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Fallen off the resolution wagon? Vanderbilt expert offers four steps to get back on

Feb. 2, 2016— We’re now more than a month into the new year, and those optimistic resolutions that greeted 2016 have—heavy sigh—not exactly worked out as you hoped. A Vanderbilt expert on lifestyle changes says that those who have come up short on their resolutions should take heart. “It is important to remember in the process of making...

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Safe to snuggle with pets while home with a cold or flu, Vanderbilt infectious disease expert says

Jan. 13, 2016—When you are home sick, snuggling up with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered. And a Vanderbilt infectious disease doctor, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead....

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Vanderbilt emergency physician offers tips for a safe New Year’s 2016 celebration

Dec. 29, 2015—New Year’s Eve is expected to bring tens of thousands of revelers to downtown Nashville for the Bash on Broadway, and there will be thousands more at private parties and celebrations all over the region. Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt, knows that some of those revelers will end up in Vanderbilt’s...

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Tennessee Poison Center names its “top five” poisons of the year and offers safety tips

Dec. 23, 2015—The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is not motor vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds or drowning—it is poisoning. And the main source of that poisoning is not the furniture polish or drain cleaner stored under the kitchen sink (dangerous as those are)—the main source of poisoning is analgesic drugs, according to Donna Seger, M.D.,...

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Eskind Biomedical Library home to Civil War medicine exhibit

Dec. 17, 2015—A traveling exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” will debut next week in the History of Medicine Room at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The exhibit, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health,...

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Vanderbilt psychiatrist renews call to find the place ‘between Hallmark and heartache’ during the holidays

Dec. 16, 2015—Vanderbilt psychiatrist Judith Akin, M.D., who frequently counsels people who are having a hard time through the holidays, has a quick guideline: set a course “between Hallmark and heartache” and aim to have a “pretty good little Christmas.” In other words, she says, don’t strive for the perfect (you won’t achieve it), and recognize and...

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Tennessee Poison Center offers a quick summary on the dangers of holiday plants

Dec. 16, 2015—Along with the hustle and bustle of the season come the displays of the seasonal foliage. How toxic are our holiday plants?  Donna Seger, M.D., Medical Director of the Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offers this summary of some of the dangers of holiday plants. Poinsettia, contrary to popular perceptions, is...

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Vanderbilt dietitian offers guidelines to not gaining weight during the holidays

Nov. 25, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietitian and certified personal trainer Jessica Bennett is asked frequently this time of year: How can I enjoy holiday parties and meals with family and not gain weight?

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Near-death experiences focus of Octoberfest lecture

Nov. 5, 2015—Most of the people who work in critical care medicine have cared for patients who have had near-death experiences, but many patients are reluctant to discuss such experiences with caregivers, said Debbie James, MSN, R.N., a critical care nurse and senior nursing instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

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YWCA, Academy for Women of Achievement honor VUMC’s Dewey

Nov. 5, 2015—Charlene Dewey, M.D., assistant dean for Educator Development and associate professor of Medical Education and Administration, has been selected as an honoree by the YWCA and its Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA).

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Providers, clinics lauded for patient satisfaction efforts

Sep. 10, 2015—Three areas of Vanderbilt University Medical Center won Top Performer Awards in the 2015 Excellence in Healthcare Award, sponsored by Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC), Vanderbilt’s patient satisfaction surveyor until recently.

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Tennessee Poison Center offers tips for preventing and treating black widow and brown recluse spider bites

Jul. 20, 2015—Most spiders are non-venomous and most spider bites are harmless. They may cause some local redness and pain, but can usually be managed at home by washing, applying ice and keeping the area clean. But poisonous spiders thrive in many temperate areas of the United States, and knowing how to identify them and treat venomous...

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