Reporter Nov 16 2018

My Special Aflac Duck engages and comforts children

Patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt were surprised with their very own My Special Aflac Duck, a high-tech robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions to engage and help comfort children during their cancer care.

Parade kicks off holiday season

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will again benefit from proceeds from the upcoming 65th annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Cancer research trailblazer

Stephen B. Baylin, MD, a leading cancer researcher from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, described his trailblazing studies of cancer epigenetics last week during a Flexner Discovery Lecture.

Kevin Warren assumes senior director role for VEHS

Kevin Warren has been named senior director of Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, effective Oct. 1. He fills the position vacated by Bob Wheaton, who retired in June.

Benefits of smoking cessation take time: study

People who quit smoking see their risk of cardiovascular disease immediately begin to drop, but it may take up to 16 years for their health to reach the level of someone who has never smoked, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

Vanderbilt study suggests way to prevent rare lung disease

Research by Vanderbilt scientists suggests that it may be possible to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.

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