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Department of Pediatrics Archives

Immune tolerance in endothelial cells

Jan. 7, 2016—Inducing “tolerance” to bacterial toxins in the endothelial cells that line blood vessels may offer a new approach for preventing the negative consequences of sepsis.

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Immune response in transplantation

Dec. 16, 2015—Thirty-three percent of pediatric heart transplant patients developed antibodies against the donor heart, which can lead to rejection, a new Vanderbilt study reports.

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Taylor named to federal autism advisory committee

Dec. 3, 2015—Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, (IACC) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced recently.

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Lung diseases expert Garcia set for Discovery Lecture

Dec. 3, 2015—Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, M.D., recognized for developing novel therapies for critically ill patients with acute inflammatory lung disease, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 10.

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Malow appointed to new Tennessee autism task force

Dec. 3, 2015—Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., has been appointed to the Tennessee Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force, a new entity created to study and make recommendations to the Tennessee General Assembly regarding ways to improve access to programs and services for early screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Tennessee.

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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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