Author: Craig Boerner
New procedure helps patients avoid leg amputation
Mar. 30, 2023—More than 75% of patients facing amputation from the most severe form of peripheral artery disease were able to keep their limb after an innovative treatment as part of a multicenter study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Urology fellowship program celebrated after 20 years
Mar. 30, 2023—The urology fellowship training program focused on women’s urologic health and reconstruction, known as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and graduating its 20th fellow in June at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Study sheds light on drug’s impact on diabetes progression
Mar. 23, 2023—A Vanderbilt study of a treatment to delay the development of Type 1 diabetes in individuals at high risk did not meet the study goals of delaying progression from normal glucose tolerance to abnormal glucose tolerance or clinical diagnosis, although the study drug, abatacept, impacted immune response and preserved insulin production during the one-year treatment period.
VUMC joins group to accelerate implementation of research findings to improve patient outcomes
Mar. 2, 2023—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is part of a select group of health systems nationwide brought together to accelerate the implementation of medical research results that will improve patient outcomes.
VUMC’s Aspirnaut program to install science lab at Wynne High School in Arkansas
Mar. 2, 2023—A chemical biology research lab fit for an academic medical center is being installed at Wynne High School (WHS) in Wynne, Arkansas, as part of a pilot project of Aspirnaut STEM pipeline at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Tennessee Advanced Communications Network expands to include state hospital systems
Feb. 16, 2023—Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be an early adopter as a hospital system integrating the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network into its existing network of emergency providers for redundancy communications in the event of a disaster.
Mark Cuban pharmacy could save billions on prostate cancer, bladder drugs
Feb. 9, 2023—Vanderbilt research found that a new drug company founded by entrepreneur Mark Cuban could save patients $1.29 billion a year based on 2020 Medicare Part D expenditures on just the nine most popular urological drugs.
Study finds heart failure risk higher in rural areas
Jan. 25, 2023—A study co-led by Vanderbilt researchers found heart failure risk is 19% higher for adults living in rural areas of the U.S., as compared to urban areas, and 34% higher for Black men living in rural areas.
Flu season came early, hit hard in Tennessee
Dec. 21, 2022—Flu season came a month early this year in Tennessee and hit hard, disproportionately affecting children, according to Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee Department of Health and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Bivalent booster vaccine effective in preventing COVID-19 hospitalization in older adults
Dec. 16, 2022—The new bivalent mRNA COVID-19 booster vaccines that began being used in September are beneficial in preventing COVID-19-associated hospitalization in persons 65 and over.
Study finds sensitivity to musical rhythm supports social development in infants
Nov. 3, 2022—A new study shows engaging infants with a song provides a ready-made means for supporting social development and interaction.
Implanted stimulator used to treat vocal cord paralysis
Oct. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt is the only place in the world that has an implantable bilateral pacemaker that can stimulate opening of both vocal folds in patients with bilateral vocal fold paralysis, allowing them to both breathe and speak.