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Reporter Aug 22 2014

Major grant spurs deeper look into ‘good cholesterol’

Aug. 21, 2014—In some cases, HDL, the "good cholesterol," may not function properly and may actually accelerate atherosclerosis.

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Transfusions ease strokes for children with sickle cell

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt-led research found regular blood transfusion therapy significantly reduces the recurrence of strokes in children with sickle cell anemia who have previously had "silent" strokes.

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Study examines factors that boost suicide risk for doctors

Aug. 21, 2014—A retrospective analysis of Tennessee physicians who underwent fitness-for-duty evaluations by Vanderbilt found an “astoundingly” high rate of suicide among physicians who were found unfit to practice, were in solo practice, or if they were taking anti-anxiety drugs.

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Study in East Asians identifies genes tied to colon cancer risk

Aug. 21, 2014—Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death among populations around the world. While diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can influence the risk of developing the disease, hereditary factors also play an important role.

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Team effort key to ease patient’s rare heart disorder

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt employee Drew Casey, 27, was at home when he began to experience shortness of breath. Thinking it might be a panic attack, his wife, Katie, called 911, and an ambulance took Casey to the Emergency Department, where he progressed very suddenly to circulatory failure and shock.

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Flulapalooza vaccination event takes place Oct. 1

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt University and Medical Center faculty, staff, students and volunteers will once again have the opportunity to be part of a mass flu vaccination event that three years ago more than doubled the current world record for the total number of vaccinations given in an eight-hour period.

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Transplant society honors Helderman’s contributions

Aug. 21, 2014—More than three decades ago, J. Harold Helderman, M.D., medical director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, joined a handful of colleagues from across the country to create a society for transplant physicians.

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Research Staff Awards nominations sought

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accepting nominations for the 2014 Research Staff Awards in the following categories:

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Meeting the challenge

Aug. 21, 2014—Members of Vanderbilt’s ALS clinic stepped up and took the ice bucket challenge Wednesday to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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New technique accelerates genome editing process

Aug. 21, 2014—It sounds like a potato chip. But CRISPR is actually the acronym for a new genome editing technique that, by many accounts, is accelerating the study of genes and disease.

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Pharmacy’s targeted initiatives lead to lower drug expenses

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt University Hospital’s pharmacy is attracting national attention for reducing its inpatient pharmacy drug expenses 6.4 percent in a 12-month period, despite an increase in patient volume.

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Study finds coronary arteries hold heart-regenerating cells

Aug. 20, 2014—Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Sharon Seibert is among the more than 5,000 patients who have received a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which has one of the best survival rates in the nation and is at the forefront of new cellular therapies.

Momentum

Sharon Seibert is among the more than 5,000 patients who have received a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which has one of the best survival rates in the nation and is at the forefront of new cellular therapies.

The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Hope

The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Vanderbilt Nurse

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

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