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Author: Craig Boerner

Cates lands grant to study desmoid tumor genetic factors

Apr. 16, 2015—The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (DTRF) has awarded Justin Cates, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, with one of its five research grants for his work studying growth/recurrence determinants related to genetic factors in desmoid-type fibromatosis (DTF) patients.

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Study finds college athletes more likely to harbor MRSA

Oct. 9, 2014—College athletes who play contact sports are more than twice as likely to carry the deadly superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylocuccus aureus (MRSA) than peers who play non-contact sports, according to a Vanderbilt study released at IDWeek 2014.

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State public health award named for Schaffner

Sep. 18, 2014—The Tennessee Public Health Association and the Tennessee Medical Association are collaborating to establish the “William Schaffner, M.D., Public Health Hero Award,” to be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary efforts in the advancement of public health in Tennessee.

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Penson to lead Department of Urologic Surgery

Sep. 11, 2014—David Penson, M.D., the Paul V. Hamilton, M.D. and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology, will become chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Urologic Surgery, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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CNS program now giving residents lab experience

Sep. 4, 2014—In the same way scientists from the Vanderbilt Clinical Neuroscience Scholars (CNS) Program have benefited from their experiences in the clinical setting, an initiative is underway for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery residents to have an opportunity to do bench work in the basic science labs.

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Bueno named chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Sep. 4, 2014—Reuben Bueno Jr., M.D., associate professor of Plastic Surgery, is returning to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and also as director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program.

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High-dose flu vaccine more effective in elderly, Vanderbilt-led study shows

Aug. 13, 2014—High-dose influenza vaccine is 24 percent more effective than the standard-dose vaccine in protecting persons ages 65 and over against influenza illness and its complications.

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Behavior-focused therapies help children with autism: study

Jul. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers this week reported updated findings regarding the benefits of behavior-focused therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward

Jul. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.

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Rousseau appointed to NIH study group

Jun. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt researcher Bernard Rousseau, Ph.D., is being appointed to the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, for the term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020.

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Malow, Wilkins enter leadership program

Jun. 19, 2014—Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, have been selected into the 2014-2015 class of Fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Leadership in Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The national leadership program announced recently that...

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Men’s health issues In Tennessee vary widely based on race, ethnicity and geographic region; 2014 Report Card shows progress

Jun. 10, 2014—White men are more apt to commit suicide or die from a drug overdose or in a car wreck. Black men are more prone to suffer from chronic diseases and HIV. Hispanic men are disproportionately affected by colorectal cancer. Men in rural and urban areas seem to face different health challenges too.

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