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Society for Neuroscience honors Vivien Casagrande

Nov. 11, 2018—Vivien Casagrande, a longtime professor of biology and psychology who died in 2017, has been honored by the Society for Neuroscience for her dedication to the advancement of women in neuroscience.

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Low health literacy associated with early death for cardiovascular patients

Nov. 8, 2018—Patients hospitalized with a cardiovascular event are more likely to die within one year if they have low health literacy, according to new research by Lindsay Mayberry and Sunil Kripalani.

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Evading cell death

Nov. 8, 2018—Susan Wente and Laura Glass have developed an experimental cell culture model system to investigate the link between stress granules and cell resistance to toxic stress, which could lead to new avenues for treating cancer treatment resistance.

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Vitamin C protects brain from seizures

Nov. 8, 2018—Fiona Harrison and colleagues have found evidence that Vitamin C can help protect brains against seizures and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Novel methods to treat glaucoma

Nov. 8, 2018—Rebecca Sappington and colleagues have found that increasing cGMP — part of a signaling pathway that was previously found to regulate intraocular pressure — protects retinal ganglion cells affected by glaucoma.

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Obesity negates beneficial drug effects

Nov. 8, 2018—Lin Zhu and Rob Stafford have found that obesity interferes with cholesterol-improving CTEP inhibitors.

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Today’s budding yeasts shed traits from their 400-million-year-old ancestor

Nov. 8, 2018—Evolutionary biologists decoded the genomes of nearly a third of known budding yeast species, allowing them to reconstruct an ancient parent’s metabolic characteristics.

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Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Nov. 8, 2018—A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering.

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Study of Google data collection comes amid increased scrutiny over digital privacy

Nov. 1, 2018—If you use an Android device with the Chrome browser running, the tech giant knows whether you are traveling by foot or car, where you shop, how often you use your Starbucks app and when you’ve made a doctor’s appointment, according to research by Doug Schmidt.

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Team’s findings show glutamine metabolism affects T cell signaling

Nov. 1, 2018—Jeffrey Rathmell and colleagues show that a drug that inhibits glutamine metabolism — currently in clinical trials as an anticancer agent — might also be useful as a treatment for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

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Team seeks to identify immune response to influenza

Nov. 1, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers led by Buddy Creech are searching for the key to lasting protection against influenza by examining naturally protecting cells found in bone marrow.

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Take a lot of sick days? Who you know and where you live might be partly to blame

Nov. 1, 2018—New research by Lijun Song suggests that knowing high-status people may not always be good for your health--but it depends on how economically unequal your country is.

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