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International medicine, ethics focus of resident’s book

Sep. 27, 2012—Second-year General Surgery resident Anji Wall, M.D., Ph.D., hasn’t yet decided her surgical specialty, but she’s already written the book on ethics and international medicine, literally.

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Photo: Lung Cancer Partnership

Sep. 27, 2012—Caroline Nebhan, right, a fourth-year student in the M.D./Ph.D. training program, explains a cancer research experiment to advocates from the National Lung Cancer Partnership who toured Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center during their recent meeting in Nashville. Nebhan, who works in the research laboratory of William Pao, M.D., Ph.D., is studying the effects of a specific cancer...

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Young athlete’s case illustrates concussion’s lingering effects

Sep. 27, 2012—Cannon County High School basketball player Rebekah Faulkner doesn’t remember much about colliding with a rival player during a training camp game early this summer.

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VUH debuts new unit dedicated to palliative care

Sep. 27, 2012—When Mohana Karlekar, M.D., talks with patient families, she almost always asks what they know about palliative care, and the answer is almost always the same — “Not much.”

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AAMC meet highlights need for research funds

Sep. 27, 2012—During a meeting in Nashville last week, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called on academic medical centers to make the case for continued, strong federal investment in biomedical research.

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Biostatistics Clinics help investigators hone studies

Sep. 27, 2012—Amory Cox, a Pharmacy Practice resident, is making her second visit to the Biostatistics Clinic, a free, 75- minute research help session offered daily by the Department of Biostatistics.

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Target acquired for aggressive tumor

Sep. 27, 2012—New therapeutic target for angiosarcoma – an aggressive, highly fatal tumor of the blood vessels – identified.

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LifeFlight goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Sep. 26, 2012—Vanderbilt LifeFlight is going pink during October to show its support for breast cancer awareness. LifeFlight medical crews will wear a special pink name badge on their flight suits and other staff will wear pink golf shirts.

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Cell entry ports for cold virus

Sep. 25, 2012—The respiratory virus HMPV uses its fusion (F) protein – which interacts with cellular receptors called integrins – to bind to and enter target cells.

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Little evidence supports medical treatment options for adolescents with autism

Sep. 24, 2012—Despite studies that show that many adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders are being prescribed medications, there is almost no evidence to show whether these medications are helpful in this population.

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VU, Bristol-Myers to collaborate on Parkinson’s therapies

Sep. 21, 2012—Vanderbilt University and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies acting on the mGluR4 glutamate receptor, known as positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

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HER2 may impact lung cancer therapy

Sep. 21, 2012—A protein associated with aggressive breast cancers may also influence resistance of lung cancer to targeted therapies.

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