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Reporter Oct 11 2013

Relaxin combats insulin resistance

Oct. 16, 2013—The hormone relaxin may offer a novel approach for treating diet-induced insulin resistance.

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Magnesium impacts vitamin D status

Oct. 14, 2013—Magnesium and vitamin D appear to work together to reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

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New target for stopping inflammation

Oct. 11, 2013—Importin alpha 5, a member of a family of proteins that “shuttle” other proteins into the nucleus, is a potential new target for drugs to treat inflammatory diseases.

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Clinical and translational research highlighted at retreat

Oct. 10, 2013—Kathleen Neuzil, M.D., MPH, known internationally for her efforts to expand vaccine access and delivery around the world, credited her Vanderbilt University mentors last week for guiding her to a career path that allowed her to “make a difference.”

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Discovery Lecturer makes case for stronger science

Oct. 10, 2013—The occasional failings of science tend to draw big headlines — findings that can’t be replicated or increasing numbers of papers that are retracted because studies were improperly or even fraudulently conducted.

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Rae seeks to enhance outcomes for burn patients

Oct. 10, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care is expanding its specialized burn faculty with the appointment of Lisa Rae, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery.

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Effort focuses on mental health of young athletes

Oct. 10, 2013—The rate of mental illness is more than twice as high for those ages 18-25 than those 50 and older, and participating in college athletics can add even more mental pressures for young adults.

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Photo: Disney on Ice

Oct. 10, 2013—Characters from “Disney on Ice” stopped by last week to visit with patients and families at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Talbot lands epidemiology award

Oct. 10, 2013—Thomas Talbot, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Medicine and Chief Hospital Epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, received the 2013 Investigator Award from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) at the organization’s Annual Scientific Meeting last week in San Francisco.

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Student attends White House briefing on mental health initiatives

Oct. 10, 2013—Pratik Talati, a student in the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program, recently attended a White House Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Briefing on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. He and a student from another institution were invited to learn about the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent suicide and to address mental health issues within the AAPI community.

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Concert highlights upcoming cancer survivorship celebration

Oct. 10, 2013—There are nearly 13 million cancer survivors in the United States thanks to intensive cancer research, improved treatments and cancer support programs. In celebration of cancer survivors and those patients who have passed away from the disease, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, in partnership with Gilda’s Club Nashville, will host the 2013 Cancer Survivorship Celebration.

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Student’s neurosurgical fellowship spurs research

Oct. 10, 2013—Travis Ladner, a third-year student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been selected for a 2013 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) student fellowship award. The award is presented to a medical student every year from a national pool of applicants.

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