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Reporter May 31 2013

Chemical causes kidney failure in mosquitoes: study

May. 31, 2013—Researchers are targeting a possible new weapon in the fight against malaria, science that could also be applied in the fight against other devastating mosquito-borne illnesses, according to a Vanderbilt study published in PLOS ONE.

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Update of diagnostic coding system rolls on

May. 30, 2013—In health care, narrative descriptions of symptoms, diseases, injuries, complaints, disabilities and procedures are routinely transformed into numeric or alphanumeric codes, facilitating billing, clinical research and the analysis of health care cost and quality.

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Study finds state-to-state variation in benign lung disease diagnosis

May. 30, 2013—A study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators found that rates of benign lung disease diagnosis varied widely by state following surgery for lung cancer.

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Continuity of care initiative focuses on patients exiting clinical trials

May. 30, 2013—The Vanderbilt Breast Center is piloting new measures to ensure continuity of care and timely insurance preauthorization as patients come off grant-sponsored clinical trial protocols and begin or resume standard care.

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Wireless ECG invented at VU seeks ‘Jumpstart’ from business acceleration program

May. 30, 2013—A wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) invented at Vanderbilt University is the centerpiece of a startup company that has been chosen to be a part of the Jumpstart Foundry Class of 2013.

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Photo: Mama Lere graduation

May. 30, 2013—The Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt recently held its 2013 Student Celebration and Graduation in Light Hall on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus.

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Berlin earns stomach cancer foundation award

May. 30, 2013—Jordan Berlin, M.D., professor of Medicine and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has received the Tree of Life award from Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF).

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Patel lands health care informatics award

May. 30, 2013—Neal Patel, M.D., MPH, professor of Clinical Pediatrics and chief medical information officer for inpatient services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the first-place recipient of the 2013 Healthcare Informatics/AMDIS IT Innovation Advocate Award, recognizing leaders who have helped move the health care industry forward through their innovations.

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Team William raises funds

May. 30, 2013—Inspired by William Spickard, Peabody alumna Andrea McDermott Sanders, M.Ed., founded “Team William” in 2005 to support scholarships for children with Down syndrome to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic.

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Defense Department grant spurs nerve regeneration research

May. 30, 2013—Vanderbilt investigators led by Wesley Thayer, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Defense to develop a new surgical device that may help repair severed nerves.

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Study lays groundwork for rational T cell vaccine design

May. 30, 2013—Vanderbilt University investigators have developed a new strategy for identifying the “bits” of a pathogen that spark a protective immune response.

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Brain aneurysm patients draw strength from support group

May. 30, 2013—A brain aneurysm is often likened to a ticking time bomb — the bulge in a blood vessel is just waiting to burst, with devastating consequences for motor and cognitive function.

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