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My Special Aflac Duck engages and comforts children

Nov. 15, 2018—Patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt were surprised with their very own My Special Aflac Duck, a high-tech robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions to engage and help comfort children during their cancer care.

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Vanderbilt study suggests way to prevent rare lung disease

Nov. 15, 2018—Research by Vanderbilt scientists suggests that it may be possible to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.

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Innovative strategies crucial in opioid epidemic response

Sep. 27, 2018—Reining in the nation’s opioid epidemic will require diverse and innovative strategies ranging from drug discovery to “policy translation,” according to speakers at a recent Vanderbilt Faculty Cutting-edge Discovery Lecture.

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CDC releases new mild traumatic brain injury guideline

Sep. 20, 2018—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new clinical recommendations for health care providers treating children with mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as concussion.

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Healthy antibodies reverse diabetes

Sep. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that IgM-type antibodies appear to play a protective role to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes — and that purified IgM antibodies can reverse the disease.

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Prader-Willi Clinic helps coordinate complex care

Sep. 13, 2018—For nearly one year, Mary Howard spent hours driving from her home in Columbia, Kentucky, to get medical care for her youngest child, Emily. That all ended when she heard about the comprehensive, multidisciplinary Prader-Willi Clinic at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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People power Department of Pediatrics’ success: Webber

Sep. 13, 2018—Steven Webber, MBChB, MRCP, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, delivered the annual State of the Department address Sept. 4, celebrating the people that form the department while reviewing major achievements in the past year and discussing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

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Risk factors for faulty rhythms

Aug. 16, 2018—Risk factors for arrhythmias after heart surgery in infants include medications, infant age and higher surgical complexity, but not two genetic variants examined by Vanderbilt researchers.

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Study finds behavioral changes insufficient at preventing early childhood obesity

Aug. 9, 2018—Young children and their families in poor communities were able to make some achievable and sustainable behavioral changes during the longest and largest obesity prevention intervention ever conducted. But, in the end, the results were insufficient to prevent early childhood obesity.

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Kropski, Shoemaker honored by Doris Duke Foundation

Aug. 9, 2018—Two early-career physician-scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are among 18 recipients of 2018 Clinical Scientist Development Awards announced July 31 by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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VUMC’s membership in NIH NeuroNEXT network renewed

Jul. 26, 2018—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s membership in NeuroNEXT, a research network that helps streamline Phase 2 clinical trials for brain disorders.

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Team Hope program’s mission is to enhance care for newborns with NAS

Jul. 26, 2018—A collaborative program across units at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is changing the way nurses and doctors care for newborns diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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