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Author: Nancy Humphrey

UDN team strives to solve challenging medical mysteries

Jun. 28, 2018—The anonymous man being discussed in a conference room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center used to be healthy and athletic, but has suffered from slow progressive muscle weakness for some time and now uses a wheelchair to get around.

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Event celebrates VUMC’s strong community ties

May. 10, 2018—More than 300 members of the Canby Robinson Society and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center community joined Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, and his wife, Melinda, last week at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens for a reception celebrating the community of supporters who help VUMC in “redefining personalized care.”

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Accreditation enhances care for rare pulmonary disease

May. 3, 2018—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is now a fully accredited Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation Clinical and Research Centers Network site, one of 40 in the United States and Canada.

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Sedative-associated delirium increases risk of dementia

Mar. 29, 2018—A Vanderbilt study of more than 1,000 intensive care unit patients around the country, nearly three-fourths of whom experienced delirium, showed that many drugs given to sedate patients in the ICU are actually increasing their chances of — and duration of — delirium instead of helping them recover.

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Becker driven to help improve quality of patients’ lives

Mar. 29, 2018—Jonathan Becker, DO, the medical director overseeing Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) program, spends a fair amount of time explaining to patients what electroconvulsive therapy is not.

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Panel explores issues surrounding gun violence prevention

Feb. 22, 2018—About the same time a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine panel discussion on gun violence prevention ended Feb. 14 in Light Hall, a heavily armed young man barged into his former high school in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17 and injuring others.

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New members named to VUMC advisory boards, councils

Feb. 15, 2018—Twenty-three volunteer leaders have been named to fill positions on three of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) advisory boards and councils.

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Gift supports addiction medicine training program

Feb. 8, 2018—The 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, “Facing Addiction in America,” leaves little question about the growing problem of addiction.

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Study tracks therapy to slow idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Feb. 1, 2018—Investigators in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care have launched a pilot study to see if patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can tolerate the addition of a commonly used antiviral drug to standard IPF treatments. The research team believes the drug may ultimately help slow progression of the chronic and progressive disease or reverse its course.

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VUMC’s Price thrives on building, nurturing lasting relationships

Jan. 11, 2018—One of the greatest gifts of being an internal medicine physician is the long-term relationships developed with patients, and for Jan Price, MD, those relationships span generations of families.

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Study seeks to aid diagnosis, management of catatonia

Dec. 7, 2017—Catatonia, a syndrome of motor, emotional and behavioral abnormalities frequently characterized by muscular rigidity and a trance-like mental stupor and at times manifesting with great excitement or agitation, can occur during a critical illness and appear similar to delirium. But the management strategies are vastly different.

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Robertson leaves lasting legacy in clinical research

Nov. 30, 2017—When David Robertson, MD, sorted through 39 years’ worth of textbooks, journals and framed photographs in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Clinical Research Center (CRC) recently as he prepared for retirement, the memory that brought him to tears was a 30-year-old embroidery piece by his daughter, Rose Robertson Pink.

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