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Reporter Aug 17 2018

Risk factors for faulty rhythms

Aug. 16, 2018—Risk factors for arrhythmias after heart surgery in infants include medications, infant age and higher surgical complexity, but not two genetic variants examined by Vanderbilt researchers.

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A new target for lung cancer

Aug. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a new vulnerability in lung cancer — the transporter protein xCT — that may a therapeutic target for the disease.

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YAP after acute kidney injury

Aug. 16, 2018—Activation of the signaling protein YAP may be a target for treating acute kidney injury, which affects up to 20 percent of hospitalized patients.

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Predictive models for gene regulation

Aug. 16, 2018—Using new computational approaches to understand the behavior of cells should aid efforts to predict how mutations affect cell function and how diseases respond to drug combinations.

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Battlefield acupuncture used as alternative for chronic pain

Aug. 16, 2018—Franklin resident Diane Grich admits she was surprised when she was asked if she would like to try acupuncture instead of a more invasive medical procedure to address the chronic lower back pain that had troubled her off and on for 17 years; she chose acupuncture.

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Vanderbilt study explores how dual-eligible beneficiaries spend

Aug. 16, 2018—While there has been much effort to control spending for individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare in the United States, for the first time a team of Vanderbilt health policy researchers have analyzed spending trends for this population over a multiyear period in order to gain a much clearer understanding of exactly how much is being spent and by whom.

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Orthopaedic Outreach Day

Aug. 16, 2018—Dylan Makor receives care from Hong Vo, RN. She and more than 30 colleagues volunteered Saturday, Aug. 11, so uninsured people could have access to hand surgeries during Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Outreach Day, an event that is part of the Touching Hands Project, an initiative of the American Society for Hand Surgery.

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High Five camp helps strengthen weakened hands, arms

Aug. 16, 2018—Jack Lowman pulls his plate closer to the table’s edge so that his goldfish and apple slices — his camp snack — are closer to him. With his left hand, he paws at a goldfish, and once able to pinch it with his fingers, draws it slowly toward his mouth.

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Premier Parking, Children’s Hospital partner on signage project

Aug. 16, 2018—Premier Parking is teaming up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to create custom Children’s Hospital signage that will feature patient artwork and be displayed in seven select parking lots throughout downtown Nashville.

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New clinic to provide comprehensive care for adult transgender patients

Aug. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt Health is opening a new adult Clinic for Transgender Health on Aug. 24.

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Adults with cystic fibrosis face diabetes risk, spur new research

Aug. 16, 2018—Although cystic fibrosis (CF) has long been known as a pediatric disease, physicians and scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are providing specialized care for an ever-growing population of adults with CF, as well as conducting targeted research expected to improve treatment for these patients.

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NIDDK director lauds medical student research contributions

Aug. 16, 2018—Griffin Rodgers, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), was a special guest during the 10th annual NIDDK Medical Student Research Symposium held earlier this month on the Vanderbilt University campus.

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