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Flu vaccine just 36% effective this season, CDC reports

“We know in general that people that are younger and healthy can have better responses to vaccines than people who are older or very young,” said Michelle Barron.

8 Super-Random Things That Could Be Giving You High Blood Pressure

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. This means it can wake you up, help you stay focused, and even get things moving in the bathroom. But this also means it spikes your blood pressure and stresses your heart, says Amber Khanna.

Is Being Overweight Always Unhealthy?

While a good diet and fitness regimen can have a positive impact on your health, “simply being overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease in particular,” says Judith Regensteiner.

Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds.

Heart relaxation drug offers hope for for diastolic dysfunction

“These are exciting findings because we may be able to help patients with a form of heart failure that has been recalcitrant to standard-of-care therapies,” said CU associate professor of medicine and study co-author Timothy A. McKinsey.

‘Unconditional Love’: Having A Dog Can Help Your Heart

“Dog ownership is associated with better health habits and thus, actually better health,” said Larry Allen, cardiologist at University of Colorado Hospital, who runs and hikes with his two dogs.

Methadone clinics in Colorado have doubled in 3 years

Denver Public Health director Bill Burman named expansion of medication-assisted treatment a top concern in fighting the opioid crisis. He described how treatment, ideally, should work: “The minute somebody says ‘I’m ready,’ you say ‘great,’” he said.

Researchers identify potential treatment for diastolic dysfunction in heart failure

“These are exciting findings because we may be able to help patients with a form of heart failure that has been recalcitrant to standard-of-care therapies,” said Timothy A. McKinsey, associate professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine.

Blood test in development could detect 8 cancers, save more lives

“It detects genetic mutations that are common in a number of different cancers and also a number of proteins that we see elevated in patients who have cancer,” said Alexis Leal, a medical oncologist at University of Colorado Hospital.

The Effects Of Air Pollution On Human Health

“When you have a bad head cold, you feel sick everywhere and your muscles might ache,” said Anthony Gerber, a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health. “The same thing can happen when you breathe in pollution.”

Denver Health eating-disorders center doubles its number of beds

“Many of these patients were too critically ill to be on a waiting list, so this expansion was born out of the need to offer our life-saving services immediately,” said Philip Mehler.

Dr. David A. Schwartz Named to NuMedii Advisory Board as IPF Expert

NuMedii, Inc. announced the official formation of an Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Advisory Board. Among the experts who have been named to the new Board of Advisors is David A. Schwartz, Professor of Medicine and Immunology, CU School of Medicine.

Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier

“Looking at vitamin D earlier in life -- before there’s a lot of cardiovascular disease on board -- could be an encouraging improvement,” said Robert Eckel, director of the University of Colorado Hospital's Lipid Clinic.

E. Coli Cases Linked To Romaine Lettuce

“Don’t just put them under the sink for a few seconds. I often will put it in a bowl and let it soak so I know the surfaces have been touched by the water. Then, I drain it and repeat that a couple of time,” said Michelle Barron.

Trump's firing sets back AIDS prevention efforts

“I am fearful that the people who are appointed will be in line with the current philosophy of the administration,” said Lucy Bradley-Springer.

Opinion California will regret legalizing marijuana if its experience is anything like Colorado's

Letter to the editor by Ellen L. Burnham, an associate professor and pulmonary disease specialist at the CU School of Medicine.

Columbine survivor battles colon cancer with hope

“It’s very unusual for a 31-year-old to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” said one of Rund’s doctors, Wells Messersmith, a Gastrointestinal Oncologist at UCHealth. “For the most part, this is a disease of elderly patients.”

State rules affect survival of immigrants with kidney failure

“No one should have to give up their life because access to life-saving dialysis is restricted,” said lead researcher Lilia Cervantes, a physician at Denver Health and associate professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine.

Flu sends three times more people to hospital

“You're feeling fine, you’re feeling fine and then ‘boom,’” said Michelle Barron, the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at University of Colorado Hospital.