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    Pasteurization reduces bioactive component of breast milk

    Pasteurization of breast milk affects the concentration of osteopontin, a bioactive protein with roles in intestinal, immunological and brain development — suggesting that osteopontin supplementation should be considered when donor milk is provided to preterm infants. Read More

    Dec 6, 2023

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    Low-flow cerebrospinal fluid in Huntington’s disease: study

    Vanderbilt researchers found reduced net flow of cerebrospinal fluid in Huntington’s disease, which could contribute to mutant protein retention and altered responsiveness to medications delivered via the spinal cord. Read More

    Sep 7, 2023

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    Tracking lung macrophages

    A new technique will allow researchers to track subsets of immune cells that patrol and defend the lungs, to better understand the roles of these cells during lung inflammation, infection and injury. Read More

    May 4, 2023

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    Better adenoma detection

    Fluorescent nanoparticles clearly identified colonic adenomas — precursors to colorectal cancer — in mice, and the formulation should translate to clinical use in humans. Read More

    May 4, 2023

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    Video vital for telehealth visits

    Vanderbilt study of 18,130 telehealth visits at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic defines risk factors associated with telehealth access and suggests how health systems can improve access. Read More

    Jul 28, 2022

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    Specialty pharmacists help reduce MS relapse risk

    Just one-third of patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis remain on disease-modifying therapy, and specialty pharmacists are in a unique position to help coordinate therapy discontinuation or change and reduce the risk of relapse. Read More

    Jul 28, 2022

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    Probing cancer cell invasion

    The rigidity of the extracellular matrix that surrounds cells impacts the contractile and invasive properties of head and neck cancer cells. Read More

    Mar 1, 2022

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    Invasive strep can defy zinc toxicity

    Vanderbilt researchers find that invasive Group B Streptococcus strains, a significant risk to pregnant patients and infants, can grow in presence of toxic zinc levels. Read More

    Feb 28, 2022

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    PET imaging probe for Alzheimer’s disease

    Vanderbilt researchers report on a new PET imaging probe that will be useful for exploring Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Read More

    Feb 24, 2022

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    Predicting brain cancer outcome

    Red blood cell distribution width has prognostic value for many diseases, but it was not associated with overall survival in patients with glioblastoma, Vanderbilt researchers found. Read More

    Feb 15, 2022

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    Diet and colorectal cancer risk

    Higher dietary intake of antioxidant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, teas and spices was associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and intake was lower among Black participants, potentially contributing to colorectal cancer health disparities. Read More

    Feb 14, 2022

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    Diverticulitis surgery: guidelines needed

    Surgical removal of the colon for recurrent diverticulosis varies by geographic region and is associated with surgeon and hospital factors; stronger national guidelines are needed, Vanderbilt researchers report. Read More

    Feb 10, 2022

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    Accelerating podocyte production

    A new method developed by Vanderbilt researchers to generate kidney cells from stem cells offers a faster and less expensive way to make these valuable tools for studying kidney diseases. Read More

    Feb 1, 2022

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    Impact of digital health interventions

    Vanderbilt researchers test and recommend statistical approaches to study the association between engagement with digital health interventions and clinical outcomes. Read More

    Jan 31, 2022

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    White matter and psychosis

    The microstructure of white matter in the brain could be an important risk marker for psychosis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered. Read More

    Jan 27, 2022

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    Impaired neutrophils in autoimmunity

    Vanderbilt researchers help answer the question of why patients with autoimmune diseases like lupus are more susceptible to bacterial infections: their neutrophils have impaired antibacterial activity. Read More

    Jan 27, 2022

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    Ensuring the “best possible” medication history

    About 80% of hospital admission electronic records were missing a drug prescribed to an older adult, Vanderbilt researchers found, highlighting the need for a multipronged approach to address medication discrepancies and support safe prescribing practices. Read More

    Jan 18, 2022

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    H. pylori, lipid loss and stomach cancer

    H. pylori infection — a strong risk factor for stomach cancer — changes the composition of stomach lipids, which could offer new biomarkers for detecting premalignant changes, Vanderbilt researchers discovered. Read More

    Jan 17, 2022

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    The role of integrins in kidney “integrity”

    Receptors called integrins play a critical role in maintaining the structure of the kidney, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered. Read More

    Jan 13, 2022

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    Salmonella overcomes host resistance

    The invading pathogen Salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning, can change its metabolism to overcome host resistance to its colonization. Read More

    Jan 13, 2022