Health And Medicine

  • Vanderbilt University

    Breast cancer patients with strong social network live longer

    (Photo credit: iStock photo) Breast cancer patients who have a strong social support system in the first year after diagnosis are less likely to die or have a recurrence of cancer, according to new research from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine. The study, led… Read More

    Jan 31, 2011

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    Mental health research fund lauds VU scientists

    Left to right: Karen Gregory, Elizabeth Hammock, Peilin Jia, John Panos Eight Vanderbilt University scientists have won 2010 Young Investigator Awards from NARSAD, the world’s leading mental health research charity. Each scientist will receive up to $60,000 over two years for innovative brain and behavioral studies of serious psychiatric disorders. Read More

    Jan 31, 2011

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    Tennessee’s first Berlin heart infant receives heart transplant

    Nathan Roberts, an 18-month-old patient from Snead, Ala., whose heart has been operating with the help of a mechanical assistance device called the Berlin Heart since May 27, 2010, received a donor heart early yesterday morning at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Doctors say the transplant surgery went… Read More

    Jan 14, 2011

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    Scripps Research and Vanderbilt launch joint institute to advance science at interface of chemistry and medicine

    Personalized medicine refers to the relationship between genetic differences among individuals and corresponding differences in their chemical state and how they respond to various nutrients, drugs, and compounds in their environment. (Photo courtesy of Scripps Research Institute) Leftover blood samples from Vanderbilt’s clinics are retrieved daily from the Pathology lab. Read More

    Jan 13, 2011

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    Seven Vanderbilt University Faculty Honored by AAAS Scientific Society

    Seven Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon them by their AAAS peers. They are among 503 AAAS members from around the country who achieved this honor because of their distinguished efforts to advance science… Read More

    Jan 12, 2011

  • Aliquots – VUMC research highlights

    Aliquots – VUMC research highlights

    RSV prefers stressed cells “Stress granules” – globs of proteins and RNAs – form inside cells in response to environmental stressors and are thought to regulate protein production. Several viruses induce stress granule formation, but the function of these structures during virus replication is not well understood. James Crowe Jr.,… Read More

    Jan 6, 2011

  • Impact of Recovery Act funds profound for VU

    Impact of Recovery Act funds profound for VU

    During the past 18 months, scientists at Vanderbilt University have received $148 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy major equipment, hire additional staff and accelerate their research. University officials predicted the impact of the 246 two-year “stimulus” grants awarded to more than 200 researchers across campus… Read More

    Jan 6, 2011

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    Ezra Fitz: In His Own Words

    Ezra Fitz (Photo credit: Daniel Dubois, Vanderbilt University) In late January of 2006, I was looking neither at tide pools, nor at stars. I was staring intently – just as I am now, as I’m writing this – into a computer screen, trying to cover a bone-white Word document with… Read More

    Dec 8, 2010

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    New Comprehensive Care Center at One Hundred Oaks feels like home to its first patient

    Dr. Stephen Raffanti, M.D., with Loren Antes at the Comprehensive Care Clinic opening. (Photo credit: Joe Howell, Vanderbilt University) Loren Antes, 41, was dying to stay alive – literally. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1987, Antes was subjected to a pharmaceutical regime that just about killed him. Each day he faced… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

    New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

    Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Duco Jansen and Peter Konrad Using beams of light to allow amputees not only to control but also to feel the movement of prosthetic limbs is the ambitious goal of a new $5.6 million Department of Defense initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is tapping the… Read More

    Nov 17, 2010

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    New NRC report provides data on 31 Vanderbilt doctoral programs

    A new report from the National Research Council offers insights into 31 doctoral programs at Vanderbilt University, and finds the programs to be competitive with those at other top research institutions in the United States. The report is based on data collected for the 2005-2006 academic year… Read More

    Sep 28, 2010

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    Vanderbilt University study to be most comprehensive look at link between stress and health disparities

    Researchers at Vanderbilt will begin a landmark study to examine how social stress contributes to disparities in health among minority populations. Vanderbilt University is launching a landmark study in Nashville to look at the role stress plays in the health disparities observed across socioeconomic status and race. The study will… Read More

    Jul 6, 2010

  • Vanderbilt medical researchers, engineers play major role in new national center established to secure the privacy of electronic health information

    Vanderbilt medical researchers, engineers play major role in new national center established to secure the privacy of electronic health information

    Slowly but steadily the U.S. health care community is moving into the digital age: shifting their medical records from paper to electronic information systems. This movement raises serious concerns about security and privacy of patients’ medical information. Read More

    May 28, 2010

  • How cancer cells lose their (circadian) rhythm

    How cancer cells lose their (circadian) rhythm

    Immortality and uncontrolled cell division are the fundamental differences between cancer cells and normal cells. Read More

    May 10, 2010