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The exocyst dynamo

Dec. 14, 2018—Mukhtar Ahmed and colleagues say the methods they employed to understand the mechanisms by which exocysts--protein complexes essential to life--function have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of cell dynamics.

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Study links soy formula feeding and menstrual pain

Dec. 13, 2018—The report authored by Margaret Adgent adds to the increasing evidence supporting the reproductive health consequences of early-life exposure to soy formula.

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Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage

Dec. 13, 2018—Filling opioid prescriptions after giving birth raises the risk of prolonged use of the drugs in the following year.

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High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death

Dec. 13, 2018—The findings reinforce guidelines for cautious use of antipsychotics in younger populations, according to senior author Wayne Ray.

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Lindsley named to National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 11, 2018—Craig W. Lindsley, William K. Warren Jr. Professor of Medicine and co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors.

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Study tests new vaccine for precancerous cervical cells

Dec. 7, 2018—The study will test the safety of a new cervical cancer vaccine for women who already have a significant presence of precancerous cells.

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Team seeks to create genetic map of worm’s nervous system

Dec. 7, 2018—A complete map of gene expression for the worm may help address broad questions in neuroscience about how gene expression programs establish diverse sets of neurons and how genetic differences contribute to neuronal function in healthy and disease conditions.

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Team spots clue to rare lung and kidney diseases

Dec. 7, 2018—Research led by Billy Hudson has identified an antibody associated with pulmonary-renal syndrome, a rare autoimmune condition.

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Lung cancer survival signal

Nov. 30, 2018—New research by Jonathan Lehman and Pierre Massion have identfied a bioimarker that suggests poor prognosis for small-cell lung cancer, as well as potential target for new therapies.

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Ethics study explores precision medicine’s risks, rewards

Nov. 30, 2018—Results of the study suggest the prospect of an array of individual and societal benefits to personalized medicine, as well as risks for physical, dignitary, group, economic, psychological and legal harms, many of which may have been over-emphasized or overlooked in the literature.

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NEI grants help bolster glaucoma research efforts

Nov. 30, 2018—Tonia Rex and David Calkins were recently awarded National Eye Institute grants totaling $6.8 million over five years to develop new treatments for optic neuropathies and glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness.

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Green tea and diabetes

Nov. 30, 2018—A recent study led by Xiao-Ou Shu and colleagues found that green tea drinking was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, possibly due to the use of pesticides on tea plants--though the researchers call for further study of the exact mechanism.

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