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Reporter May 1 2015

Neurofibromin fine-tunes bone growth

May. 6, 2015—The protein neurofibromin acts as a brake in a signaling pathway that is important in bone development, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Kids more likely to react to blood transfusions

May. 4, 2015—Pediatric patients have a significantly higher incidence of transfusion reactions compared to adults, according to a study by Vanderbilt University researchers.

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New player in neuronal communication

May. 1, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a novel mechanism for the development of dendritic spines – sites of nerve cell communication.

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RNA defects in multiple sclerosis

Apr. 30, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that profound defects exist in the integrity of structural RNA molecules in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.

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Study links post-acute care costs with lower survival rates

Apr. 30, 2015—A nationwide study, “Uncovering Waste in U.S. Healthcare,” from authors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, finds that spending on post-acute care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provides a key signal of inefficiency in the health care system, leading to higher spending and lower patient survival.

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Study team uses metabolomics to study longevity

Apr. 30, 2015—The keys to longevity have been a source of curiosity and the basis of many research studies for years, yet the mechanisms underlying a person’s ability to live a long life are still not fully understood.

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Lane named vice president for Population Health Management

Apr. 30, 2015—Nancy Lane, Ph.D., has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as senior vice president for Population Health Management.

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VICC cancer research efforts in spotlight at AACR conference

Apr. 30, 2015—Adding an investigational drug to an already approved estrogen blocking therapy appears to be safe and provided clinical benefit for some postmenopausal women with estrogen-positive breast cancer.

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Photo: Nashville Sounds visit

Apr. 30, 2015—Members of the Nashville Sounds baseball team recently visited with patients and families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

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Speaker explores nurse practitioners’ role in health reform

Apr. 30, 2015—Patients should have full and direct access to the health provider of their choice, according to Cindy Cooke, DNP, president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), who recently spoke to faculty, students and members of the community at Vanderbilt University School Nursing (VUSN).

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VUMC set to take part in community-wide disaster drill on May 2

Apr. 30, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will take part in a full-scale community disaster drill along with numerous emergency response and community agencies on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until noon.

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Nurse-Midwifery program lands high honor from ACNM

Apr. 30, 2015—Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program has received a Lifetime Golden Commendation from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) — one of only four educational programs in the country to achieve this recognition.

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