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Author: Craig Boerner

Study finds disagreement on the role of primary care nurse practitioners

May. 16, 2013—While physicians and nurse practitioners agree on general principles, survey reveals differences on specific policies Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners significantly disagree on some proposed changes to the scope of nurse practitioners’ responsibilities, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released today. The study, led by investigators from the Vanderbilt University School...

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Vanderbilt launches health information software competition

May. 2, 2013—Vanderbilt University announced today a $20,000 worldwide contest called the Health App Challenge, aimed to transform patient clinical summaries into easy to understand personalized health information.

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Vanderbilt’s Ken Young earns top patient safety credential

May. 2, 2013—The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) is recognizing Vanderbilt’s Ken Young, MBA, as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Young, who works as a surgical technologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is one of only five to receive this designation in Tennessee and one of 205 CPPSs worldwide. The National Patient...

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Lack of exercise not a factor in health disparities

Apr. 18, 2013—Health disparities between white and black adults in the South are not connected to a lack of exercise but more likely related to other factors such as access to health care, socioeconomic status and perhaps genetics, according to a Vanderbilt study published in PLoS ONE.

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Infectious diseases foundation honors VUMC’s Schaffner

Apr. 4, 2013—The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is awarding William Schaffner, M.D., professor and chair of Preventive Medicine, with its John P. Utz Leadership Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding level of dedication to their profession and to the NFID.

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Vanderbilt sleep expert offers daylight saving survival tips

Mar. 7, 2013—Moving clocks forward one hour in the spring means more daylight in the evenings, but that glorious after-work sunshine comes at a price – a horrible groggy feeling on Monday morning. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, essentially erasing an hour of sleep. That results in a population with fatigue,...

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Cure in sight for kissing bug’s bite

Feb. 14, 2013—Chagas disease, a deadly tropical infection caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by biting insects called “kissing bugs,” has begun to spread around the world, including the U.S. Yet current treatment is toxic and limited to the acute stage. In The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), Galina Lepesheva, Ph.D., and her colleagues...

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Itchy, runny nose may be an allergy – or the weather

Jan. 31, 2013—As winter continues to take most of the country on a temperature roller coaster ride, many find themselves reaching for pain relievers or other remedies to deal with runny noses and symptoms associated with sinus and allergy problems.

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Follow these cold-weather tips for taking care of your skin

Jan. 24, 2013—Cold weather is the enemy of skin. John Zic, associate professor of medicine and a dermatologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, tells you how to fight back.

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VU’s Pettit named ‘Tennessean of the Year’

Jan. 10, 2013—Vanderbilt’s April Pettit, M.D., MPH, instructor in Medicine, is being recognized as the “Tennessean of the Year” by the readers and editorial board of The Tennessean.

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Tip over injuries continue to increase in children

Dec. 20, 2012—Nearly 13,000 children are injured each year in the U.S. from televisions tipping over, with a child dying every three weeks, according to a report released today by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Safe Children Program manager Sarah Haverstick said that number has increased by 31 percent over...

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urges parents to talk to teens about safe driving this holiday season

Dec. 20, 2012—Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death among teenagers every year, and crash deaths are even higher during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It is very important that teen drivers avoid distraction in any form to keep themselves and others safe. Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at...

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