Want a healthier liver? Drink more coffee. A Duke study found that the caffeine in about four cups of coffee per day reduces fatty liver in patients. So far, diet and exercise are the only other treatments.
In other health news, Duke researchers have found that childhood obesity can run $19,000 per child in lifetime medical costs. The study measured direct costs, like doctors' visits and medication, and didn't include costs like lost productivity.
Congratulations to Professor Linda Burton, who will take over as dean of Social Sciences this summer. Burton is a James B. Duke Professor and director of the undergraduate honors program in the sociology department.
Feminist Gloria Steinem will give a lecture at Duke April 15th in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Baldwin Scholars Program. The lecture is sold out, but you can watch live on Duke Chapel's website.
Finally, Blue Devil Days are in full swing, introducing the new Class of 2018 to all things Duke. Prospective students can register to attend online.