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Diabetes drug may prevent liver cancer

Sep. 21, 2018—A new study by Harvey Murff finds that diabetics who take metformin have lower rates of liver cancer than those who take other diabetes drugs.

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New histoplasmosis risk map

Sep. 21, 2018—Stephen Deppen and colleagues have developed an updated map showing new areas of increased risk for a common lung infection.

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How microvilli form

Sep. 21, 2018—Research led by Matthew Tyska gives new insight into the formation of the lining of the gut that helps us absorb nutrients and guard against illness.

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Nominations sought for Levi Watkins Jr. awards; annual lecture set for Oct. 9

Sep. 16, 2018—Nominations are now being sought by the School of Medicine for the annual Levi Watkins Jr. Faculty Award and Levi Watkins Jr. Student Awards. The school also announces details of the 17th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture by Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute director to give annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture

Sep. 13, 2018—Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will present "Shaping the Science and Health of the Future" at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Light Hall, Room 208. Gibbons' talk is the 17th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Lecture sponsored by the School of Medicine's Office for Diversity Affairs.

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Study tracks incidence, timing of immunotherapy-related deaths

Sep. 13, 2018—Researchers led by melanoma researcher Douglas Johnson have answered questions about the incidence and timing of rare but sometimes fatal reactions to the most widely prescribed class of immunotherapies.

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Research reveals link between immunity, diabetes

Sep. 13, 2018—An immune cell called CD8+ is supposed to attack disease, but it can also contribute to inflammation, which can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

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Vanderbilt University launches Bass Military Scholars Program

Sep. 12, 2018—A $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation will support up to 40 scholarships for military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees at Vanderbilt University in law, management, education, medicine and nursing.

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Unleashing TIGER on small RNAs

Sep. 6, 2018—Kasey Vickers has developed a new analytical method for to study small RNAs, a poorly understood component of the genome.

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Team’s findings could spur new treatments for type 2 diabetes

Sep. 6, 2018—New research by an international team that includes Vanderbilt researchers shows how a common diabetes drug blocks glucose production by the liver, suggesting new avenues for treatment.

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Nicotine patch shows promise in treating late-life depression

Sep. 6, 2018—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center pilot study of treating late-life depression in nonsmokers with transdermal nicotine (nicotine patch) has yielded some promising results, but the study’s author cautions that more study is needed.

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Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series: ‘Health Inequities in our Backyard and Strategies to Address Them’

Sep. 6, 2018—Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance and Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College.

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