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Transplant Center leads way in using hearts from hepatitis C donors

Jul. 12, 2018—Medical teams at the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC) are leading the way in utilization of hepatitis C-exposed donors for heart transplantation.

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Nursing, Law students help seniors with advance care plans

Jul. 12, 2018—Older adults who need advance care plans and health care/financial power of attorney documents can get them easily and free of charge thanks to a new interprofessional pilot project involving Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Vanderbilt Law School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Nominations for Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar now open for female graduate students in biomedical sciences

Jul. 3, 2018—Nominations for the Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar are now open. The deadline is Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at 5 p.m.

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SMAD4 clue to colon cancer

Jul. 2, 2018—Loss of a gene that is part of the TGF-beta signaling pathway increased inflammation in the colon and was observed in half of human colitis-associated cancers.

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Mother knows best

Jul. 2, 2018—The first demonstration of bacterial DNA in mammalian fetal intestinal tissue suggests that the mother’s microbiome moves into the fetal intestine.

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DBS treatment may slow tremor progression in early-stage Parkinson’s patients

Jun. 29, 2018—June 29, 2018 - Analysis of data from a clinical trial conducted at Vanderbilt suggests that deep brain stimulation (DBS) administered to patients with very early-stage Parkinson’s disease slowed the progression of rest tremor. The study, published June 29 in Neurology, is significant because it is the first evidence of a treatment that may possibly delay the progression of one of the cardinal features of Parkinson’s disease.

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Scavengers “protect” HDL

Jun. 29, 2018—Jun. 29, 2018—Lipid molecules that bind to HDL can modify its function — and blocking that modification can protect HDL and potentially lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

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Vanderbilt doctors urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks

Jun. 29, 2018—Jun. 29, 2018—Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are urging caution with consumer fireworks as the Fourth of July approaches.

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New staph virulence factor

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—The new factor, an enzyme involved in host-pathogen interactions, may be a viable target for treating staph infections.

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Ikizler to succeed Harris as Nephrology and Hypertension director

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—T. Alp Ikizler, MD, an internationally known expert on the nutritional and metabolic aspects of kidney disease, will succeed Raymond Harris, MD, as director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine effective July 1.

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Scanlan to lead government, community relations

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—Matthew Scanlan, JD, will join Vanderbilt University Medical Center on July 1 as the Medical Center’s first senior director of Government and Community Relations.

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Honoring Beauchamp

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—Friends and colleagues surrounded R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, during a recent reception honoring him for his many contributions and dedicated service as chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences since 2001.

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