Reporter Feb 7 2014

Obesity sends immune cells to the brain

Obesity causes peripheral immune cells to move to the brain, where they may contribute to inflammation and the pathophysiology of obesity.

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Keeping the beat after heart surgery

Variation in the gene for the beta-1 adrenergic receptor increases the risk that a patient will have an abnormal heart rhythm after cardiac surgery.

New direction for treating lung cancer

Targeting the production of molecules that promote tumor blood vessel development offers a new path for treating lung cancer.

VUMC replacing ID badges with new ‘smart’ cards

Beginning with staff and faculty of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, VU Card Services will replace employee identification badges with a newly designed, contactless “smart” card.

Program aims to reduce Medicare readmission rates

A program launched by Schnelle in January 2013 aims to reduce readmissions for Medicare patients transferred from Vanderbilt University Hospital to any of 23 area skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs. The specific goal is 17 percent reduction, by 2015, in 30-day hospital readmissions directly from these SNFs.

Barnett to direct Medical Student Research

Joey Barnett, Ph.D., has been named assistant dean and director of the Office for Medical Student Research.

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