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New app offers GPS tracking of Vanderbilt shuttles

Nov. 13, 2018—by Wayne Wood Riders accustomed to following the progress of an Uber or Lyft ride can now have a similar experience with Vanderbilt shuttles. Passengers can now track the locations of all Vanderbilt shuttles using the Passio Go app, which is downloadable to most smartphones. “Passio Go is a full-featured, real time transit locator system...

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Smoking rate at VUMC falls to 3.5 percent

Nov. 13, 2018—by Wayne Wood The rate of smoking at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has dropped significantly in the past 15 years, to only 3.5 percent, down from 12.1 percent in 2003. That means that the rate of smoking at VUMC is below the Tennessee rate of 22 percent and the U.S. rate of 16 percent. The...

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Evading cell death

Nov. 8, 2018—Stress granules that form in response to cellular stress help cancer cells survive and develop resistance to treatment.

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Vitamin C protects brain from seizures

Nov. 8, 2018—Brain ascorbate — vitamin C — is important for protecting the brain against seizures and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

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Novel methods to treat glaucoma

Nov. 8, 2018—Increasing a certain signaling molecule prevents the degeneration of retinal cells that are lost in glaucoma, suggesting a new way to treat this disease.

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Initiative to reduce C-sections showing positive results

Nov. 8, 2018—As the worldwide medical community takes notice of the nearly doubled rate of cesarean section surgeries since 2000, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has seen a steady decrease in its rate of primary C-sections over the last 11 months.

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Obesity negates beneficial drug effects

Nov. 8, 2018—A drug that improves levels of “good” cholesterol may not be beneficial for obese individuals, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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New clinic focused on caring for vasculitis patients

Nov. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently debuted a new clinic dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients coping with the complex host of chronic disorders known as vasculitis.

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Clinical fellows program bolstered by new NCI grant

Nov. 8, 2018—A new grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will fund an intensively mentored training experience for clinical fellows at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the next five years.

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Center for Addiction Research Science Day slated for Nov. 16

Nov. 8, 2018—Margaret Haney, PhD, director of the Cannabis Research Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center, will discuss “The Yin and Yang of Cannabis,” Friday, Nov. 16, during the second annual Science Day hosted by the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research (VCAR).

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Diabetes Day 2018

Nov. 8, 2018—Outstanding research achievement was recognized during last week’s Diabetes Day at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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VUSN to develop Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

Nov. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $1.43 million award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop and implement a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) education program for emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) students.

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