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Huffington Post: Colleges with the happiest students in 2015–16, according to Princeton Review
For the second straight year, Vanderbilt University students have been named the happiest college students in the nation by the Princeton Review. Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s initiative to replace all need-based undergraduate student loans with scholarships and grant assistance, and the campus’ designation as a national arboretum are both mentioned. CBS News and The Tennessean also reported the story.

Washington Post: Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows
Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, according to a new Vanderbilt University study. Lead author Sarah J. Nechuta, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.

International Business Times: Honduras and Guatemala anti-corruption protests spur hope for change for the first time in decades
Anti-corruption protests have gripped Honduras and Guatemala in recent weeks, sparked by explosive revelations of bribery and graft schemes. The mass movements are an extraordinary sight for two countries that have long been beset by military rule, entrenched poverty, legacies of civil war and soaring rates of violence. A 2014 survey conducted by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project, in which nearly 80 percent of Hondurans said they considered corruption to be “common” or “very common,” is mentioned.

The Times of India: Serving in desert terrain ups soldier’s skin cancer risk
New research from Vanderbilt University has found military personnel who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate but also to a lack of sun protection. Jennifer Powers, assistant professor of medicine and lead author of the study, is quoted. The research was reported by various outlets throughout the U.S., the Middle East and Asia.

The Tennessean: To vaccinate or not? Local moms, doctors weigh in
As the debate grows over laws requiring vaccinations for school children, pediatricians are spending more time than ever discussing the importance and safety of vaccines with parents. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Nashville Globe: Vanderbilt revolutionizes needlescopic surgery
A team of Vanderbilt University researchers led by Robert Webster, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a needle that can bend around important, immovable spots in the human body to make delicate surgeries less invasive. S. Duke Herrell, professor of urologic surgery and a consultant on the project, is quoted.

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