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Reporter May 22 2015

Effort to enhance documentation, coding gains focus

May. 21, 2015—Documentation in the health care world is the fundamental communication method for clinicians in regard to their patients’ care.

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Study seeks to bolster outcomes for acute heart failure patients

May. 21, 2015—With support from a three-year, $2 million research grant from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the American Heart Association are teaming up to study heart failure care in the Emergency Department.

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‘Redesigned’ antibodies may control HIV: study

May. 21, 2015—With the help of a computer program called “Rosetta,” researchers at Vanderbilt University have “redesigned” an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than can any known natural antibody.

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Grant helps expand training outreach program in Kenya

May. 21, 2015—In an especially underserved region of western Kenya, expectant mothers requiring cesarean section are the focus of a new $2.6 million grant to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Kenya’s AIC Kijabe Hospital and the Kenya-based Center for Public Health and Development.

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Initiative to speed call response times sees success

May. 21, 2015—For patients who pick up the telephone to call VUMC, one of the first opportunities to make a good impression is how quickly they get a real person on the line.

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This year’s Farmers’ Market set for alternate location

May. 21, 2015—Because of the ongoing restoration work on the Medical Center plaza, the Vanderbilt Farmers' Market will be relocating to the curved section of Medical Center Drive adjacent to Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

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Study shows probiotics may help ease allergies

May. 21, 2015—Using probiotics may help alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (AR), also known as seasonal or perennial allergies, according to a Vanderbilt study that reviewed 23 previous trials.

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NIH director set for Discovery Lecture

May. 21, 2015—National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver a special Discovery Lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center next Thursday, May 28.

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Photo: Teen Cancer America

May. 21, 2015—The Who’s Roger Daltrey and The Band Perry met with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt representatives recently as part of Teen Cancer America.

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VICC Annual Retreat focuses on immunotherapy

May. 21, 2015—Efforts to enable the immune system to “see” the cancer and attack the aberrant cells were the prime focus during Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Annual Retreat, held April 30 at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center.

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Coleman’s telethon work a longtime labor of love

May. 21, 2015—Not long after Tuwanda Coleman started her career as a TV producer at WTVF-NewsChannel 5 more than 30 years ago, she was given an assignment that was different from the typical minutes-long news segment.

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Medical Center plaza restoration project rolls on

May. 21, 2015—Completion is nearing for one of the key phases of the restoration of the Medical Center plaza behind Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), at the south end near the Courtyard Café.

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