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Reporter Oct 1 2021

Breaking bad with Huntington’s disease

Oct. 5, 2021—Illegal activities are a significant clinical problem in individuals with Huntington’s disease, highlighting the need for improved screening measures and protocols to guide patient management.

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Neurologic complications of the flu

Oct. 4, 2021—Neurologic complications are common in children hospitalized with influenza, especially those with chronic neurologic conditions, and are associated with worse outcomes.

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Policy formalizes role and use of medical chaperones during patient encounters

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is implementing a new policy which standardizes and expands the role of a medical chaperone, an individual who serves as a witness for both a patient and their clinician during a sensitive medical examination or procedure.

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Molecular imaging of C. diff infection

Sep. 30, 2021—C. difficile — the leading cause of hospital-associated intestinal infections — induces a rapid influx of bile acids into the gut, which could provide a novel target for blocking infection.

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Fibroids and preterm birth

Sep. 30, 2021—In a large, prospective study, Vanderbilt researchers found no association between fibroids and any clinical subtype of preterm birth, supporting a reconsideration of the impression that fibroids increase preterm birth risk.

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House staff education includes focus on health equity

Sep. 30, 2021—This summer’s annual orientation for new interns, residents and fellows included a bold new discussion about the history of racism in Nashville and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as well as topics on health equity and anti-racism in medical practice.

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Project seeks to treat Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome

Sep. 30, 2021—A joint project between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine will help deliver Alzheimer’s disease therapies and treatments to people with Down syndrome (DS). 

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Noted clinician, educator Lefkowitz mourned

Sep. 30, 2021—Lewis Lefkowitz, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, emeritus, whose dedication to health equity and underserved communities helped thousands of patients and influenced generations of Vanderbilt medical students, died Sept. 26. He was 90.

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AI predicts next-day delirium or coma in ICU patients

Sep. 30, 2021—A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center used machine learning to predict the likelihood of next-day brain function status changes in critical care patients.

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Project seeks to make zoos more autism-friendly

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt is collaborating with Oregon State University and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to support the Modeling Zoos and Aquariums as Inclusive Communities of Science (MoZAICS) project.

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VUMC’s Wallace elected president of laboratory animal care organization

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt's Jeanne Wallace, DVM, has been elected vice president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine for a three-year term.

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Study shows how a protein coding gene confers breast cancer susceptibility during DNA transcription

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center research is providing new insights into how genetic variants convey breast cancer susceptibility by altering the transcription factor proteins that convert DNA strands into RNA.

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