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My Southern Health: Staying healthy during the holidays

Nov. 10, 2017—The holidays are fast approaching, which means lots of folks are planning trips to visit family. How do we stay healthy when we have so many family and friends together with so much potential to spread germs?

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Children’s Hospital pastoral care department offers Christmas Eve service

Dec. 9, 2016—All are invited to join the pastoral care department of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for a Christmas Eve service of music, carols and scripture Dec. 24.

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Season of giving

Dec. 17, 2015—Santa stopped by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt last week to visit with patients and families and pass out gifts to children.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers safety tips for holiday decorating

Dec. 16, 2015—Holiday lights and decorations are a special part of the season but also bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. During November and December 2014, holiday decorations or decorating safety mishaps accounted for 12 fatalities and an estimated 14,500 injuries nationwide, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The dangers that...

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Tennessee Poison Center offers a quick summary on the dangers of holiday plants

Dec. 16, 2015—Along with the hustle and bustle of the season come the displays of the seasonal foliage. How toxic are our holiday plants?  Donna Seger, M.D., Medical Director of the Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offers this summary of some of the dangers of holiday plants. Poinsettia, contrary to popular perceptions, is...

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Holiday happening

Dec. 3, 2015—Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker dancers performed Tuesday for patients and families during the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt dietitian offers guidelines to not gaining weight during the holidays

Nov. 25, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietitian and certified personal trainer Jessica Bennett is asked frequently this time of year: How can I enjoy holiday parties and meals with family and not gain weight?

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Tennessee Poison Center physician offers tips to prevent holiday poisonings

Dec. 22, 2014—Families with young children, and those who might have an occasional young visitor, should take special care during the holiday season to make sure that decorations and other signs of the season don’t pose a risk to children. One of the most important poison prevention tips is to make sure that alcoholic drinks and products...

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‘Between Hallmark and heartache’: Vanderbilt psychiatrist offers tips for how to avoid holiday stress

Dec. 19, 2014—Vanderbilt psychiatrist Judith Akin urges people to set a course “between Hallmark and heartache” and aim to have a “pretty good little Christmas.” In other words, don’t strive for the perfect, and deal head-on with the stressors of the season.

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Vanderbilt dietitian offers tips to prevent holiday weight gain

Dec. 9, 2014—With family get-togethers, holiday parties and the abundance of special treats available during the holidays, it can be a real challenge to avoid putting on pounds. “It’s a good idea to eat in a healthy way all year round, but for a lot of people it’s especially challenging during the holidays,” said Jessica Bennett, a...

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Vanderbilt doctors warn against holiday heart attack spike

Dec. 26, 2013—Studies have indicated that death rates from heart attacks and stroke as well as non-heart-related causes spike during the holiday season. “It is not uncommon to see a heavier patient volume in the hospital during the Christmas and New Year’s period of time. Some years that’s true, but some years it’s quiet,” said cardiologist Keith...

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“Between Hallmark and heartache”: Vanderbilt psychiatrist offers tips for how to have a pretty good Christmas

Dec. 19, 2013—During the holidays, the goal should be to set the course somewhere “between Hallmark and heartache,” a Vanderbilt psychiatrist says. In other words, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and deal head-on with some of the stressors of the season. Judith Akin, M.D., assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt...

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