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Beta cell biomarker findings may speed diabetes research

Nov. 30, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have identified a biomarker for insulin-producing beta cells. Their finding could lead to improved ways to study and treat diabetes.

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Lung cancer survival signal

Nov. 30, 2018—New research by Jonathan Lehman and Pierre Massion have identfied a bioimarker that suggests poor prognosis for small-cell lung cancer, as well as potential target for new therapies.

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Ethics study explores precision medicine’s risks, rewards

Nov. 30, 2018—Results of the study suggest the prospect of an array of individual and societal benefits to personalized medicine, as well as risks for physical, dignitary, group, economic, psychological and legal harms, many of which may have been over-emphasized or overlooked in the literature.

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NEI grants help bolster glaucoma research efforts

Nov. 30, 2018—Tonia Rex and David Calkins were recently awarded National Eye Institute grants totaling $6.8 million over five years to develop new treatments for optic neuropathies and glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness.

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Green tea and diabetes

Nov. 30, 2018—A recent study led by Xiao-Ou Shu and colleagues found that green tea drinking was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, possibly due to the use of pesticides on tea plants--though the researchers call for further study of the exact mechanism.

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Analyzing single-cell landscapes

Nov. 30, 2018—Qi Liu, PhD, Ken Lau, PhD, and colleagues have developed a new tool, sc-UniFrac, to quantify diverse cell types in single-cell studies.

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Parsing diabetic skin infections

Nov. 30, 2018—People with diabetes may be prone to more skin infections due to an overabundance of a compound that controls inflammation in the body.

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Celebration honors 10 new endowed chair holders

Nov. 29, 2018—Vanderbilt's 10 newest endowed chair holders, who come from six schools and colleges across campus, were lauded for their exemplary teaching and scholarship at a Nov. 27 ceremony .

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Report: Racial isolation affects TN Black teachers’ turnover rates

Nov. 29, 2018—A Vanderbilt study finds that teachers of color are more likely to transfer schools than White teachers, especially when they are racially isolated.

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Exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University collects R&D 100 Award

Nov. 28, 2018—The R&D 100 Awards are an international competition that recognizes the 100 most exceptional innovations in science and technology from the past year.

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Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center collaboration seeks earlier diagnosis of throat cancer

Nov. 28, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers in the schools of engineering and medicine are exploring the feasibility of using Raman spectroscopy for early detection of HPV-related cancers of the throat in order to reduce the need for biopsies and to offer less intensive therapies.

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The ‘clean plate’ mentality drives us to overeat. To-go bags can help.

Nov. 27, 2018—We’re more likely to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over, and we justify it by convincing ourselves it’s not as unhealthy as it is, according to new research by marketing professor Kelly Haws.

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