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Screening Tests for Vitamin D Deficiency Surge

Physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density, new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests.

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Match Day 2014

 On March 21 at the stroke of noon, seniors at Wake Forest School of Medicine learned where they will begin their careers as doctors in the annual Match Day event. Every year graduating medical students across the country simultaneously open envelopes to learn where they “matched” and will spend the next three to seven years of residency training. This year 115 Wake Forest medical students, 66 men and 49 women, matched in 20 specialties. 




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ACC Mascots Visit Brenner Children's Hospital

The mascots of the Atlantic Coast Conference spent an afternoon at Brenner Children's Hospital as part of an outreach initiative for the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. Young patients got to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite mascot during the visit. Brenner Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in northwest North Carolina serving western North Carolina, as well as parts of Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

 

 

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Study Looks at Steroid Prescriptions for Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease in which cells multiply 10 times faster than the normal rate. The excess cells pile up on the skin’s surface forming red, raised, scaly plaques that can be painful and disfiguring. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 7 million adults across the country have psoriasis and approximately 1.5 million of them suffer with the moderate-to-severe form of the disease. New research from the Center for Dermatology Research, looks at steroid prescription for disease management.

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Study Looks at BP, Cholesterol & Brain Health for Diabetics

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by lead author Jeff Williamson, MD, professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics, suggests that intensive treatment of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes won't help lower the risk of cognitive decline.

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Women Fare Worse than Men Following Stroke

The good news: More people survive stroke now than 10 years ago due to improved treatment and prevention.

The bad news: Women who survive stroke have a worse quality of life than men, according to a study published in the Feb. 7 online issue of the journal Neurology by lead author Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., associate professor of Neurology and a leading expert in stroke and stroke prevention.

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