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Study finds sexual minority communities disproportionately engage in behaviors to reduce medication costs

Dec. 29, 2021—People from sexual minority populations, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer communities, are more likely than heterosexual people to engage in behaviors to reduce medication costs.

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Virtual Lunch and Learn about health coaching at Vanderbilt to be Jan. 12

Dec. 22, 2021—Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program Director, Ruth Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC, will host a Virtual Lunch & Learn on Health Coaching Jan.12 at noon (CST). Learn more about the growing role of health coaches and how health coaching empowers individuals towards sustainable behavior change and self-management. To register for the event, go to To find out...

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Preds offer 100 free tickets with free pizza to VUMC employees for Dec. 14 game

Dec. 8, 2021—The Nashville Predators have designated their Dec. 14 game against the Calgary Flames as a “Healthcare Hero” game. The team has set aside 100 free tickets for VUMC employees. The link for tickets is and the promo code is DZZHAKE. A VUMC email address is required to claim tickets. Each person is able to...

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VUMC selects Workday as new vendor for enterprise resource planning (ERP) system

Dec. 8, 2021—After extensive research, the national vendor Workday has been selected as the supplier of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. An ERP is a group of business-related software applications that work together and share information among one another — much like clinical information is shared among the various modules within...

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Memorial service scheduled for Dr. Lewis Lefkowitz

Nov. 23, 2021—A memorial service for Dr. Lewis B. Lefkowitz Jr., who died Sept. 26, will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Pike. Visitation with the family will take place at 1 p.m., immediately preceding the service. Dr. Lefkowitz’ full obituary is here. Masks are required at...

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‘DNA’ podcast Season 2 explores COVID, science and trust in communities

Aug. 23, 2021—Listen to Episode 1, Blueprint for a Pandemic-Ready Society, and subscribe on your favorite platform. The first episode of the second season of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s original podcast series, Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action, tackles bold questions and issues pushed to the surface by COVID-19. This season, the award-winning 10-episode series delves into...

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First Listen: Season 2 ‘Vanderbilt Health DNA’ podcast trailer

Aug. 16, 2021—New episodes of the #ListenDNA podcast series drop every week starting Aug. 23. 

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TRIAD,TEIS partnership expands early intervention services

Jul. 22, 2021—The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) has renewed its contract with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to continue and expand a partnership with Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS).

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Pediatricians see spike in RSV cases, urge parents to be on lookout for symptoms

Jun. 23, 2021—“We are seeing a spike in respiratory illnesses, especially RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and parainfluenza, which cause croup and bronchiolitis in young children and flu-like symptoms in older children and adults,” said James Antoon, MD, PhD, FAAP, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Two VUMC physician-scientists win Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards

Jun. 21, 2021—Two physician-scientist Instructors in Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) — Jeeyeon Cha, MD, PhD, and Celestine Wanjalla, MD, PhD — are among 12 recipients of the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Career Award for Medical Scientists.

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COVID-19 pandemic brought changes in cigarette smoking: study

Jun. 9, 2021—Smokers who believed they were at increased risk of getting COVID-19 during the pandemic, or having a more severe case, were more likely to quit while those whoperceived more stress increased smoking, according to new research published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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