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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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Getting the right fit for hearing aids

Sep. 8, 2011—The pattern of hearing loss across sound frequencies affects the benefit from hearing aids.

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Looking up: VU pediatrician is top amateur astronomer

Sep. 2, 2011—There is a list, famous among astronomers, of 110 faint objects in the night sky, first cataloged by French astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th century. A “Messier marathon” is when astronomers begin at dusk and work until dawn, hoping to locate every single one, searching amid the field of stars for each elusive light...

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Starvation diet kills staph bacteria

Aug. 26, 2011—The antibiotics of the future could take a page from the immune system’s playbook – and “starve” bacteria of the nutrients they need.

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Keep left, protein says

Aug. 26, 2011—A regulatory loop in zebrafish may explain how the right and left sides of our brains take on different functions.

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Discovery of how G proteins ‘turn on’ may lead to better drugs

Aug. 18, 2011—Researchers have discovered how key proteins are “turned on” and transmit signals inside the cell. The discovery could lead to new, more effective drugs.

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