2011 News

Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories Awarded CAP 15189SM Accreditation

December 31, 2011

The accreditation is based on Standard 15189 for laboratory technical competence and continual quality management, which is administered by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It seeks to improve patient safety and reduce risk, by outlining standards for quality and competence in medical laboratories.
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National Jewish Health Celebrates Eighth Annual Hoops & Hoopla on April 2 at INVESCO Field at Mile High

December 29, 2011

More than 350 people will join National Jewish Health to watch the college basketball semifinal games at the eighth annual Hoops & Hoopla
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National Jewish Health Set to Kick Off 34th Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update

December 23, 2011

Allergists, pulmonologists and general practitioners can learn the approaches and methods used to diagnose and treat allergic, respiratory and immune diseases at the 34th Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update conference hosted February 1-4 2012, by National Jewish Health
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National Jewish Health Named Among Top Metro Denver Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

December 23, 2011

National Jewish Health has been named one of the top hospitals in Denver in another U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings. In the first-ever Best Hospitals metro area ranking National Jewish Health is ranked in a tie for #2 with Craig Hospital in the Denver-metro area behind the University of Colorado hospital.
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Chapman Foundation Funds Fellowship at Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital

December 16, 2011

The Chapman Fellowship supports the work of Max Seibold, PhD, who has identified the strongest common genetic factor associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes lung tissue to become thickened, stiff and scarred and impedes oxygen from entering the bloodstream.
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More than 350 guests at Hoops & Hoopla on April 2 raise more than $120,000 for chronically ill children at Kunsberg School at Na

December 16, 2011

Guests at Hoops & Hoopla presented by Greiner Electric raised more than $120,000 to benefit the free, unique Kunsberg School for chronically ill students
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“A Winter’s Evening” Dinner Dance Breaks Record

December 14, 2011

The "Winter's Evening" dinner-dance in New York raised more than $3 million for lung cancer care and research at National Jewish Health
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The Sky’s the Limit Benefit: 20th Anniversary AIR Society Event Honoring Jason D. Pizer, President of Trinity Real Estate, on M

December 12, 2011

New York AIR Society presents the 20th anniversary of “The Sky’s the Limit Benefit,” a fundraising cocktail event at City Winery on May 12 for National Jewish Health, the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital.
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Over $2.7 Million Pledged for Lung Cancer Research by New York Real Estate and Construction Industry Leaders

December 6, 2011

A “Who’s Who” of New York City real estate and construction leaders has raised $2.7 million to date for National Jewish Health, the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital, in connection with the 43rd annual “A Winter’s Evening” Dinner Dance to be held on December 10.
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National Jewish Health Secures Six Patents in 2010

December 6, 2011

This number represents one of the best years on record for National Jewish, despite a severe decrease in the patent allowance rate by the USPTO in the last 10 years.
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Researchers Study Biofeedback for Asthma

November 22, 2011

National Jewish Health researchers are delving into the biology of biofeedback to understand how it helps asthma patients and what role it could play in reducing medication use for the chronic lung disease.
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Weber Named President-Elect of the ACAAI

November 21, 2011

Richard Weber, MD, Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, has been named President-Elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Dr. Weber will serve as President of ACAAI for one year beginning November 2012.
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National Jewish Health and MedHelp Celebrate 10 Years of Helping Patients Together

November 14, 2011

National Jewish Health and MedHelp celebrate 10 years of collaboration on respiratory and allergy disorders forums.
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Nineteen National Jewish Health Physicians Named Denver’s "Top Doctors"

November 12, 2011

Nineteen National Jewish Health physicians are named as Denver's Top Doctors by 5280 magazine in 2011.
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Lipid Blocks Influenza Infection

November 9, 2011

A natural lipid in the fluid lining the lungs inhibits influenza infections. Supplements of this molecule, known POPG, could be an important approach for the treatment and prevention of the flu.
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National Jewish Health Names Recipient of The CSL Behring – National Jewish Health Fellowship in Immunology

November 4, 2011

National Jewish Health (NJH) announced that Jordan Abbott, M.D., is the recipient of the CSL Behring – National Jewish Health Fellowship in Immunology for 2011.
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Gregory Downey, MD, Honored for Scientific Accomplishments

November 2, 2011

Gregory Downey, MD, of National Jewish Health, received the 2010 Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments at the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) International Conference on Monday, May 17, 2010.
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Kunsberg School Efforts in Nutrition and Exercise to be Recognized at White House Celebration

October 25, 2011

The Kunsberg School, on the campus of National Jewish Health, will be honored October 17 at a White House reception with Michelle Obama for creating an environment that helps children learn about healthy food choices and being physically active. Kunsberg has been selected by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a winner of its Gold Award of Distinction, the highest honor for this program, and will participate in a HealthierUS School Challenge Celebration at the White House.
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L’Air on March 12, hosted by young DC-area professionals, benefits chronically ill children at nation’s #1 respiratory hospital

