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Vanderbilt to participate in worldwide test of HIV vaccine

Oct. 7, 2003—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in worldwide tests of a potential vaccine that can stimulate important immune responses against the virus that causes AIDS.

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Protein Profile Predicts Prognosis in Lung Cancer Patients

Aug. 7, 2003—Researchers have moved a step closer to finding a "molecular fingerprint" of an individual's cancer.

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VUMC to adapt aviation safety training

Aug. 7, 2003—In an effort to guard patient safety, VUMC is taking a leaf from American aviation, where it's been shown that human error and the harm it poses can be substantially reduced through training to improve communication among members of the flight crew.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Study Finds Use of Automated External Defibrillators in Children Safe and Effective

Jul. 25, 2003—A research study performed at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, proving the safety and effectiveness of using automated external defibrillators (AED's) in children, has helped change American Heart Association guidelines. The study will be published in the August 2003 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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46 VUMC physicians named ‘America’s Top Doctors’

Jul. 18, 2003—The just-published third edition of America's Top Doctors lists 46 VUMC physicians among its rankings, an increase over the 39 cited in the book's second edition, published last year.

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VUMC Smallpox Vaccine Study to Examine Ability of Bandages to Contain Virus

Jul. 9, 2003—As questions continue to swirl around President Bush's national smallpox vaccination plan, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching a new smallpox bandage trial that will help answer questions about one of the major issues associated with receiving the vaccine.

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Migratory ability of cancer cells examined

Jun. 23, 2003—Researchers are working to understand the process of how cancer cells develop the ability to migrate from their original location, settle and begin growing in another distant organ.

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Vanderbilt Psychiatrist Studying Fog Associated with Chemotherapy

Jun. 17, 2003—Laurel Brown, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the principal investigator of a pilot study currently underway in The Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology to uncover the cause of cognitive deficits many breast cancer patients experience after being treated with chemotherapy, often referred to as "chemo brain" or "chemo fog."

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Vanderbilt-Ingram researchers speak to world at national cancer conference

Jun. 12, 2003—A team of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center physician-scientists gathered with their colleagues here earlier this week to hear, discuss and present some of the latest advances in care for patients with cancer.

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VICC offers new light therapy for esophageal, lung cancers

Jun. 4, 2003—The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is now offering a technique that uses a light-activated drug to help restore the ability to swallow in patients whose esophagus is blocked by cancer.

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VUMC receives top international ranking for heart transplant trial

May. 30, 2003—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been ranked No. 3 worldwide in enrollment for an international trial testing the efficacy of a new immunosuppressant drug for use in heart transplant patients.

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VUMC offers innovative pastoral education program

May. 28, 2003—Hospital patients who face difficult decisions sometimes turn to a chaplain or pastor and ask, "What should I do?" or "Why is this happening to me?"

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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The first few minutes of Charlie’s life were a blur, as a team of doctors and nurses at VUMC worked to resuscitate him and stabilize his heart rate. He was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Vanderbilt Nurse

Tucked away in a Vanderbilt conference room, 36 adults huddle over Lego pieces. Eleven teams have been assigned to assemble multicolored Legos using the written directions included in the packet. The result should be a Frankenstein figure.

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Marissa Benchea has CF, and she is one of hundreds of thousands of adults not only surviving but thriving with a chronic childhood disease.

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

Vanderbilt Medicine

One hundred years ago, multiple “waves” of a deadly flu swept across the world.

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