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Author: Jessica Pasley

Event honors impact of organ, eye and tissue donation

Apr. 12, 2018—Every 10 minutes someone is added to the national organ transplant wait list.

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VUMC again named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Apr. 5, 2018—For the seventh time, VUMC has been named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index 2018.

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Patient’s efforts help shine light on plasma cell disorder

Apr. 5, 2018—Charlotte Haffner, Vanderbilt’s first patient to undergo a heart transplant followed by a stem cell transplant to treat a plasma cell disorder called primary AL amyloidosis, now she dedicates her time to raising awareness about the rare disease.

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Report calls for greater awareness of rare cardiac disease

Apr. 5, 2018—A national effort seeks to raise awareness about an uncommon cause of heart attacks in otherwise healthy, young and middle-aged women.

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Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony set for April 5

Mar. 29, 2018—Kendra Woody sometimes receives text messages with photos of driver’s licenses with miniature red hearts.

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Family’s transplant journey a study in overcoming barriers

Mar. 29, 2018—There are no words for liver transplantation in Somalian refugee Aniso Haji’s native language.

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Study explores new treatment for childhood myopia

Mar. 22, 2018—The rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, in pediatric patients have steadily increased with little to no change in treatment, which, for decades, has had ophthalmologists and optometrists turning to corrective lenses for improved vision.

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First heart patients transplanted using novel transport device

Mar. 8, 2018—The heart transplant team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center successfully transplanted two hearts using a novel preservation and transport technology allowing the heart to beat outside of the body for an extended amount of time.

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Awareness, education goal of new HPV initiative

Mar. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt is at the epicenter of a human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancer epidemic, according to Ronald Alvarez, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt.

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Glaucoma study finds brain fights to preserve vision

Feb. 22, 2018—A team of researchers, led by David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has made a breakthrough discovery in the field of glaucoma showing new hopes for treatments to preserve vision.

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Sternberg named president-elect of ophthalmology association

Feb. 22, 2018—Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, George Weeks Hale Professor and chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt, was recently named president-elect of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO).

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Multiple options help atrial fibrillation patients

Feb. 22, 2018—Since launching its program offering patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative treatment to reduce their risk of stroke and avoiding long-term use of blood thinners, the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) has consistently ranked among the top centers in the country for the implantation of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices.

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