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Preserving NIH’s Fogarty International Center crucial for global health efforts

May. 26, 2017—This week Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, joined a growing chorus calling for preservation of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Social risk factors influence outcomes, Medicare payment

Feb. 8, 2017—Social risk factors including income, education and ethnic background influence health outcomes and should be taken into account in Medicare payment models, according to a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” titled “Social Risk Factors and Equity in Medicare Payment.”

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Study finds smaller insurers earning profits in new market

Feb. 2, 2017—The researchers examine whether the financial struggles of some major insurers under the Affordable Care Act reflect a policy failure or a mismatch of these firms’ capabilities and strategies to a newly created market.

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Automation speeds clinical safety surveillance: study

Jan. 26, 2017—Using patient outcomes data from approximately 1,800 hospitals, the largest demonstration to date of automated safety surveillance of a medical device is reported in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

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Study details rare heart risk of certain cancer therapies

Nov. 3, 2016—Combination therapy using two approved immunotherapy drugs for cancer treatment may cause rare and sometimes fatal cardiac side effects linked to an unexpected immune response. In a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators and published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers describe two cases of...

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Emerging field of cardio-oncology seeks better tools

Oct. 27, 2016—Improved therapies have led to a spike in the number of people living with cancer, and today there are more than 15.5 million survivors in the United States. However, some of these therapies can cause toxicities to the heart, the vessels and the body’s metabolism.

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Reduced-nicotine cigarettes decreased dependence and frequency of smoking: NEJM study

Sep. 30, 2015—Reduced-nicotine cigarettes were beneficial in reducing nicotine exposure and dependence, and also the number of cigarettes smoked per day, when compared with standard-nicotine cigarettes in a six-week study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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New type of trial shows promise for several cancers

Aug. 20, 2015—Anti-cancer drugs are typically tested on one type of cancer at a time. But an international consortium of cancer investigators, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) researchers, simultaneously tested an existing therapy in patients with several different forms of cancer that all exhibit the same tumor gene mutation.

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New targeted therapy shows promise for rare joint tumor

Aug. 6, 2015—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators and colleagues at several major medical centers have been testing a new targeted therapy that is showing promise for the treatment of a rare tumor that forms in and around joint cavities.

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Respiratory viruses are main childhood pneumonia culprit: Study

Feb. 26, 2015—Respiratory viruses, not bacterial infections, are the most commonly detected causes of community-acquired pneumonia in children, according to new research released Feb. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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New drugs approved to fight idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Jan. 15, 2015—The Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center played a key role in testing the first two drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

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Transfusions ease strokes for children with sickle cell

Aug. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt-led research found regular blood transfusion therapy significantly reduces the recurrence of strokes in children with sickle cell anemia who have previously had "silent" strokes.

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