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Neurological Surgery named among U.S. best

Dec. 3, 2015—The Vanderbilt Department of Neurological Surgery has been listed in the Becker’s Hospital Review selection of 100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs.

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Lung transplant patient marks special anniversary

Nov. 24, 2015—On Nov. 24, Vanderbilt University Medical Center patient Pam Smith will have a low-key lunch with a longtime friend to celebrate reaching 25 years post transplant.

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VUMC named among top cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

Nov. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals in cardiovascular services by Truven Health Analytics.

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Study links opioids, infection risk for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Nov. 19, 2015—Use of opioid analgesics is associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a Vanderbilt study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Schools of Nursing, Medicine create new LGBT health course

Nov. 12, 2015—The needs and nuances of providing health care to members of the LGBT community is the focus of a new course jointly offered by the Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

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Symposium begins yearlong campus planning process by asking big questions

Nov. 5, 2015—As Vanderbilt plans for its growth over the next decades, what are the core philosophic and humanistic values that should underpin its major building projects? This and other weighty questions were discussed by faculty, administrators and other members of the campus community at a Nov. 2 symposium led by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to usher in a yearlong land use planning process.

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Study further links immune response, serotonin signaling

Nov. 5, 2015—Vanderbilt University scientists are a step closer to understanding how inflammation in the body can affect mood and behavior.

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Midlife fitness helps reduce health costs after age 65: study

Nov. 5, 2015—People with high fitness levels in midlife have significantly lower annual health care costs after age 65 than people with low fitness in midlife, after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

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VUMC receives NIH grant to develop artificial kidney

Nov. 3, 2015—The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $6 million grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an implantable artificial kidney.

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Compound developed at VUMC may delay Huntington’s disease

Oct. 29, 2015—A compound developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University can improve early symptoms and delay progression of Huntington’s disease in a mouse model of the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Study explores nicotine patch to treat memory loss

Oct. 29, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a $9.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to test the effectiveness of a transdermal nicotine patch in improving memory loss in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Investigators find clues to melanoma treatment resistance

Oct. 29, 2015—Nearly half of all patients with malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, have a mutation in the BRAF gene found in their tumors. Mutations in the BRAF gene turn on a cancer growth switch known as the MAP kinase pathway.

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