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Author: Emily Stembridge

New robot enhances accuracy of head, neck cancer surgeries

Oct. 21, 2021—by Emily Stembridge Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has acquired an SP (single port) surgical robot that will help provide more targeted and accurate transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for patients with head and neck cancer. The new robot features a single port with a flexible camera and three different surgical instruments, as well as an...

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Initiative helps patients with communication disorders

Oct. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt's Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is working to educate clinicians about augmentative and alternative communication methods for patients with communication disorders.

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Fibroids and preterm birth

Sep. 30, 2021—In a large, prospective study, Vanderbilt researchers found no association between fibroids and any clinical subtype of preterm birth, supporting a reconsideration of the impression that fibroids increase preterm birth risk.

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Project seeks to treat Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome

Sep. 30, 2021—A joint project between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine will help deliver Alzheimer’s disease therapies and treatments to people with Down syndrome (DS). 

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Project seeks to make zoos more autism-friendly

Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt is collaborating with Oregon State University and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to support the Modeling Zoos and Aquariums as Inclusive Communities of Science (MoZAICS) project.

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Study tracks smell, taste loss associated with COVID

Sep. 23, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers are studying ways to better evaluate and predict who is at risk of persistent smell and taste loss after COVID-19 infection.

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Shoulder surgery helps get athlete back into competition

Sep. 9, 2021—Thanks to orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt following a devastating injury, multi-sport athlete Lauren Nethery is back on track.

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White matter and schizophrenia

Sep. 2, 2021—Patients with schizophrenia have functional changes in the white matter of the brain, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered, which may contribute to impaired working memory and processing speed.

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Navy vet LeClere joins VWCH orthopaedic surgery team

Sep. 2, 2021—Cmdr. Lance LeClere, MD, former orthopaedic surgeon for the U.S. Navy Seals and current head team physician for the U.S. Naval Academy, is joining Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Lebanon at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (VWCH) beginning Sept. 7.

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Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August

Sep. 1, 2021—Vanderbilt University Hospital treated 39 pregnant patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infections in August, 10 of whom were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

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Alvarez named executive medical director for Performance Excellence

Aug. 30, 2021—Ronald Alvarez, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named executive medical director for Performance Excellence for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention (QSRP), serving as a physician leader for quality and safety measures.

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Event provides free hand surgeries for uninsured

Aug. 25, 2021—Approximately 60 Vanderbilt Orthopaedics volunteers provided surgical treatment to 16 patients at the fifth Annual Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Outreach Day on Saturday, Aug. 21.

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