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Vanderbilt identifies genes linked to breast cancer chemo resistance

Jun. 11, 2012—A study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators has identified a gene expression pattern that may explain why chemotherapy prior to surgery isn’t effective against some tumors and suggests new therapy options for patients with specific subtypes of breast cancer.

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Study sees eligibility confusion ahead for Affordable Care Act applicants

Jun. 8, 2012—A Vanderbilt expert on health policy and economics says that many people who get subsidized private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 could face confusing changes in eligibility and cost sharing, and some will be required to pay the government back after the first year of participation.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital named among nation’s best by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

Jun. 5, 2012—The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is again named among the nation’s leaders in pediatric health care in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urges ATV safety over Memorial Day weekend

May. 22, 2012—Many all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails officially open over Memorial Day weekend. Doctors with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are urging both adults and children to stay safe this riding season. Already this week in Middle Tennessee there have been multiple ATV accidents resulting in injuries and death.

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Trauma nurses initiate pledge against distracted driving

May. 15, 2012—Nurses at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Level-1 Trauma Center are taking a pledge to raise awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving. These caregivers, who treat hundreds of seriously injured patients each year due to distracted driving, want to see an end to behind-the-wheel activities taking attention away from the road.

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Vision study changes how we see the brain

May. 10, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that the pulvinar, a mysterious structure buried in the center of our brains, determines how we see the world — and whether we see at all.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt opens $30 million expansion

May. 9, 2012—In a ceremonial ribbon cutting May 9, officials at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt celebrated the opening of a much-anticipated $30 million, 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot expansion to the hospital.

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Cost study shows timing crucial in appendectomies

Apr. 26, 2012—Removing a child’s ruptured appendix sooner rather than later significantly lowers hospital costs and charges, according to a recently published study.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center achieves Magnet status

Apr. 20, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been granted its second consecutive Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program®, a rigorous multi-year appraisal process reflecting the strength and quality of nursing and interdisciplinary collaboration at Vanderbilt. VUMC received its first Magnet designation in 2006.  

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MRSA in pregnancy may be less dangerous than previously thought

Apr. 19, 2012—Vanderbilt pediatric infectious disease researchers studying antibiotic-resistant staph say fears that mothers carrying the germ may set their newborns up for infection are unfounded.

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‘Healing Broken Hearts’ to air on WTVF-Channel 5 April 23

Apr. 17, 2012—Vanderbilt Heart will present an hour-long television special on Monday, April 23, highlighting all aspects of heart care, from heart-healthy lifestyles to breakthrough technologies for treating heart disease.

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Researchers spot Achilles’ heel in respiratory virus

Apr. 13, 2012—A new viral protein structure could jump-start vaccine development for two leading causes of lower respiratory disease in children and elderly adults.

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