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Author: Paul Govern

Ground versus air to transport stroke patients studied

Jul. 29, 2021—For patients in need of acute ischemic stroke treatment, air transport to Vanderbilt University Medical Center is apt to be quicker than ground transport for interhospital transfers of 40 miles or more and for direct-from-scene transfers of 28 miles or more.

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Reddy to lead Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology

Jul. 28, 2021—Following a national leadership search, Srijaya Reddy, MD, MBA, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Influenza network sizes up COVID

Jul. 22, 2021—Hospital data from a CDC network that monitors influenza revealed that adults hospitalized for COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic were 20x more likely to die compared to hospitalized influenza patients.

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Arterial stiffening linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Jul. 15, 2021—A research team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center reports in Neurology that greater stiffening of the aorta, the main artery in the human body, is associated in older adults with increased Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology as reflected in a range of neurochemical indicators measured in cerebrospinal fluid.

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Establishing HIV care in Tennessee

Jul. 13, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers find that heterosexually active Black males are the least likely to establish HIV care within one month of diagnosis and suggest that targeted interventions focus on this population.

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Delirium and mortality reexamined

Jul. 8, 2021—A multicenter study of ICU patients found that in the hospital, delirium was associated with a nearly three-fold increase in risk of death the following day, but after discharge there was no association between delirium and mortality.

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Dexmedetomidine and delirium

Jun. 21, 2021—The sedative dexmedetomidine, when administered during or after heart surgery, is associated with postoperative delirium and adverse outcomes.

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Drug allergy labels in medical records power searches for gene-drug associations

Jun. 17, 2021—  by Paul Govern A meta-analysis published in 1998 in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that, leaving aside overdoses and cases of drug abuse, 2.2 million patients admitted to U.S. hospitals in 1994 (6.7% of the total) were either admitted due to a serious adverse drug reaction or had a serious ADR...

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New neurodegeneration culprit

Jun. 17, 2021—A young woman with a puzzling neurological illness and novel genetic variant pointed investigators to a role for dysregulated protein kinase D1 in neurodegeneration.

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Award recognizes hands-on contributions to health IT at VUMC

Jun. 9, 2021—Chetan Aher, MD, assistant professor of Surgery, and Wael Alrifai, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, are the inaugural winners of the Physician Builder Award, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Clinical Informatics Center (VCLIC). They received trophies made from Lego building blocks and gift certificates.

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Predictive model identifies patients for genetic testing

Jun. 3, 2021—Patients who, perhaps unbeknownst to their health care providers, are in need of genetic testing for rare undiagnosed diseases can be identified en masse based on routine information in electronic health records (EHRs), a research team reported June 3 in the journal Nature Medicine.

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VUMC is pacesetter for national aspirin study

May. 20, 2021—According to an innovative large-scale clinical trial reported last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a single daily baby aspirin (81 mg) or a single daily adult aspirin (325 mg) are equally safe and effective for prevention of adverse cardiovascular events for patients with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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