2009 News


Samuel Gluck Leaves Endowment to Fund Indigent Patients' Care

December 23, 2009

Indigent patients at National Jewish Health have received an early holiday gift: a permanent endowment established to pay for their care thanks to the generosity of the late Samuel Gluck of Southfield, who left a bequest to create the Fannie Gluck and Katy Bodansky Endowment for Indigent Care.
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National Jewish Health Launches Oncology Division

December 22, 2009

National Jewish Health has established a new Cancer Center, which will focus on diagnosing and treating lung cancer.
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Lipid Blocks RSV Infection

December 22, 2009

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered that a naturally occurring lipid in the lung can prevent RSV infection and inhibit spread of the virus after an infection is established.
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Annual Real Estate and Construction Industries Dinner Raises More Than $2 Million

December 15, 2009

Jonathan L. Mechanic, Chairman of the Real Estate Department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, was the evening's honoree as he was presented the National Jewish Health® 2009 Humanitarian Award
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National Jewish Health Collects Food and Money For Local Charities

December 13, 2009

National Jewish Health employees donated more than 1,200 pounds of food and nearly $700 in donations to benefit local families. National Jewish Health used the occasion of its 110th anniversary and holiday celebration to host the food drive for the Food Bank of the Rockies and Volunteers of America.
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On 110th Anniversary, National Jewish Health Gives Thanks to Colorado

December 11, 2009

One hundred and ten years ago today (Dec. 11), the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives opened its doors on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The brainstorm of a remarkable woman named Frances Wisebart Jacobs and a young rabbi named William Friedman, the hospital was created to serve indigent people suffering from tuberculosis.
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National Jewish Health Celebrates 110th Anniversary with Healthcare and Leadership Symposium

December 10, 2009

National Jewish Health celebrates its 110th anniversary today and tomorrow with a healthcare and leadership symposium featuring keynote addresses by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Duke Energy President, CEO and Chairman James Rogers.
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Eating Well Throughout the Holiday Season

December 8, 2009

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers, but all that celebrating can make it difficult to eat healthy. National Jewish Health Dietician Carrie Gleeksman offers the following tips to help keep you from over indulging this holiday season.
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Tips to Help Prevent Acid Reflux

December 3, 2009

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus giving the feeling of heartburn.
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Keeping A Clean Home Can Help With Winter Allergies

December 1, 2009

Even though freezing temperatures bring an end to seasonal pollen allergies, millions of people suffer from indoor allergies because of the time spent indoors during cool weather.
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National Jewish Health to Collect Food to Benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies and Volunteers of America

December 1, 2009

National Jewish Health will use the occasion of its 110th anniversary and holiday celebration to host a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies and Volunteers of America.
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National Jewish Health to Manage Intensive Care Units at Swedish Medical Center

November 30, 2009

Building upon an existing relationship between the two central Denver hospitals, National Jewish Health has begun managing critical care services for the intensive care unit at HealthOne Swedish Medical Center.
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Food Allergy Tips for the Holidays

November 25, 2009

All during the year, the possibility exists for people with respiratory problems to suffer from allergy attacks. During the holiday season, more hidden dangers to health exist.
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Annual Cocktails & Karaoke Breaks Records to the Benefit of Ill Students Event benefits chronically ill children at Kunsberg Sch

November 24, 2009

Cocktails & Karaoke, presented by Parks & Associates, on Nov. 21 was a rocking success, having raised $55,000 to benefit the chronically ill K-8th grade students at Kunsberg School on the campus of National Jewish Health.
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Cocktails & Karaoke Goes Retro

November 18, 2009

In addition to singing or paying to get their friends and co-workers on stage, attendees at the event can increase their philanthropy on behalf of the children at Kunsberg School by donating money for items that the children need, including school uniforms, equipment and field trips.
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American Cancer Society and National Jewish Health Partner for Great American Smokeout

November 16, 2009

National Jewish Health, the nation's #1 respiratory hospital, and the American Cancer Society, the official sponsor of birthdays, mark the 34th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
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H1N1 Information

November 12, 2009

Information from National Jewish Health about symptoms, treatment and prevention of H1N1 (swine flu).
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Asthma Care Improving

October 31, 2009

New medications introduced in the past decade appear to have improved asthma care
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National Jewish Opens Free Clinic for Former Uranium Workers

October 30, 2009

Medical screening may help for former uranium industry workers, atomic test 'downwinders,' and Nevada-Test-site workers qualify for benefits.
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Chronically ill students at Kunsberg School receive $25,000 from Daniels Fund

