2008 News


video for asthma and epigenetics

December 31, 2008

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31st Annual Pulmonary and Allergy Update

December 30, 2008

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases.
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Don't Let a Relapse Sabotage Your New's Year's Resolution

December 30, 2008

Behavioral change expert Heather LaChance, PhD, offers advice to help improve your chances of successfully quitting tobacco or losing weight.
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National Jewish Health Recognized by El Pomar Foundation

December 30, 2008

El Pomar Foundation awarded National Jewish Health the Joel A. H. Webb Award for Excellence, recognizging its service to community.
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Media Resources - National Jewish Health - New Brand

December 30, 2008

Here you will find audio (.wav) and video (.mpg) files as well as images (.jpeg) of our new logo that you may use in any announcement of the National Jewish name change. 
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2008 Top Docs

December 13, 2008

Twenty-one physicians at National Jewish Medical and Research Center were named “Top Docs” in the annual ranking of Denver-area physicians by 5280 magazine. This list is compiled through a survey of more than 7,500 Denver metro-area doctors, who are asked, specialty by specialty, which physicians they would trust to treat them or their families.
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NJ at Highlands Ranch

December 13, 2008

National Jewish Medical and Research Center has expanded its services in south-metro Denver with the opening of National Jewish at Highlands Ranch. The Highlands Ranch location now offers comprehensive allergy, immunology and pulmonology care for adults and children. In the coming weeks and months, National Jewish at Highlands Ranch will add adult rheumatology, imaging, diagnostics and sleep disorder services.
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David Schwartz, MD, Hired to Lead Pulmonary and Critical Care Division

December 13, 2008

David A. Schwartz, MD, one of the most foremost experts in the genetics of pulmonary disease, will join the National Jewish Medical and Research Center to develop and lead an interdisciplinary program dedicated to understanding the genetics of complex lung and immune-mediated conditions. Dr. Schwartz will serve as director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division and will also lead a new Center for Genetics and Therapeutics.
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Hypoallergenic Dog? Not likely, according to National Jewish Health

December 11, 2008

National Jewish Health physicians comment on hypoallergenic dogs and how to reduce allergenic effects of a dog.
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National Jewish Health, LabCorp to Collaborate

December 10, 2008

National Jewish Health and Laboratory Corporation of America have reached an agreement to collaborate in the development and commercialization of molecular diagnostic tests in support of personalized medicine.
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Bacteria Implicated in Steroid-Resistance Among Asthmatics

December 5, 2008

A series of experiments by researchers at National Jewish Health have implicated the remains of bacterial cell walls in the development of resistance to corticosteroids.
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National Jewish Launches Weight-Loss Program

December 3, 2008

Building on more than 20 years of experience with telephonic and behavioral change programs, National Jewish Medical and Research Center has launched a unique weight-loss program that relies on customized personal coaching, Internet education and support, and wireless activity monitors and scales. The program builds on a successful prototype previously offered to residents of rural Colorado. Five thousand members of the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) will be the first customers to benefit from the program, called PERAFit.
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National Jewish Named One of Best Places for Postdocs

December 3, 2008

For the second year in a row National Jewish Medical and Research Center has been named one of the best places in the nation to undertake postdoctoral training. The Scientist, a magazine of the life sciences, named National Jewish the second best place in the United States for “postdocs” to work, based on the results of a survey completed by more than 3,000 postdocs. Last year National Jewish ranked 6th in the survey. The results are published in the March 2008 issue of The Scientist.
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Keystone Conference 2008

December 3, 2008

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory, and immune diseases at the 30th Annual Allergy and Respiratory Update conference hosted next month by National Jewish Medical and Research Center. The program is co-chaired by National Jewish professors Harold Nelson, MD, Richard Martin, MD, and Erwin Gelfand, MD. The conference is a great opportunity to discuss key issues with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. There are still some spots available.
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31st Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update

December 3, 2008

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases.
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EASE Trial to Evaluate Emphysema Treatment

December 3, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Health are testing an investigational treatment to learn if poking holes in the lungs of emphysema patients can immediately help them breathe more easily. Destruction of lung tissue caused by emphysema can leave lungs stiff and overinflated with air that cannot escape. The holes, kept open by small stents inserted during a minimally invasive procedure, could relieve the hyperinflation of the lungs, allowing the healthy parts of the lungs to more easily inflate and take in air.
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Nose Bidet Offers Relief to Allergy Sufferers

December 3, 2008

It may be one of the hot buzzwords of the past year, but allergists at National Jewish Medical Research Center have been recommending it for years to help allergy sufferers. It’s a nose bidet, and yes it works exactly like you’re imagining it does. The New York Times recently identified “nose bidet” as one of the trendy new phrases to find a place in the national vernacular; Google listed the nose bidet as one of its “hot trends” and; a nasal wash has even been hyped by Oprah.
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National Jewish Statement on Singulair Investigation

