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Author: Leigh MacMillan

New radiology order priority options go live in January 2023

Nov. 29, 2022—The radiology order entry system in eStar will be updated to allow providers to choose from four  — based on a patient’s medical needs — when requesting studies for hospitalized and emergency department patients. The update is scheduled to go live on Jan. 10, 2023.

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Surgery for hereditary breast cancer

Nov. 17, 2022—Similar rates of bilateral mastectomy in women with inherited mutations in high- and moderate-penetrance genes raises concerns about possible overtreatment of some patients, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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Study supports removing race from estimate of kidney function

Nov. 17, 2022—An in-depth analysis by Vanderbilt investigators of published research studies supports removing race from the calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) — an assessment of kidney function.

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Clinical trial at VUMC tests novel treatment for asthma

Nov. 10, 2022—VUMC has begun enrolling patients with asthma in a clinical trial of a novel treatment: a medication approved to treat diabetes and obesity.

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Alzheimer’s risk factor and cognition

Nov. 8, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers found that a protein with roles in innate immunity worsens memory at baseline in carriers of APOE-e4, the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, further implicating neuroinflammation in cognitive decline.

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Social behavior brain circuitry

Nov. 3, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a novel mechanism regulating social behavior: Neuropeptide Y signaling in the nucleus accumbens brain region.

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New VUSM master’s program offers broad training in biomedical imaging

Nov. 3, 2022—A new Master of Imaging Science program at Vanderbilt will immerse students in the full spectrum of biomedical imaging and provide hands-on clinical and research experience.

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Vascular dysfunction during sepsis

Oct. 25, 2022—Regulation of the enzyme Sirtuin 1 in blood vessel endothelial cells may drive altered metabolism and vascular dysfunction during sepsis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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New target for lung fibrosis

Oct. 20, 2022—Blocking thromboxane-prostanoid receptor signaling protected animals from lung fibrosis in preclinical models, suggesting a new treatment for IPF — a chronic, progressive lung disorder that often kills within 3-5 years of diagnosis.

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Horst takes on new roles in advancing digital health

Oct. 13, 2022—Sara Horst, MD, MPH, has been named associate vice chair for Digital Health Operations for Vanderbilt's Department of Medicine and assistant chief for Clinical Informatics for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

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Study finds that reducing intake of simple sugars improves GERD

Oct. 6, 2022—A Vanderbilt study found that reducing dietary carbohydrates improved both symptoms and objective measurements of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in a randomized controlled trial.

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Policy, resources crucial for lung cancer screening: study

Sep. 29, 2022—Vanderbilt reseach shows that resources for lung cancer screening programs increased the number of veterans screened.

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