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Department of Medicine Archives

Magnesium impacts vitamin D status

Oct. 14, 2013—Magnesium and vitamin D appear to work together to reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

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New target for stopping inflammation

Oct. 11, 2013—Importin alpha 5, a member of a family of proteins that “shuttle” other proteins into the nucleus, is a potential new target for drugs to treat inflammatory diseases.

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Probing mutant EGF receptor regulation

Oct. 10, 2013—Understanding the regulation of mutant EGF receptors commonly found in lung cancers could lead to new targeted therapies.

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Fishing for new anti-cancer drugs

Sep. 18, 2013—Vanderbilt investigators used an in vivo screen in zebrafish to identify a potential new anti-cancer drug.

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Mapping brain membrane proteins

Sep. 16, 2013—New mass spectrometry imaging methods will enable studies of the distribution and identification of membrane proteins directly within tissues.

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Federal grant bolsters pulmonary fibrosis research

Sep. 12, 2013—Lisa Young, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Cell Biology, has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to study what causes cellular dysfunction and pulmonary fibrosis in patients with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS).

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Noninvasive test detects stomach bug

Aug. 12, 2013—A noninvasive test can be used to identify the presence of Helicobacter pylori and evaluate its virulence, which will be useful in areas with high rates of H. pylori-associated gastric cancer.

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Nuclear shield against cell death

Aug. 8, 2013—The protein SARM appears to protect cells from inflammation-driven death by stabilizing the nuclear laminin scaffold.

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Factor’s role in long bone development

Jul. 31, 2013—Insight into how the protein neurofibromin participates in the signaling pathway that produces the body’s long bones has implications for fracture healing in some patients.

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Reducing fatal rhythms after heart attack

Jul. 26, 2013—Reducing heart muscle response to calcium could decrease the risk of fatal arrhythmias after heart attacks.

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Probing roles of a cell death protein

Jul. 17, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered new roles for a protein involved in cell death processes that are activated to prevent tumor-causing DNA mutations.

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Rhythm response tied to gene variant

Jun. 21, 2013—A genetic variant that increases risk for atrial fibrillation also impacts the response to a common therapy for the heart rhythm disorder.

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