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Cold caps reduce chemotherapy hair loss, studies show

Virginia Borges, director of breast cancer research at University of Colorado Hospital: “They have more energy, they really feel like a return to themselves, their sense of themselves, much faster because they don’t have to wait for their hair to regrow.”

The doctor is in: 13 clinicians to follow on Twitter

The adviser: @medicalaxioms Mark Reid is a Denver-based doctor with a large following who trades in pith and wisdom.

Study: Immigrants here illegally must suffer to receive care for kidney disease

The 20 study participants have lived in the U.S. an average of 15 years, said Lilia Cervantes, a hospitalist at Denver Health, an associate professor at the CU School of Medicine and author of the study.

What you need know about the CDC's updated vaccine guidelines

Unlike traditional flu shots made from dead virus, the nasal flu vaccine is made from a weakened form of influenza virus. Studies have found it largely ineffective.

Colorado woman receives world's tiniest pacemaker

Imagine your heart stopping for five, ten, even thirty seconds and not knowing it. For one Colorado woman, a rare heart condition would cause her to pass out and her heart would stop beating.

Healthy hearts tied to income

A startling trend in health care has emerged in recent years. Americans’ life expectancy is tied to their income.

The Skinny on Coconut Oil: It May Be Fattening

“There’s very little data showing health benefits,” said Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health. “It’s not in one’s best interest.”

Study: To keep pounds off, consider walking the dog

CU Anschutz researchers examine how patterns of light exercise, sedentary behavior affect weight-loss maintenance.

6 Tips for Integrating Exercise Into Your Workday

So many of us worker bees spend our weekdays glued to our desk chairs, wondering, perhaps, if tapping at our keyboards counts as exercise. (Sadly, it doesn’t.)

A device to cap chemo hair loss

University of Colorado Hospital is the first in the state to offer the DigniCap, an FDA-approved scalp-cooling device designed to slow hair loss from chemotherapy.

Study questions safety of e-cigarettes

Results of an animal study at CU suggest that the nicotine devices may be just as toxic to skin and lungs as tobacco cigarettes.

High-Value Care Increasingly Becoming Core Part of Med School Curriculum

“We noticed that patients often received well-intended medical care that was probably unnecessary, but there wasn’t a place in our training curriculum to help identify and limit such occurrences,” says Brandon Combs.

Six center, 351 patient study suggests best order of treatment for brain metastases in EGFR lung cancer

About 10 percent of lung cancers in the United States and as many as 40 percent in Asia are driven by mutations in the EGFR gene.

Why Tom Price’s Biotech Stock Has Medical Ethicists Worried

“You should not have a financial stake in whether the product is eventually found to be beneficial, [because] that might influence your research ― which could end up eventually harming patients,” explained Matthew Wynia.

Air Force Major Gets Second Chance With New Heart

“The body makes extra proteins that are deposited in the heart,” explained cardiologist Amrut Ambardekar, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at UCH. “The heart muscle thickens and it doesn’t squeeze and relax the way it should.”

Family, Inmates Question Jail Death Of Elderly Man

Joel S. Levine, a gastroenterologist with Denver Health Medical Center, said inflammation of the gall bladder usually lands most people in the emergency room. “There is only one treatment — it’s a surgical problem,” said Levine.

'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

Patients with high cholesterol often buy red yeast rice over the counter when they’re concerned about the side effects of prescription statins, said Robert Eckel.

Diagnosed With Asthma? It Could Be Something Else...

David Beuther, a pulmonologist at National Jewish, says the disease can usually diagnosed with a test known as spirometry, or if that doesn’t work, by inducing an asthma attack in a controlled environment.

What is the best way to treat older HIV-infected patients?

A year ago, HIV patient Louis Zimmerman considered himself sedentary. But thanks to his participation in a CU Anschutz exercise study, he now is able to walk his one-year-old poodle, Doodles, four times a day.

Study pinpoints opportunity for oncologists to improve prognosis communication

An accurate prognosis for a patient with incurable cancer can help a family make important end-of-life decisions.