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American Heart Association Archives

It takes two to tango: beta cell development

Jun. 23, 2016—Defining the genes required for the function of insulin-producing beta cells is crucial for ongoing efforts to develop a cell-based therapy for diabetes.

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Building intestinal brush borders

Feb. 8, 2016—Studies of the molecular complex that helps build specialized cellular surfaces could shed light on the mechanisms underlying a genetic deaf-blindness syndrome accompanied by intestinal disease.

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Vandy Cooks Feb. 12: Heart-healthy desserts

Jan. 28, 2016—The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (VRWC) and Health Plus present "Vandy Cooks: Heart-Healthy Desserts" with Executive Chef George Moran on Feb. 12.

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Study shows brain function differs in obese children

Jan. 21, 2016—The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an “imbalance” between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found.

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New method aids heart disease studies, drug discovery efforts

Jan. 14, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt investigators developed a new method for rapidly generating heart muscle cells from stem cells.

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Baldwin awarded AHA’s Helen B. Taussig Memorial Lecture

Dec. 10, 2015—Scott Baldwin, M.D., director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, recently was awarded the American Heart Association’s Helen B. Taussig Memorial Lecture, considered one of the most renowned invited lectures in the United States.

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Microtubules act as cellular ‘rheostat’ to control insulin secretion

Dec. 3, 2015—Microtubules — cellular “highways” that deliver cargo to the cell membrane for secretion — have a surprising role in pancreatic beta cells. Instead of facilitating glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, they limit it, a team of Vanderbilt investigators reported recently in Developmental Cell.

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Immune cells and obesity

Sep. 8, 2015—Understanding how macrophage immune cells accumulate in fat tissue and contribute to the pathology of obesity could lead to the development of novel therapeutics for metabolic disorders.

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Study shows effectiveness of pediatric stroke protocol

Jul. 23, 2015—A system to ensure that children with stroke-like symptoms receive emergency evaluations results in faster diagnosis and treatment for patients with the condition, a team of physicians and researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has shown.

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Boosting cell-based heart repair

May. 15, 2015—A metabolic change in adult stem cells makes them less “fit” for regenerative heart therapies, suggesting that strategies to prevent this response may boost the therapeutic usefulness of the cells.

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VUMC lauded for providing top quality stroke care

Apr. 2, 2015—The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has once again recognized the Vanderbilt Stroke Center for using scientific guidelines to provide top quality patient care.

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Cognitive changes in ‘standing’ syndrome

Jan. 13, 2015—Patients with orthostatic intolerance – problems when standing – have cognitive changes, even when seated, compared to healthy individuals.

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