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Cruciferous vegetables may improve breast cancer survival

Apr. 3, 2012—A study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigators reveals that breast cancer survivors who eat more cruciferous vegetables may have improved survival.

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New York Times: Study says DNA’s power to predict illness is limited

Apr. 3, 2012—Vanderbilt University is already doing genetic analyses of patients to help in developing a shortlist of effective drugs, says Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at its medical school.

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Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients

Apr. 3, 2012—Higher-spending hospitals have better outcomes for their emergency patients, including fewer deaths, according to a Vanderbilt study released as a working paper through the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Vanderbilt autism experts available for World Autism Day, National Autism Awareness Month

Mar. 30, 2012—Autism experts from Vanderbilt University are available for interviews on World Autism Awareness Day, designated by the United Nations as April 2.

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Stem cell population may hold colon cancer clues

Mar. 29, 2012—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have identified a new population of intestinal stem cells that may hold clues to the origin of colorectal cancer.

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TRIAD director on new CDC findings for autism prevalence

Mar. 29, 2012—Zachary Warren, director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Vanderbilt University, says effective early identification and treatment of autism is a public health emergency.

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Vanderbilt researchers find rise in teen hearing loss; offer headphone safety tips

Mar. 28, 2012—According to a Vanderbilt-led study published in Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing loss is now affecting 20 percent of U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 19, which is a 5 percent increase over the past 15 years.

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Vanderbilt cancer investigators win two national GE cancer research grants

Mar. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators have won two of the five global innovation grants awarded by the “GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge.”

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Vanderbilt uses first FDA-approved stent for heart patients with diabetes

Mar. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart recently used a newly approved medical device to open narrowed coronary arteries, even in heart disease patients who also have diabetes.

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Risk of secondary tumors from melanoma drug studied

Mar. 23, 2012—A new study offers clues on why melanoma patients who are treated with oral drugs inhibiting the BRAF gene are at increased risk for developing secondary skin cancers.

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Smoking stokes cells’ cancer capacity

Mar. 23, 2012—Cellular pathways altered by chronic exposure to cigarette smoke may reveal new biomarkers to assess smoking-induced lung cancer risk.

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Obesity turns “good” cholesterol bad

Mar. 21, 2012—Studies offer new insights into how obesity impairs the function of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

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