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Reporter Aug 12 2022

Supporting ‘Team VUMC’: Leadership Assembly Highlights

Aug. 12, 2022—Growth across both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the communities it serves spotlights the need to bolster collaboration and communication to efficiently provide care to patients and ensure well-being of the workforce, Medical Center leaders said during streaming of the August 2022 Leadership Assembly.

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Genotype-specific blood counts

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers report genotype-specific reference ranges to improve interpretation of laboratory blood results in African Americans with a common gene variant that lowers white blood cell counts.

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Cell-free breast cancer “biopsy”

Aug. 11, 2022—The circulating DNA that tumors release is a reliable metric of tumor genomics and can be used to monitor molecular changes in metastatic breast cancer.

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Couple’s gift helps support immunotherapy research

Aug. 11, 2022—Luke and Susan Simons have endowed a new directorship that will support research so that more people can benefit from immunotherapies.

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New predictive tool helps capture bedside observations of nurses

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt is collaborating with several other medical systems to implement a predictive tool that uses machine learning to extract patient behaviors documented by nurses in electronic health records and transform them into observable data.

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Rise seen in parechovirus cases among children

Aug. 11, 2022—Doctors at Vanderbilt are seeing an unusually high number of young patients infected with a virus called parechovirus.

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National XLH Day

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt recently hosted the National XLH (X-linked hypophosphatemia) Day, and more than 200 patients and families attended.

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Hundreds of Vanderbilt Health physicians named among America’s “Top Doctors”

Aug. 11, 2022—A new list names hundreds of Vanderbilt Health physicians as being among the nation’s top providers of health care.

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Burn pit legislation hailed as a victory by physician who became veterans’ advocate

Aug. 10, 2022—President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law a broad expansion of health care benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, and for Robert Miller, MD, professor of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and his Vanderbilt University Medical Center colleagues, the action is a long-awaited victory.

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NAM special publication focuses on COVID lessons learned

Aug. 10, 2022—A new special publication from the National Academy of Medicine spotlights the opportunity to leverage lessons learned from the pandemic to transform health, health care and health delivery in the United States.

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Capers named to lead Vanderbilt Regional Community Hospitals

Aug. 9, 2022—Travis Capers has been named to the newly created role of President of Vanderbilt Regional Community Hospitals, effective Aug. 15, following a nationwide search to fill the position.

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Study that investigated whether three smoking cessation drugs could reduce alcohol intake yields unexpected finding

Aug. 5, 2022—A Vanderbilt study of three proven smoking cessation treatments suggests these medications could play an important role to reduce alcohol use and smoking at the same time.

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