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Reporter Sept 29 2017

Boosting sarcoma cell death

Oct. 4, 2017—A compound identified at Vanderbilt represents a new lead for treating rare, aggressive childhood cancers called Ewing sarcomas.

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Delirium, benzos and the pediatric ICU

Oct. 2, 2017—With other risk factors held equal, children who received a benzodiazepine sedative drug were nearly three times more likely to experience delirium – confused thought – the following day.

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Chren named inaugural chair of Department of Dermatology

Sep. 29, 2017—As Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Division of Dermatology transitions from a division within the Department of Medicine to become the Medical Center’s newest clinical department, Mary-Margaret “Meg” Chren, M.D., professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been named to serve as the department’s inaugural chair. She will join the faculty in January 2018.

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Novel insights to antibiotic targets

Sep. 29, 2017—New mechanistic details about the DNA-unwinding activity of antibacterial protein targets could lead to the design of better antibiotic medicines.

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Cellular calcium handling in diabetes

Sep. 28, 2017—Potassium channels in a cellular organelle regulate calcium flux and appear to play a critical role in pancreatic beta cell health.

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Flulapalooza 2017

Sep. 28, 2017—Susan Landfield, LPN, left, Alesia Young, LPN, and Jessica Hupp, LPN, were among the 13,938 people who received flu vaccinations at Wednesday’s Flulapalooza event.

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ECMO program takes life-saving therapy on the road

Sep. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is home to the state’s largest adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program. And most recently, it became the only adult program in Tennessee with a mobile team that can initiate ECMO on patients transported to the Medical Center by its ambulances.

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Student creates abdomen model to assist surgical trainees

Sep. 28, 2017—George Washington University biomedical engineering student Sydney Bailes spent her summer carefully creating silicone layers of precise consistencies, and she hopes to spend winter break continuing work on the project that can one day help junior surgical trainees practice a critical skill — inserting surgical instruments for abdominal surgeries.

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Neurostimulation an option for some epilepsy patients

Sep. 28, 2017—Patients with epilepsy who suffer seizures that can’t be effectively treated with medications or established surgical interventions could benefit from responsive neurostimulation, a relatively new treatment.

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Major grant to enhance kidney disease research

Sep. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension has received a five-year, $5 million federal grant to provide core research services in the fight against kidney disease.

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VU scientists discuss cancer treatments, cellular dynamics

Sep. 28, 2017—A trio of Vanderbilt University scientists described their cutting-edge investigations of cellular dynamics and cancer treatment during last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Expanded health plan benefits, salary range changes ahead

Sep. 28, 2017—For 2018, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employee health plan will offer an array of insurance options and new wellness services.

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