December 3, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is investigating a possible link between the use of the asthma and allergy medication Singulair (montelukast) and behavior or mood changes, including suicidal thinking and action.
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NBC News Vists National Jewish

December 3, 2008

NBC Nightly News chief health and science correspondent Robert Bazell spent two full days on the National Jewish Health campus in September developing a three-part series on allergies, which ran September 29 through October 1.
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Gary Smith, PhD, Hired to Lead Advanced Diagnostics Laboratories

November 24, 2008

With more than a decade of experience in reference laboratory leadership, Gary L. Smith, PhD, will lead the nation's premier reference laboratory for respiratory, immune and related diseases.
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NTM Deemed “Burgeoning Medical Challenge”

November 24, 2008

Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), little known cousins of the organism that causes tuberculosis, may cause significantly greater healthcare spending and patient suffering in the United States and Canada than does tuberculosis.
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National Jewish Health Opens Vail Clinic

November 12, 2008

National Jewish Health, through its Pediatric program NJ4kids, is bringing its world-renowned expertise in pediatric respiratory and allergic diseases to the Vail Valley.
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National Jewish Faculty Provide Answers for ABC News

November 10, 2008

National Jewish specialists were asked to provide answers to frequently asked asthma and allergy questions for the ABC News Web site feature, OnCall.
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Change is Coming for Asthma Inhalers

November 10, 2008

Millions of asthma patients are facing a federally mandated change by the end of the year in the inhalers they use. For many, there is concern and confusion over the change and how it will affect them. The medicine in quick-relief asthma inhalers is staying the same, but the chemical used to “propel” the medicine is changing.
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Allergy Treatment Under the Tongue

November 7, 2008

National Jewish patients who have been involved in a yearlong allergy study will face their first test of the treatment in early May, when grass pollen season begins. For the past year, patients in the project have undergone oral immunotherapy treatments for their allergy.
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National Jewish, Phadia to Collaborate

October 31, 2008

National Jewish Health announced today that it has entered a co-promotion agreement with Phadia US Inc. to build recognition of the important role allergy testing plays in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases. Under the agreement, National Jewish Health will help create educational programs, activities and literature to promote to pulmonologists the value of understanding allergy in the diagnosis and management of patients with respiratory diseases.
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Asthma Experts Advise Pediatricians

October 29, 2008

Pediatricians need to diagnose asthma earlier and identify allergy triggers if they want to achieve better outcomes with their asthma patients, according to allergy and asthma experts who spoke at an educational program sponsored by National Jewish Health.
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New Test for Cystic Fibrosis

October 24, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Health have identified a simple gene-based blood test that more accurately and quickly measures cystic fibrosis patients’ response to therapy than current tests. The test, a measure of inflammatory gene expression, could improve patient care and help clear a backlog of promising medications now hung up in clinical trials.
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Immunologists Kappler, Marrack Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 13, 2008

National Jewish Health Immunologists Phillippa Marack and John Kappler have been elected to the Institute of Medicine
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Family Air Care Launch

October 7, 2008

Home owners, buyers and renters can now assure that their indoor environment is healthy and safe with an easy-to-use kit manufactured and serviced by the nation’s number one respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health. The Family Air Care Indoor Allergens and Mold Test Kit reports levels of the most common indoor allergens and a relative moldiness index. The product will be especially useful for millions of people with allergies and asthma, who can benefit from lower exposure to allergens and irritants in their environment.
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Mother's Diet Alters DNA Methylation, Risk of Allergic Asthma

September 18, 2008

A pregnant mouse’s diet can induce epigenetic changes that increase the risk her offspring will develop allergic asthma, according to researchers at National Jewish Health and Duke University Medical Center.
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Monitoring Nitric Oxide Does Not Improve on Guidelines-Based Asthma Management

September 18, 2008

New research, which will be published in the Sept. 20 issue of The Lancet, indicates that adolescent and young adult patients whose asthma is managed according to the latest NIH guidelines do not benefit from the addition of nitric-oxide monitoring.
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Steroids Not as Effective in Overweight Asthma Patients

September 18, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Health have shown that glucocorticoids, the primary controller medication for asthma, are 40 percent less effective in overweight and obese asthma patients than in those of normal weight.
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National Jewish and Roche Reach Agreement

September 10, 2008

National Jewish Health and Roche Diagnostics Corporation have reached a strategic agreement to pursue opportunities in the growing field of molecular diagnostics. This partnership will combine National Jewish’s expertise in clinical testing and care for patients with respiratory and environmental diseases with Roche’s state-of-the-art technology to bring new diagnostic solutions to the market.
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September Epidemic

September 1, 2008

Most people associate cold-and-flu season with the cold, dark days of late fall and winter. But as soon as children are confined in classrooms and start swapping germs, the incidence of respiratory infections rises sharply. Colds due to rhinovirus peak in September, with other viral infections also increasing. While this poses a problem for all parents, it is especially hazardous for parents of children with asthma.
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Infection Blocks Response

