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At Vanderbilt, the drive to discover, care, learn and share is in our DNA — it defines who we are. Our Discoveries in Action podcast is about the big ideas and breakthroughs happening right here at Vanderbilt Health.

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Cancer

EHR Holds Clues for Lung Cancer Screening

New tool uncovers information in patient clinic notes to improve lung cancer screening for smokers and former smokers.
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Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

On Defense Against Deadly Diarrheal Infections

Study links Turicibacter commensal to protection against severe infections, such as E. coli.
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Changing Medicine

The Unknowns of Appendix Cancer

Revised staging guidelines demonstrate the clinical implications and challenges in evaluating these rare tumors.
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Cancer

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Cuts Recovery Time

Perioperative experiences among pancreatic surgery patients are improved by shorter hospital stays and, thus, accellerated time to therapy.
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Changing Medicine

Inclusive Genetics Study Probes Differences in Disease Risk

With widespread applications and a focus on diversity, the All of Us initiative is reconfiguring the parameters of personalized medicine.

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Trends in Medicine

Minding Alerts to Long QT Syndrome Reduces Stillbirth

Early intervention when fetal heart rates go awry can mitigate morbidity and mortality risks.

Device Monitors Activities in Kids with Broken Bones

Activity trackers will help researchers monitor children’s adherence to activity restrictions and incidences of displacement.

Tailored Messaging Aims to Boost Cancer Trial Recruitment

Culturally targeted education could help address cancer disparities among African Americans and Latinos.

Regenerative Medicine for Stress Urinary Incontinence

Phase 3 CELLEBRATE trial is underway testing autologous muscle cell grafts for sphincter repair.

Rural Youth with T1D Struggle to Connect with Monitoring Technology

Children living outside of urban areas are less likely to report using CGMs, despite benefits.

Study Examines Puberty in Girls with Autism

Researchers are seeking girls with and without autism to join study; participating families to receive education, resources.

Clinicians Call on Clickbusters to Streamline Alerts

Program optimizes clinical-decision support alerts and helps build a culture of continuous evaluation.