October 24, 2011

Evening event benefiting chronically ill students who attend kindergarten through eighth grade at Kunsberg School on the campus of National Jewish Health.
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Kunsberg Classic: National Sponsors Support School for Chronically Ill Children in Colorado

October 24, 2011

RE/MAX LLC, GE Johnson, Mortenson Construction and RK Mechanical are a few of the nationally known businesses supporting the National Jewish Health Kunsberg Classic on Aug. 7 and 8.
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Harry Bock and Bock family to be honored at benefit reception on April 27 in Dallas

October 24, 2011

National Jewish Health will honor Harry Bock and the Bock family for their service and commitment to the Dallas community on April 27 at The Apartment in Dallas.
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National Jewish Health Relationships with Industry

October 24, 2011

National Jewish Health outlines its relationships with pharmaceutical and other companies in the medical field, including its conflict-of-interest policies.
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10th Annual Cocktails & Karaoke on Nov. 5 to raise funds for chronically ill students at Kunsberg School

October 24, 2011

Denver’s Cocktails & Karaoke movers and shakers are shaking things up for the 10th annual fundraising event on Nov. 5 at Casselman’s Bar and Venue.
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Aspen Bella Sera on Aug. 9 Raises More than $118,000 for National Jewish Health

October 24, 2011

More than 125 philanthropic leaders in the Aspen community raised over $118,000 to benefit National Jewish Health at the fifth annual Aspen Bella Sera on Aug. 9 at Maroon Creek Club.
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National Jewish Health Faculty Present Latest Findings at American Thoracic Society 2011

October 24, 2011

Highlighted presentations by National Jewish Health faculty at the 2011 American Thoracic Society International Conference
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Well-known Boca Raton philanthropists sponsoring Cocktails for a Cause

October 24, 2011

Cocktails for a Cause, a new event on Friday, April 8 at Woodfield Country Club to raise money for pediatric programs at National Jewish Health, is supported by several well-known Boca Raton businesses and people.
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Women’s Symptoms for Heart Disease Often Missed

October 24, 2011

More women then men die from heart disease each year. The list of differences between men and women is extensive, but one of the more underappreciated differences is in symptoms of heart disease.
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National Jewish Health Researchers Awarded $13M to Evaluate Treatments for Toxic Gases

October 10, 2011

National Jewish Health researchers have received a near $13 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate potential rescue medications for victims of terrorist attacks, wartime use of toxic gases, and/or inhalation disasters. The gases of greatest interest in these studies will be ‘mustard gas’ (sulfur mustard) and chlorine gas.
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Stem Cells, Signaling Pathways Identified in Lung Repair

October 10, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health have identified cells and signaling molecules that trigger the repair of injured lungs
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Humans, Sharks Share Immune-System Feature

September 30, 2011

A central element of the immune system has remained constant through more than 400 million years of evolution, according to new research.
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Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

August 31, 2011

For the third straight year, National Jewish Health has earned the highest ranking for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator.
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National Jewish Health Receives Grant to Provide Asthma and COPD Education to Denver Primary Care Physicians

August 30, 2011

National Jewish Health (NJH) has received almost $1 million from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to improve care of low-income patients with asthma and COPD in the Denver metropolitan area.
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Golfers at Kunsberg Classic Raise Nearly $200,000 to Benefit School for Chronically Ill Students

August 22, 2011

Nearly 120 supporters raised almost $200,000 on Aug. 7 and 8 to benefit chronically ill students at Kunsberg School on the campus of National Jewish Health during the National Jewish Health Kunsberg Classic.
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Why Do Women Suffer Autoimmune Diseases More Often?

August 8, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a type of cell that may contribute to autoimmune disease. The findings also suggest why diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis strike women more frequently than men.
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Kunsberg Classic Benefits School for Chronically Ill Children

August 7, 2011

The 2011 National Jewish Health Kunsberg Classic is a day of golf at The Sanctuary to raise funds for Kunsberg School
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Kunsberg Classic Dinner 2011

August 7, 2011

National Jewish Health Kunsberg Classic: Dinner at Shanahan’s and Golfat The Sanctuary on August 7 and 8 Benefits School for Chronically Ill Children


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Poorly Controlled Asthma is Costly

August 4, 2011

Poorly controlled asthma more than doubles healthcare costs associated with the disease and threatens educational achievement through a dramatic increase in school absence, according to researchers at National Jewish Health.
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15th Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament at Brae Burn Country Club raises $260,000

July 31, 2011

On July 18, a Who’s Who of New York’s real estate, financial and investment professionals took to the golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., to raise $260,000 for the National Jewish Health Fund to Cure Asthma.
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National Jewish Health #1 Respiratory Hospital in 2011

