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‘Multi-omics’ reveals treatment option for breast cancer subtype

Nov. 18, 2021—  by Bill Snyder In a multidisciplinary collaboration, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a subtype of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) that appears to be able to escape detection by the immune system and evade immunotherapy. Their report, published Nov. 1 in the journal...

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Vanderbilt University Hospital Earns “A” Safety Score from Leapfrog

Nov. 10, 2021—Vanderbilt University Hospital has again been recognized among the safest hospitals in the nation after receiving a fall 2021 safety grade of “A” from the Leapfrog group.

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HCV infection among pregnant people increasing

Oct. 29, 2021—  by Emily Stembridge Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can lead to long-term health problems including liver damage, liver failure, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death. These outcomes are especially dangerous for pregnant people and their babies. The leading cause of HCV in the U.S. is injection drug use as a result of opioid use...

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VUMC researchers a step closer to broad ebolavirus protection

Oct. 28, 2021—  by Bill Snyder A combination of two broadly acting monoclonal antibodies isolated by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center protected non-human primates from ebolavirus disease, which causes severe and often-fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans. Their findings, published this week in the journal Cell, bring closer to development the first clinical therapy effective against all...

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New Vanderbilt Wound Center provides comprehensive, convenient treatment

Oct. 28, 2021—by Jill Clendening Chronic wounds impact the quality of life for an estimated 2.5% of the United States population, and because successful treatment of poorly healing wounds often requires intervention by specialists in several medical fields, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established the comprehensive, multidisciplinary Vanderbilt Wound Center. The center, whose clinicians began seeing their...

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V Foundation to support study of pediatric soft tissue sarcoma

Oct. 28, 2021—  by Tom Wilemon The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded a $600,000 grant to Scott Hiebert, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Medicine, to pursue a possible precision therapy for a type of sarcoma that predominantly affects children. Hiebert, the Hortense B. Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, will develop a precision therapy for PAX3-FOX01-dependent...

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MCE pharmacy now provides 24-hour, seven-day service

Oct. 27, 2021—by Jill Clendening To better serve patients and their families, the Medical Center East Pharmacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has expanded its service hours and is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The outpatient pharmacy is on the second floor of Medical Center East, near the skywalk of Vanderbilt University...

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Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital completes successful transition to new IT systems

Oct. 27, 2021—by Fehintola Olumide Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital (VBCH) in Shelbyville, Tennessee, recently transitioned its clinical and information technology (IT) systems to fully align with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The successful transition was due to the efforts from multiple teams across VUMC. The process began on Saturday, Sept. 25, when the former systems in VBCH were...

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Study seeks to improve kidney transplant outcomes among Black patients

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a national study aimed at answering some hard questions about kidney transplantation in the African American community, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Black Americans are nearly four times more likely than whites to develop kidney failure requiring dialysis. Up to 70% of...

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Amphibians offer clues to climate change resiliency

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Like the “canary in the coal mine,” the worldwide decline of amphibian populations, including frogs, toads and salamanders, during the past 50 years may be a harbinger of emerging infections and environmental changes that endanger humankind, as well. Just as important, some amphibian species have begun to recover from the global...

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Nominations sought for VUSM Research Staff Awards

Oct. 7, 2021—  by Bill Snyder Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Research Staff Awards. The awards honor research staff members who provide exemplary support at all levels to the Research Enterprise. Award recipients will receive a $1,000 cash prize and will be honored at an awards luncheon. The following awards are...

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Pediatricians seeing increase in children with MIS-C after latest COVID surge

Oct. 6, 2021—  by Jessica Pasley More than 195 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have been reported statewide since May 2020, according to Tennessee Department of Health data. The number of cases has more than tripled since early February when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed about 51 cases in Tennessee....

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