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Bank sleep for daylight savings time

Mar. 8, 2018—Banking sleep ahead of this weekend’s change to daylight saving time is a smart way to avoid the frantic feelings and lingering fatigue associated with the lost hour of slumber— if you do it the right way.

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Initiative seeks to address malnutrition among adult patients

Feb. 22, 2018—It is estimated that nearly one out of five pediatric patients and one of three adult patients age 60 and older are malnourished and will experience a decline in their nutritional status during their hospital stay.

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Vanderbilt, Bayer collaborate to develop new therapies against kidney diseases

Sep. 11, 2017—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Bayer have agreed on a five-year strategic research alliance to evaluate new drug candidates for the treatment of kidney diseases, with the goal of accelerating the translation of innovative approaches from the laboratory to pre-clinical development.

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Council formed to support early career physicians

Aug. 24, 2017—A physician council has been established to recognize excellence among early career clinicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and to create dialogue between leadership and faculty regarding obstacles to ongoing success.

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Valet Hughes makes sure every visit starts with a smile

Apr. 20, 2017—When Jerry Hughes, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) valet attendant, takes the car keys of Vanderbilt patients, he leaves a piece of his kind spirit with them as they venture into the hospital to face their day.

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Delirium awareness promoted by Vanderbilt physicians

Mar. 15, 2017—Today is the inaugural World Delirium Day, created to raise delirium awareness and inspire positive action among health care providers.

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Sleep specialist offers tips to deal with spring daylight saving time

Mar. 9, 2017—Daylight saving time brings extra sunlight in the evenings, but many have a hard time adjusting to losing an hour of sleep. This year, daylight saving time begins on Sunday March 12, and Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Kelly Brown, M.D., says being proactive and changing your routine before Sunday can alleviate the lingering tiredness...

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Study to track diabetes drug’s ability to also treat asthma

Jan. 19, 2017—Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism recently received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Allergists say alpha-gal red meat allergy better understood, as numbers continue to increase

Dec. 21, 2016—Doctors at the Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program (ASAP) have continued to see an increase in the number of patients being treated for alpha-gal syndrome, commonly known as the red meat allergy, and with that increase has come more knowledge about management and treatment of the restrictive allergy.

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Tennessee Poison Center urges care at Thanksgiving

Nov. 22, 2016—Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, friends, football and feasting. Unfortunately, it is also a day of hidden hazards. The staff at the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC), housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, anticipates receiving about 135 to 145 poison exposure calls and five to 10 information calls this Thanksgiving season. Cheri Wessels, clinical...

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Food study seeks to help employees make healthier choices

Nov. 17, 2016—When dining in the Medical Center North breakroom or the Simply-to-Go counter at Courtyard Café, Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees can get a little help making informed food choices by picking a color: green, yellow or red.

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Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center saved an estimated $8 million in taxpayer Emergency Department costs, study says

Nov. 2, 2016—The Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, saved taxpayers of Tennessee an estimated $8 million last year by preventing unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits, according to a survey conducted by the Center. The survey asked people who phoned the Poison Center in July, “Would you have gone to the ED if Tennessee...

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