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End-Of-Life Care Better For Patients With Cancer, Dementia: Study Finds

About 60 percent of people with a relative dying of cancer or dementia said their relative got excellent end-of-life treatment, with about 80 percent saying the relative always got the care he or she wanted.

Type of illness, race can lead to end-of-life care disparity

Amos Bailey, a professor at the CU School of Medicine: “While early access to palliative care services may remain the goal, current and future workforce shortages will continue to limit access.”

Colorado Study Looking At Link Between Vitamin D, Diabetes

“This study is aiming to answer that question of whether supplementing patients with vitamin D will actually reduce the risk of developing diabetes,” said Elizabeth Thomas

A virus’ host has the medical community buzzing

It weighs just 2.5 milligrams and travels about one mile per hour, but this little critter continues to cause mayhem — most recently with its impact on unborn children.

Opioids for chronic pain: solutions depend on understanding problems

Two CU studies point to possible help for patients, providers dealing with narcotics for long-term pain

This Hospital Life: Doc deaths reflect need for big change

As go physicians with fruitless end-of-life care, so go we all

Basic change, big impact: UCH requires indication of use for all prescriptions

The hospital is the first Epic user in the nation to take the step on behalf of patients, providers

DREAM Program Aims to Inspire Physician Scientists

By introducing medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to research early, the program hopes to bring more diversity to research-oriented medicine.

Opioid Painkillers Raise Deadly Heart Risks for Some: Study

Joseph Frank cautioned that while “we have learned a great deal about the risks of opioid medications in recent years, [we] still have a long way to go.”

Does evolution hold the key to creating, curing and preventing cancer?


Powerful overdose antidote that saves lives now widely available

“Having naloxone in the hands of either friends or family members or patients who are using prescription opioids appropriately is the next frontier,” said Joshua Blum.

CU Researchers Helping ICU Nurses Manage Burnout & PTSD

Mealer and Mark Moss, a pulmonary critical care physician, launched a pilot program in Colorado in 2012 to teach resiliency to nurses with burnout or PTSD to help them manage stress.

Floods, fires, droughts, kidney disease

If Johnson and colleagues are right, their findings mark a watershed moment in our understanding of the health impacts of climate change.

The sobering thing doctors do when they die

“We went into this with the hypothesis we were going to see very large differences,” said Stacy Fischer, a physician who specializes in geriatrics at the CU School of Medicine. “What we found was very little difference to no difference.”

As colorectal cancer rate falls, diagnosis of late-stage cancer in young patients is up

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends that colorectal cancer (CRC) screening begin at age 50.

Wnt stem cell signaling pathway implicated in colorectal cancer in patients under 50

“This pathway has had a lot of interest in CRC and other cancers as well. We found that genes associated with the WNT pathway appear to be more frequently altered in younger patients,” says Christopher Lieu, MD

Zika virus discussed at Fort Carson town hall

“The main people that are at risk are people that are traveling to those areas,” said David Beckham, an infectious disease specialist with UCHealth and the CU School of Medicine.

CU Cancer Center’s Paul Bunn, Jr., MD, FASCO, earns ASCO David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award

The award is named after David A. Karnofsky, researcher and oncologist at Harvard University and then Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Colorado doctors study Zika as second affected baby born in U.S.

There are many unknowns. Which is why researchers, like David Beckham at the CU School of Medicine, are trying to learn more: “We are essentially studying the mechanisms the virus uses to invade the fetal brain tissue and cause disease.”

New report connects kidney disease with climate change

Richard Johnson of CU Anschutz Medical Campus indicated that a recent heatwave took a heavy toll on workers in sugar cane fields in Central America, where more than 20,000 people died of chronic kidney disease between 2002 and 2015