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Telerobotic system designed to treat bladder cancer

Apr. 2, 2013—An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities has designed a robotic microsurgery system specifically designed to treat bladder cancer, the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat.

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Cancer markers from archived tissue

Dec. 20, 2012—Archived tissue samples are yielding new disease biomarkers.

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Study finds obesity increases time in OR for lung surgery

Dec. 13, 2012—A new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators found that obese patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer spent more time in the operating room, adding to the nation’s health care bill.

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American Board of Thoracic Surgery honors two from VU

Nov. 15, 2012—The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has elected two Vanderbilt surgeons to its 17-member board of directors.

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Posters accepted until Dec. 1 for Surgery and Engineering Symposium

Nov. 14, 2012—The Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (VISE) and the Department of Surgery Research Collaborative will host the first Vanderbilt Surgery and Engineering Symposium from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Light Hall, Room 202. Reed Omary, professor and chair of radiology and radiological sciences, will present “Image-Guided Drug Delivery for Cancer.” The...

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Stomach bug alters tumor suppressor

Oct. 23, 2012—The stomach bug Helicobacter pylori increases forms of a protein that promote tumor development, perhaps explaining how it elevates risk for gastric cancer.

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International medicine, ethics focus of resident’s book

Sep. 27, 2012—Second-year General Surgery resident Anji Wall, M.D., Ph.D., hasn’t yet decided her surgical specialty, but she’s already written the book on ethics and international medicine, literally.

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Enzyme counters stomach acid attack

Sep. 11, 2012—Dysfunction or loss of an “antioxidant” enzyme may lead to higher risk for esophageal cancer in patients with gastric reflux disease.

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Obesity linked to kidney problems after heart surgery

Jul. 3, 2012—Obesity increases the risk of acute kidney injury following cardiac surgery, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Cost study shows timing crucial in appendectomies

Apr. 26, 2012—Removing a child’s ruptured appendix sooner rather than later significantly lowers hospital costs and charges, according to a recently published study.

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Smoking stokes cells’ cancer capacity

Mar. 23, 2012—Cellular pathways altered by chronic exposure to cigarette smoke may reveal new biomarkers to assess smoking-induced lung cancer risk.

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Colon cancer’s cellular crossroads

Mar. 16, 2012—New information about signaling pathways involved in colorectal cancer could aid in assessing prognosis and identifying new therapeutic targets for the disease.

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