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Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients

Dec. 19, 2011—Statins, traditionally known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study released online by The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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Clues to skeletal form in ‘feelgood’ fish

Dec. 16, 2011—Ela Knapik, associate professor of medicine, and colleagues are using zebrafish to explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms that cause birth defects of the face and skeleton.

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Divvying up chromosomes

Dec. 16, 2011—Mitosis, or the separation of chromosomes during cell division, is driven by dynamic interactions between the kinetochore region on chromosomes and string-like structures called microtubules. A number of proteins, including the enzyme Cdk1, regulate these interactions, but it is unclear what kinetochore components such enzymes work upon. Kathy Gould, professor of cell and developmental biology,...

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“Extractionator” could bring high-tech medical diagnostics to rural areas

Dec. 16, 2011—The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given them $1 million to three Vanderbilt scientists to develop a point-of-care sample collection and preparation product that could bring advanced medical diagnostic testing to the third world.

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New schizophrenia drug candidates entering prep for first-in-human testing

Dec. 15, 2011—The progression of new drug candidates for schizophrenia with partner Janssen Pharmaceutica is the latest evidence that a new collaborative model for drug discovery pioneered at Vanderbilt may help identify and develop innovative candidate drugs for treatment of major brain disorders.

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Young stem cells counter kidney aging

Dec. 15, 2011—Young bone marrow cells alleviate aging-related kidney changes in mice.

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Divvying up chromosomes

Dec. 15, 2011—Protein helps ensure proper division of chromosomes during cell division.

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Virus-linked cancer gets help from host

Dec. 15, 2011—Host cell protein may be a target for strategies to limit spread of virus-induced squamous cell cancers.

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Offspring of childhood cancer survivors have no increased risk for birth defects

Dec. 15, 2011—Children of childhood cancer survivors who were treated with radiation or some forms of do not have an increased risk for birth defects compared to children of cancer survivors who did not receive such treatments.

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Jeffrey Sosman named to melanoma research ‘Dream Team’

Dec. 15, 2011—Jeffrey Sosman, professor of medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named to a melanoma research Dream Team of cancer investigators supported by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Melanoma Research Alliance. Sosman is among the Dream Team’s principal investigators who will work closely to write the genomic-driven clinical trials and will lead...

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Stanley Cohen’s Nobel Prize: 25 years of progress

Dec. 9, 2011—Twenty-five years after he received the Nobel Prize, Stanley Cohen’s discovery of epidermal growth factor continues to transform medicine.

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Informatics team creates gene app, wins national contest

Dec. 9, 2011—Members of informatics team have been recognized by National Library of Medicine for gene app.

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