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Author: Paul Govern

Study tracks sodium-potassium pathway

Jan. 25, 2018—A six-member group of biomedical scientists from Europe and the United States, including Eric Delpire, PhD, MS, professor of Anesthesiology, has been awarded a $6 million grant to study the role of dietary potassium in hypertension.

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Team to develop suicide risk model for military

Jan. 18, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University and Florida State University have received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Military Suicide Research Consortium to develop and evaluate tools to help U.S. Navy primary care teams detect and manage suicide risk.

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Project seeks to help people interact with medical records

Jan. 4, 2018—Apple has Siri, Google has Google Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana. A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is creating voice-controlled virtual assistant software to help people interact with electronic health records (EHR).

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Sorting patient messages automatically

Dec. 20, 2017—Automated techniques can assist in understanding and managing growing volumes of messages sent through secure patient portals, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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My Health at Vanderbilt poised for enrollment growth

Dec. 14, 2017—Leaders with Vanderbilt Health want to increase enrollment in My Health at Vanderbilt (MHAV), the online portal that offers VUMC’s patients such advantages as interacting with their electronic medical records, communicating securely with members of their healthcare team and paying medical bills electronically.

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Study shows gender identity plays key role in access to care

Dec. 14, 2017—A new large-scale study examining barriers to healthcare through the lens of gender identity finds that transgender men and women tend to fare poorly. The study, by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, appears in The Milbank Quarterly.

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Protocol reduces antibiotic use prior to cytoscopy

Dec. 7, 2017—A study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) by Justin Gregg, MD, and colleagues demonstrates how a clinical protocol can help reduce unnecessary use of outpatient antibiotics.

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Searching out pancreatic cancer risk

Dec. 7, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a biomarker that could be used to predict pancreatic cancer risk.

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Study uses decision support to reduce unneeded lab tests

Nov. 30, 2017—Diarrhea has many causes, and when there are prolonged or severe symptoms clinicians sometimes consider lab testing to help guide treatment. But sometimes they stray from published guidelines in the direction of overtesting.

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Insurance commissioner outlines ACA challenges

Nov. 16, 2017—Since 2014 the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has assisted lower- and moderate-income people who buy insurance on their own on the individual market, providing premium subsidies and discounts on out-of-pocket expenses. Under the law, people who don’t carry compliant insurance face a penalty, the so-called individual mandate. Large employers who don’t offer insurance are also penalized.

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Team’s mobile app helping healthcare workers in Africa

Nov. 16, 2017—A smartphone application called mUzima, developed for healthcare workers by Vanderbilt’s Martin Were, MD, MS, and his team, is catching on in eastern Africa.

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HIV outreach and return to care

Nov. 9, 2017—When chronic disease patients let their care lapse and fail to show for clinic appointments, it may behoove clinics to reach out and encourage a return to care.

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