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Study explores carb-loading’s effect on heart

Mar. 17, 2016—Drinking a high carbohydrate shake can have an acute and detrimental effect on heart function, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) has found.

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FDA approves Vanderbilt-designed Indego exoskeleton for clinical and personal use

Mar. 10, 2016—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to market and sell the powered lower-limb exoskeleton created by a team of Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by the Parker Hannifin Corporation for both clinical and personal use in the United States.

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Vanderbilt researchers identify potential antibody treatment for H7 avian flu

Mar. 7, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have isolated human antibodies against a type of bird flu that has killed more than 200 people in China since 2012 and which may pose a worldwide pandemic threat.

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First VICC cancer patient treated with new immunotherapy

Mar. 3, 2016—For the first time, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators have used a cancer patient’s own re-engineered immune cells to treat a form of blood cancer by stimulating the immune system.

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Study seeks to ease pediatric HIV infection rates in Africa

Mar. 3, 2016—Mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, is still a major problem in resource-limited, rural areas of the world where health care providers are scarce.

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Compassion key to VUMC’s strategic mission: Balser

Feb. 18, 2016— “Service through compassion” was the theme of the Winter 2016 Clinical Enterprise Leadership Assembly at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

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Study explores less invasive way to monitor colorectal cancer

Feb. 18, 2016—Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have published research regarding an important feature of colorectal cancer (CRC) that could eventually lead to the development of non-invasive means of monitoring cancer progression. After lung cancer, CRC is the second-most lethal cancer in the United States.

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Liver transplant program celebrates 25 years of care

Feb. 18, 2016—Twenty-five years ago, Julie Damon’s family was preparing to say their goodbyes. Comatose and on life support at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) with liver failure, the options for the 45-year-old wife and mother of two were slipping away.

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Study leads to new heart transplant decision support tool

Feb. 18, 2016—Because donor organs are scarce, understanding the mortality risk associated with heart transplantation is an important consideration when evaluating patients for transplant.

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VU Inside: Dr. William Fissell’s Artificial Kidney

Feb. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. William Fissell IV is making major progress on a first-of-its kind device to free kidney patients from dialysis. He is building an artificial implantable kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient’s own heart.

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Cardiologist Hood keeps patients’ best interests at heart

Feb. 11, 2016—When Rob Hood, M.D., began practicing cardiology 30 years ago he could not have imagined that fitness would one day be measured on a device worn around his wrist.

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Transplant Center initiative seeks to boost cancer education

Feb. 11, 2016—Lindsay Ramsey Smith, MSN, R.N., a quality consultant for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC), recently uncovered some interesting data that sparked a center-wide improvement project.

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