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Author: Craig Boerner

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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How to avoid family stress over the holidays

Dec. 19, 2012—Getting together with extended family during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, says Keith G. Meador, professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt. There are ways of managing expectations to make the time together better for everyone. “Holidays bring...

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Emergency medicine efforts in Guyana lauded

Dec. 6, 2012—Vanderbilt’s Department of Emergency Medicine recently received a Commendation Award for its decade-long efforts to establish an Emergency Medicine program and department at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Guyana.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urges caution during holiday decorating

Dec. 3, 2012—Holiday lights and decorations bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is offering a host of tips to keep homes safe and prevent holiday-related injuries. Holiday home safety mishaps account for more than 12,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States during November...

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Former pro golfer, burn patient makes return visit to Vanderbilt

Oct. 25, 2012—Former pro golfer Cathy Gerring returned to Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently for the first time since she was hospitalized here after being badly burned in a golf tournament more than 20 years ago.

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Vanderbilt researchers find that diabetes drug could be effective in treating addiction

Oct. 23, 2012—A drug already used for the medical management of diabetes also reduces the rewarding effects of cocaine in animals, which could have far-reaching implications for patients worldwide who suffer from addiction.

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