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Pediatrician at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urges caution this Halloween

Oct. 26, 2020—While most of 2020 has been pretty scary, Halloween doesn't have to be, say experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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National Academy of Medicine addresses urgent threats of COVID-19 and climate change at annual meeting

Oct. 26, 2020—The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are twin calamities that cannot be resolved without global cooperation, consistent communication and leadership and urgent innovation by the scientific community.

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COVID treatment studied by VUMC gains FDA approval

Oct. 26, 2020—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center played a key role in the development of remdesivir, the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of COVID-19.

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Motor vehicle deaths increase despite fewer cars on the road during COVID-19

Oct. 26, 2020—Despite a decrease in the volume of cars on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that driving patterns and behaviors were riskier, leading to an increase in accident-related fatalities since April 2020.

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Variety of influences helped shape Birch’s medical career

Oct. 22, 2020—Andrea Birch was 9 years old and on top of the world. Her visiting cousin had challenged her to a tree-climbing contest, and, as a competitive kid always up for a challenge, she had outclimbed him. She was looking down at him from her lofty perch and, as she recalls, “goading him from the top.

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VPH nurse creates trauma-informed yoga program

Oct. 22, 2020—Julie Stavas, RN, has found a way to marry two of her passions — psychiatric nursing and yoga — at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH). About once every week, she leads trauma-informed yoga therapy to a group of five to 10 patients for 30 to 45 minutes.

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New tool to probe genetic mechanisms of disease

Oct. 22, 2020—Vanderbilt Genetics Institute investigators have added a new method to the computational genetics toolbox. Their approach, described in the journal Nature Genetics, integrates vast genomics datasets to predict gene expression and facilitate discovery of genetic mechanisms underlying human diseases.

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Minimally invasive treatment option for AFib studied

Oct. 22, 2020—A minimally invasive procedure that combines ligation of the left atrial appendage (LAA) with hybrid epicardial-endocardial ablation is a feasible, safe and effective method of treating patients with longstanding atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), according to a new Vanderbilt-led study.

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Lindsley to direct Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

Oct. 22, 2020—Craig Lindsley, PhD, the William K. Warren Jr. Chair in Medicine and University Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Chemistry, will become director of Vanderbilt University’s Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (WCNDD), effective Dec. 1. Lindsley assumes the director position from Jeffrey Conn, PhD, Lee. E. Limbird Chair in Pharmacology and professor of Pharmacology.

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Kevin Churchwell named Boston Children’s Hospital CEO

Oct. 22, 2020—Kevin Churchwell, MD, former chief executive officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been named CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, effective March 31, 2021.

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VUMC Hidden Figures event set for Nov. 2

Oct. 22, 2020—The fourth annual Hidden VUMC Figures event will take place via Zoom at noon on Monday, Nov. 2.

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NIAAA director Koob set for Nov. 5 virtual Discovery Lecture

Oct. 22, 2020—The Discovery Lecture Series launches this fall with a webinar format, the first featuring George Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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