Mental Health

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Heart disease, depression linked by inflammation: study

Coronary artery disease and major depression may be genetically linked via inflammatory pathways to an increased risk for cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart muscle disease, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital have found.

Lack of Insurance among Tennessee children remains low, while mental health concerns persist

The latest analysis of the 2024 Tennessee Child Health Poll has found that the proportion of uninsured kids in Tennessee held steady from the 2023 poll, and the rates of mental health diagnoses and associated concerns from Tennessee parents remain high.

New algorithms show promise for predicting bipolar disorder risk

In a new study across three major U.S. health care systems, researchers developed and tested algorithms to predict who will develop bipolar disorder.

VUMC receives $13 million grant to coordinate multisite clinical trial for Rett syndrome treatment

Vanderbilt University Medical Center received a $13 million Department of Defense grant to lead a multisite clinical trial that will evaluate repurposed FDA-approved drugs as treatment options for patients with Rett syndrome.

Suicide ideation response plan implemented to assist at-risk adults

Vanderbilt Health’s Adult Ambulatory clinics have a new Suicide Ideation Response Plan that will provide clinicians and staff with additional resources to provide appropriate care for patients who are identified as thinking about or planning suicide.

Toddra Liddell, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, right, works with patient Steven Buchanan at Vanderbilt Dialysis Clinic – East. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Toddra Liddell helps dialysis patients manage mental health issues during treatment

Toddra Liddell, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC became a family nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt, decided to seek a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate when she realized how many had mental health issues either brought on or exacerbated by their chronic condition. 

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