July 24, 2011

National Jewish Health is named the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation for the 14th consecutive year.
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Not All Children’s Multivitamins are Created Equal

July 11, 2011

Many parents give their children some form of multivitamin to ensure they are receiving necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals. They may not be enough, however, if a child’s diet is lacking iron or calcium
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Fifth Annual Aspen Bella Sera on August 9 honors local philanthropists and benefits National Jewish Health

July 9, 2011

National Jewish Health will honor Betty Weiss and Betty and Bob Gates at the fifth annual Bella Sera event on Aug. 9 at Maroon Creek Club in Aspen.
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Adjuvant Combo Shows Potential for Universal Influenza Vaccine

June 8, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how to prime a second arm of the immune system to potentially boost influenza vaccine effectiveness.
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Los Angeles Professionals Support Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital at Cocktails for a Cause Today

June 2, 2011

A dedicated community of financial, law, apparel and other professional services leaders in Los Angeles will show their support for National Jewish Health today, June 2 at the 2011 Cocktails for a Cause at The Mark for Events at 9320 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Professional Services Community Raises $100,000 for Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital on June 2 at Cocktails for a Ca

June 2, 2011

Professional Services leaders in Los Angeles raised $100,000 on June 2 at the Cocktails for a Cause benefit for National Jewish Health
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50 Years of Honorees Remembered at Annual Los Angeles Professional Services Event

May 26, 2011

At the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Los Angeles Professional Services, benefiting National Jewish Health, 150 guests raised nearly $115,000 while toasting the many past honorees.
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Baltimore Lends Support to Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital at Bella Sera Event on June 23

May 24, 2011

Baltimore community leaders Alyson and John Friedman and Pat and Robert Parker hosted Bella Sera, a cocktail party on June 23 at The Suburban Club in Baltimore, to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.
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Prominent Baltimore Couples to Lend Support to Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital at Bella Sera: A Beautiful Evening on June 23

May 24, 2011

Baltimore community leaders Alyson and John Friedman and Pat and Robert Parker will host an elegant cocktail party on June 23 at The Suburban Club in Baltimore to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.
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Breath of Life Golf Classic at Whiskey Creek Golf Club May 3 Benefits Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital

May 24, 2011

15th annual Breath of Life Golf Classic, a charity tournament benefiting National Jewish Health, the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital
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Can Text Messaging Improve Medication Adherence?

May 23, 2011

Text messaging and adolescents don’t always mix well, but researchers at National Jewish Health hope text messages can spur teenagers to take their asthma medications more reliably.
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Preparing to Send Your Food-Allergic Child to School

May 13, 2011

The first day of school can be an anxious time for parents as well as their children. It is an especially anxious time for parents of food-allergic children.
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National Jewish Health Adds Pennsylvania, Michigan as Clients for Quitline Services

May 12, 2011

National Jewish Health, through two national competitive bidding processes, has won awards for two additional clients for its QuitLine tobacco-cessation services: the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan.
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May 2, 2011

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National Jewish Health Launches We Never Say Never® Campaign

May 1, 2011

National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, named by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 respiratory hospital in the U.S., is launching a new campaign created by DIGO Brands in New York City.
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Genetic Discovery Offers New Hope in Fight Against Deadly Pulmonary Fibrosis

April 21, 2011

A team led by researchers at National Jewish Health has discovered a new genetic variation that increases the risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis by 7 to 22 times.
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Orangutan Gets Help from National Jewish Health

April 14, 2011

An orangutan at the Denver Zoo is breathing easier, thanks in large part to human pulmonologist Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, MD, of National Jewish Health.
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2011 Beaux Arts Ball Raises Over $2 million for National Jewish Health

April 8, 2011

The white-tie gala raised more than $2 million for the institution, including $400,000 for the Kunsberg School for chronically ill children.
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Treating Peanut Allergy Through a Patch

April 4, 2011

The peanut patch would seek to desensitize allergic patients by exposing them to increasing amounts of peanut protein, similar to the way allergy shots can desensitize people to pollen.
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Virginia & Edward Lujan and Mary & Robert Matteucci, Sr. to receive Spirit of Achievement Award at April 26 benefit dinner

March 27, 2011

National Jewish Health will honor Virginia and Edward Lujan and Mary and Robert Matteucci, Sr., for their legacy of service at the 2011 New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award Dinner on April 26 at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque.
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Beaux Arts Ball IBIZA: National Jewish Health Plans Holiday on the Spanish Mediterranean at Hyatt Regency Denver

March 26, 2011

Beaux Arts Ball, the institution’s largest annual fundraising event in Denver, attracts the metro area’s most prominent business people and philanthropists and raises $2 million each year to support world-renowned research and treatment programs for respiratory, cardiac, immune and related diseases at National Jewish Health.
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Iris and Michael Smith will receive the 2011 National Jewish Health Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service during the

