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Author: Liz Entman

Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt created

Dec. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Peabody College have established a transinstitutional Policies for Action Research Hub to better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable children, including those in immigrant families and with prenatal exposure to opioids.

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Lean vs. obese adipose tissue cells

Dec. 14, 2018—New research led by Alyssa Hasty shows that diet-induced weight loss in obese individuals increases levels of a white blood cell that promotes metabolic health in fatty tissues, but not in the liver.

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The exocyst dynamo

Dec. 14, 2018—Mukhtar Ahmed and colleagues say the methods they employed to understand the mechanisms by which exocysts--protein complexes essential to life--function have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of cell dynamics.

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Study links soy formula feeding and menstrual pain

Dec. 13, 2018—The report authored by Margaret Adgent adds to the increasing evidence supporting the reproductive health consequences of early-life exposure to soy formula.

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Philip’s liver cancer research receives V Foundation support

Dec. 13, 2018—The grant will support Mary Philip's research to develop an organoid model — a miniature cell model of a functioning organ — of the liver to enable three-dimensional observation of immune-cancer interactions at the single-cell level at the earliest stages of cancer development.

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Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage

Dec. 13, 2018—Filling opioid prescriptions after giving birth raises the risk of prolonged use of the drugs in the following year.

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RNA processing and antiviral immunity

Dec. 13, 2018—New research by John Karijolich and colleagues have found that RNA, not viruses, activate the sentry enzymes that serve as the first line of defense against viruses.

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High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death

Dec. 13, 2018—The findings reinforce guidelines for cautious use of antipsychotics in younger populations, according to senior author Wayne Ray.

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Lee popular as he enters office—health care top priority for Tennesseans: Vanderbilt Poll

Dec. 13, 2018—Medicaid expansion and vocational education are both popular among Tennesseans, according to the latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll.

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Vanderbilt radiation experiment flies on record-setting SpaceX launch

Dec. 11, 2018—A third Vanderbilt radiation experiment rode into space last week on a SpaceX Falcon launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The goal is to model and test key electronics components for radiation sensitivity.

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Discovery could lead to neutralizing West Nile virus

Dec. 7, 2018—Research led by James Crowe, Jr., could lead to the first effective treatment for this dangerous mosquito-transmitted infection.

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Study tests new vaccine for precancerous cervical cells

Dec. 7, 2018—The study will test the safety of a new cervical cancer vaccine for women who already have a significant presence of precancerous cells.

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