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Flu vaccine response in older adults

Jan. 25, 2017—High dose flu vaccine boosts the immune response in older adults by increasing activation of certain immune cells.

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Saliva test for obesity risk

Jan. 24, 2017—“Epigenetic signatures” in DNA may present an opportunity for prevention of or early intervention in childhood obesity.

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Digestive Disease Research Center lands major grant

Jan. 19, 2017—The Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center (VDDRC) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with a third consecutive five-year renewal of its federal research grant.

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Midgut neuroendocrine tumor prognosis

Jan. 6, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators recommend that the presence of tumor deposits in the abdomen be included when staging midgut neuroendocrine tumors.

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Protecting the blood-brain barrier

Dec. 9, 2016—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered how a promising cancer immunotherapy causes brain swelling, findings that could lead to ways to protect brain function while fighting cancers.

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Making human beta cells reproduce

Dec. 8, 2016—A new method developed at Vanderbilt will speed the search for potential therapeutics for diabetes: compounds that stimulate the replication of insulin-producing beta cells.

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Plasmin prevents muscle ‘hardening’ after injury: study

Dec. 8, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have made the surprising discovery that the protease plasmin, known for its clot-busting role in the blood, protects soft tissue from turning to bone after severe injuries and certain orthopaedic surgeries.

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Building the basement membrane

Nov. 21, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered steps in the regulation of a key enzyme that builds the basement membrane, a structure that undergirds nearly all animal tissues.

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Stem cells promote tolerance

Nov. 17, 2016—Blood-forming stem cells play a role in immune tolerance and acceptance of organ transplants, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Study tracks diabetes management via text messaging

Nov. 10, 2016—The REACH study is offering Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) primary care patients with type 2 diabetes an opportunity to more easily track medication adherence, monitor A1C results, and make healthy lifestyle choices via text messaging.

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A DARPP role in gastric cancer

Nov. 3, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a link between Helicobacter pylori infection, inflammation and gastric cancer that could suggest new anti-cancer therapies.

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Single-cell study of tumor samples

Oct. 26, 2016—A new method for analyzing cells in fixed biopsy tissues from patients by guide personalized treatment strategies for cancer.

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