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Federally funded studies into treatment for chronic conditions overlook efficacy in adults with autism, analysis finds

Jan. 13, 2023—Physical health disparity conditions in autistic adults have not been the focus of any research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the last four decades, an analysis of a federal database found.

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Researchers develop framework for multiancestry genomic studies

Dec. 8, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a framework for the analysis of multiancestry, large-scale genomic studies across multiple biobanks.

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Genotype-specific blood counts

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers report genotype-specific reference ranges to improve interpretation of laboratory blood results in African Americans with a common gene variant that lowers white blood cell counts.

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VUMC, Harvard Medical School named to join AMAF consortium to address LGBTQ+ health disparities

Aug. 2, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Harvard Medical School will participate in the American Medical Association Foundation National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program consortium of institutions.

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Black patients with cancer face worse COVID outcomes: study

Mar. 31, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have found that Black patients with cancer experienced significantly worse outcomes after COVID-19 diagnosis than non-Hispanic white cancer patients.

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Diet and colorectal cancer risk

Feb. 14, 2022—Higher dietary intake of antioxidant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, teas and spices was associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer, and intake was lower among Black participants, potentially contributing to colorectal cancer health disparities.

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NIH grant to address chronic diseases that affect populations with health disparities

Jan. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are the recipients of a $12.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to jointly develop the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities.

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NIH grant to address chronic diseases that affect populations with health disparities

Jan. 13, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to jointly develop the Southeast Collaborative for Innovative and Equitable Solutions to Chronic Disease Disparities.

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Reid receives NRG Oncology early-stage investigator award

Oct. 28, 2021—Vanderbilt's Sonya Reid, MD, MPH, is a recipient of an NRG Oncology Underserved Minority Scholars Award.

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Structural variants in breast cancer risk genes

Sep. 16, 2021—Vanderbilt epidemiologists conducted in-depth whole genome sequencing of breast cancer risk genes in Black women, who die at higher rates and have more aggressive disease, to discover mutations that may improve testing and treatment selection.

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Influenza network sizes up COVID

Jul. 22, 2021—Hospital data from a CDC network that monitors influenza revealed that adults hospitalized for COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic were 20x more likely to die compared to hospitalized influenza patients.

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Gene variant linked to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in African Americans

Jun. 28, 2021—A gene variant that lowers white blood cell levels and is common in individuals with African ancestry contributes to unnecessary bone marrow biopsies, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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