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Study seeks to streamline validation of EHR data

Aug. 31, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been approved for a $1 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study more efficient and feasible ways to validate electronic health records (EHR) and incorporate this information into medical studies.

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End-stage kidney disease study seeks to delay dialysis

Aug. 31, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is studying the safety of a possible treatment for diabetic kidney disease that would delay or prevent the need for kidney replacement such as dialysis.

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Drug discovery efforts may lead to new Rett syndrome treatments

Aug. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt University research-ers have relieved symptoms of Rett syndrome in a mouse model with a small molecule that works like the dimmer switch in an electrical circuit.

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Oxidative stress on the brain

Aug. 23, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that oxidative damage may play an important role in the development of a rare cholesterol synthesis disease and in the behavioral changes of autism spectrum disorders.

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Fatty acids and adenoma risk

Aug. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have found that red blood cell membrane fatty acid content is associated with risk of having colorectal adenomas, with omega-6 fatty acids increasing and omega-3 fatty acids decreasing risk.

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Sugars in human mother’s milk are non-toxic antibacterial agents

Aug. 20, 2017—A new study has found that sugars in mother's' milk do not just provide nutrition for babies but also help protect them from bacterial infections.

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Predicting brain surgery outcomes

Aug. 18, 2017—Assessing brain functional and structural connectivity in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy may be a useful way to identify the best candidates for surgical treatment.

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Block estrogen to treat lung disease

Aug. 17, 2017—Based on findings from Vanderbilt investigators and others, clinical trials of estrogen inhibition for pulmonary arterial hypertension have recently been approved and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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VUSN and VUMC researchers receive FAANP funding for Choosing Wisely collaborative study

Aug. 14, 2017—A collaborative project between Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received funding to pilot a project aimed at demonstrating the influence of nurse practitioners in reducing unnecessary testing.

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Stress may switch on bone “mets”

Aug. 9, 2017—New findings could explain the link between chronic stress and reduced survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer, and could lead to new strategies to improve treatment outcomes.

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Early drivers of gastric cancer

Aug. 8, 2017—Using bioinformatics approaches, Vanderbilt investigators have identified gene expression networks that are deregulated in mouse and human stomach cancers.

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New search committee for VBI director is appointed

Aug. 7, 2017—A new committee has been named to lead a national search for the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

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