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Photo: Leading the charge

Nov. 1, 2012—Eagle Scout Andy Mullenger, 17, saw a need and filled it.  After a friend’s mother was taken to a local emergency room, the family lost power to their phones and were unable to stay in touch with loved ones. Mullenger built a versatile phone charging station and donated it to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s...

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Patients’ genetic data helps hone warfarin dosing

Nov. 1, 2012—Warfarin dosing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center just got safer and more effective.

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Studies explore best ways to manage insomnia in autism

Nov. 1, 2012—Simply giving parents a pamphlet about sleep habits did not help their children with autism spectrum disorders get a better night’s sleep, but capturing best practices for an overarching approach to insomnia in autism may help health care providers identify and manage symptoms in these patients.

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Gratitude for mentoring leads to creation of new scholarship

Nov. 1, 2012—The spirit of mentorship and support shown to one potential medical student decades ago has come full circle in a bequest to establish a scholarship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Green tea found to reduce rate of some GI cancers

Oct. 31, 2012—Green tea may lower risk of some digestive cancers.

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Protein’s length, flexibility key to infection

Oct. 31, 2012—The structural architecture of the reovirus attachment protein is required for efficient reovirus infection of host cells.

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Vanderbilt burn doctors treat more patients during cold-weather months, urge caution with home heating

Oct. 30, 2012—With temperatures falling into the 30s this week, people across the mid-state will be turning up the heat to stay warm. But, as the temperature drops, the number of patients treated by the Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center typically increases due to unsafe heating methods that result in injury. Heating fires account for 36 percent of...

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Cancer research and education agreement announced between Baptist Memorial Health Care and Vanderbilt University

Oct. 29, 2012—Executives with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., and Vanderbilt University Medical Center today announced an academic affiliation agreement — paving the way for new clinical research and academic education opportunities that are designed to enhance cancer programs. The new affiliation establishes a framework for collaborative oncology initiatives between Baptist Cancer Center and...

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Take extra steps on Halloween to keep children safe, caution safety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Oct. 29, 2012—Halloween is an exciting time for parents and children, but it can also be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. Twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on other days, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. As children prepare for October’s fun-filled night of trick-or-treating, a few precautionary measures...

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Wiesner to lead new hereditary cancer program

Oct. 25, 2012—Georgia Wiesner, M.D., M.S., has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as professor of Medicine and director of the newly created Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program.

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Combined drug therapy may delay melanoma progression

Oct. 25, 2012—Combination therapy with two drugs delayed the development of treatment resistance in patients with metastatic melanoma that expresses a specific mutation in the BRAF gene.

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Hamm’s research honored by Dutch pharmacology society

Oct. 25, 2012—Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pharmacology, has won the 2012 Ariens Award from the Dutch Pharmacological Society.

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