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University Course students meet with legislators during visit to General Assembly

Mar. 6, 2017—Students from a University Course on the nation's health care policies spent an immersive day at the Tennessee State Capitol recently, meeting with legislators and discussing issues.

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Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart’s biomechanical properties

Feb. 22, 2017—Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart’s amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, develop heart drugs.

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Improving therapies for GI tumors

Feb. 20, 2017—A signaling protein overexpressed in upper gastrointestinal cancers is an attractive therapeutic target.

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Hospice and Heart

Feb. 19, 2017—Frequently busy with meetings, planning sessions and administrative responsibilities, Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal welcomes the chance to slip out of her office and spend time with residents and staff in Alive’s residence near downtown Nashville. On this particular rainy morning, she sits by resident Knox Ownby’s bed and listens as he tells...

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New technique helps ease ear tumor surgery

Feb. 16, 2017—Last fall, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center became the second facility in the country and third in the world to use a fully endoscopic surgical technique to remove an acoustic neuroma, a rare benign tumor on the balance and hearing nerves.

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Protocol standardizes care for pregnant women on opiates

Feb. 16, 2017—Complications related to opioid abuse occur in 54,000 pregnancies annually in the United States, and Tennessee ranks among the top 10 states in the number of opioid-dependent pregnant women.

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Heart transplant program at VUMC reaches new milestone

Feb. 2, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is home to the second busiest heart transplant program in the country, according to the most recent data released by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN).

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Early experience with federal health coverage suggests how future Medicaid reforms may work

Feb. 1, 2017—Proposed Medicaid reforms are similar to the capped federal financing system in place during the '50s and early '60s, when states generally reimbursed a much smaller proportion of health care for the needy.

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Detecting inflammatory bowel disease during a colonoscopy

Feb. 1, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new optical sensor that can accurately detect different types of inflammatory bowel disease and can be easily integrated into routine colonoscopy exams.

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Vanderbilt biomedical engineer receives presidential award for advanced wound healing research

Jan. 31, 2017—Biomedical engineer Craig Duvall has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) to support his research into advanced wound healing technology.

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Access to health care strengthens communities: Vanderbilt study

Jan. 16, 2017—A new study shows that access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can contribute to the fraying of neighborhood cohesion. The study, Beyond Health Effects? Examining the Social Consequences of Community Levels of Uninsurance Pre-ACA, published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, is an effort...

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds study of health, economic effects of LGBT-related laws

Dec. 19, 2016—A trans-institutional team of Vanderbilt social scientists and medical professionals will look at how laws affecting LGBT individuals and families affect their health and the economy.

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