October 29, 2009

The Kunsberg School for chronically ill children on the campus of National Jewish Health recently received a $25,000 grant from the Daniels Fund.
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Warning Signs to Look for Before You Buy or Rent

October 26, 2009

At a time when reports of unknown clandestine methamphetamine labs, marijuana grow operations, excessive indoor allergen levels, and moldy homes appear in the news on a nightly basis, many parents or perspective apartment dwellers have been asking what can be done to reduce the chances of renting or buying a problem residence. If there has been a concerted effort by someone to cover-up a problem, it may be difficult to identify.
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Annual Cocktails & Karaoke Goes Retro at the Curtis

October 24, 2009

The popular fundraising event Cocktails & Karaoke moves to the retro Curtis Hotel in downdown Denver on Nov. 21. Parks & Associates is the naming sponsor for this year's event, which just keeps getting bigger and better.
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$11 Million for Chronic Lung Disease Research

October 24, 2009

Researchers at National Jewish Health and four other research centers have been awarded an $11 million grant to delve deeply into the biology of two fatal lung diseases for which there are few therapeutic options; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis.
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Monfort Family Honored for Transformational Gift

October 16, 2009

National Jewish Health today honored the Monfort Family Foundation for its extraordinary contribution to the institution, which helped launch the largest study ever done of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Tom Gart Begins Tenure as Chairman of National Jewish Health Board of Directors

October 14, 2009

Colorado business leader Tom Gart will bring his management and business skills to bear when he begins his tenure as Chairman of the National Jewish Health Board of Directors on Friday, October 16.
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National Jewish Health to Manage ICU at Swedish Medical Center

October 7, 2009

Building upon an existing relationship between the two central Denver hospitals, National Jewish Health has begun managing critical care services for the five intensive care units (ICU) at HealthOne Swedish Medical Center.
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Women's Health Conference Seeks to Address Health Disparities

September 30, 2009

Studies have shown that women may not be getting the healthcare they need. The Second Annual Women's Health Conference at National Jewish Health seeks to raise physician and health provider awareness about aspects of disease that may uniquely affect women, and to teach them ways to improve patient care by incorporating this new knowledge into their practices.
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Twenty-eight "Top Docs"

September 30, 2009

Twenty-eight physicians at National Jewish Health 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 were asked, specialty by specialty, which physicians they would trust to treat them or their families.
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USA Today Recognizes Eight NJH Docs

September 27, 2009

National Jewish Health is well represented in a new consumer database created by USA Today of the "Most Influential Doctors." Eight National Jewish Health doctors made the list.
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Staying Healthy in the Kitchen

September 22, 2009

Anyone who has ever gotten a touch of food poisoning will tell you that spending the night hugging the toilet isn't a pleasant experience. Food-borne illness can leave you weak and unable to function. Food-borne illnesses are not entirely avoidable, but you can greatly lower your risks when armed with the proper knowledge and tools for prevention.
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National Jewish Health Offering H1N1 Diagnostic Test

September 15, 2009

National Jewish Health is now offering a molecular test for the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus (H1N1/09), that provides results within 24 hours.
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Lung Disease Researcher Wins Three-Year Grant

September 10, 2009

Rachel Zemans, MD, a physician-researcher in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at National Jewish Health, was recently selected as one of 18 researchers nationwide to receive the Parker B. Francis Fellowship to support her research into the role of inflammation in lung diseases.
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National Jewish Health Partners with Healthier Environment Living Program

August 20, 2009

Healthier Environment Living ProgramTM, a global leader in performing Indoor Air and Surface QualityTM (IASQ) Education, Verifications and Solutions, and National Jewish HealthTM, the nation's No. 1 respiratory hospital, are teaming up to provide a comprehensive approach to controlling symptoms for people who suffer allergies and asthma.
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Avoiding the September Epidemic

August 15, 2009

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.
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Back to School Nutrition Tips

August 10, 2009

Parents should use the new school year as an opportunity to rethink and reenergize their child's nutrition. Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
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Avoiding Infections When Returning to School

August 5, 2009

Back-to-school is widely recognized in the medical community as a time when many children pick up viral and other infections from their classmates.
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Insurance, Medical Provider Do Not Assure Asthma Control

August 3, 2009

New research at National Jewish Health indicates that having insurance and a medical provider is not enough to improve asthma control among elementary and middle school students.
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Largest Gift in History of National Jewish Health

