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Using Patients’ Allergy History as Screening Tool for mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Works Well: Study

Jul. 27, 2021—A report of more than 23,000 health care workers and employees at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine shows that a risk stratification screening mechanism for potential allergies to the vaccine worked exceedingly well as the vaccine program rolled out in December 2020.

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Allergic reaction to first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should not keep people from getting the second dose: study

Jul. 26, 2021—An immediate allergic reaction to the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine — those manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech — should not keep people from getting the second dose, a multi-hospital analysis shows.

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Team studies new use for pulmonary hypertension drug

Mar. 25, 2021—An FDA-approved medication enhances the function of T regulatory cells (Treg), a class of immune cells that restrains the immune response, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered.

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Genes spell penicillin allergy risk

Oct. 1, 2020—Studies using large DNA biobanks revealed genetic variants associated with penicillin allergy, the most common type of drug-induced allergic reaction.

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A new regulator of B cell development

Oct. 8, 2019—New findings establish a role for the pro-inflammatory molecule IL-33 in the early development of antibody-producing B cells.

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Destructive ‘telegrams’ in asthma

Jan. 31, 2019—Vanderbilt investigators have discovered that certain microRNAs — "telegram"-like signals — increase after the induction of allergic airway inflammation.

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Link between immune system, disease explored

Sep. 6, 2018—The first Flexner Discovery Lecture of the academic year featured presentations by two Vanderbilt faculty members.

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Connecting an asthma gene to leukemia

Aug. 2, 2018—A receptor previously implicated in asthma may also play roles in other allergic diseases and in leukemia, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Team explores diabetes drug’s ability to treat RSV infection

Jul. 12, 2018—A drug used to treat diabetes may point to new therapies for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis — inflammation and obstruction of the lungs’ small airways. A multi-disciplinary team of Vanderbilt investigators has demonstrated that liraglutide reduces the inflammatory response to RSV infection in a mouse model of the disease.

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Asthma study may point to potential new therapeutic approach

Jan. 4, 2018—New findings from Vanderbilt suggest that blocking the migration of cells involved in asthma may represent a new approach for treating the respiratory condition.

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My Southern Health: Spring allergies may be worse in the South

Feb. 28, 2017—Hay fever can pose more of a challenge in Southern cities. Here’s why and what to do about it.

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Gene influences allergies in asthma

Nov. 24, 2014—A particular gene is associated with a specific type of inflammatory response in people with asthma – a finding that could suggest new therapeutic targets for treating asthma.

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