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Tailoring treatment for heart defect

Sep. 23, 2019—By defining the clinical and genetic factors that predict treatment response, Vanderbilt investigators aim to personalize therapy for a common heart complication in preterm infants.

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Fetal membranes and microbial threats

Oct. 26, 2018—Understanding how cells communicate in the membranes surrounding the developing fetus could suggest new strategies for preventing infections, premature birth and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

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My Southern Health: The benefit of skin-to-skin contact for infants

May. 24, 2017— Ventral skin-to-skin contact has been shown to improve premature infants’ health, both short- and long-term. The baby is undressed or unwrapped and placed against the mother’s bare skin, nestled against her chest. A cozier name for this method of holding a new baby is “kangaroo care.”

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Therapies to prevent preterm birth

Feb. 9, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a high-throughput assay that will aid in identifying new compounds to treat preterm labor or postpartum bleeding.

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Probing mysteries of preterm birth

Jan. 24, 2014—Understanding the relationship between the thinning and rupture of fetal membranes and the presence of bacteria could lead to treatment and prevention strategies for premature birth.

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Antacids: risky for premature babies

Jun. 12, 2013—Antacids that block a certain enzyme pose a risk for a common cardiac problem in premature infants.

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Whitsett set for Flexner Discovery Lecture

Mar. 21, 2013—Jeffrey Whitsett, M.D., chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 28.

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It helps to have Friends in fight against prematurity

Sep. 13, 2012—The Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will commit $1 million to combat prematurity during the group’s 40th anniversary celebration Thursday evening. Since 1972, the volunteer organization has supported Children’s Hospital through fundraising, community awareness and service to patients and families. In a jovial atmosphere inside Children’s Hospital’s Theater, Friends members were...

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Dad’s diet influences birth timing

Jul. 20, 2011—It may be possible to prevent preterm birth by modifying the father’s diet before a baby's conception.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

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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VUMC campus

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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