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Experimental Drugs Show Promise in Halting Brain Tumors
20 Nov 03 | Researchers at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that four new and experimental drugs can strongly inhibit the growth of deadly brain tumors in animals, and they expect these promising results to hold true in humans, as well.

The Life-saving Gift of Bone Marrow
20 Nov 03 | Since the late 1960s, tremendous strides have been made in the field of stem cell and bone marrow transplantation. Today, these procedures routinely help treat many people suffering from life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.

Duke Search Committee Describes Qualifications Needed by Next Chancellor for Health Affairs and President of Health System
17 Nov 03 | Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane appointed a 14-member committee to identify a short list of candidates to recommend to her for the position, which also serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System.

Duke Chancellor Receives Inaugural Bravewell Leadership Award
14 Nov 03 | Ralph Snyderman, M.D., chancellor for health affairs at Duke University Medical Center and CEO of Duke University Health System, is the inaugural recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Award. The award recognizes innovators of integrative medicine.

Genes Control Severity of Heart Failure, Study Finds
13 Nov 03 | By screening the genomes of mice with heart failure, Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered multiple stretches of DNA containing genes that modify the heart's pumping ability and survival with the disease.

Heart Failure Consumes Significant Health Care Resources
12 Nov 03 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that elderly patients with the debilitating heart disorder have health care expenditures up to three times higher than similar patients without heart failure.

Cardiac MRI Detects Thinned Heart Muscle Previously Deemed Unsalvageable
12 Nov 03 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have used cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to demonstrate that heart muscle that had been "thinned" by a heart attack could indeed be "saved" by restoring blood flow to the affected region.

Women Treated More Aggressively For Hypertension, Yet Results Similar To Men
12 Nov 03 | Duke University researchers have found a paradox about gender differences in heart disease women have a greater burden of hypertension than men and they receive more aggressive treatment for it, yet they obtain no better blood pressure control.

One in Four Patients at Risk if Surgery Delayed After Failed Angioplasty
12 Nov 03 | Duke Clinical Research Institute and Canadian cardiologists have estimated that 25% of patients who unexpectedly require emergency heart surgery after a failed angioplasty are at risk of harm or death if any delays to the surgery are encountered.

Drug Proven to Benefit Heart Attack Victims Vastly Underused
11 Nov 03 | Researchers from a Duke University Medical Center-led patient registry have found that almost two-thirds of patients did not receive a class of clot-inhibiting drugs within the first 24 hours of symptoms, despite proof that the drugs save lives.

Newer Formulation of Heparin Improves Outcomes for Suspected Heart Attack Patients
11 Nov 03 | A newer formulation of the blood thinner heparin appears to improve outcomes with fewer complications, when combined with a platelet receptor blocking drug and invasive management, for patients who come to the ER with a suspected heart attack.

Pharmacists Play Key Role in Patient Safety
11 Nov 03 | The traditional image of a pharmacist is someone who compounds and dispenses medications in a retail setting. That image, as well as the pharmacist's role in health care, is changing.

Enzyme Revealed That is Key to Fungus's Ability to Breach Immune System
11 Nov 03 | A newly discovered mechanism by which an infectious fungus evades the immune system could lead to novel methods to fight the fungus and other disease-causing microbes, according to Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators at Duke University.

New Grant to Fund Research to Aid People with Communication Disabilities
10 Nov 03 | The Division of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Duke University Medical Center has been awarded a second five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to continue work on Communication Enhancement.

New Treatment Alternative for High-risk Patients After Heart Attack
10 Nov 03 | Two blood pressure-reducing drugs have shown equivalent survival benefits for patients at high risk after a heart attack, researchers announced today (Nov. 10 2003) at the 2003 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.

Rhythm vs. Rate Control: Similar Outcomes for Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Congestive Heart Failure
10 Nov 03 | Duke cardiologists have shown that patients with an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, and who also have congestive heart failure, have similar mortality rates when treated with drugs that control the the heart's rhythm or rate.

Duke Leaders Propose Overhaul of Health Care and the Practice of Medicine
05 Nov 03 | The U.S. health-care system is inefficient, wasteful, expensive, frequently inaccessible and in need of repair. So say leaders of Duke University Medical Center, who in a new article propose a plan for fixing the ailing health-care delivery system.

Distinct Genes Influence Alzheimer's Risk at Different Ages
03 Nov 03 | The genes that influence the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease may vary over the course of an individual's lifetime, a new study finds. The team's results revealed two chromosomal regions not previously known to influence Alzheimer's disease.

Drug Improves Brain Structure in Alzheimer's Patients
01 Nov 03 | Researchers at Duke University have determined that a medication commonly prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease appears to cause physical improvements in the hippocampus and other brain regions of patients with the disease.

Prayer, Noetic Studies Feasible; Results Indicate Benefit to Heart Patients
31 Oct 01 | Cardiac patients who received intercessory prayer in addition to coronary stenting appeared to have better clinical outcomes than those treated with standard stenting therapy alone, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

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