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Vanderbilt Medical experts propose FDA drug approval changes

Jan. 11, 2006—Efforts to reform drug regulation in the wake of the Vioxx withdrawal do not go far enough, according to experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Study shows increasing nursing staff improves safety and quality in hospitals

Jan. 10, 2006—A study in the January/February 2006 issue of the journal Health Affairs concludes that increasing the number of registered nurses and hours of nursing care per patient would save 6,700 lives.

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Researchers at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center uncover clue to explain invasive brain tumors

Jan. 10, 2006—Researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have uncovered a clue to explain the invasive nature of an aggressive kind of brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme, or gliomas, and their findings are published in this week's online edition of the journal Oncogene.

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Expert on psychiatry of teens with disabilities to speak at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Jan. 6, 2006—Thomas Weisner, an expert on the mental health challenges and needs of teens with disabilities, will deliver the 2006 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Martin Luther King Jr. lecture Monday, Jan. 16, at 4:10 p.m. in Room 241 of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director appointed to National Advisory Mental Health Council

Jan. 6, 2006—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has appointed Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director Pat Levitt to the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

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Tennessee Poison Control Center offers holiday safety advice

Dec. 21, 2005—Michelle Grant, a poison specialist at the Tennessee Poison Control Center, said many poisonings occur when there is a distraction in the home, and there are plenty of those during the holidays, when decorating, cooking and giving gifts are abundant.

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Grammys Bring Little Big Town to Visit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Dec. 15, 2005—Equity Music Group's Little Big Town is coming to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt joining the annual visit by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (known for the Grammy awards).

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Niswender named Culpeper Scholar

Dec. 9, 2005—Vanderbilt University's Kevin Niswender, M.D., Ph.D., has been named one of three 2006 Charles E. Culpeper Medical scholars, according to Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships.

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Masys elected ACMI president

Dec. 9, 2005—Daniel Masys, M.D., professor and chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Biomedical Informatics, is the new president-elect of the American College of Medical Informatics.

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Noted Heart Surgeon Petracek Joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dec. 8, 2005—Michael R. Petracek, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon currently practicing with Cardiovascular Surgery Associates and the Saint Thomas Heart Institute, and one of Nashville's leading heart surgeons for over 20 years, is leaving Saint Thomas Hospital to join the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a full-time clinical professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiac Surgery.

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center leads effort to evaluate lung cancer “signatures”

Nov. 28, 2005—The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is leading a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify "molecular signatures" of lung cancer.

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Safety experts at VCH present “Trouble in Toyland” report

Nov. 23, 2005—Just before the peak of the holiday shopping season, U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) has released its 20th annual toy safety report. Experts at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt want parents to be aware of the potential hazards these toys may pose.

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