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New nano device detects immune system cell signaling

Sep. 3, 2008—Scientists have detected previously unnoticed chemical signals that individual cells in the immune system use to communicate with each other over short distances.

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Vanderbilt study suggests coffee may help alcoholics quit drinking

Jul. 22, 2008—Not all recovering alcoholics smoke cigarettes, but almost all of them drink coffee, according to a new Vanderbilt study suggesting that healthy consumatory behaviors could help addicts kick their habit.

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Southerners living in U.S. cancer belt; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers study causes of malignancy

Jul. 21, 2008—The South is known for many things: hot, steamy summers, iced tea laced with sugar and friendly people with a tendency to welcome strangers. But beneath the veneer of Southern hospitality and gracious living lurks a silent killer: cancer. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have their own name for the southern region of the United States: the "cancer belt."

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Vanderbilt ophthalmologists warn against summertime eye risks

Jul. 18, 2008—Summertime activities can be fun but they can also place your eyes at an increased risk for long-term damage from the sun, or perhaps worse.

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Surgeon who broke color barrier at Vanderbilt named Distinguished Alumnus

Jul. 15, 2008—Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., whose passionate advocacy for racial equality and diversity was shaped by his early exposure to the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders, has been named the university's 2008 Distinguished Alumnus. The Vanderbilt Alumni Association will honor Watkins, a noted cardiac surgeon, at an Oct. 22 dinner at the Student Life Center.

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$2.4 million NIH grant puts Children’s Hospital researcher at forefront of new direction in HIV research

Jun. 17, 2008—After recent efforts to develop a vaccine to protect against AIDS proved ineffective, the National Institutes of Health announced a change in research direction; and it\'s one that will involve the lab of James Crowe, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children\'s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Improving the business of health care

Jun. 17, 2008—There\'s more to great health care than medicine. While physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are experts at patient care, they often lack the business skills needed to be effective managers. The new Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care is a one-year degree program designed to arm clinical professionals with the business fundamentals and decision-making skills needed to successfully manage people, programs and processes.

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Swim season opens up safety concerns

May. 28, 2008—Memorial Day week is a time for medical experts to remind families to use extra caution with children swimming in area lakes and pools. From May through August, the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children\'s Hospital at Vanderbilt can expect to see dozens of children injured or killed in accidents involving the water.

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Vanderbilt neurosurgeons and neurologists host live surgical Webcast, 4 p.m. CST May 28

May. 27, 2008—Vanderbilt University Medical Center neurosurgeons and neurologists will be online live on Wednesday, May 28, hosting a one-hour Webcast to demonstrate a four-stage innovative technique used for deep brain stimulation (DBS).

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Country group Rascal Flatts honored for Children’s Hospital work

May. 20, 2008—Country music supergroup Rascal Flatts has been honored for their unflagging support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children\'s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The multiplatinum-selling band was presented with the Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Country Music and Home Depot during Sunday Night\'s 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

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Video: "Fixing Medicare: The Phony Crisis and the Real Crisis"

May. 13, 2008—Larry R. Churchill, the Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, discusses the reasons why Medicare is prone to crises and which reason we need to pay attention to, at the May 7 "Thinking Out of the Lunchbox."

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Video: Marino Autism Research Institute Scientific Symposium: "Environment and Autism Etiology"

Apr. 23, 2008—Watch videos from the April 22 Marino Autism Research Institute Scientific Symposium at Vanderbilt University. The purpose of the symposium was to provide researchers with a platform to discuss the role of environment in increasing autism risk and impact on the diversity of behavioral and medical symptoms.

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