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Using our expertise to fight the opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities, families and individuals across Colorado and the country. On average 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdose; it was responsible for 560 deaths in Colorado 2017. And for every death, there are many more people struggling with opioid addiction.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 23, 2019
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‘Columbine represents hope’

For Frank DeAngelis, the “beloved 13” are never far away. They are with the retired Columbine High School principal when he speaks about school safety across the country, while he works as a consultant for safety and emergency management in Jefferson County, and the moment he wakes up in the morning.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 17, 2019
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Surgeon's work spans saving limbs to curbing the need for opioids

Matt Iorio, MD, has found a new professional home at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus after training at many prestigious universities and hospitals across the United States. He specializes in microvascular surgery that involves saving limbs of traumatically injured patients. When he is not treating patients, Iorio studies alternatives to one of the leading causes of addiction in America — opioids.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date April 04, 2019
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Love dogs? Train a service canine for a good cause

Do you love dogs? The Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a partner of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, is looking for volunteers interested in puppy parenting and puppy sitting for its service dogs in training.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 14, 2019
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‘I sometimes can't believe I'm here’

Please excuse Kelsey McNeill if she wipes away tears during a short home video of her husband, Brian, playing the drums while their 4-year-old daughter shimmies to the groove under a blanket.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Rockin’ his way back from the brink

Pumping iron. Shredding guitar. Hiking the mountains. Working in information technology. For Shuvanzan “Shavvi” Dwa, the start of his 30s was a daily exercise in the things he loved.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 13, 2018
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At last, a beautiful smile

A pair of words — beautiful smile — are heard all the time in dental and orthodontic clinics. These days, it’s practically an expectation for teenagers to, after wearing braces, end up with sparkling and picture-perfect teeth.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 07, 2018
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The power of a second opinion

When Karen Possehl was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that had spread to her liver, she went to the Mayo Clinic for a consultation that ended in heartbreak and disappointment. Then Possehl came to the University of Colorado Cancer Center to meet with Richard Schulick, MD. Watch the video to find out what happened next.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2018
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Lung cancer survivors celebrate life and hope

A decade ago, Ellen Smith went through the “traditional three” therapies for her lung cancer — radiation, surgery and chemotherapy — but still her cancer progressed to Stage IV and the prognosis was bleak. Her physician said he’d done all he could do.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 04, 2018
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How to treat Meniere’s disease

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2013) Researchers at University of Colorado School of Medicine may have figured out what causes Meniere’s disease and how to attack it.  According to Carol Foster, MD, from the department of otolaryngology and Robert Breeze, MD, a neurosurgeon, there is a strong association between Meniere’s disease and conditions involving  temporary low blood flow in the brain such as migraine headaches.


Author Jackie Brinkman | Publish Date December 09, 2013
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