Reporter Jan 9 2015
Inner ear keeps bones strong
Jan. 14, 2015—Alterations of the vestibular system - the part of our inner ear that controls balance - may contribute to bone loss related to both aging and space travel.
Cognitive changes in ‘standing’ syndrome
Jan. 13, 2015—Patients with orthostatic intolerance – problems when standing – have cognitive changes, even when seated, compared to healthy individuals.
Does fish oil help prevent A-fib?
Jan. 9, 2015—Growing evidence suggests that fish oil, thought to directly prevent inflammation, oxidative stress and heart disease, may have limited clinical utility.
Cotton recalled as devoted teacher, mentor, scientist
Jan. 8, 2015—Robert B. Cotton Jr., M.D., professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and former longtime director of the Division of Neonatology, died Friday, Jan. 2. He was 74.
Study tracks combination therapy to treat melanoma
Jan. 8, 2015—Melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer, with high mortality rates. While new drugs have been approved to treat the disease, patients nearly always develop resistance to the therapies and the cancer advances.
Flu surveillance study tracks pediatric vaccination rates
Jan. 8, 2015—A study appearing in the January edition of Pediatrics, led by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, looks at how Nashville children ages 6 months through 5 years fared over 11 consecutive flu seasons concluding in 2010-11.
Krause named Children’s Hospital chief nursing officer
Jan. 8, 2015—Kathie Krause, MSN, R.N., has been named chief nursing officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Curcumin’s ability to fight Alzheimer’s studied
Jan. 8, 2015—One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease.
Patient education materials linked to electronic health record
Jan. 8, 2015—In recent months Vanderbilt University Medical Center has begun delivering patient education materials to patients and their care teams using a technology called Infobutton.
Integrin discovery may lead to better lung treatments
Jan. 8, 2015—Vanderbilt University researchers have made an important advance in understanding lung development, which one day could lead to improvements in treating lung disease in premature infants and adults.
Vanderbilt trainee on the front line of Ebola outbreak
Jan. 8, 2015—Rachel Idowu, M.D., MPH, spent five weeks in Africa last summer assisting the Ebola outbreak response in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital and most populous city.
Enzyme affects tumor metastasis
Jan. 8, 2015—A protein that degrades the “matrix” between cells participates in the development of lung metastases from primary breast cancer in mouse models and may be a good target for breast cancer treatment.