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New player in neuronal communication

May. 1, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a novel mechanism for the development of dendritic spines – sites of nerve cell communication.

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Boosting beta cells in diabetes

Apr. 20, 2015—New findings suggest that it might be possible to treat diabetes by regenerating insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.

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‘Stretched’ cells promote cancer

Feb. 19, 2015—Mechanical stress appears to be a critical factor in activating normal tissue-associated fibroblasts to generate cancer-associated fibroblasts.

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New clue to a devastating disease

Jan. 28, 2015—New findings suggest a previously unrecognized role for the Sox10 transcription factor in Hirschsprung’s disease, and may lead to improved diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for this disease.

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New view of dopamine heteromers

Jan. 23, 2015—Although heteromeric dopamine receptors composed of both D1 and D2 subunits have been proposed to play a role in depression and schizophrenia, recent studies suggest these heteromers do not exist.

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Inner ear keeps bones strong

Jan. 14, 2015—Alterations of the vestibular system - the part of our inner ear that controls balance - may contribute to bone loss related to both aging and space travel.

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Cognitive changes in ‘standing’ syndrome

Jan. 13, 2015—Patients with orthostatic intolerance – problems when standing – have cognitive changes, even when seated, compared to healthy individuals.

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Does fish oil help prevent A-fib?

Jan. 9, 2015—Growing evidence suggests that fish oil, thought to directly prevent inflammation, oxidative stress and heart disease, may have limited clinical utility.

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Atrial disease and hypertension links

Dec. 18, 2014—New findings suggest that misfolded proteins accumulate in the heart atria, particularly in patients with hypertension, and may contribute to atrial heart disease.

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Target for atherosclerosis therapies

Dec. 17, 2014—A newly identified “atheroprotective” gene is a tool for exploring plaque pathophysiology and may be a good target for therapies to slow atherosclerosis progression.

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Vanderbilt’s neurovascular chip project moves into new phase

Nov. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers will play a key role in the second phase of the federal "tissue chip for drug screening" program.

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Overactive stress response in obesity

Nov. 7, 2014—An overactive stress response contributes to the development of insulin resistance in obese individuals, and blocking it may be therapeutically beneficial.

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