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Study finds unique form of chronic sinusitis in older patients

Jan. 18, 2019—Older patients with a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis have a unique inflammatory signature that may render them less responsive to steroid treatment, according to new research led by Justin Turner.

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DNA’s on/off switch

Jan. 18, 2019—Walter Chazin and colleagues have identified how a chemical "switch" in DNA primase, an enzyme essential to the replication of our genomes, works in order to hand off genetic information to the next enzyme.

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Study points to alternate therapy for rare form of diabetes

Jan. 17, 2019—An unexpected finding by Rachana Haliyur during the cellular analysis of human pancreatic tissue has revealed new information about a rare type of diabetes and underscores the importance of genetic testing for some individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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Research explores link between stem cell transplant, diabetes

Jan. 17, 2019—Brian Engelhardt is studying why as many as 50 percent of stem cell transplant recipients develop diabetes.

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Pain relievers a risk for C. diff?

Jan. 17, 2019—David Aronoff and colleagues report an increased risk of the serious gastrointestinal infection C. diff following the use of NSAID pain relievers.

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Wilkins named vice president for health equity

Jan. 17, 2019—Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, associate professor of medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of vice president for health equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and associate dean for health equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Trans-institutional team documents potential new treatment path for breast cancer

Jan. 16, 2019—A team led by biomolecular engineer John Wilson and cancer biologist Rebecca Cook have found a way to trigger an immune response that targets breast cancer cells.

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Study identifies novel genetic factors for colorectal cancer risk

Jan. 10, 2019—A large-scale study conducted among East Asians and led by Vanderbilt researchers has identified multiple, previously unknown genetic risk factors for colorectal cancer.

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Bile acids mediate metabolic benefits of weight-loss surgery

Jan. 10, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt investigators has pinpointed the role of bile acids and a specific signaling pathway in the positive metabolic effects of weight-loss surgery.

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New analysis suggests lepers may not have been pariahs in Jesus’ time

Jan. 10, 2019—New insights into how disease and impurity were viewed in first-century Jewish society suggests scholars may need to reevaluate how they interpret Jesus' interaction with people affected by leprosy.

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Lindsley named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Jan. 4, 2019—Craig Lindsley, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Hundreds of new blood pressure gene variations discovered

Jan. 4, 2019—In one of the largest studies of its kind, an international research team led by 20 Vanderbilt University scientists has discovered more than 200 new genetic variations associated with high blood pressure.

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