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Genes and age studied as markers for higher death rate in those with atrial fibrillation

Jun. 8, 2022—Younger patients with atrial fibrillation who had rare genetic variants associated with inherited cardiomyopathy and arrythmia syndromes were associated with a significantly higher rate of death than those without the variants, a Vanderbilt-led study has shown.

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Dooley to lead Division of Infectious Diseases

Jun. 8, 2022—Kelly Dooley, MD, PhD, MPH, has been appointed professor and Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, effective Sept. 12.

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Research probes cause of acute flaccid myelitis in children

Jun. 8, 2022—Research that began at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has found evidence that a viral infection followed by a “robust” immune response is the cause of a polio-like paralyzing illness in children called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

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VUSM faculty honored with emerita or emeritus status

Jun. 8, 2022—Vanderbilt University recently honored several faculty members for their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty. Among them were 15 from the School of Medicine.

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BioVU celebrates 15 years supporting personalized medicine

Jun. 8, 2022—BioVU is celebrating its 15th year and has enabled hundreds of studies and publications exploring the genetic underpinnings of a host of conditions including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. 

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Nettles presented with State Resolution from Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Jun. 7, 2022—Arie Nettles, PhD, NCSP, HSP, professor of Clinical Pediatrics and director of the Office of Inclusion and Health Equity (OIHE), was presented with a State Resolution from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) passed in honor of her work as chair of the Statewide Planning and Policy Council (SPPC).

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Pediatric acute care use by ZIP code

Jun. 7, 2022—Children with complex chronic conditions who live in low opportunity areas utilize more acute care and could benefit from hospital- and community-based interventions aimed at equitably improving child health outcomes.

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Tracking the aging brain

Jun. 6, 2022—The macrostructure — volume, area and length — of the brain’s white matter is useful for studying aging and could be a sensitive marker for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Vanderbilt researchers reported.

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The Office of Health Equity is celebrating ‘Community Health Improvement Week’ — here’s why

Jun. 6, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Health Equity is spotlighting community partnerships around the region to bolster well-being as part of the national Community Health Improvement Week, led by the American Hospital Association and AHA Community Health Improvement.

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Food allergy linked to lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection

Jun. 3, 2022—  by Nancy Humphrey People with food allergies are surprisingly less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, than people without them, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and co-led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, has found. In addition, the Human Epidemiology and Response...

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Sex & race & door-to-ECG time

Jun. 2, 2022—More than a third of patients presenting at the emergency department with a suspected heart attack have a “delayed” ECG measure of heart function, with Black patients, females and non-English speakers more likely to experience delays.

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Bacterial battle in 3D

Jun. 2, 2022—Using imaging mass spectrometry and microscopy, Vanderbilt researchers visualized how staph bacteria modifies lipids in its membrane to evade immune system-mediated killing.

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