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Reporter Oct 13 2017

Calcium intake and colorectal cancer

Oct. 18, 2017—Calcium intake appears to protect against colorectal cancer in individuals with certain gene variants, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Gender, pain and dementia

Oct. 16, 2017—Understanding sex differences in pain perception could lead to more targeted and effective pain assessment and management strategies in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

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New tools to combat kidney fibrosis

Oct. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have developed a new mouse model of kidney fibrosis, which provides a platform for identifying new targets and treatment strategies.

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A switch for autoimmunity

Oct. 12, 2017—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a class of compounds that inhibit a mediator of inflammation and autoimmune disorders, and that could pave the way for development of future therapies.

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Garraway details family’s key role in shaping career path

Oct. 12, 2017—As the guest speaker for the 16th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture, Levi Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., outlined the influence his family had on his storied career, particularly the impact of his uncle, for whom the lecture is named.

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Major makeover set to expand My Health at Vanderbilt features

Oct. 12, 2017—My Health at Vanderbilt (MHAV) is an online software application that lets patients interact with their electronic medical records, communicate securely with their health care team and pay medical bills electronically.

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Researcher targets peanut allergies with Cohen Fund support

Oct. 12, 2017—Scott Smith, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine, has received a 2017 research award from the Stanley Cohen Innovation Fund to test a new therapeutic strategy for peanut allergies. Smith's research could fundamentally change allergy treatment.

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Vanderbilt physicians lauded by Best Doctors in America

Oct. 12, 2017—Best Doctors in America, a biennial listing of the nation’s physicians who are peer selected for inclusion, is once again acknowledging the expertise of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) faculty.

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Award honors Conn’s mental health research contributions

Oct. 12, 2017—P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., founding director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has won a 2017 Research & Hope Award from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) for outstanding research in the area of mental health.

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VIGH receives federal grants to fight kidney disease

Oct. 12, 2017—Researchers in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) have received two new grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at reducing the risk of kidney disease in HIV-infected adults and improving the treatment of epilepsy in children in Nigeria.

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Educational event set to zoom in on complex world of microbes

Oct. 12, 2017—Students, teachers and parents are invited to explore the world of microbes — microscopic bugs — during a free hands-on event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Martin Professional Development Center next to Nashville’s Eakin Elementary School at 2400 Fairfax Ave.

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Gathering ideas

Oct. 12, 2017—Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., chair of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, addresses a recent working group meeting for IdeaShare, VUMC’s interactive tool to share strategies, thoughts and ideas among diverse groups of people.

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