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Reporter Sept 30 2016

Novel LVAD allows patient to see family, celebrate milestones

Sep. 2, 2021—Brandon Cochran, a 39-year-old real estate agent in Louisville, Kentucky, was at home with his family in October 2020 when he went into cardiac arrest. His implanted defibrillator shocked him back to life, and he was hospitalized for seven months.

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Study shows heat therapy helps ease supine hypertension

Sep. 19, 2019—Heat therapy has been shown to lower high blood pressure in patients with a rare condition called supine hypertension, or elevated blood pressure when lying down, according to preliminary results of a Vanderbilt study.

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Childhood health influences focus of new NIH initiative

Sep. 29, 2016—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced it will provide $157 million in awards to launch a multi-center, seven-year initiative that will investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents.

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Breast imaging’s Huff dedicated to precision

Sep. 29, 2016—A series of beautiful photographs of turquoise waves curling over a sandy beach sits above the desk of John Huff, M.D. An accomplished photographer whose work has been exhibited at shows in Nashville as well as regional invitational shows in Louisville, Birmingham, and the International Center for Photography in New York, Huff said most people think the framed photos are all the same image. But each photo is slightly different and to him, it is the details that matter.

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Nikon Center of Excellence makes debut Oct. 4

Sep. 29, 2016—On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will officially unveil its new Nikon Center of Excellence, which will feature state-of-the-art microscopy for live cell imaging.

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Chalk Fest

Sep. 29, 2016—Professional artists, hobbyists and art enthusiasts from around the country created sidewalk chalk art in Hillsboro Village Sept. 24-25 during the second annual Nashville Chalk Fest, which benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, specifically the Preschool for Children with Autism and the Mama Lere Hearing School.

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Engle set for next Discovery Lecture

Sep. 29, 2016—Elizabeth Engle, M.D., a pediatric neurologist who discovered a group of genetic disorders affecting cranial nerves, will present the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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Murfreesboro debut

Sep. 29, 2016—Representatives from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt joined Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and other local officials on Sept. 26 to cut the ribbon on a specialty and after-hours clinic in Murfreesboro.

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Juarez to receive The Arc’s Educator of the Year award

Sep. 29, 2016—Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., director of the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, has been named Educator of the Year by The Arc, the nation’s largest community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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New VUMC educational series focuses on palliative care

Sep. 29, 2016—A new series of lunch and learn events at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is designed to teach nurses and other medical professionals best practices for providing palliative care to patients at their bedsides.

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Elder care planning

Sep. 29, 2016—Geriatrician and health services researcher Joanne Lynn, M.D., spoke on building health systems for the elderly during her recent Flexner Discovery Lecture. Lynn is the director of the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness at the nonprofit Altarum Institute.

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Lack of oral care can lead to life-threatening situations

Sep. 29, 2016—Following trips to two different hospital emergency rooms, 24-year-old Geoffrey Slayden was raced by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for surgery and a week of hospitalization, including several days in intensive care on a ventilator and feeding tube. The culprit: abscessed teeth.

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