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Reporter Nov 16 2018

My Special Aflac Duck engages and comforts children

Nov. 15, 2018—Patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt were surprised with their very own My Special Aflac Duck, a high-tech robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions to engage and help comfort children during their cancer care.

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Parade kicks off holiday season

Nov. 15, 2018—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will again benefit from proceeds from the upcoming 65th annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

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Cancer research trailblazer

Nov. 15, 2018—Stephen B. Baylin, MD, a leading cancer researcher from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, described his trailblazing studies of cancer epigenetics last week during a Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Kevin Warren assumes senior director role for VEHS

Nov. 15, 2018—Kevin Warren has been named senior director of Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, effective Oct. 1. He fills the position vacated by Bob Wheaton, who retired in June.

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Benefits of smoking cessation take time: study

Nov. 15, 2018—People who quit smoking see their risk of cardiovascular disease immediately begin to drop, but it may take up to 16 years for their health to reach the level of someone who has never smoked, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Vanderbilt study suggests way to prevent rare lung disease

Nov. 15, 2018—Research by Vanderbilt scientists suggests that it may be possible to prevent or even reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare, progressive disease characterized by narrowing of and high blood pressure in the small arteries of the lungs.

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New epilepsy monitoring systems collect better data

Nov. 15, 2018—New epilepsy monitoring systems at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are providing neurologists better data for assessing adult and pediatric patients.

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Lynn Maquat, PhD, to give Vanderbilt Prize lecture Nov. 29

Nov. 15, 2018—Lynne Maquat, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science whose work has advanced our understanding of human gene expression, will deliver her Vanderbilt Prize lecture as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series on Nov. 29.

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Harrison awarded AHA Basic Research Prize for 2018

Nov. 15, 2018—David G. Harrison, MD, the Betty and Jack Bailey Professor of Cardiology and director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Basic Research Prize for 2018.

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Four researchers receive Young Investigator Grants

Nov. 15, 2018—Four Vanderbilt University researchers are among 200 recipients of this year’s Young Investigator Grants awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to support “innovative ideas for groundbreaking neurobiological research.”

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One year after Go Live, focus remains on advancing eStar

Nov. 15, 2018—This month marks the one-year anniversary of VUMC’s transition to eStar, and, as expected, there have been challenges and successes along the way.

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Songwriting aids palliative care nurse in cancer fight

Nov. 15, 2018—Megan Palmer, RN, a nurse in the Palliative Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, wears many hats, but she never imagined writing a song about a perfect Stetson cowboy hat would hold such powerful meaning in her life.

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