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Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk

Jul. 16, 2015—Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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Beware leaves of three: Tips for avoiding poison ivy

Jun. 3, 2015—It’s the time of year when backyards attract children, trails beckon hikers, and poison ivy attacks the unwary. The Tennessee Poison Center at VUMC provides tips for avoiding or treating the itch-causing plant pest this summer.

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Tips for avoiding or treating poison ivy from the Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jun. 3, 2015—It’s the time of year when backyards attract children, trails beckon hikers, and poison ivy attacks the unwary. This itch-causing plant pest, along with its cohorts poison oak and poison sumac, cause more common allergic reactions than any other source, said Renee Miller, R.N., a certified specialist in poison information at the Tennessee Poison Center...

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McDonald elected to TMA board of trustees

May. 27, 2015—Michel McDonald, M.D., MBA, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Dermatology, officially took office as chair of the board of trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) at the group’s annual convention, held last month at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center and attended by about 300 physicians and others in health care.

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This year’s Farmers’ Market set for alternate location

May. 21, 2015—Because of the ongoing restoration work on the Medical Center plaza, the Vanderbilt Farmers' Market will be relocating to the curved section of Medical Center Drive adjacent to Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

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Medical Center plaza restoration project rolls on

May. 21, 2015—Completion is nearing for one of the key phases of the restoration of the Medical Center plaza behind Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), at the south end near the Courtyard Café.

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David Ong, professor of Biochemistry, emeritus, dies at 71

Apr. 28, 2015—David E. Ong, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry, emeritus, whose contributions to research in the area of vitamin A biochemistry were recognized worldwide, died April 25. He was 71.

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Exhibit celebrates impact of African-American surgeons

Apr. 16, 2015—A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons,” is underway at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Tennessee Poison Center warns against designer drug “N-bomb”

Apr. 9, 2015—The relatively new synthetic drug 25I-NBOMe, or “N-bomb,” has been associated with the deaths of at least 17 people in the United States since 2010, when it first became available over the Internet, often marketed as “legal” or “natural” LSD. “The recreational use of synthetic (designer) psychoactive substances with stimulant, euphoric and/or hallucinogenic properties has...

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Tennessee Poison Center physician urges caution with powdered alcohol

Apr. 6, 2015—Powdered alcohol, marketed under the name Palcohol, was recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for sale in the United States. It is a powder that is packaged in a 4-by-6-inch pouch, to which water can be added to produce an instant alcoholic beverage. A bill currently making its way through...

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Hands On: Clinical Safety training offered April 16-17

Mar. 19, 2015—Hands On: Clinical Safety is the training session to help Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees meet annual safety and competency requirements. The spring session will be held April 16-17 in the lobby of Langford Auditorium from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check-in ends at 5 p.m. Stations available are: Mock Code/Stat Blood Administration N-95 Respirator...

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Vanderbilt nutrition educator says St. Patrick’s Day green is the luckiest color for our diets

Mar. 13, 2015—The green of St. Patrick’s Day is a symbol of the luck of the Irish, and Vanderbilt nutrition educator Stacey Kendrick says when it comes to good food, green can bring good luck to our health, too. “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans wants you to eat your green stuff,” she says. The recommendation is that...

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