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2014-05-23 08:20:47

Author Peter Sills offers a Memorial Day reminder of how the U.S. government has repeatedly failed to take care of and support the nation's veterans NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs has an image problem. The VA has been vilified because its backlog of cases has grown to mindboggling levels. And while it's no newsflash that bureaucratic gears grind slowly, Peter Sills says there's a lesser-known reason for the backlog: decades' worth of...

2014-05-20 08:33:18

Academic Medical Center to use performance management tool to deliver informed analysis and continuous performance improvement CHICAGO, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) has announced that Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), a comprehensive healthcare organization based in Nashville, Tenn., has selected Allscripts EPSi(TM) to facilitate enterprise-wide financial planning in order to set priorities and direction, supporting its mission of improving...

2014-04-10 11:25:28

Violent behavior and beliefs among middle school students can be reduced through the implementation of a targeted violence intervention program, according to a Vanderbilt study released in the Journal of Injury and Violence Research. Manny Sethi, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and his Vanderbilt co-authors evaluated 27 programs nationwide as part of a search for an appropriate school-based violence prevention program. Their findings led to a single,...

2014-04-02 08:28:08

Peter Sills lays out the lessons we should have learned from the aftermath of Agent Orange and illustrates why smart regulation is better for everyone NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Economic crises. Foodborne disease outbreaks. Oil and chemical spills. According to Peter Sills, each is the natural result of the widespread demonization of a tool our government should wield more often. Regulation. "All three of these crises are 'old' problems that have started...

2014-03-31 23:34:50

InvisionHeart, a Nashville-based startup based on a wireless electrocardiogram system, heads to California this week to pitch at Google’s inaugural Demo Day. Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 31, 2014 InvisionHeart, LLC, a Vanderbilt startup based on a wireless electrocardiogram system, is headed to California for Google’s Demo Day April 2. The company is one of 10 startups nationwide chosen to participate in the inaugural event that provides the opportunity to learn from experts and gain...

Detailed Picture Of Protein Linked To Learning, Pain And Brain Disorders Created By Scientists
2014-03-07 11:26:29

Scripps Research Institute Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Vanderbilt University have created the most detailed 3-D picture yet of a membrane protein that is linked to learning, memory, anxiety, pain and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and autism. "This receptor family is an exciting new target for future medicines for treatment of brain disorders," said P. Jeffrey Conn, PhD, Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology and director...

2013-12-17 10:56:35

Researchers included 48 middle- and high-school students in five states, from Arkansas to Maine A chemical bond discovered by Vanderbilt University scientists that is essential for animal life and which hastened the "dawn of the animal kingdom" could lead to new therapies for cancer and other diseases. The report, published online today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), was co-authored by 83 participants in the "Aspirnaut" K-20 STEM pipeline program for...

Tricking Algae's Biological Clock Boosts Production Of Drugs And Biofuels
2013-11-07 13:15:53

Vanderbilt University Tricking algae's biological clock to remain in its daytime setting can dramatically boost the amount of valuable compounds that these simple marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light. That is the conclusion of a "proof of concept" experiment described in the Dec. 2 issue of the journal Current Biology. The study found that when the biological clocks of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) were stopped in their daylight setting, the amount of...

2013-11-01 11:23:54

Knowing who your doctor is — and a couple of facts about that person — may go a long way toward improving patient satisfaction, according to a Vanderbilt study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Faced with the knowledge that between 82 percent and 90 percent of medical patients are unable to correctly name their treating physician following inpatient admission, orthopaedic trauma surgeon Alex Jahangir, M.D., and his Vanderbilt colleagues studied the effects of giving a randomized...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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