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Author: Jill Clendening

Study points to alternate therapy for rare form of diabetes

Jan. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers say an unexpected finding during the cellular analysis of human pancreatic tissue has revealed new information about a rare type of diabetes and underscores the importance of genetic testing for some individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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Vanderbilt surgery, engineering collaborators create new ‘home’

Dec. 19, 2018—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) celebrated the opening of dedicated space in Medical Center North Dec. 12 with a technology showcase of more than two dozen collaborations advancing health care techniques from the lab to patient.

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Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage

Dec. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period, they are at increased risk of developing persistent opioid use.

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Study defines association of oral anticoagulants and proton pump inhibitors to gastrointestinal bleeding risk

Dec. 4, 2018—A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published this week in JAMA shows that patients already at higher risk for gastrointestinal bleeding gain a marked protection from this risk when they take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) in combination with an oral anticoagulant.

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Teamwork key to treating patient’s rare blood cancer

Nov. 29, 2018—Former sports journalist Joe Lofaro has little memory of Oct. 23, 2015, when his son Daniel loaded him into a car at his Martin, Tennessee, home and said, ‘Come on, Dad, we’re going for a ride.”

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Songwriting aids palliative care nurse in cancer fight

Nov. 15, 2018—Megan Palmer, RN, a nurse in the Palliative Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, wears many hats, but she never imagined writing a song about a perfect Stetson cowboy hat would hold such powerful meaning in her life.

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Patient Experience Awards honor service excellence

Nov. 1, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has recognized 182 clinicians and 25 clinical areas with Excellence in Patient Experience Awards in honor of their exceptional performance and commitment to service excellence.

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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic opens in Brentwood

Oct. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery has a well-earned reputation of being among the nation’s best for reconstructive plastic surgery. With the opening of the new Vanderbilt Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Brentwood, the group will have a more visible presence when it comes to cosmetic procedures as well.

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Thomas Nantais named executive vice president for Adult Ambulatory Operations

Sep. 20, 2018—Thomas Nantais, MBA, has been named Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s executive vice president for Adult Ambulatory Operations and will join the Medical Center’s senior leadership team on Sept. 21.

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Boot camp boosts critical care skills

Sep. 20, 2018—More than 300 nurse practitioners and physician assistants from 40 states visited the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus last week to attend the seventh annual Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Critical Care Boot Camp.

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First Islet Workshop draws international audience

Sep. 13, 2018—More than 200 investigators from across the globe who specialize in islet biology, the study of hormone-producing cell clusters in the pancreas known as islets, recently gathered in Nashville to share knowledge and present the challenges and successes of their work during the first Islet Biology Workshop at Vanderbilt.

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Health policy speaker urges looking beyond data

Sep. 6, 2018—Katherine Swartz, PhD, a nationally known leader in health policy research, encouraged others conducting investigations in the field to move beyond the data and into local communities to gather the stories behind the data during last week’s Research into Policy and Practice Lecture hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Health Policy.

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