August 20, 2008

An infection that often goes undetected can block the lung’s natural protective response against tobacco smoke, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. The findings, recently published online and scheduled to appear in the October issue of Infection and Immunity, suggest one mechanism that may cause smokers to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Does Knowledge of Indoor Air Quality Lead to Changes

August 15, 2008

Will education about asthma triggers inside homes motivate people to make environmental changes that reduce asthma-related symptoms?
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Treatment Outcomes Highlight Dangers of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

August 7, 2008

In a retrospective study of 174 tuberculosis patients treated at National Jewish Health, patients with extensively-drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) were almost eight times as likely to die as patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
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Holt Hired as New VP of Development

August 1, 2008

National Jewish Health has appointed Susan Holt as Vice President of Development, effective August 4, 2008. Holt brings 27 years of fundraising experience, most of it at academic medical centers, to her new position.
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FAQ: National Jewish Health Brand

July 20, 2008

National Jewish Health is continuing to grow and increase ways it improves the health of our communities. The new name speaks to our mission and communicates that we are expanding in many ways.
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Bold Evolution to National Jewish Health

July 14, 2008

Signaling a bold evolution and expansion beyond traditional boundaries of respiratory medicine into exciting new areas of science and health, National Jewish Medical and Research Center will become National Jewish Health, effective immediately.
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Advanced Imaging Center Opens

July 14, 2008

National Jewish Health today officially launched its Institute for Advanced Biomedical Imaging™ , bringing the most advanced imaging technologies to patients while establishing a platform for research to further improve imaging. National Jewish also unveiled its newest arrival, a 128-slice SOMATOM Definition AS+ CT scanner from Siemens, one of the first available in the country.
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National Jewish Named #1 Respiratory Hospital for Eleventh Time

July 14, 2008

For the eleventh year in a row, National Jewish Health has been named the best respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The ranking is part of the 2008 “America ’s Best Hospitals” guide published by the weekly newsmagazine.
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Critical Factors in Lymphoma Development and Survival Discovered

June 25, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have discovered an important factor in the development of B-cell lymphomas, one of the fastest growing forms of cancer. The B-cell receptor on the surface of B cells can cooperate with the MYC oncogene to accelerate the development of lymphomas.
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National Jewish Launches Infant Food Allergy Study

June 13, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center are launching a comprehensive study of food allergy in children. Researchers hope the five-year study will help them predict which children will develop allergies and which children will outgrow them. It should also offer insights into what has caused the alarming rise in food allergies and possible ways to prevent or cure them
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Who Benefits from Singulair?

May 14, 2008

Girls and children exposed to tobacco smoke respond particularly well to montelukast (Singulair).
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National Jewish Evaluating Food Allergy Treatment

April 17, 2008

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center are conducting trials to evaluate a method to prevent allergic reactions to food. They are feeding peanut- and egg-allergic people increasing doses of an investigational protein extract from the foods to see if they can induce the participants’ immune systems to tolerate the food.
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National Jewish to Host Interventional Pulmonology Conference

April 1, 2008

Pulmonologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons and general practitioners can learn state-of-the art services offered through National Jewish’s Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center at next month’s Interventional Pulmonology conference. Physicians can learn about minimally invasive techniques and procedures that can benefit patients with lung cancer, tracheobronchial diseases, pleural processes and other thoracic disorders. The program is co-chaired by National Jewish pulmonologists Ali Musani, MD, FCCP, and Barry Make, MD. The conference is Saturday, May 10, on the National Jewish campus in Denver.
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Quitline Iowa Fields Thousands of Calls

March 1, 2008

Nearly 2,500 Iowans called Quitline Iowa during the first week that National Jewish Medical and Research Center operated the state’s tobacco quitline. Iowa is the fifth state to contract with National Jewish for quitline services since National Jewish began its tobacco-cessation program in 2002. National Jewish now operates quitlines for the states of Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Montana, and Idaho, and health plans in three different states. The program has grown from five tobacco-cessation coaches in 2002 to more than 80 today.
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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and NJ Collaborate

February 19, 2008

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) and National Jewish Medical and Research Center today announced the launch of the first genetic counseling program for patients and families affected by familial pulmonary fibrosis. The telephonic counseling program will be operated by National Jewish and is funded by CPF.
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National Jewish Merges with South Denver Pulmonary Associates

February 15, 2008

Continuing the expansion of its services in the metro Denver area, Colorado and nationwide, National Jewish Medical and Research Center has merged with the thriving practice of South Denver Pulmonary Associates. The practice, which officially joined National Jewish on March 1, 2008, will be renamed National Jewish South Denver, and its six physicians will become National Jewish faculty members. This is the second alliance of this type; National Jewish partnered with East Denver Pulmonary Associates six months ago to become National Jewish East Denver.
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Siemens and National Jewish Partner

February 13, 2008

With a shared vision of a more personalized medicine, Siemens Healthcare and National Jewish Medical and Research Center have formed a strategic alliance to improve and develop novel imaging and diagnostic technologies using genomics, proteomics, and integrated research and clinical care.
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