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Author: Emily Stembridge

American Academy of Audiology honors Gifford, Roberts

May. 6, 2021—Two faculty members from the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences — René Gifford, PhD, and Richard Roberts, PhD — were recognized for their work in the field at the 2021 American Academy of Audiology (AAA) convention.

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Program combines treatment for mental health, substance use disorders

Apr. 29, 2021—For people with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use disorders, finding integrated care that treats both conditions can be a difficult task. Vanderbilt Behavioral Health is seeking to simplify care for these patients through the co-occurring disorders intensive outpatient program (IOP).

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Transplant Pharmacy team went extra mile during winter ice storm

Apr. 29, 2021—In February, a frigid winter storm swept across the United States, causing widespread chaos — including power outages, water shortages and business shutdowns. Amid the disaster, many kidney transplant patients in Middle Tennessee did not receive deliveries of their immunosuppressant medications due to hazardous road conditions.

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Early intervention eases laryngeal injury healing

Apr. 29, 2021—Alexander Gelbard, MD, associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, reported in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery that early intervention treatment for acute laryngeal injury after intubation may prevent tracheostomy dependence and the need for additional surgical procedures.

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New platform helps aspiring residents showcase skills

Apr. 22, 2021—Brandon Esianor, MD, and Madelyn Stevens, MD, both residents in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (O-HNS), have developed a virtual platform for O-HNS residency applicants across the country to connect with prospective residency programs.

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New recommendations focus on breast health disparities

Apr. 22, 2021—A team of Vanderbilt radiologists has published a manuscript in the Journal of Breast Imaging with recommendations for providing equitable breast care to an increasingly diverse population in the United States.

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Study to explore treatment for older adults with depression

Apr. 22, 2021—Older adults with depression face a unique obstacle — dealing with both a mental illness and the challenges that come along with aging. Currently, there are no treatments on the market targeting depression in this specific group.

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Study links ADHD pharmacotherapy and retention rates for substance use disorder treatment

Apr. 2, 2021—Kristopher Kast, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and clinical director of Vanderbilt’s Addiction Consult Service, has discovered a strong association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) pharmacotherapy and retention rates for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.

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Analysis seeks to better manage infection in dialysis patients

Apr. 1, 2021—Analysis seeks to better manage infection in dialysis patients

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Spirituality may help reduce end-stage kidney disease risk

Mar. 25, 2021—Researchers from Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension have identified an under-studied characteristic that may have a protective effect on end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) risk among vulnerable populations.

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Strength training for osteoarthritis

Mar. 18, 2021—High-intensity strength training is not more effective than low-intensity training or educational efforts for reducing knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.

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Orthopaedic Surgery offering virtual physical therapy

Mar. 18, 2021—The Department of Ortho-paedic Surgery has collaborated with Force Therapeutics, an episode-based digital care platform, to offer virtual physical therapy (PT) to patients recovering from surgery. This is an essential option during the pandemic when many patients are limiting their exposure to others.

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