July 16, 2009

National Jewish Health has received the single largest gift in its history, approximately $10 million, from the estate of fantasy author David Eddings.
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Top Respiratory Hospital in 2009

July 16, 2009

National Jewish Health has been named the top respiratory hospital in the nation for the twelfth consecutive year.
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Obesity Does Not Worsen Asthma

July 6, 2009

Being overweight or obese does not make asthma worse in patients with mild and moderate forms of the disease, according to a study by National Jewish Health researchers, although it may reduce the response to medications.
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Researchers Develop First Integrated Clinical Management Scheme for Managing Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

July 2, 2009

National Jewish Health pulmonologist Robert Sandhaus, MD, PhD, and Edwin Silverman, MD, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, offer the first concise, integrated clinical management scheme for healthcare providers managing Alpha-1 patients in the June 25, 2009, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Interferon Gamma Fails to Help Patients with IPF

July 1, 2009

Interferon gamma failed to help patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to National Jewish Professor of Medicine Roland du Bois, MD, and his colleagues.
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Eczema Patients at Risk for Viral Infections

June 24, 2009

Eczema patients at risk for serious viral infections have more severe disease, are more likely to be allergic to food and other allergens, and have a frequent history of staph infections, according to researchers at National Jewish Health.
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Pushmi-pullyu of B-Cell Development Discovered

June 24, 2009

James Hagman, PhD, Professor of Immunology at National Jewish Health and his colleagues have identified two “molecular motors” that work in opposing directions to control the development of B cells.
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Tips to Protect Yourself From the Sun

June 17, 2009

Exposure to sun is the number one cause of skin cancer and causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces.
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National Jewish, Mothers of Asthmatics Team

June 15, 2009

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the leading national nonprofit concerned with asthma and allergies, and National Jewish Health, the nation’s No. 1 respiratory hospital, are teaming up to provide a comprehensive approach to controlling symptoms for people who suffer allergies and asthma.
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Promising Antimicrobial Attacks Virus, Stimulates Immune System

June 4, 2009

A promising antimicrobial agent already known to kill bacteria can also kill viruses and stimulate the innate immune system, according to researchers at National Jewish Health.
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Tips to Avoid and Treat Insect Stings

June 2, 2009

More than 1 million Americans report allergic reactions to insect stings; about 50 people each year die from the stings.
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National Jewish Health Adds Minnesota to Quitline Customers

May 29, 2009

National Jewish Health has added a seventh state, Minnesota, to the growing list of customers for its tobacco-cessation counseling services. Clearway Minnesota, a non-profit organization funded by the state's tobacco-settlement funds, has named National Jewish Health to operate its QUITPLAN® Helpline, the free phone-counseling service for Minnesota residents trying to quit tobacco.
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Tips to Help Get a Good Night's Sleep Despite Allergies

May 19, 2009

The key to eliminating or reducing exposure to pollen is to keep outside air out, or if you're going to be outside, take the proper precautions.
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CO Bill to Help Students with Food Allergies

May 14, 2009

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will sign a bill (Senate Bill 226) Thursday aimed at helping students with allergies. Nearly 3 million American children suffer from food allergies.
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Asthma Tips for Kids

May 5, 2009

Daniel Graham, tight end for the Denver Broncos, is teaming up with National Jewish Health to help children in the Denver Public Schools better control their asthma and miss fewer days of school.
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Michael Salem, MD, to Speak at Leadership Summit

April 29, 2009

National Jewish Health President and CEO, Michael Salem, MD, will discuss "Adapting Your Business Strategies During a Time of Heightened Economic Uncertainty" as part of a panel at the Denver Leadership Summit, May 6, 2009
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How T Cells Recognize Potentially Harmful Invaders

April 27, 2009

Researchers at National Jewish Health have answered a long-standing question about how the immune system selects T cells that recognize and attack potentially harmful invaders, while leaving alone a body's own tissues.
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Quitline Tips

April 21, 2009

Colorado Quitline Coach Douglas Olivas offers the following tips to those looking to quit.
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National Jewish Health Brings Successful Asthma Program to Southern and Central Colorado

April 13, 2009

Building on its success in eastern Colorado, National Jewish Health is expanding an asthma education program aimed at both healthcare professionals and patients to 10 counties in southern Colorado.
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Broncos Tight End Daniel Graham Offers Asthma Tips

April 13, 2009

Daniel Graham, tight end for the Denver Broncos, is teaming up with National Jewish Health to help children in the Denver Public Schools better control their asthma and miss fewer days of school.
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Daniel Graham, National Jewish Health Team Up to Take Charge of Asthma

