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2011-06-07 15:43:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Vanderbilt Student Communications and the Board of Directors of Nashville Public Radio agreed today to the transfer of the license of WRVU 91.1FM to Nashville Public Radio. The new station's call letters will be WFCL, and its mission will be to showcase classical music and the arts and promote local performances and events. The change in format is effective June 8. WRVU's eclectic programming format continues without...

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2011-05-26 08:35:00

Unexpected increases in blood sugar levels may be caused by the combination use of an anti-depressant medication and a cholesterol lowering drug, according to researchers. A study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School discovered that the antidepressant drug marketed as Paxil, when taken together with Pravachol, a cholesterol-lowering medication, resulted in a spike in blood glucose level, even though the similar side effect...

2011-05-10 11:04:00

Vanderbilt's Michael Kreyling says famous novel is 'an economic story' NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This month marks the 75th anniversary of the first publication of Gone with the Wind, a novel that was initially derided by some as "second-rate trash" and beloved by generations as the prototypical romance novel. Michael Kreyling, a scholar of Southern literature at Vanderbilt, says neither characterization is correct. If you are considering doing a story on...

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2011-05-10 07:59:54

Scientists working in a laboratory at Vanderbilt University have potentially discovered a class of insect repellent that is 1000 times more effective than DEET and works against all types of insects. "It wasn't something we set out to find," said David Rinker, a graduate student who performed the study in collaboration with graduate student Gregory Pask and post-doctoral fellow Patrick Jones. "It was an anomaly that we noticed in our tests." Reported in the online edition of the Proceedings...

2011-04-19 05:45:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPIX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on hospital acute care and gastroenterology markets, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the rights to ifetroban, a new Phase II development product. The Company has initiated clinical development under the brand name Hepatoren(TM) (ifetroban) Injection and is evaluating the product for the treatment of critically ill...

2011-04-14 14:29:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Freedom Innovations, a company that specializes in the development of high technology lower extremity prosthetic devices, today announced a worldwide licensing agreement. The agreement grants the company exclusive rights to commercialize the world's first lower extremity prosthesis with actively powered knee and ankle joints that operate synergistically. Developed at the Vanderbilt University Center for Intelligent Mechatronics in Nashville,...

2011-04-04 20:05:20

Vanderbilt University researchers have identified a new gene that can influence a person's risk for developing epilepsy. The findings, reported in the March 29 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve molecular diagnostic tools and point to novel therapeutic targets for epilepsy. The gene, KCNV2, codes for a unique type of potassium channel, a protein that participates in the electrical activity of nerve cells. Disturbed electrical activity in the brain "“ and...

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2011-03-16 09:06:47

By David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider "“ the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year "“ could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. "Our theory is a long shot," admitted Weiler, who is a physics professor at Vanderbilt University, "but it doesn't violate any laws of physics or experimental constraints." One of the major...

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2011-03-15 11:49:48

By David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University A new laser technique has demonstrated it can measure the interactions between proteins tangled in a cell's membrane and a variety of other biological molecules. These extremely difficult measurements can aid the process of drug discovery. Scientists estimate that about 30 percent of the 7,000 proteins in a human cell reside in the cell's membrane, and that these membrane proteins initiate 60 to 70 percent of the signals that control the operation of...

2010-12-08 02:20:37

Are you ready for robots in the ER? A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are enthusiastic about the potential advantages. So, the two groups have formed an interdisciplinary team to explore the use of robotics in this critical and...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.