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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Balancing act in the gut

Nov. 11, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers have identified an antigen important to balancing the immune response to bacteria in the gut.

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Let there be light and melatonin

Nov. 4, 2011—Light and the hormone melatonin may play important roles in the developing brain.

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Information flow reduced in psychosis

Oct. 21, 2011—Bipolar depression and schizophrenia share patterns of changes in neurons that regulate information flow, new research shows.

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Fungus toxin gets in the way in DNA

Oct. 7, 2011—Structural studies are providing insight to how aflatoxin – a toxin produced by fungi – contributes to cancer development.

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Parkinson’s deep brain target fired up

Oct. 5, 2011—Neuronal activity in a deep brain region increases as Parkinson’s disease advances, a new study suggests.

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Study puts a new spin on ibuprofen’s actions

Sep. 29, 2011—Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered surprising new insights into the actions of NSAIDs.

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Getting the right fit for hearing aids

Sep. 8, 2011—The pattern of hearing loss across sound frequencies affects the benefit from hearing aids.

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Starvation diet kills staph bacteria

Aug. 26, 2011—The antibiotics of the future could take a page from the immune system’s playbook – and “starve” bacteria of the nutrients they need.

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Heart attack repair kit

Aug. 16, 2011—A certain signaling pathway could be key to improving cardiac repair after a heart attack.

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Depressed brains more stressed

Aug. 11, 2011—Patients with major depression may have altered gene expression associated with stressful conditions in certain brain areas.

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Kidney dopamine regulates blood pressure, life span

Aug. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have demonstrated that dopamine produced outside the brain – in the kidneys – is important for renal function, blood pressure regulation and life span.

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Clear vision of protein interactions

Aug. 5, 2011—Researchers identify protein partners that may keep the lens of the eye transparent – and free from cataracts.

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