March 23, 2011

Iris and Michael Smith will receive the 2011 National Jewish Health Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service during the Beaux Arts Ball gala on March 19 in Denver.
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Antioxidant Compound Shows Promising Radioprotective Properties

March 21, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health have shown that an antioxidant compound can protect against injury to the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and the eye in a mouse model of acute exposure to ionizing radiation.
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Omalizumab Relieves Seasonal Asthma Attacks in Youth

March 16, 2011

A drug that targets the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE), a key player in asthma, nearly eliminated seasonal increases in asthma attacks and decreased asthma symptoms among young people living in inner city environments
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New Therapy Found For Rare Lung Disorder

March 16, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health and several other institutions are reporting the first successful trial of a medication to treat lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare and deadly disease that strikes almost exclusively young and middle-age women.
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Iris and Michael Smith Donate $5 Million for New Building at National Jewish

March 15, 2011

The newest building on the campus of National Jewish Medical and Research Center will be named after Iris and Michael Smith who generously donated $5 million to construct the six-story clinic and research facility.
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Philanthropists Raise Funds to Benefit National Jewish Health

March 11, 2011

The 2011 Morgridge Family Foundation Beaux Arts Ball has an impressive list of sponsors supporting the National Jewish Health fundraising gala on Saturday, March 19 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.
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Poor Sleep Hygiene Can Lead to Chronic Sleep Loss

March 9, 2011

Many of us look forward to staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends and holidays, but experts at National Jewish Health warn that doing so can have a negative impact on healthy sleep and daytime alertness.
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Good Sleep Habits Help Children Get Needed Sleep

March 8, 2011

After-school activities, school work and sports can have your children leading busy lifestyles, making for some late bedtimes. So much activity can take away from sufficient sleep time.
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Pulmonary Hypertension: The Truly Silent Killer

March 7, 2011

Pulmonary hypertension is an under recognized, dangerous disease. Researchers at National Jewish Health are developing a non-invasive diagnostic technique.
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Local VIPs Lend Support to Beaux Arts Ball

March 1, 2011

National Jewish Health is proud to name Carrie and John Morgridge, Linda and Richard Schierburg, Viki and Jack Thompson and Joni and Scott Wylie as its Morgridge Family Foundation 2011 Beaux Arts Ball Grand Marshals.
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Inhaled Corticosteroids Effective as Rescue Medication for Asthma

February 15, 2011

Inhaled corticosteroids can be an effective rescue treatment for asthma when combined with the standard rescue medication albuterol, according to research at National Jewish Health and other institutions.
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Prolific Children’s Author Hosts Talk and Book Signing on Feb. 17, Proceeds Benefit National Jewish Health

February 14, 2011

Patricia Polacco, author of dozens of popular children’s books, including “The Keeping Quilt” and “Thank You, Mr. Falker,” will speak and sign her books at an event held in her honor at National Jewish Health
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Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

February 11, 2011

The word has gotten out that heart-conscious eaters need to be mindful of calories, sodium and fat. Less well known is that mounting evidence indicates that excess sugar can also lead to heart disease.
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Promising Bioscience Discoveries Funded

February 5, 2011

National Jewish Health researchers have been awarded more than $400,000 in grants to help develop promising bioscience discoveries into new products, services and businesses.
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Researchers Discover Signaling Pathway Crucial to Acute Lung Injury

February 1, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a signaling pathway that is crucial to the devastating effects of acute lung injury (ALI). The data, obtained from cells, animals and ALI patients, suggest several potential therapeutic targets.
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New Method Attacks Bacterial Infections on Contact Lenses

January 26, 2011

Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a new method to fight bacterial infections associated with contact lenses. The method may also have applications for bacterial infections associated with severe burns and cystic fibrosis.
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33rd Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update

January 24, 2011

The four-day conference will feature lectures and case-based workshops with pulmonary and allergy/immunology focuses.
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Patent for Method to Dampen Immune Response

January 18, 2011

National Jewish Health has been issued a US patent claiming a method to desensitize B cells by inactivating antigen receptors on their surfaces. The method holds promise for treatment of B-cell mediated diseases, such as lymphoma and leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and rejection of organ transplants.
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National Jewish Health, Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital Announce Clinical Affiliation

January 10, 2011

Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital and National Jewish Health (NJH) have developed a clinical affiliation that brings National Jewish Health expertise in respiratory and critical care to patients at Colorado Acute.
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Renowned Lung-Cancer Specialist James Jett, MD, Joins National Jewish Health

January 6, 2011

Dr. Jett will see cancer patients and conduct clinical research trials related to screening and the early detection of lung cancer.
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