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On the tail of RSV infection mechanism

Feb. 15, 2012—New details about the life cycle of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) could aid the development of therapies to combat this leading cause of serious illness in infants and the elderly.

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Matchmaker for clinical studies

Feb. 8, 2012—ResearchMatch.org is a web-based registry that is connecting participants and researchers for clinical studies.

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Tool finds connections in genome data

Feb. 8, 2012—A new analytical tool points to genes that act together to increase disease risk.

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Treatment window for genetic disorder

Feb. 1, 2012—Treatment with a drug used to prevent organ rejection partially reverses the course of tuberous sclerosis, research in mice suggests.

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Drugs reverse lung cancer cell changes

Feb. 1, 2012—Drugs that target “epigenetic” changes may help treat or slow the progression of lung cancer.

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Protein repairs esophageal DNA damage

Jan. 25, 2012—A protein involved in repairing DNA damage associated with gastric reflux may play a tumor suppressor role in the esophagus and could represent a target for therapies to combat esophageal cancer.

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Alcohol’s molecular mediators

Jan. 23, 2012—Therapeutic agents focusing on the brain region involved in stress-induced relapse may be effective in preventing relapse in patients with alcohol use disorders.

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Studies shed new light on how nitric oxide is produced

Jan. 20, 2012—The discovery of a previously unrecognized and pivotal role of enzyme ASL in nitric oxide production could potentially lead to new therapies for babies with pulmonary hypertension.

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Digestive disease research bolstered by grant renewal

Jan. 20, 2012—The Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a second five-year renewal of its federal research grant.

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Pumping up the pancreas in pregnancy

Jan. 20, 2012—A strain of mutant mice provide a novel model for studying glucose intolerance and gestational diabetes during pregnancy and suggest that certain molecules may be useful for therapeutic applications.

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Obesity genes linked to uterine cancer

Jan. 20, 2012—In addition to body mass index, genetic markers of obesity may provide value in predicting endometrial cancer risk.

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Number of heart transplants at VUMC on rise

Jan. 5, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center usually performs about 15 heart transplants a year. Since August, however, the program has experienced a surge in the number of procedures. In five months there have been 19 transplantations, bringing the total number in 2011 to 25 adult heart transplants, with a 100 percent survival rate among adults. In fact,...

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