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Mutation raises heart block risk

Mar. 3, 2017—A newly identified genetic risk factor for heart block after surgery may help guide the course of postoperative care.

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Clues found to recurrent depression

Mar. 2, 2017—Women who have had repeated depressive episodes tend to pay more attention to negative emotional information, suggesting that they may benefit from cognitive therapy to build new, more positive pathways in their brains.

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A target to heal tiny lungs

Feb. 23, 2017—The protein beta-catenin may be a good target for therapies to treat lung disease that is a common complication of preterm birth.

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Risk of death in sickle cell disease

Feb. 22, 2017—Two factors commonly used to evaluate patients with sickle cell disease are associated with each other and can predict increased mortality, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Laughing gas for labor

Feb. 21, 2017—Although nitrous oxide was less effective than epidural anesthesia for pain management during labor, mothers who used nitrous oxide were equally satisfied with their childbirth experience.

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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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Pathology of septic shock

Feb. 8, 2017—The signaling molecule IL-15 promotes septic shock, a life-threatening condition involving organ injury caused by infection.

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Dementia linked to diet

Feb. 7, 2017—Some memory deficits observed in Alzheimer’s disease may be due to co-morbid illnesses – not the disease itself – and may be reversed by lifestyle changes or pharmacologic interventions.

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Bacterial signaling systems

Feb. 3, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a unique example of communication between bacterial signaling systems, which may have relevance for antibiotic resistance.

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New target for chronic infection

Feb. 2, 2017—An enzyme in macrophage immune cells may be a good target for treating chronic infections, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Flu vaccine response in older adults

Jan. 25, 2017—High dose flu vaccine boosts the immune response in older adults by increasing activation of certain immune cells.

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Saliva test for obesity risk

Jan. 24, 2017—“Epigenetic signatures” in DNA may present an opportunity for prevention of or early intervention in childhood obesity.

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