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Department of Pediatrics

In utero antibiotics and obesity risk

Jan. 31, 2019—Exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy does not raise the risk of obesity in children.

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Long-term unemployment linked to increase in babies born with drug withdrawal

Jan. 30, 2019—Babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are more likely to be delivered in regions of the U.S. with high rates of long-term unemployment and lower levels of mental health services.

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VUMC scientists ‘sprint’ to find anti-Zika antibodies

Jan. 25, 2019—Scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues in Boston, Seattle and St. Louis are racing to develop — in a mere 90 days — a protective antibody-based treatment that can stop the spread of the Zika virus.

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Study links soy formula feeding and menstrual pain

Dec. 13, 2018—The report authored by Margaret Adgent adds to the increasing evidence supporting the reproductive health consequences of early-life exposure to soy formula.

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Team isolates antibodies that neutralize GI bug norovirus

Aug. 30, 2018—The discovery of these antibodies could significantly improve the diagnosis and treatment of the leading cause of stomach illness in the world.

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Risk factors for faulty rhythms

Aug. 17, 2018—Prince Kannankeril and colleagues explored clinical and genetic factors associated with atrial tachycardia after congenital heart disease surgery in infants younger than 1 year old.

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Study reveals opioid patients face multiple barriers to treatment

Jul. 12, 2018—In areas of the country disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, treatment programs are less likely to accept patients paying through insurance of any type or accept pregnant women, a new Vanderbilt study found.

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Mom may pass bacteria to baby in utero: Study

Jul. 5, 2018—New findings by Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp and colleagues provide the first account of bacterial signatures in mammalian fetal intestinal tissue. The results suggest that bacterial DNA moves from the mother’s microbiome into the fetal intestine, which may be a critical stimulus for normal mucosal immune development.

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Grant bolsters Hiremath’s research on esophageal disorder

Jun. 14, 2018—Girish Hiremath, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics, has received a Junior Faculty Development Grant from the American College of Gastroenterology Institute for Clinical Research and Education.

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Study finds acetaminophen helps reduce acute kidney injury risk in children following cardiac surgery

May. 24, 2018—Children who underwent cardiac surgery were less likely to develop acute kidney injury if they had been treated with acetaminophen in the first 48 hours after their procedures, according to a Vanderbilt study just published in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Safe Stars initiative launches

May. 23, 2018—The Tennessee Department of Health and the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt joined professional and collegiate sports officials and other community partners at Bridgestone Arena recently to kick off the Safe Stars initiative.

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New target to stop Ebola

May. 21, 2018—A new Vanderbilt study suggests it may be possible to develop antibody therapies or a universal vaccine effective against multiple Ebola virus family members.

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