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Grant aids search for Restless Legs Syndrome treatment

Apr. 3, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been selected as one of three sites to share a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the potential therapeutic properties of manganese, a chemical element and biologically essential trace mineral, in treating Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

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Clinic helps patients cope with Huntington’s disease

Nov. 21, 2013—Melissa Darnall could easily look around her family reunions and pick out who had Huntington’s disease (HD). The genetic disorder had affected four of her five aunts and uncles and her father, and the balance problems and shakiness typical of HD were readily apparent in those siblings.

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Teleneurology services coming to Williamson Medical Center

Oct. 24, 2013—Neurologists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and patient care teams 18 miles away at Williamson Medical Center (WMC) will take advantage of network technology to provide remote neurological patient examinations on an urgent basis.

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Early cell death in MS

Oct. 2, 2013—Death of oligodendrocytes, the cells that make myelin, appears to be an early event in the development of multiple sclerosis.

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Cervical dystonia patients find answers, treatment at VUMC

Sep. 5, 2013—Seven years ago Tammy Frazier noticed an odd tremor in her neck. It wasn’t painful but was very noticeable, with her head almost constantly shaking back and forth. Her primary care provider referred her to a neurologist and Frazier was immediately diagnosed with cervical dystonia. Frazier says she was lucky to have an answer so...

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Oxidative stress in autism

Aug. 14, 2013—A biomarker for oxidative stress is elevated in patients with both autism spectrum disorder and gastrointestinal dysfunction, suggesting opportunities for individualized approaches to clinical care.

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Case study explores stroke, meningitis link

Aug. 1, 2013—A case series by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center examines three patients transferred here with ischemic stroke who later received a diagnosis of fungal meningitis attributed to tainted injections for low back pain, part of a multi-state outbreak.

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Model for MADD mitochondrial disease

Jul. 11, 2013—A zebrafish model of a severe mitochondrial disease will be useful for developing new therapeutic approaches.

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Vanderbilt study indicates fatigue and loss of sleep take predictable toll on baseball players over season

Jun. 4, 2013—Strike zone judgment grows worse over the course of a Major League Baseball season in a predictable way, possibly due to the effect of grueling travel schedules, disrupted sleep patterns and fatigue, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center sleep researcher has found.

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Team effort to tackle girl’s rare spinal condition

Feb. 28, 2013—Lena Caragherghi lets out a sharp “Ow!” as a physical therapist tests the flexibility of her ankles. “You’re going to break my legs!” the 15-year-old exclaims with a giggle.

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New Neurology residency program director brings global perspective

Dec. 13, 2012—After a decade of growth in the Department of Neurology’s residency program, Heather Koons, M.D., is stepping into the role of program director and brings a uniquely international perspective.

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Parkinson’s therapy may impact language

Sep. 7, 2012—Deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson’s disease may impair some aspects of language processing, a recent study suggests.

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