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Department of Medicine Archives

Oxidative stress on the brain

Aug. 23, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that oxidative damage may play an important role in the development of a rare cholesterol synthesis disease and in the behavioral changes of autism spectrum disorders.

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Fatty acids and adenoma risk

Aug. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have found that red blood cell membrane fatty acid content is associated with risk of having colorectal adenomas, with omega-6 fatty acids increasing and omega-3 fatty acids decreasing risk.

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Report identifies IT upgrades needed to enhance cancer care

Aug. 17, 2017—A group of nationally recognized medical information and data management experts has recommended the development of new knowledge software applications that work alongside electronic health record systems (EHRs) to help practicing oncologists access and use the latest genomic information to assist in the treatment of cancer patients.

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Block estrogen to treat lung disease

Aug. 17, 2017—Based on findings from Vanderbilt investigators and others, clinical trials of estrogen inhibition for pulmonary arterial hypertension have recently been approved and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Stress may switch on bone “mets”

Aug. 9, 2017—New findings could explain the link between chronic stress and reduced survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer, and could lead to new strategies to improve treatment outcomes.

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Doris Duke Foundation lauds Van Driest’s research

Jul. 27, 2017—Sara Van Driest, M.D., Ph.D., who is developing methods for precision dosing of pediatric medications at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has received a 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Probing the genetics of autoimmunity

Jul. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have found that non-coding regions of the genome appear to contribute to the risk of autoimmune diseases and may represent attractive therapeutic targets.

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NOTCH1 role in heart development

Jul. 3, 2017—The identification of a genetic culprit for hypoplastic left heart syndrome could lead to new treatments for the condition.

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VU scientists report a way to calm the sepsis “storm”

Jun. 22, 2017—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have found a way to calm the “genomic storm” that triggers the often-lethal consequences of sepsis.

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Schaffner receives UpShot Award in vaccine communication

Jun. 15, 2017—The National Vaccine Program Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected William Schaffner, M.D., to receive its 2017 NVPO UpShot Award in Vaccine Communication.

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Chair of Medicine shares good news – and a story

Jun. 15, 2017—Nancy J. Brown, M.D., chair and physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, shared a bumper crop of good news in her annual State of the Department address last week.

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Coffey lands major NCI award to support colorectal cancer research

Jun. 8, 2017—Vanderbilt’s Robert Coffey Jr., M.D., has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) — more than $6.6 million over seven years — to support studies aimed at advancing the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC), a leading cancer killer.

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