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Pet Therapy Research Aimed at Children with Cancer

Jun. 5, 2014—It’s not unusual to see dogs in a hospital setting, but is there scientific evidence that man’s best friend help’s children? Vanderbilt researchers are working to find that answer as Barb Cramer reports.                  

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First-ever study uses EMRs to spot new disease associations

Dec. 5, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers and co-authors from four other U.S. institutions from the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network are repurposing genetic data and electronic medical records to perform the first large-scale phenome-wide association study (PheWAS), released today in Nature Biotechnology.

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Restoring surgeons’ sense of touch during minimally invasive surgeries

Oct. 15, 2013—A team of engineers and doctors have developed a new wireless capsule that can give surgeons back their sense of touch when performing minimally invasive surgery.

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Long-term brain impairment too common after critical illness

Oct. 8, 2013—A recent Vanderbilt study shows a significant number of patients are entering I.C.U.’s throughout the world with no evidence of cognitive — brain related issues, but are leaving with symptoms associated with mild Alzheimer’s or Traumatic Brain Injury. Barb Cramer has more.

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VU testing vaccine against new flu threat

Sep. 19, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) is one of nine U.S. sites funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to test the effectiveness of a vaccine to protect against the H7N9 bird flu that emerged in China this spring.

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Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

Aug. 8, 2013—Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University.

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Baby’s life-changing surgery, before birth

Jul. 18, 2013—Vanderbilt’s Junior League Fetal Center is offering ground-breaking treatments and surgeries in the hopes of providing unborn babies the best start to life. Vanderbilt’s Barb Cramer has the amazing story– and surgical video– of fetal surgery to repair an unborn baby’s spinal cord defect. For more about Vanderbilt’s Fetal Center, go to: http://childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org

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Wearable robot helps man walk again

Nov. 1, 2012—  Amazing Vanderbilt research has designed a “wearable robot” that can be used by paraplegics to walk again. Vanderbilt’s Barb Cramer takes us on one man’s emotional journey to use the device, designed by Vanderbilt mechanical engineers, to take his first steps since a tragic accident. Read more here  

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Concussion testing for young athletes

Jul. 30, 2012—The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center is now offering pre-concussion baseline testing to all community recreational athletes, in advance of many high-impact seasonal sports resuming this fall.

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How Cool Cap saved this baby’s life

Feb. 20, 2012—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has treated more than 200 babies with Cool Cap since 2006. Researchers are looking at ways to extend the therapy to premature infants.

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Inside a Pred’s Coach’s Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Jan. 30, 2012—When the Nashville Predators take the ice—it’s all about strength, precision and teamwork. But when a beloved former coach with the Preds started feeling the harsh symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease—he turned to a team here at Vanderbilt. Coach Brent Peterson allowed VUCast’s Carole Bartoo and Mike Todd inside the operating room to witness his deep...

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