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Studies shed new light on how nitric oxide is produced

Jan. 20, 2012—The discovery of a previously unrecognized and pivotal role of enzyme ASL in nitric oxide production could potentially lead to new therapies for babies with pulmonary hypertension.

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Children’s Hospital opens newly developed 10th floor clinic space to patients

Jan. 18, 2012—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has opened its newly developed 10th floor of the Doctors’ Office Tower (DOT). The 11-story DOT, adjoining Children’s Hospital, houses outpatient pediatric clinics and serves as a base for many physicians. The additional 21,000-square-foot area provides more space for clinical services and is the new home of the...

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Vanderbilt sets record for number of new AAAS fellows

Dec. 14, 2011—Fourteen Vanderbilt researchers have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Breastfeeding problems can be linked to a tied tongue

Nov. 10, 2011—A simple procedure can correct ‘tongue-tie,’ a commonly missed condition that could prevent newborns from breastfeeding properly.

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Vanderbilt study finds no heart risk in ADHD medications

Nov. 2, 2011—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications do not increase the risk for heart disease or heart attack in children and young adults, according to a Vanderbilt study of 1.2 million patients taking drugs including Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Strattera between 1998 and 2005.

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Stopping colitis, STAT

Oct. 27, 2011—Study suggests a new therapeutic target in ulcerative colitis.

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Examining the ethics of sharing genetic risk information

Sep. 28, 2011—Should scientists inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions discovered during the studies, and if so, when and how? A Vanderbilt professor is part of a team working to answer these questions.

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‘Toolkit’ makes medical procedures less stressful for children with autism

Sep. 21, 2011—Resource for physicians and parents created to make routine medical procedures less stressful for children with autism.

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Looking up: VU pediatrician is top amateur astronomer

Sep. 2, 2011—There is a list, famous among astronomers, of 110 faint objects in the night sky, first cataloged by French astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th century. A “Messier marathon” is when astronomers begin at dusk and work until dawn, hoping to locate every single one, searching amid the field of stars for each elusive light...

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Depressed brains more stressed

Aug. 11, 2011—Patients with major depression may have altered gene expression associated with stressful conditions in certain brain areas.

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Deciding who’s who in heart valves

Jul. 29, 2011—Identification of a gene that is involved in the development of heart valves offers new insights into congenital heart valve disease.

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Inflammation relief: what’s the delay?

Jun. 28, 2011—New research offers hope for patients needing the anti-inflammatory benefits of glucocorticoids without the adverse side effects associated with them.

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