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Study uses decision support to reduce unneeded lab tests

Nov. 30, 2017—Diarrhea has many causes, and when there are prolonged or severe symptoms clinicians sometimes consider lab testing to help guide treatment. But sometimes they stray from published guidelines in the direction of overtesting.

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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.

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Swimmers beware: fecal contamination a concern in hot weather

Jul. 1, 2016—Recreational water illness is the overall term for sickness caused by bacteria or viruses in pools, lakes, rivers and other places people like to swim or play in hot weather. And the way these illnesses are often spread comes down to fecal contamination in the water. Even this weekend, those vacationing along the Florida panhandle...

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Study identifies C. diff toxin receptor, suggests new treatment approaches

Jun. 4, 2015—Vanderbilt University investigators have identified a cellular receptor for a toxin from Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) — the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea in the United States.

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Team spots trigger for rare diarrheal disease in infants

Jul. 24, 2014—Researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have discovered what triggers a rare but devastating diarrheal disease in newborns that is fatal without intravenous feeding or intestinal transplant.

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