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Project seeks to apply gene testing to drug prescribing

Nov. 11, 2011—The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Vanderbilt researchers a two-year, $1 million grant to Vanderbilt to develop a model for applying genomic testing to drug prescribing in “real-world” settings.

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Breastfeeding problems can be linked to a tied tongue

Nov. 10, 2011—A simple procedure can correct ‘tongue-tie,’ a commonly missed condition that could prevent newborns from breastfeeding properly.

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Let there be light and melatonin

Nov. 4, 2011—Light and the hormone melatonin may play important roles in the developing brain.

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Trauma program’s infection-fighting efforts show results

Nov. 4, 2011—Implementation of antibiotic stewardship tactics as part of infection reduction campaigns sees significant results.

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VUCast Newscast: Vanderbilt on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Nov. 4, 2011—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast  highlighting  research, experts, students, sports and everything Vanderbilt: A Vanderbilt doctor’s amazing surgery lands on “Grey’s Anatomy” Scientists create a breakthrough bug repellant A Vandy minister’s actions honored by the White House    

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Vanderbilt study finds no heart risk in ADHD medications

Nov. 2, 2011—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications do not increase the risk for heart disease or heart attack in children and young adults, according to a Vanderbilt study of 1.2 million patients taking drugs including Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Strattera between 1998 and 2005.

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Lung disorder drug regimen found harmful

Oct. 31, 2011—Longtime treatment for IPF ineffective and even dangerous.

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Protein family key to aging linked to suppressing tumors

Oct. 28, 2011—The list of aging-associated proteins known to be involved in cancer is growing longer, according to research by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health.

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Vanderbilt doctors to screen patients taking statins for genetic risk factors

Oct. 28, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors announced today they will begin screening patients who take commonly prescribed statin drugs for a rare genetic variation that can increase risks for side effects from these drugs such as muscle aches, kidney damage and even death.

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Stopping colitis, STAT

Oct. 27, 2011—Study suggests a new therapeutic target in ulcerative colitis.

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Growth factor boosts beta cells

Oct. 21, 2011—A growth factor may help grow transplantation-quality pancreas cells for treating diabetes.

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Information flow reduced in psychosis

Oct. 21, 2011—Bipolar depression and schizophrenia share patterns of changes in neurons that regulate information flow, new research shows.

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