January 6, 2015

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting "cell-free" tumor DNA in the bloodstream. Read more...

Genome-editing pioneer Doudna next up in Discovery Lecture series


Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., recipient of a 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for developing a powerful genome-editing technology, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 8. Read more...

Smart choices: How to reduce cancer risk


The barrage of cancer prevention messages is a near constant in our Facebook feeds and on news broadcasts. Eliminate sugar from your diet. Eat more blueberries. Don't grill your meat. Use only organic household cleaners. Filter your tap water. Stop using deodorant with aluminum. Get more sun exposure because vitamin D is good. Get less sun exposure to protect your skin. Forget all that and just exercise 30 minutes every day. Read more...

Allergist offers tips for dealing with suddenly changing temperatures


The skies are gray and rainy for days, but suddenly are clear and dry. Temperatures are warm and mild, and then suddenly plunge in an arctic chill. And suddenly lots of people are dealing with runny noses and reaching for pain relievers or other remedies to deal with sinus and allergy problems. Read more...

Retirement transition: What you can do now


Vanderbilt recently announced steps it is taking to make the retirement plan work even better for employees in 2015. Read more...