado's Live Donor program.

Flu season outlook: Hospitals already seeing influenza cases

“Australia, where most of the data has been validated, they saw two and a half more flu cases this year than they did last year,’ said CU professor Michelle Barron.