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A solar eclipse can hurt your eyesight without you knowing it – here’s why.

Aug. 15, 2017—While agreeing that viewing a total solar eclipse is a chance of a lifetime, Vanderbilt Eye Institute Research Director David Calkins urges us to not look at the sun without special eclipse glasses. Catkins explains how certain spectrums of sunlight can damage your eyesight without you knowing it, until it is too late. Follow Vanderbilt...

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Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap

Aug. 1, 2017—"Performance-boosting super suit" hidden under clothing can be activated by a double tap to save users' backs.

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How six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

Jun. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt engineers have designed a “granular jamming cap” filled with coffee grounds that can improve the accuracy of the sophisticated “GPS” system that surgeons use for nose and throat surgery.

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Journey of an engineer turned entrepreneur: WiseWear CEO disrupts wearables market

Apr. 4, 2017—Jerry Wilmink traces his journey from research associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory to founder and CEO of WiseWear, a wearable technology company. WiseWear offers a line of luxury smart bracelets with standard fitness features and added safety features like phone notifications and distress messaging in urgent situations. Wilmink earned his bachelor’s, master’s and...

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Early experience with federal health coverage suggests how future Medicaid reforms may work

Feb. 1, 2017—Proposed Medicaid reforms are similar to the capped federal financing system in place during the '50s and early '60s, when states generally reimbursed a much smaller proportion of health care for the needy.

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VUMC study finds statins do not ease kidney injury following cardiac surgery

Feb. 23, 2016—Among doctors, it is widely believed that a class of drugs called statins, which are used to lower cholesterol, might help patients tolerate the stress of cardiac surgery. Not so, according to a five-year, placebo-controlled, double-blinded randomized clinical trial conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association....

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VU Inside: Dr. William Fissell’s Artificial Kidney

Feb. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt University Medical Center nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. William Fissell IV is making major progress on a first-of-its kind device to free kidney patients from dialysis. He is building an artificial implantable kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient’s own heart.

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Promising Research Rapidly Tests Chemo Effectiveness Before Cancer Treatment

Feb. 10, 2016—Everyone knows someone with breast cancer who is going through toxic chemotherapy. But what if you could find out within three days, instead of months, what chemo works best on your tumor? A Vanderbilt researcher is developing a new ‘tumor- in-a-dish’ technique that may do just that.

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VUCast: Who looks like a leader to you?

Dec. 17, 2015—In the latest VUCast: Find out why gender matters when you envision a president, leader or CEO; see what Vanderbilt blasted into space and what it's doing now; and learn how the price of cigarettes is saving babies' lives.

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Higher cigarette taxes linked to fewer infant deaths

Dec. 1, 2015—Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study from Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan released Dec. 1 in the journal Pediatrics.

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Two Ebola Survivors’ Blood Could Help Vanderbilt Researchers Find A Treatment

Oct. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers could be one step closer to finding a way to fight the deadly Ebola virus – thanks to two Ebola victims from Nigeria, who faced death and survived. Vanderbilt researchers developed a unique method of isolating potent Ebola-fighting antibodies from survivors’ blood and they believe these newest potent antibody samples are an important...

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VUCast: How Ebola survivors are teaming with Vanderbilt to fight the deadly virus

Oct. 16, 2015—In the latest VUCast: Hear from Ebola survivors helping a Vanderbilt researcher fight the deadly virus; see the high-tech way an art exhibit is bringing VU students face to face with people across the world; and find out which country music star shot his latest video with Mr. Commodore! Watch now.

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