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Author: Jessica Pasley

Older age, chronic co-morbidities associated with more severe COVID disease in children

Sep. 15, 2021—Vanderbilt research found that multiple factors are associated with the severity of COVID-19 disease in children, including older age and chronic co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic conditions.

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Study urges new pediatric thyroid surgery protocols

Sep. 9, 2021—A Vanderbilt study is reinforcing the need to develop specific protocols for children, particularly concerning thyroid disease.

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Perkins named director of Pediatric Neurotology

Aug. 26, 2021—Elizabeth Perkins, MD, assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been named director of Pediatric Neurotology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Children, firearms mixing more during pandemic

Aug. 19, 2021—Researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt discovered an alarming finding during the height of the pandemic — a marked increase in firearm encounters among children.

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Backpack safety crucial as children return to school

Aug. 19, 2021—With area schools in full swing and homework assignments piling up, doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urge parents to check their children’s backpacks.

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VUMC expands programming in effort to help pregnant and postpartum women, infants in opioid crisis

Aug. 12, 2021—A newly created program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is aiming to address the increasing toll the opioid crisis is having on pregnant and postpartum women and their infants.

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Family pediatricians should be first line of defense for COVID concerns

Aug. 11, 2021—As the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, impacting children, pediatricians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt say there are steps parents can take to help keep their children safe.

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New pediatric ambulance debuts in Murfreesboro

Aug. 4, 2021—As the calls for pediatric and neonatal transports continue to escalate, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is at the ready to answer the needs of the region.

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Children’s Hospital adds online scheduling option

Jul. 22, 2021—Self-checkout and online ordering have become ways for consumers to gain both control and convenience in today’s marketplace. And health care is no exception.

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Pediatricians see spike in RSV cases, urge parents to be on lookout for symptoms

Jun. 23, 2021—“We are seeing a spike in respiratory illnesses, especially RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and parainfluenza, which cause croup and bronchiolitis in young children and flu-like symptoms in older children and adults,” said James Antoon, MD, PhD, FAAP, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Safety experts liken helmet use to seat belt-wearing practice

Jun. 7, 2021—Wearing a helmet while riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a bike or a skateboard should be a no-brainer.

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Life-saving transplant marks milestone for pediatric program

May. 27, 2021—Petyon Smith's answered prayers became the best birthday wish ever on Jan. 31 — the date his younger brother received the first-ever dual kidney-liver transplant at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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