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Author: Kathy Whitney

Friends of Children’s Hospital dedicated to showing support

Mar. 26, 2015—For more than 40 years, a group of dedicated volunteers known as the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has worked to turn scary hospital visits into happier memories.

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New research group oversees studies in advanced heart failure

Mar. 19, 2015—Vanderbilt’s Department of Cardiac Surgery has developed an Advanced Heart Failure Clinical and Translational Research Group that serves as a central research resource for advanced heart failure surgeons and cardiologists.

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VU study finds peanut consumption associated with decreased total mortality and mortality from cardiovascular diseases

Mar. 2, 2015—If you’re looking for a simple way to lower your risk of dying from a heart attack, consider going nuts.

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute director to speak Feb. 25

Feb. 20, 2015—Gary Gibbons, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will deliver a special cardiology grand rounds on Wednesday, Feb. 25. His lecture, entitled “Charting Our Future Together: Setting an Agenda for the NHLBI,” begins at noon in 208 Light Hall. Boxed lunches will be served.  The third largest institute at the...

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Vitamin D found to have no impact on blood pressure

Feb. 19, 2015—Despite prior epidemiologic and experimental data to the contrary, new research shows that vitamin D supplementation does not reduce blood pressure in individuals with prehypertension or stage I hypertension and vitamin D deficiency.

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Study to explore myeloma treatment’s impact on heart

Feb. 5, 2015—Vanderbilt is embarking on an observational study to define and understand how a promising treatment for multiple myeloma affects the heart.

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Findings do not support chlorhexidine bathing in ICUs

Jan. 21, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have found that bathing critically ill patients with disposable chlorhexidine cloths did not decrease the incidence of health care-associated infections when compared to less expensive nonantimicrobial cloths, according to a study appearing online in JAMA this week.

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New drugs approved to fight idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Jan. 15, 2015—The Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center played a key role in testing the first two drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

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Gene regulators of circulating trans fatty acids identified

Dec. 18, 2014—High consumption of trans fatty acids (TFA) has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and even cancer.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers surgical option for form of pulmonary hypertension

Nov. 18, 2014—A copy repairman who couldn’t do his job anymore and was forced to take medical leave has returned to work. A woman who couldn’t walk from her car to her desk job has enough energy to redecorate her house. A 42-year-old mother who was too sick to care for her children and was discharged to...

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VUSM students land Sarnoff Foundation awards

Nov. 13, 2014—Two Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students are among 11 individuals nationwide to receive Sarnoff Foundation Medical Student Research Fellowship awards for 2014-2015.

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