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New ‘stethoscope’ to monitor critically ill patients

Apr. 22, 2011—Vanderbilt cardiothoracic anesthesiologists and surgeons are pioneering the use of a tool that many in the cardiac field are calling the “new stethoscope” when it comes to monitoring critically ill patients.

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Evolution points to genes involved in birth timing

Apr. 19, 2011—Researchers have identified a gene associated with accelerated evolution in humans that may increase some women's risk to deliver their baby prematurely.

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Potassium channel gene modifies epilepsy risk

Apr. 18, 2011—The discovery of a new gene that can influence a person's risk for developing epilepsy could improve diagnostic tools and open the door for new therapies.

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Vanderbilt Heart to participate in CoreValve clinical trial

Apr. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt Heart will soon begin testing the safety of a novel, non-surgical approach to treating aortic stenosis, a common heart problem caused by an abnormal narrowing of the heart's aortic valve.

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Dialing down the mercury

Apr. 14, 2011—Antioxidant compounds may counteract the neurotoxic effects of methylmercury, new research suggests.

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Researchers discuss ethical considerations of ‘curing’ disabilities

Apr. 14, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Peabody College and the Divinity School joined with parent advocates for a panel discussion on the ethical considerations of "curing" disabilities.

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Mouse study offers clues for childhood obesity

Apr. 13, 2011—An obesity-associated genetic variation makes fatty food more rewarding yet less satisfying, new research in mice suggests.

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Brain injury strongly linked to depression, but treatments lack study

Apr. 13, 2011—Though a direct link has been found between traumatic brain injury and depression, not enough is known about how to treat those suffering the results.

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Vaccines do not harm children with metabolism disorders

Apr. 12, 2011—A new study finds no link between childhood vaccinations and a type of metabolism disorder. The study is the latest to provide evidence of vaccination safety.

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Soy foods not a risk for breast cancer survivors

Apr. 12, 2011—After years of confusion about the safety of soy food consumption by breast cancer survivors, a large new study found that eating soy foods did not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death among breast cancer survivors. The study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla....

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Four new Alzheimer’s genes uncovered

Apr. 4, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers, who helped organize a consortium including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and the Boston University School of Medicine, have identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, released today by Nature Genetics, effectively double the number of genes known to contribute...

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Gene ups risk for needing pacemaker

Apr. 1, 2011—Researchers have identified a gene that increases the risk for developing sick sinus syndrome – the most common cause for implanting a cardiac pacemaker.

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