April 10, 2009

Daniel Graham and National Jewish Health team up to help children better manage their asthma and miss fewer school days.
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Dealing with Childhood Obesity

April 7, 2009

Tips for families to prevent a weight problem from emerging, and are instrumental steps in tackling a weight problem that has already presented itself.
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Tax Increase Spurs Calls to Tobacco Quitlines

April 1, 2009

A tobacco tax increase that takes effect April 1, 2009, has smokers calling quitlines operated by National Jewish Health in unprecedented numbers.
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Free Seminar to Help Public Fight Obesity

March 26, 2009

National Jewish Health offers a free seminar on Saturday, April 4, hosted by medical professionals to help people lose weight
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Strategy Discovered for Fighting Persistent Bacterial Infections

March 23, 2009

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a promising strategy for destroying the molecular scaffolding that can make Pseudomonas bacterial infections extremely difficult to treat in cystic fibrosis patients
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Insurance Coverage is Not the Answer

March 17, 2009

Dr. Szefler and his colleagues believe that a combination of education and better communication is the key to better asthma care.
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Food Allergies Commonly Misdiagnosed

March 16, 2009

Food allergies can be difficult to accurately diagnose, and reliance on a single test commonly results in misdiagnosis.
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Fumes Cause Evacuation at National Jewish Health

March 11, 2009

All buildings were declared safe and habitable at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning.
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National Jewish Health to Host Arthritis Conference for Patients

March 11, 2009

National Jewish Health and the Arthritis Foundation together will be conducting Arthritis Answers: What's New in Rheumatology Treatment
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Commentary on White House Summit

March 11, 2009

Michael Salem, MD, President and CEO of National Jewish Health, comments on recent White House healthcare summit and offers suggestions for healthcare reform.
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Women Face Unique Asthma Challenges

February 25, 2009

Women suffer asthma more frequently than men, they often have more severe disease, and they experience unique features associated with their reproductive system.
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Norman Brownstein to Receive Distinguished Service Award

February 17, 2009

Norman Brownstein, Esq., will receive the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service at the Beaux Arts Ball gala on Feb. 21 in Denver.
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National Jewish Health Receives Patent for Joint-Aspiration Device

February 13, 2009

National Jewish Health has received a US patent for a device designed to facilitate the aspiration and injection of joints.
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Newly Recognized Risk Factors May Help Explain Increase in Asthma

February 12, 2009

An approximate doubling of the incidence in asthma since the 1980s may be attributable in part to three newly recognized risk factors for the disease
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National Jewish Health Receives Grant to Launch Spirometry Training Program

February 10, 2009

National Jewish Health was awarded an unrestricted educational grant from to produce a series of activities to train healthcare providers in underserved areas across the country on how to conduct spirometry testing.
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National Jewish Physician Supports Access to Long-Acting Beta Agonists

January 29, 2009

Limiting the availability of medications known as long-acting beta agonists (LABA) would set asthma care back 20 years and increase risks of more asthma attacks, neurological adverse effects, growth and adrenal suppression, osteoporosis and cataracts, according to a National Jewish Health physician
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Winter Wonderland Dinner Raises $1.7 million for National Jewish Health

January 29, 2009

New York Real Estate and Construction Industries Dinner, on December 13, 2008, raises $1.7 million for National Jewish Health.
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Gene Associated with Reduced Mortality from Acute Lung Injury

January 29, 2009

Researchers have discovered a gene that is associated with improved survival among patients with acute lung injury.
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Beaux Arts Ball a Winter Wonderland

January 29, 2009

National Jewish Health will hold its signature Denver gala, the annual Beaux Arts Ball, on Feb. 21, 2009
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National Jewish Health Echocardiography Laboratory

January 29, 2009

The Echocardiography Laboratory at National Jewish Health was accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
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Proper Precautions Can Prevent Asthma Attacks Triggered by Cold Weather

January 29, 2009

Dr. David Beuther explains that if asthma patients take the proper precautions they can still enjoy outdoor activities.
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Bacon Family Foundation supports chronically ill students at Kunsberg School

January 11, 2009

National Jewish Health is proud to announce a gift from the Bacon Family Foundation in Grand Junction to be used to feed kindergarten through eighth-grade children at Kunsberg School for chronically ill students.
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Preparation Can Help You Re-Commit to Your New Years Resolutions

January 9, 2009

Dr. LaChance offers advice about how to re-commit yourself to your resolutions and stick with it this time to shed those extra pounds or tobacco habit.
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