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Nurses’ investigative efforts highlighted at Research Day

Oct. 25, 2012—A bright spotlight shone on nursing research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center during the Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Committee’s annual Research Day on Oct. 17.

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New tool speeds medical record documentation

Oct. 25, 2012—The less time nurses and staff spend documenting their work in the medical record, the more time they can spend with patients.

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Former pro golfer, burn patient makes return visit to Vanderbilt

Oct. 25, 2012—Former pro golfer Cathy Gerring returned to Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently for the first time since she was hospitalized here after being badly burned in a golf tournament more than 20 years ago.

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Credit Union to debut renovated space Nov. 5

Oct. 25, 2012—The Vanderbilt University Credit Union will move back to its redesigned and renovated offices at 107 Oxford House, opening for business on Monday, Nov. 5.

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Special lenses help restore physician’s fading vision

Oct. 25, 2012—Camiron Pfennig, M.D., still fondly remembers performing her first operation. The then 5-year-old aptly used the brightly colored, chunky plastic tools from her Fisher Price doctor’s kit to extend the life of her beloved stuffed animals and dolls.

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Initiative set to improve patient transitions

Oct. 25, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center will undertake sweeping changes to ensure smoother, more tightly coordinated transitions from the hospital to each patient’s home or other post-acute care setting.

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HIV/AIDS-related efforts in Africa get $7 million boost

Oct. 25, 2012—Vanderbilt University has received a major federal grant — just more than $7 million in the first year — to extend HIV/AIDS-related technical assistance and training in the rural province of Zambézia, Mozambique.

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Speaker urges students, faculty to continue diversity-related efforts

Oct. 25, 2012—Alvin Poussaint, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and faculty associate dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School, said the appearance of more diversity in medical schools is evidence of progress, but he cautions that the issue is more complicated than ever.

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Bid protein guards blood cells against stress

Oct. 25, 2012—A protein normally known to promote cell death found to encourage survival of blood forming cells.

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Vanderbilt researchers find that diabetes drug could be effective in treating addiction

Oct. 23, 2012—A drug already used for the medical management of diabetes also reduces the rewarding effects of cocaine in animals, which could have far-reaching implications for patients worldwide who suffer from addiction.

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Stomach bug alters tumor suppressor

Oct. 23, 2012—The stomach bug Helicobacter pylori increases forms of a protein that promote tumor development, perhaps explaining how it elevates risk for gastric cancer.

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More gene links to breast cancer risk

Oct. 19, 2012—Two newly identified gene variants linked to breast cancer may aid in predicting disease risk and targeting screening and prevention strategies.

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