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Molter to Head Duke University Medical Center News Office
25 Apr 00 | Jeffrey L. Molter, director of the science news office of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago for the past 10 years, has been named director of the Duke University Medical Center News Office.

Duke Study Suggests New Pathway to Preserve Heart Function after Attack
24 Apr 00 | Using an experimental method that breaks from conventional wisdom about how to treat heart failure, scientists at Duke University Medical Center have shown in rabbits that blocking a key enzyme pathway can prevent the onset of heart failure.

Controversial Legal Tactic Reduces Violence Among Severely Mentally Ill People
17 Apr 00 | Violent acts committed by people with severe mental illness can be cut in half by using a controversial tactic that forces patients to follow through with psychiatric care, says a team of researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Hendersonville Woman Makes $2 Million Commitment to Duke for Alzheimer's Research
14 Apr 00 | Hendersonville businesswoman Aileen Todd, whose husband battled Alzheimer's disease for 15 years, has made a $2 million commitment to the Deane Laboratories at Duke University Medical Center to support Alzheimer's disease research.

Duke Hospital Administrator Stepping Down; New Management Structure Announced
13 Apr 00 | Brenda Nevidjon informed Health System officials Thursday that she plans to step down as chief operating officer of Duke Hospital and has accepted a faculty position in the Duke School of Nursing.

Students, Pediatric Patients Display Photos About Illness
12 Apr 00 | Pediatric patients reveal a lot about themselves and their illnesses through a photo exhibit opening April 26 at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

Durham Regional Executive Announces Plans to Step Down
12 Apr 00 | Richard L. Myers, chief executive officer of Durham Regional Hospital, announced Wednesday that he will relinquish his role as CEO by the end of June and retire on Nov. 1. Myers joined Durham Regional Hospital (then Watts Hospital) in 1973.

Drug That Curbs Nicotine Craving may do Same for Cocaine
08 Apr 00 | A drug that Duke University Medical Center researchers have successfully used to help some people quit smoking may also help curb cocaine cravings, according to studies conducted in rats.

Study Finds Control has Role in Health Effects of Hard-Driving Personality
05 Apr 00 | Contrary to popular belief, people with hard-driving, control-oriented personalities are not necessarily at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks and other stress-related ailments unless they are unable to exert that control.

Duke Health System Employee Survey Evaluates Work Culture
03 Apr 00 | The first comprehensive survey of employees of the Duke University Health System showed that most feel they impact positively on the care of the system's patients and often achieve extraordinary performance.

Bad Taste of Drugs for AIDS, Heart Disease and Depression can Impair Compliance, Compromise Health
28 Mar 00 | The innate desire to taste food and derive pleasure from that sensation is so strong that people sometimes stop taking life-saving medication simply because it tastes bad or ruins the flavor of otherwise enjoyable foods.

Duke Researchers Discover Potent Ability of Specific Immune System Cell Against HIV
27 Mar 00 | Scientists have long known that immune system cells known as "killer CD8" cells attack the AIDS virus after it enters the body by killing virus-infected cells. They also have known that CD8 cells can stop the virus from infecting new cells.

Community Forum Discusses the Latest Treatments for HIV Infection
20 Mar 00 | Great strides have been made in the past year in the treatment of AIDS, but the disease remains an important health concern for physicians who treat these patients.

Race and Fun Walk to Benefit Brain Tumor Research at Duke
17 Mar 00 | The seventh annual Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk will be held Saturday, March 25, at Wallace Wade Stadium on the Duke University campus. All proceeds, including registration fees, go to benefit brain tumor research.

Comprehensive Heart Failure Teams Reduce Health Care Costs
15 Mar 00 | When a team of specialists cares for patients with congestive heart failure, the costs of treating these patients can be reduced by more than one-third, according to a new cost analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
15 Mar 00 | Together, cancers of the colon and rectum are the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with an estimated 56,000 lives claimed by the diseases in 1999, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the fourth most common cancer.

Hospital Stays of Three Days for Uncomplicated Heart Attack Economical, but may be Hard for Hospitals to Achieve
15 Mar 00 | Hospitals could safely discharge patients with low-risk heart attacks within three days, but most keep them five days or more, Duke University researchers report in the March 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Heart Drug Cuts Death and Heart Attack Rate by 40 Percent in Angioplasty-Stent Procedure
14 Mar 00 | A drug designed to prevent blood clots from developing during a common heart procedure performed so well that the Duke University physicians who tested it predict it will alter medical practice.

Tailored Use of Platelet Inhibitors may Prevent Second Heart Attacks
14 Mar 00 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center think they know why glycoprotein IIb/IIIa platelet inhibitor drugs, collectively known as "super aspirins," produce only modest benefit for patients with acute coronary syndromes.

Gene Therapy Useful in Treating Major Complication of Cirrhosis of the Liver in Animal Studies
14 Mar 00 | Duke University Medical Center researchers, using a modified cold virus, have delivered a nitric oxide producing gene to key liver cells in rats, reversing the major complication of cirrhosis of the liver.

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