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Kathleen Barnes: The Power of Big Data

Barnes is building CU’s expertise in health data and biocomputing into a world-class personalized medicine program.

Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

Opioid withdrawal is a highly disturbing experience, added Joseph Frank, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. He said withdrawal typically involves a deep malaise, severe pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Multidisciplinary care impacts diagnosis and management of patients

University of Colorado Cancer Center members Tracey E, Schefter, MD, Chris Lieu, MD, Csaba Gajdos, MD, Martin McCarter, MD, and Barish Edil, MD are on the team of clinicians that evaluated the data.

High school girls explore health care careers

In early June, over 50 high school girls from around Aurora and Denver had the extraordinary opportunity to get an inside look at several centers operating on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

When eating disorders pushed them near death, they found hope in Denver

ACUTE Center at Denver Health uniquely addresses medical issues

Constant vigilance the key in managing the drugs that battle the bugs

UCH intensifies scrutiny of antibiotic prescribing as microbial resistance increases

UCHealth oncologist is up for a challenge

Taking on big jobs is nothing new for Mark Hancock, MD, who will help to launch the UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

UCH looks to broaden support for cancer patients

New supportive care program looks to treat the whole patient

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.