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Immune system emerges as partner in opioid cravings fight

Sep. 5, 2018—There’s promise in specific immune system peptides—amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function. In this case, they may be affecting brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings.

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Bowtie-funnel combo best for conducting light; team found answer in undergrad physics equation

Aug. 24, 2018—Running computers on virtually invisible beams of light would make them faster, lighter and more energy efficient. A Vanderbilt team found the answer in a familiar formula.

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Upside-down jellyfish teach land-locked teens about ocean conservation

Aug. 17, 2018—More than a dozen Cassiopea were given to the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt by the Tennessee Aquarium.

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Rebuilding concrete: Sanchez to help lead $6.7 million Hong Kong research project

Aug. 15, 2018—Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Florence Sanchez is a co-P.I. on an international research team searching for more resilient building materials for marine infrastructure projects.

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Study to explore how rising medication costs impact elderly

Aug. 9, 2018—A team led by Stacie Dusetzina has received a grant to determine whether rising drug prices and out-of-pocket expenses are causing older Americans enrolled in Medicare Part D to delay or never fill their prescriptions.

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Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Aug. 6, 2018—The process, discovered in the axons of neurons, is implicated in Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and other diseases or injuries to the nervous system.

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Store brand spillover can dampen profits for national brands and retailers alike

Aug. 2, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers examine what happens when store brands in one category of goods, like soup, creates demands in another category, like canned vegetables.

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‘You don’t blow your diet on Twinkies’: Why consumers seek to maximize goal violations

Aug. 2, 2018—When consumers contemplate violating a personal goal (i.e., cheating on a diet, overspending on a budget), they often seek to make the most of that violation by choosing the most extreme option, according to new research from Kelly Goldsmith.

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Grant to develop method of measuring medical trust in African American men

Jul. 20, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a new way to measure trust in African American men as it relates to health care.

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Legalizing same-sex marriage increased health care access for gay men: Vanderbilt study

Jul. 11, 2018—One of the first studies to examine the health impacts of legal marriage for LGBT individuals has found gay men were more likely to receive routine medical care following marriage legalization.

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The ‘shine’ in gold particles has a new use – finding defects

Jul. 10, 2018—Researchers have developed a technique of infusing tiny gold nanoparticles into plastic polymer used in 3D printed materials. With this method, the gold nanoparticles "light up" and can find defects.

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Report: Systemic discrimination worsens health outcomes for minority boys and men

Jun. 18, 2018—Boys and men of color or who identify as LGBTQI experience higher rates of trauma, substance use, depression and violence, and that worsens their overall health, according to a new report coauthored by Derek Griffith, who is part of the American Psychological Association’s Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men.

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