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Folate may lower breast cancer risk for some

Sep. 29, 2011—Low folate levels may increase a premenopausal woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

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Study puts a new spin on ibuprofen’s actions

Sep. 29, 2011—Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered surprising new insights into the actions of NSAIDs.

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New study confirms safety of eight vaccines

Sep. 28, 2011—A report released by the Institute of Medicine confirms the safety of eight vaccines studied by a committee of experts. Evidence showed no links between immunization and serious conditions that have raised concerns, including Type 1 diabetes and autism.

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Examining the ethics of sharing genetic risk information

Sep. 28, 2011—Should scientists inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions discovered during the studies, and if so, when and how? A Vanderbilt professor is part of a team working to answer these questions.

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Interactive brain exhibit opens at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks

Sep. 27, 2011—A state-of-the-art interactive exhibit on the brain and brain research has opened at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

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New drug-like molecules could improve schizophrenia treatment

Sep. 22, 2011—The discovery of new compounds that work in a fundamentally different way than those in existing schizophrenia medications may allow for more normal function of brain cells involved in schizophrenia.

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‘Toolkit’ makes medical procedures less stressful for children with autism

Sep. 21, 2011—Resource for physicians and parents created to make routine medical procedures less stressful for children with autism.

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Milestone in development of new treatment for ‘fragile X’

Sep. 15, 2011—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in collaboration with Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Mass., have achieved a milestone in the development of a potential new treatment for fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of autism.

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Common eye treatments can lead to antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

Sep. 15, 2011—A new study shows ophthalmologic antibiotics promote antimicrobial resistance, prompting a call from Vanderbilt Eye Institute physicians to be more judicial in administering the drugs.

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Impact of diabetes, obesity on glioma patients studied

Sep. 15, 2011—A new study indicates that patients with high-grade glioma brain tumors who have preexisting type 2 diabetes or obesity have poorer outcomes, and is the first to use the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Center Clinical Database to report a novel clinical finding.

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Future diabetes vaccine?

Sep. 12, 2011—Video: Watch this story about a breakthrough drug study that may prevent type-1 diabetes.

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Host countermeasure hinders HIV

Sep. 8, 2011—New details about a host mechanism that fights off HIV may reveal strategies for therapies to treat or prevent HIV infection.

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