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Reporter July 29 2016

HIV treatment and TB risk

Aug. 4, 2016—Tuberculosis (TB) remains an important public health problem, particularly among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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Fetal impact of antidepressants

Aug. 3, 2016—Antidepressant use during pregnancy is common. Fetal exposure to the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is associated with the life-threatening condition PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn), but a causal link has not been established.

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Refining neural circuitry

Aug. 2, 2016—During development, neural circuits are remodeled – some synapses are eliminated and others are strengthened – to produce a mature, functional nervous system.

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Possible overeating antidote

Aug. 1, 2016—The 2C-subtype of the serotonin receptor (5HT2C), which binds the neurotransmitter serotonin, plays an important role in regulating food intake and metabolism.

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Changes in care improve recovery for surgery patients

Jul. 28, 2016—Many patients having surgeries at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are experiencing better recoveries, with less opioids for pain, fewer post-surgery complications and shorter hospital stays due to the work of a medical team that has transformed the way surgeries are handled.

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Award bolsters study of alcohol’s impact on the brain

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University researcher Danny Winder, Ph.D., has received a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, for his contributions to understanding how alcohol affects the brain.

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Dubree inducted into YWCA’s Academy for Women of Achievement

Jul. 28, 2016—Marilyn Dubree, MSN, R.N., executive chief nursing officer, will be inducted along with seven other inspiring Nashville women into the YWCA’s 2016 Academy for Women of Achievement.

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New VUSM program set to spur innovation in medical education

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University School of Medicine recently awarded its inaugural Faculty Fellowship to Advance Medical Education (FAME).

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Cookeville Base to Open Aug. 2

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight will open its Cookeville, Tennessee, base on August 2, 2016. The new base, in partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, is LifeFlight’s seventh helicopter base in Tennessee.

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Kennedy Center’s LEND lands grant renewal from HRSA

Jul. 28, 2016—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has received a $3.5 million grant over five years from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND for graduate-level training.

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Massion named to lead new cancer prevention initiative

Jul. 28, 2016—Pierre Massion, M.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Medicine, has been named to direct the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Initiative.

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Seminar focuses on latest concussion research

Jul. 28, 2016—Neuropsychologist Gary Solomon, Ph.D., recently weighed in on one of the hottest debates in sports medicine, asserting that research doesn’t support the popular theory that concussions put athletes at higher risk for psychiatric illness.

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