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North Carolina Kids Still at Risk for Tuberculosis
23 May 04 | Tuberculosis continues to strike children in North Carolina, with minorities and children under 5 years old affected most often and most severely, according to a Duke University Medical Center study.

Duke Scientists Identify New Way To Block Blood Vessels That Feed Cancer Growth
20 May 04 | Scientists from Duke University Medical Center have identified the "master switch" that cancer cells use to dispatch protective messages to nearby blood vessels, fortifying the vessels against deadly onslaughts of radiation.

Duke Researchers Advocate Lifestyle Approach To High Blood Pressure
19 May 04 | A new analysis of current medical opinion about treating hypertension -- a leading cause of heart attack and stroke -- emphasizes that physicians should first begin with behavioral approaches such as dieting, exercise, and weight loss.

Low-Carb Diet More Effective Than Low-Fat Diet
17 May 04 | People who followed a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet lost more weight than people on a low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie diet during a six-month comparison study at Duke University Medical Center.

Beta Blocker Use For Heart Failure Doubles: Still Room For Improvement
17 May 04 | In one of the largest analyses of its kind, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that the use of beta blockers for patients with heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) has more than doubled from 1995 to 2002.

Reducing the Risk of "Economy Class Syndrome"
17 May 04 | With summer vacation season just around the corner, many long-distance air travelers will face an increased risk of developing DVT, sometimes called "economy-class syndrome."

Aspirin, Beta Blocker Usage Up, But Not Enough
16 May 04 | While the use of inexpensive aspirin and beta blockers by heart patients to prevent death has shown steady improvement, Duke University Medical Center cardiologists believe there is still much room for improvement.

Dr. Anna Mae Diehl to Lead Duke Gastroenterology Division
14 May 04 | Anna Mae Diehl, M.D., professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, has been named chief of the division of gastroenterology at Duke University Medical Center.

Blood Substitute to be Tested at Duke University Hospital
13 May 04 | Researchers and clinicians at Duke University Hospital plan to participate in the nation's first phase three clinical tests of an oxygen-carrying blood substitute in trauma patients before they reach the emergency room.

Customize Exercise Level to Individual Health Needs
11 May 04 | Exercise is one of the best things a person can do for themselves. Regular exercise can help manage weight, reduce stress and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. But what level of exercise will yield the health benefits a person is looking for?

Douglas Named New Cardiology Chief At Duke University Medical Center
11 May 04 | Pamela S. Douglas, M.D., head of the section of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Wisconsin, has been named the new chief of the division of cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

Cord Blood Stem Cells Save Children With Hurler's Syndrome
05 May 04 | Stem cells from a newborn baby's umbilical cord blood can save the lives of children with Hurler's syndrome and can repair much of the progressive brain and organ damage that would otherwise be fatal to children, according to physicians at the Duke.

Exercise Helps Heart Attack Patients Who Are Depressed, Without Social Support
04 May 04 | Heart attack patients who are depressed or without social support are more than twice as likely to die of a second heart attack if they do not exercise, according the results of a large-scale national trial led by Duke researchers.

Understanding Clinical Trials
08 Jan 04 | Clinical trials play a vital role in improving medical care. As new medical treatments are developed, volunteers participating in clinical trials help ensure that treatments are safe and effective.

Promising Drug Fails to Thwart Fatal Lung Disease
08 Jan 04 | A treatment that had shown early promise in alleviating symptoms and preventing the advance of the fatal lung disease pulmonary fibrosis failed to stall the disorder's progression in 162 patients, according to the results of a clinical trial.

Economic Impact of Back Pain Substantial
01 Jan 04 | In one of the largest analyses of its kind, a team of Duke researchers has found that patients suffering from back pain consume more that $90 billion annually in health-care expenses, with approximately $26 billion of that for treating the back pain.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy Has Clear Advantages Over Conventional Procedure
22 Dec 03 | After analyzing a nationwide database of more than 43,000 patients, Duke University Medical Center researchers have determined that the minimally invasive laparoscopic approach to removing infected appendices has significant advantages.

Spreading Cancer Survives Via Signals From Nearby Blood Vessels Long Before New Vessels Are Grown
19 Dec 03 | In one of the clearest models of cancer metastasis, scientists have shown that spreading cancer cells receive growth-sustaining signals from nearby blood vessels telling them where to go for permanent nourishment and oxygen.

Race Affects Older Americans' Likelihood of Getting Flu Shot
17 Dec 03 | As America battles the first wave of influenza this season, a new study reveals a major gap in vaccination rates between older African-Americans and whites of the same age. Though vaccination rates in older Americans are rising, they remain low.

Pioneering Program to Target Physician Fatigue, Impairment
15 Dec 03 | Duke University Medical Center, UNC Hospitals and other health care-related entities will collaborate to develop and launch a unique education program intended to improve patient outcomes by promoting physician wellness.

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