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Reporter Oct 3 2014

Low-dose aspirin’s protective effect in cancer explained

Oct. 2, 2014—For years, scientists have known that regular aspirin use may reduce the risk of cancer.

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Traditional healers contribute to HIV care delays: study

Oct. 2, 2014—If you’re a native of rural Mozambique who contracts HIV and becomes symptomatic, before seeking clinical testing and treatment, you’ll likely consult a traditional healer.

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Team spots key regulator for cholesterol production

Oct. 2, 2014—A Vanderbilt University-led research team has discovered a “master regulator” for cholesterol production and transport in the liver — a tiny piece of RNA called microRNA-223.

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VUSM’s history of diversity efforts commemorated

Oct. 2, 2014—It has been nearly 50 years since the first black student entered Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM), and Vanderbilt has come a long way since then.

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Program focuses on heart health of cancer patients

Oct. 2, 2014—The Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology program has fostered a special collaborative relationship combining the expertise of cardiologists and oncologists to understand the effects of cancer therapy on the heart. This type of collaboration is now helping to define the cardiovascular health of more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States.

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Campaign seeks to bolster biosafety practices

Oct. 2, 2014—Recent lapses in the handling of highly toxic and pathogenic materials at several federal laboratories have prompted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to announce a new biosafety stewardship initiative.

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Photo: Strong Support

Oct. 2, 2014—Numerous Emergency Medicine residents, physicians and staff shaved their heads in support of second-year EM resident Ryan Fritz, M.D., MBA, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Fritz was diagnosed earlier this year and underwent surgery, but routine testing later revealed the cancer had spread, thus warranting further treatment.

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American Board of Urology honors VU’s Dmochowski

Oct. 2, 2014—Roger Dmochowski, M.D., MMHC, professor of Urology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt, has been elected a trustee to the American Board of Urology for a six-year term.

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Trivedi to serve on AHA psychiatry council

Oct. 2, 2014—Harsh Trivedi, M.D., MBA, associate professor of Psychiatry, vice chair for Clinical Affairs for Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychiatry, and executive director and chief medical officer of Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, has been selected to serve on the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council on Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.

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Dietetics academy lauds Facemire’s accomplishments

Oct. 2, 2014—Cynthia Facemire, MMCH, R.D., LDN, administrative director of Vanderbilt University Hospital Expansion and Transition, has been named to receive the Medallion Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the organization’s upcoming Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta.

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Photo: Ethics exploration

Oct. 2, 2014—Bernard Lo, M.D., director emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke on issues surrounding end-of-life decisions at his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Exhibit explores link between “Potter” magic and medicine

Oct. 2, 2014—A traveling exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” debuted this week in the History of Medicine Room at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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