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Improved patient ‘handover’ process bolsters outcomes

Oct. 18, 2012—Patient handovers matter. A lot. That’s the conclusion from Vanderbilt researchers who reviewed three years of patient data and found that major complications occurring within 24 hours after cardiac surgery were cut in half following the adoption of an improved handover process.

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Sew fun

Oct. 18, 2012—  Brittany White, left, and Nancy Parsons, right, were among the volunteers who helped assemble colorful scarves for cancer patients during a recent “Sew-in” held at Gilda’s Club Nashville. The nonprofit organization Care Cap Connections launched the initiative and donates free kerchiefs to cancer centers, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. (Photo by Susan Urmy)

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NPR correspondent Palca to deliver Discovery Lecture

Oct. 18, 2012—National Public Radio Science Correspondent Joe Palca, Ph.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25. His talk, entitled “News and Science: A Marriage of Convenience,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. Palca earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has been...

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VUMC honored for patient safety initiatives

Oct. 18, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a 2012 recipient of the Leadership in Safety Award from CNA, the seventh largest U.S. commercial insurance carrier. The award was presented Tuesday during a ceremony at the Eskind Biomedical Library’s Executive Board Room. CNA’s Leadership in Safety Award recognizes those who take the initiative to create a safer, more...

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Conte Center to host symposium Nov. 2

Oct. 18, 2012—The fifth annual Conte Center Symposium will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium. Speakers include: Patricia Gaspar, M.D., Ph.D., Institut National de la Santé de la Recherche Médicale Elizabeth Hammock, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Mark Ansorge, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center Rick C.S. Lin, Ph.D., University of...

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Flulapalooza

Oct. 18, 2012—Keiron Kennedy, M.D., receives an influenza shot from Sharon Holley, DNP, CNM, during the Flulapalooza mass vaccination event, which took place Wednesday and Thursday.  At the end of the first day, approximately 5,589 staff, faculty, students and volunteers had been vaccinated. (Photo by Joe Howell)

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Gene regulation found to play role in pulmonary hypertension

Oct. 18, 2012—New findings from Vanderbilt researchers may explain why only some individuals who have inherited mutations that increase risk for pulmonary hypertension actually develop the disease.

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Cave diver’s stroke leads to race against time to remove clots

Oct. 18, 2012—They had just done a belly crawl in the Southport Saltpeter Cave in Maury County, Tenn., wriggling through a 90-foot-long shaft that was just a foot tall in some places, when Darrell Smith began acting strange. He took his helmet off, which the experienced spelunker would never do underground, and kept shining his headlamp in...

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Setting traps to probe gene function

Oct. 18, 2012—A new method for creating genetic mutations that can be activated at certain times or in specific tissues will enable studies to probe gene function.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts autism study tour for French disability professionals

Oct. 17, 2012—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosted nine social workers with the CREAHI Campagna-Ardenne, a regional center in France that provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The visitors heard nine presentations, many by faculty and staff from the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders, on topics including assessment and diagnosis, family training and...

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Beauchamp, Vermund elected to Institute of Medicine

Oct. 17, 2012—R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences, and Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the organization announced this week.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center observes Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day

Oct. 16, 2012—Vanderbilt’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Vanderbilt Breast Center and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are joining to observe Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Vanderbilt Breast Center, located at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. This is Nashville’s and Vanderbilt’s first observance of BRA Day....

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