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Author: Craig Boerner

Vanderbilt study reveals senses of sight and sound separated in children with autism

Jan. 14, 2014—Children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears--as if they experience the world like a badly-dubbed movie.

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Otolaryngology lands performance excellence award

Dec. 12, 2013—The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) is awarding Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center’s Department of Otolaryngology with its Commitment Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program.

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Penicillin equally effective as ‘big gun’ antibiotics for treating less severe childhood pneumonia, Vanderbilt study shows

Dec. 9, 2013—Children hospitalized for pneumonia have similar outcomes, including length of stay and costs, regardless of whether they are treated with “big gun” antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or cefotaxime or more narrowly focused antibiotics such as ampicillin or penicillin.

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First-ever study uses EMRs to spot new disease associations

Dec. 5, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers and co-authors from four other U.S. institutions from the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network are repurposing genetic data and electronic medical records to perform the first large-scale phenome-wide association study (PheWAS), released today in Nature Biotechnology.

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Immunosuppressive drugs unlikely to raise fetal risk: study

Nov. 14, 2013—Women with chronic autoimmune diseases who take immunosuppressive medications during their first trimester of pregnancy are not putting their babies at significantly increased risk of adverse outcomes, according to a Vanderbilt study released online by the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.

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Knowing who their physician is boosts patient satisfaction

Oct. 31, 2013—Knowing who your doctor is — and a couple of facts about that person — may go a long way toward improving patient satisfaction, according to a Vanderbilt study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

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Study finds cognitive deficits common after critical illness

Oct. 3, 2013—Patients treated in intensive care units across the globe enter their medical care with no evidence of cognitive impairment but often leave with deficits similar to those seen in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that persist for at least a year, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Leadership training effort looks to military, business

Sep. 26, 2013—When Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center director Roland Eavey, M.D., learned of the institution’s prioritized focus on training the next generation of leaders he went to two organizations he knew that were famous for doing that — the military and business schools.

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Speech-language association to honor VUMC’s Golper

Sep. 19, 2013—Lee Ann Golper, Ph.D., professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, is receiving Honors of the Association at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Chicago in November.

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VU employee wins inaugural Health App Challenge

Sep. 19, 2013—The inaugural Health App Challenge from Vanderbilt University attracted participants from as far away as India, but the winner is an imaging software engineer on campus.

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Sleep education helps families of children with autism

Sep. 12, 2013—Parent sleep education is beneficial in improving sleep and aspects of daytime behavior and family functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Initiative allows remote hearing tests for newborns

Aug. 22, 2013—A telemedicine initiative in Vanderbilt’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is working to make follow-up hearing tests for newborns more accessible in rural areas of Tennessee, while teaching young pediatric audiology and pediatric speech language pathology students to treat patients remotely.

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