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Reporter Oct. 24 2014

Key to prostate cancer resistance

Oct. 29, 2014—A combination of two types of therapy may be more effective in treating castration-resistant prostate cancer.

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Peptide quells “genomic storm”

Oct. 28, 2014—A cell-penetrating peptide developed at Vanderbilt blocks the signaling pathways that lead to lethal shock caused by bacterial infection.

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Immune cells’ role in hypertension

Oct. 24, 2014—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that certain immune cells contribute to the development of hypertension, suggesting novel targets for treating the disease.

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Vanderbilt continues Ebola virus preparations

Oct. 23, 2014—As the Ebola virus strengthens in West Africa and authorities work to prevent the virus from spreading in the United States, Vanderbilt University Medical Center continues its preparations to: safely treat patients with Ebola; educate the general public through the Tennessee Poison Center hotline; and ensure that faculty and staff who have recently traveled to...

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Updated CoachSmart app available now

Oct. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt’s CoachSmart app has been updated, and the new version is available for download in the iTunes store. The smartphone app for coaches puts an athletic trainer, personal assistant and meteorologist all in the palm of their hand. The iPhone app is the ultimate resource for coaches, offering real-time information on heat index and lightning...

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AAP honors Gregory’s efforts for concussion legislation in Tennessee

Oct. 23, 2014—The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognized Andrew Gregory, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with a Special Achievement Award for leadership in passing concussion-related legislation. Gregory and colleagues at Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center advocated for legislation establishing return to play guidelines and concussion training for...

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Photo: Starting point

Oct. 23, 2014—VUSN student Yvonne Carter checks the feet of a homeless client as part of last week’s Starting Point Health Event that provided free health screenings, flu shots, foot care, case management and information about housing opportunities to more than 150 members of Nashville’s homeless community.  More than 34 community agencies and organizations worked together to...

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Web storytelling study helps children cope with cancer

Oct. 23, 2014—The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has been awarded a $1.8 million grant by National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research. The four-year grant is in partnership with the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC), and will recruit children with advanced or relapsed cancer via Facebook and develop a Web-based tool so they can...

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ResearchMatch database includes sub-registry for rare sarcoidosis

Oct. 23, 2014—All ResearchMatch volunteers who self-report as having sarcoidosis will be prompted to answer additional questions to enhance the matching of volunteers with research teams who are studying this condition.

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Photo: Blessing of Hands

Oct. 23, 2014—Raye Nell Dyer, right, chaplain with the Department of Pastoral Care, performed the Blessing of the Hands ceremony with medical assistant Debbie Bowers Wednesday in the chapel at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. As part of pastoral care week, the 2-minute affirmation ritual focuses on the work of every Medical Center employee as...

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VUMC tapped for FDA drug and medical device monitoring

Oct. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among a handful of organizations engaged to provide expertise and data to the Sentinel System, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration program designed to monitor the safety of drugs and medical devices that have reached market. Sentinel uses electronic health records and health care billing data to examine how patients...

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Perioperative nursing association honors Wyatt

Oct. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt University Hospital’s David Wyatt, MPH, R.N., is set to receive the highest individual honor in perioperative nursing. Wyatt will receive the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 2015 award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing at the organization’s national conference in March in Denver. Wyatt is the interim associate hospital director and associate chief nursing...

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