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CoolCap studied at VCH may prevent brain damage after difficult birth

May. 11, 2004—A cap designed to cool the brains of babies born with oxygen deprivation during birth may prevent brain damage. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital researchers participated in the study of the device, "CoolCap," to cool the brains of full-term babies who were oxygen-deprived and had signs of brain damage within hours of birth.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Family Outreach Center celebrates opening

Apr. 19, 2004—For children and adults with disabilities and their families, finding information and health, developmental, education and other support services can be difficult and time-consuming. The new Vanderbilt Kennedy Family Outreach Center, which celebrates its opening April 21, helps families navigate the maze of services to find the best treatment, support and research available.

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Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program to Lead Local Efforts

Apr. 13, 2004—May 18 has been designated HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, a day to educate Americans about the need for a vaccine to prevent HIV.

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Vanderbilt study shows cold drug ingredient could cause strokes

Apr. 13, 2004—A common ingredient in over-the-counter decongestants -- pseudoephedrine -- may increase blood pressure and the risk of life-threatening or disabling strokes in susceptible patients, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have reported.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Doctors Now Using Viagra to Treat Seriously Ill Babies

Apr. 12, 2004—Doctors at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital have found a whole new use for the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Sildenafil, as it is called by its more anonymous chemical name, may have the power to save babies.

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Cancer survivor donates $1 million for Hospital Hospitality House

Apr. 9, 2004—By all accounts, Don Matl was not expected to survive his second bout with melanoma in 1998. He was given less than a 5 percent chance. But he lived.Another recurrence in 2001 yielded a similar inference ó but again he persevered. Now Matl knows why he beat the odds.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center guest speaker to discuss new possibilities for early identification and intervention for learning disabilities

Apr. 6, 2004—Do dyslexia, ADHD and speech and language disorders occur jointly in some children because of a shared genetic cause? Bruce Pennington, Ph.D., a world-renowned geneticist, will address this question in a lecture in the series on development and developmental disabilities on Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Involved in Initiative to Improve Bioterrorism Preparedness in Health Care Institutions Nationwide

Apr. 2, 2004—Vaccines, drugs, diagnostic devices and medical surveillance are all crucial tools in the fight against bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease, but experts say they are not enough, and Congress has asked a group of national experts in the field, which includes the National Center for Emergency Preparedness (NCEP), housed at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, to target new ways to increase the level of personnel preparedness.

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Vanderbilt integrates, expands transportation services to Lebanon Purchases three state-of-the-art helicopters

Mar. 26, 2004—Vanderbilt Medical Center will expand its LifeFlight helicopter air ambulance program by adding a base in Lebanon, Tennessee, and purchasing three new state-of-the-art helicopters at a cost of $5.4 million each.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to benefit from international soccer tournament

Mar. 26, 2004—Soccer World sporting goods specialty shop has chosen Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as a beneficiary of Soccer World Super Clasico (SWSC), the first major international soccer match to be held in Tennessee. Vanderbilt Children's CEO, Jim Shmerling, joined representatives of Soccer World, the two participants, the LA Galaxy and the UAG Tecos, and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell Tuesday at the Coliseum to make the announcement.

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Franklin Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Clinic

Mar. 25, 2004—The new Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Clinic is now open for business in Franklin, Tenn. Developed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the new clinic provides orthopaedic care in hand, spine, shoulder and sports medicine, in addition to on-site physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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Vanderbilt researchers find popular citrus soda at center of medical mystery

Mar. 25, 2004—Bill Turner never knew that drinking a popular soda could adversely affect his recovery from a double-lung transplant. What ensued was a true medical mystery, leading to the identification of a new food and drug interaction.

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