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Plant compound quells inflammation

Apr. 6, 2012—Berberine, an herbal remedy for diarrhea and intestinal parasites, may be an effective treatment for gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases.

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Gut germs govern growth

Apr. 6, 2012—Treating H. pylori infection in children may help their growth rebound, a recent study suggests.

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Vanderbilt researchers find rise in teen hearing loss; offer headphone safety tips

Mar. 28, 2012—According to a Vanderbilt-led study published in Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing loss is now affecting 20 percent of U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 19, which is a 5 percent increase over the past 15 years.

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Smoking stokes cells’ cancer capacity

Mar. 23, 2012—Cellular pathways altered by chronic exposure to cigarette smoke may reveal new biomarkers to assess smoking-induced lung cancer risk.

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Obesity turns “good” cholesterol bad

Mar. 21, 2012—Studies offer new insights into how obesity impairs the function of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

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iPOND method goes fishing for proteins

Mar. 19, 2012—A new tool will allow researchers to identify proteins involved in DNA replication and damage repair, processes that go awry in cancer.

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Colon cancer’s cellular crossroads

Mar. 16, 2012—New information about signaling pathways involved in colorectal cancer could aid in assessing prognosis and identifying new therapeutic targets for the disease.

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Urine biomarker for colon cancer?

Mar. 10, 2012—A molecule detectable in urine may be helpful in diagnosing colon cancer.

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Combo combats dizziness

Mar. 9, 2012—Some patients may need a combo of medications to combat a condition that causes dizziness.

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Shyness study examines how brain adapts to stimuli

Mar. 9, 2012—Shyness may be caused by deficits in the brain.

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Reversing lipid woes in cystic fibrosis

Mar. 3, 2012—Abnormal levels of fatty acids in the blood and tissues of patients with cystic fibrosis may be reversed by supplementation with the fatty acids DHA and EPA.

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‘Detangler’ binds, bends and cuts DNA

Mar. 2, 2012—New details on the DNA-cutting activity of topoisomerase II, a target of anti-cancer drugs, could lead to better chemotherapeutic agents.

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