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2009-11-25 15:20:47

A drug used to treat colorectal cancer also can reverse a rare stomach disorder and should be considered first-line therapy for the disease, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center report this week. M©n©trier's disease causes thickening of the stomach lining, severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as anemia and swelling in the feet and ankles due to protein loss. Patients are at increased risk for gastric cancer. Previously, the only effective treatment was...

2009-10-12 16:53:19

A multi-national research team has discovered that two genetic factors converge to increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. The investigators "“ from the United States, Italy and South Africa "“ report in the journal Circulation that variations in the gene NOS1AP increase the risk of cardiac symptoms and sudden death in patients who have an inherited cardiac disease called congenital long-QT syndrome. The findings will help in assessing the risk of sudden death "“ and...

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2009-07-01 05:30:00

A new report shows that kidney transplant patients have a weaker response to flu vaccines than healthy individuals, especially in the first six months after receiving a transplant. Kelly A. Birdwell of Vanderbilt University Medical Center noted that transplant patients are known to be at an increased risk for respiratory viral infections, which can be particularly harmful to people with suppressed immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges kidney transplant patients...

2009-05-20 07:10:04

Modifications could improve TB vaccine, offer platform for other vaccines A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators has cracked one of clinical medicine's enduring mysteries "“ what happened to the tuberculosis vaccine. The once-effective vaccine no longer prevents the bacterial lung infection that kills more than 1.7 million people worldwide each year. Their solution, reported in the journal PLoS ONE, could lead to an improved TB vaccine and also may offer a novel...

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2009-02-16 11:23:22

As most of the nation's hospitals deal with a shortage of nurses, some are taking steps to make sure new nurses don't become overwhelmed. According to one national study, about 1 in 5 new nurses quit their jobs during the first year. And the national nursing shortage is expected to continue its steady growth for many years. Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and an author of a book about the future of the nursing work force, said the national nursing shortage is...

2009-02-03 16:47:53

A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators has developed a group of chemical compounds that could represent a new class of drugs for treating cancer.The compounds are the first selective inhibitors of the protein phospholipase D (PLD), an enzyme that has been implicated in multiple human cancers including breast, renal, gastric and colorectal.The new inhibitors, reported in the February issue of Nature Chemical Biology, block the invasive migration of breast cancer cells,...

2009-01-27 16:36:26

Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have found a surprising link between brain iron levels and serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in neuropsychiatric conditions ranging from autism to major depression. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, the study by Randy Blakely, Ph.D., and colleagues also demonstrates the utility of a powerful in silico approach for discovering novel traits linked to subtle genetic variation. The serotonin...

2008-10-31 12:00:32

InteRNA Technologies and VU university medical center in Amsterdam have signed a framework research agreement to develop microRNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer using InteRNA's proprietary library of miRNAs. Under the research collaboration, InteRNA will apply its unique lentiviral-based miRNA overexpression library in multi-parametric, high-throughput screening assays to identify the biological role of individual miRNAs and novel therapeutic targets in leukemia, colon,...

2008-10-30 09:00:41

BILTHOVEN and AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, October 30 /PRNewswire/ -- InteRNA Technologies B.V. and VU university medical center in Amsterdam, VUmc, announce today the signing of a framework research agreement to develop microRNA (miRNA)-based diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer using InteRNA's proprietary library of miRNAs. Under the research collaboration, InteRNA will apply its unique lentiviral-based miRNA overexpression library in multi-parametric, high-throughput screening assays...

2008-09-05 09:00:09

Sprint plans to increase wireless connectivity at the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center by upgrading the university's existing communication system, including additional network coverage on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and the Nextel National Network covering eight buildings on the campus. In 2004, Sprint installed an in-building system throughout the medical center at the university, including four CDMA and two iDEN towers on campus, a Sprint retail location on-site, and an...


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  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
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The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).
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