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Higher cigarette taxes linked to fewer infant deaths

Dec. 1, 2015—Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study from Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan released Dec. 1 in the journal Pediatrics.

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Children, heart disease, and IQ

Nov. 16, 2015—Treatment for congenital heart disease during infancy may result in cognitive and attentional deficits during adolescence and young adulthood, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

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Prenatal folic acid and asthma

Oct. 30, 2015—The timing of folic acid-containing prescription filling during pregnancy was associated with childhood asthma, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Depression intervention for at-risk youth shows sustained effects

Oct. 13, 2015—A new study finds that a cognitive-behavioral prevention program yielded sustained positive effects for youth at risk for depression.

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Tolerating a transplant

Oct. 1, 2015—A new genetic model has generated new strategies for promoting tolerance to transplants – and improving long-term transplant outcomes – in the background of autoimmune disease.

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Infants born with NAS more likely to be readmitted: Study

Oct. 1, 2015—Infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), are nearly 2.5 times as likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the first month after being discharged compared with full-term infants born without complications, according to new Vanderbilt research released in the journal Hospital Pediatrics.

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Keep your coat on, virus!

Sep. 22, 2015—A compound acting on serotonin receptors delays a critical step during reovirus cell entry, reducing viral infectivity.

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Teamwork, mission focus key to Pediatrics’ success: Webber

Sep. 10, 2015—Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP, delivered the annual State of the Department of Pediatrics Address Tuesday to faculty, staff and trainees, focusing on the interconnectedness of three mission areas — research, clinical care and education — as the underpinnings of the department’s continued success.

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VUMC study shifts thinking on how bone fractures heal

Aug. 13, 2015—New findings show that fibrin, a protein that was thought to play a key role in fracture healing, is not required, shifting understanding of how fractures heal.

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How to trick a wily virus

Jul. 24, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered how human antibodies induced during testing of an experimental “bird flu” vaccine kill the virus.

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Vanderbilt-led multi-center study looks at antibiotic choice for treating childhood pneumonia

Jun. 22, 2015—New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

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Retreat highlights pediatrics research at Vanderbilt

Jun. 9, 2015—Every day, physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are looking for new and effective ways to care for their patients. Often that mission is carried out through clinical, basic and translational research across the institution and disciplines.

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