Author: Kelsey Herbers
Noninvasive treatment for refractory OCD, major depression shows promise for lifelong benefits
Oct. 15, 2020—Four months ago, a multidisciplinary care team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center treated a patient with lifelong major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) — conditions that left her debilitated with intrusive thoughts, constant fear, suicidal intent and anorexia.
Study explores nicotine patch to treat late-life depression
Oct. 15, 2020—Backed by nearly $5 million in funding, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center are testing to see whether transdermal nicotine patches can improve mood, forgetfulness and attentiveness in adults over 60 with a diagnosis of depression.
Follow-up calls don’t impact readmission, mortality rates: study
Sep. 24, 2020—Following up with adult general medicine patients by phone within the week after their hospital discharge as a stand-alone intervention has no impact on readmissions, mortality or patient satisfaction, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.
Global recommendations for cochlear implants outlined
Sep. 10, 2020—More than 432 million adults across the globe live with a disabling hearing loss, but of those who are candidates for cochlear implants, only 4-5% receive one.
Vanderbilt women’s health clinic to debut in Lebanon
Sep. 2, 2020—Access to women’s health and midwifery services is now more convenient than ever for Lebanon and Wilson County residents with the opening of the new Center for Women’s Health Lebanon outpatient clinic, set to open Sept. 9.
Trial to test nasal irrigation to treat COVID
Aug. 27, 2020—by Kelsey Herbers Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center are conducting a clinical trial to determine whether nasal saline irrigations can reduce viral shedding and symptoms in patients with COVID-19. Prior studies have shown that using simple, over-the-counter nasal saline irrigations can decrease viral shedding in upper respiratory infections — including other coronaviruses — helping...
Leverett named chief of Section of Breast Imaging
Aug. 27, 2020—Reagan Leverett, MD, MS, associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and medical director of Vanderbilt Breast Imaging Services, has been named chief of the Section of Breast Imaging, a position she previously held on an interim basis.
Baby+Co lands Best Practice designation from ACNM
Aug. 27, 2020—In recognition of its commitment to safe and quality patient care, Baby+Co, a Vanderbilt Health facility, has received a “Triple Aim” Best Practice designation from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
New MCE Lounge offers additional space for relaxation during work breaks
Aug. 24, 2020—To offer employees more room to spread out and relax during their work breaks, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has built a new space for employees to eat and rejuvenate in a safe, socially distanced environment.
Acupressure studied to treat neonatal opioid withdrawal
Aug. 13, 2020—Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently completed a study to create a standardized protocol for using acupressure to treat newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome.
Miscarriage risk increases each week alcohol is used in early pregnancy
Aug. 10, 2020—Each week a woman consumes alcohol during the first five to 10 weeks of pregnancy is associated with an incremental 8% increase in risk of miscarriage, according to a study published this week by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.
Memory complaints linked to changes in brain structure in postmenopausal women
Jul. 30, 2020—Memory complaints in younger postmenopausal women are associated with differences in brain structure and may serve as an early marker for risk of future cognitive decline, according to a study published June 22 in Menopause by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.