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Epidemiology Archives

Vitamin D activation and cancer risk

Jan. 7, 2021—Vitamin D protection against colon cancer varies according to parathyroid hormone response, particularly among women.

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Breast cancer treatment in older women

Nov. 12, 2020—A new study from Vanderbilt epidemiologists suggests that it’s time to reconsider clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer in older women.

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New markers of colorectal cancer risk

Oct. 29, 2020—Vanderbilt epidemiologists identified new markers for colorectal cancer risk and characterized a previously unidentified tumor suppressor that regulates overall tumor volume in vivo.

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New predictors of prostate cancer risk

Sep. 17, 2020—An international group of researchers including Vanderbilt epidemiologists has identified new DNA methylation biomarkers associated with prostate cancer risk.

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Possible key to COVID-19 infectivity

Sep. 7, 2020—New findings demonstrate how genetic variations in the receptor that binds SARS-CoV-2 impact virus recognition and infectivity and offer insights to COVID-19 susceptibility and treatment.

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Appendix cancer survival in young patients varies by race: study

Aug. 6, 2020—The first study of appendiceal cancer patterns and survival by race/ethnicity among patients younger than 50 in the U.S. showed survival disparities.

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About half of health care workers positive for COVID-19 by serology have no symptoms

Jul. 9, 2020—The IVY Research Network has completed initial studies evaluating the epidemiology of COVID-19 in health care workers and patients.

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Questions and answers on epidemiology of COVID-19

Mar. 26, 2020—Though he specializes in chronic disease, epidemiologist Qi Dai, MD, PhD, professor of Medicine, has been closely following the international scientific literature on SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

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Meat intake and colorectal polyps

Mar. 9, 2020—Red and processed meat intakes are strongly associated with increased risk of sessile serrated polyps, which are not as well studied as conventional adenomas.

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HDL-cholesterol and breast cancer risk

Jan. 23, 2020—Genetic analyses suggest that high circulating HDL-cholesterol levels may increase breast cancer risk — a surprising finding since increased HDL-cholesterol is thought to be healthy.

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Potential prostate cancer biomarkers

Sep. 19, 2019—An analysis of more than 140,000 people of European ancestry has identified blood protein biomarkers associated with prostate cancer risk.

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Cancer susceptibility genes

Aug. 26, 2019—Gene variants associated with cancer risk appear to contribute to carcinogenesis by regulating target genes that in turn promote the generation of mutations.

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