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Southern doctors seem to be overlooking a key genetic test for underserved patients with breast and ovarian cancer. A new study published by a Vanderbilt researcher finds very few women get this recommended blood screening, even though they have insurance coverage through Medicare.

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Imagine walking flat-footed everywhere you went, that's what traditional prosthetics can often feel like.

But engineers at Vanderbilt University say they've found a solution for amputees that complain about soreness and pain when walking on slopes or climbing stairs.

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For decades, emergency physicians and intensive care doctors instinctively have been reaching for saline when they order intravenous fluids for a patient. Now a pair of two-year studies conducted at Vanderbilt Medical Center finds a slight but meaningful benefit to an alternative fluid. So the hospital is making a wholesale change and encouraging other hospitals to follow suit.

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The latest research from a Vanderbilt University neuroscientist has some potentially controversial findings, depending on your pet preference: Suzana Herculano-Houzel's team found that dogs have more neurons in their cerebral cortex than cats.

But does this mean dogs are smarter? Not necessarily.

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For such a small school, Fisk University attracts a lot of funding for scientific research.

This is the second year in a row that it's been ranked in the top five liberal arts schools in the country in terms of research dollars, according to Washington Monthly's rankings. It's in part due to the historically black college's efforts to recruit faculty who embrace the school's focus on students but still win big grants.

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The Grand Ole Opry is country music's Holy Land.

It's home to the weekly radio show that put country on the national map in 1925. And it's where this summer, 30 people with a rare genetic disorder called Williams syndrome eagerly arrive backstage.

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When Nashville foodies think about goats, they probably don’t imagine a succulent steak. But Tennessee State University says the number of people who see goat meat as a staple in their diet is growing, and their research can help local farmers step in to fill the demand. 

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Middle Tennessee State University is setting its sights on big federal money — specifically, research grants from funding agencies like the National Science Foundation. After launching a number of Ph.D. programs in the past several years, the school is trying to establish itself as a research powerhouse.

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Over the past year and a half, doctors and researchers in Nashville have diagnosed eight of the rarest genetic diseases. One doctor on the team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says its progress is now speeding up.

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Smartphones and tablets have changed the way people type, with less time spent on standard keyboards. Now, Vanderbilt University researchers have examined whether training really matters for typing speed and accuracy.

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