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Department of Medicine Archives

Probing H. pylori cancer protein

Feb. 14, 2019—Understanding how a bacterial protein that influences the risk of stomach cancer is produced could guide new strategies for treatment.

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Device helps heart patients ditch blood thinners

Feb. 7, 2019—For the first time in 27 years, Jerry Flowers is looking at life without using blood thinners, thanks to a small device that was implanted in his heart in a clinical trial at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).

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In utero antibiotics and obesity risk

Jan. 31, 2019—Maternal antibiotic use during pregnancy was not associated with childhood obesity at age 5, according a national study led by a Vanderbilt pediatrician.

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Study explores genetic risk for suicide attempt

Jan. 31, 2019—Using data from the UK Biobank and Vanderbilt’s BioVU, a new study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that approximately 4 percent of suicide attempt risk is captured by genotype data.

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Research bolsters thyroid function, atrial fibrillation link

Jan. 31, 2019—A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has strengthened the link between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of stroke and other heart-related complications.

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New target for chronic kidney disease

Jan. 31, 2019—Preventing the formation of secretory structures that promote scarring in the kidney could offer new therapeutic options for a disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Cell death pathway implicated in bone marrow failure

Jan. 31, 2019—Vanderbilt investigators have linked a specific form of programmed cell death to myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of bone marrow failure.

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New core to support investigations into metabolic disorders

Jan. 24, 2019—For several years Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have been studying adipose tissue to help unlock the mysteries behind metabolic disorders related to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health conditions, and now they have a new resource to support their investigations.

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Department of Medicine debuts new shared space in Oxford House

Jan. 24, 2019—The fifth floor of the Oxford House has been remodeled into an innovative shared space for several groups in the Department of Medicine to use on an as-needed basis.

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Wilkins named Vice President for Health Equity

Jan. 17, 2019—Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Dean for Health Equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Pain relievers a risk for C. diff?

Jan. 17, 2019—A link between anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and C. diff infection suggests caution against overusing such drugs in patients at high risk for infection.

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Spalluto, Lewis to lead VA lung screening initiative

Jan. 17, 2019—Lucy Spalluto, MD, assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Jennifer Lewis, MD, MS, instructor in Medicine, have been selected to co-lead the Veterans Affairs — Partnership to increase Access to Lung Screening (VA-PALS) National Program Evaluation.

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