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American Chemical Society honors VUMC’s Liebler

Aug. 15, 2013—Daniel Liebler, Ph.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, professor of Biochemistry, and director of the Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis, has been selected as one of 96 fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

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Center for Quality Aging forges community bonds

Aug. 15, 2013—The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is taking the “bench to bedside” concept of translational research out into the community, forming partnerships with assisted living facilities to examine how evidence can be put into action to improve the care of elders.

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Researchers track neuron branching’s genetic control switch

Aug. 15, 2013—In an effort to understand how neurons develop different “architectures,” Vanderbilt developmental biologists have discovered a genetic switch that controls one type of neuron branching in the nematode worm.

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Glaucoma patients focus of Sousan’s sharing nature

Aug. 15, 2013—Suzanne Sousan is not afraid of much.

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Daily briefing keeps Children’s Hospital operating smoothly

Aug. 15, 2013—Every day at precisely 1:35 p.m., the conference room in Suite 2410 at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt becomes the central hub of activity.

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Patient satisfaction awards honor providers, teams

Aug. 15, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center providers and teams with exceptional patient satisfaction scores have won 14 Top Performer Awards and 273 5-Star Awards in the 2013 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, sponsored by Professional Research Consultants Inc., Vanderbilt's patient satisfaction surveyor.

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Oxidative stress in autism

Aug. 14, 2013—A biomarker for oxidative stress is elevated in patients with both autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal dysfunction, suggesting opportunities for individualized approaches to clinical care.

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VUMC concussion expert says ‘When in doubt, sit them out’

Aug. 13, 2013—As sports practices have resumed for the fall, physicians at the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center (VSCC) are already treating young athletes with concussions. They urge coaches and parents to know the warning signs of a concussion and not let athletes return to play until they have been cleared by a health care professional. “It is...

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Noninvasive test detects stomach bug

Aug. 12, 2013—A noninvasive test can be used to identify the presence of Helicobacter pylori and evaluate its virulence, which will be useful in areas with high rates of H. pylori-associated gastric cancer.

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Rounds: A message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Aug. 9, 2013—Dear Colleagues, As we move forward with our cost reduction efforts throughout the Medical Center, I pledged to provide timely and substantive updates. In this message, I will summarize the status of our strategic change initiative Evolve to Excel (E2E). I will also answer questions that have come from our own people throughout VUMC, as...

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‘Yo-yo dieting’ inflames fat tissue

Aug. 9, 2013—Gaining and losing weight during “yo-yo dieting” may contribute to an exaggerated immune response in fat tissue that increases metabolic dysfunction more than steady weight gain alone.

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Advisory council brought up to speed on E2E

Aug. 8, 2013—The way David Posch, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics, described the health care industry’s current landscape to members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the group’s August meeting Tuesday night was by quoting the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities” — “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

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