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Breast cancer risk variants identified for women of African ancestry

A study led by researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center sheds light on some of the genetic variants that make breast cancer more deadly for women of African ancestry and significantly reduces the disparity in knowledge for assessing their genomic risk factors.

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Poverty tops smoking as a major death risk: study

A Vanderbilt study found that Black and white people who earned less than $15,000 a year died, on average, more than 10 years earlier than those whose annual income exceeded $50,000.

Discovery Lecturer Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, is an internationally known advocate for equity and justice in medicine and public health. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Discovery lecturer examines race and racism in health care

At her recent Discovery Lecture, Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, described the deeply flawed yet lingering concept in American medicine that ascribes racial disparities in health status to inherent biological differences, rather than to environmental and sociological factors.

Study examines social factors and cardiovascular disease risk

Eight social factors were among the top 15 markers of cardiovascular disease risk and could help guide community prevention efforts, according to a new study using machine learning algorithms.

VUMC initiative to address social drivers of health

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a federal grant to incorporate social drivers of health into adult primary care with the aim of improving outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Kidney disease gene also has a protective mutation

African Americans have long been known to be at increased risk of kidney disease due to a dangerous genetic mutation that creates a hole in the kidney cells, but Vanderbilt researchers have now discovered a protective genetic mutation that covers the hole to eliminate the risk.

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