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    Exercise during teen years linked to lowered risk of cancer death later

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Women who exercised during their teen years were less likely to die from cancer and all other causes during middle-age and later in life, according to a new study by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China. The study was published online July 31 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & […]

    Anticancer olive compounds

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    Natural compounds from plants – phytochemicals – provide a variety of health benefits, including anticancer activity. The human topoisomerases, enzymes that “detangle” DNA, are important targets for plant-derived anticancer drugs. To discover novel phytochemicals with anticancer activity, Kendra Vann, Neil Osheroff, Ph.D., and colleagues screened a library of 341 Mediterranean plant extracts for activity against […]

    Study explores protein’s role in inflammation-associated cancer

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

    A protein that transports the micronutrient selenium and has antioxidant functions may protect against colitis-associated carcinoma — colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study. The findings, reported in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could suggest strategies for reducing colon cancer risk in […]

    Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. “The past decade […]

    Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Death Rates Among Low-Income Residents in Southeastern U.S.

    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    Eating a healthy diet was linked with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer or other diseases among a population of low-income individuals living in the Southeastern U.S., according to research led by Vanderbilt University investigators. Nearly two-thirds of the participants in the study were African-American. The study by first author Danxia […]

    Vanderbilt earns acclaim for employee health initiatives

    Friday, June 19th, 2015

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center has again been recognized for a strong and enduring commitment to helping employees and their families live healthy lives. In conjunction with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, VUMC has been re-accredited by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2015. To earn the accreditation, an organization is required […]

    Exploring Accountable Care Organizations’ impact on cancer screenings

    Friday, May 29th, 2015

    As health care organizations implement new strategies to improve quality and reduce costs, a physician researcher at VUMC is setting out to identify whether there could be unintended effects. Matthew Resnick, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Urologic Surgery and Health Policy, has been awarded a $726,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study the […]

    Discovery Lecture to feature VICC experts

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015

    Three Vanderbilt University scientists will describe “gene-environment interactions in cancer etiology and prevention” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in 208 Light Hall. The panel discussion of “cutting-edge discovery” at Vanderbilt is the final Flexner Discovery Lecture of the 2014-2015 academic year. Speakers include: • Robert J. Coffey Jr., M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, professor […]

    Photo: Cancer screening

    Thursday, April 30th, 2015

    Sarah Rohde, M.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology, checks Emery Reed for symptoms of potential head and neck cancer. Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians recently provided free cancer screenings for 116 patients at the Odess Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic and the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.  

    NCI report shows U.S. cancer deaths on decline

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

    The death rates for most forms of cancer continue to decline at a modest pace among men, women and children in the United States, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975 – 2011. The report from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, […]

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