PLOS ONE (journal)

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.

Study highlights consequences of chronic benzodiazepine use

The lived experience of colleagues who took benzodiazepines and experienced distressing effects inspired a recent study that found the depressant is linked to nervous system injury and negative life effects during and after use.

Female health care workers more likely to leave profession during pandemic: HERO registry study

Vanderbilt research finds that female health care workers were more likely to leave or intend to leave the profession compared to male health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study supports removing race from estimate of kidney function

An in-depth analysis by Vanderbilt investigators of published research studies supports removing race from the calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) — an assessment of kidney function.

Team members involved in the study include, from left, Melissa Hilmes, MD, Daniel Moore, MD, PhD, Alvin Powers, MD, Jon Williams, PhD, and Jack Virostko, PhD. (photo by Jessica Kimber)

Study proves standardized protocol can support reliable MRI use for multisite pancreatic research

Researchers with the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center led a multisite study which has demonstrated that, when controlled and standardized, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the pancreas is highly reproducible when using different MRI hardware and software at different geographic locations.

Imaging “biomarker” for Alzheimer’s disease progression

Changes in connectivity in the brain’s white matter may be a novel neuroimaging biomarker for assessing Alzheimer’s disease progression.

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