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Medicine, Health and Society professor edits ‘Mississippi Encyclopedia’

Jun. 26, 2017—Odie Lindsey of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society attended an induction ceremony at the Library of Congress for the "Mississippi Encyclopedia." Lindsey is an editor of the book.

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Class of 2017: Musbah Shaheen finds belonging and purpose in the college experience

May. 4, 2017—Growing up in Homs, Syria, Musbah Shaheen excelled in science, eventually enrolling at Damascus University Medical College at 17. After two years, he wanted to “stow away” that chapter of his life in the war-ravaged nation and explore something different.

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Access to health care strengthens communities: Vanderbilt study

Jan. 16, 2017—A new study shows that access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can contribute to the fraying of neighborhood cohesion. The study, Beyond Health Effects? Examining the Social Consequences of Community Levels of Uninsurance Pre-ACA, published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, is an effort...

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds study of health, economic effects of LGBT-related laws

Dec. 19, 2016—A trans-institutional team of Vanderbilt social scientists and medical professionals will look at how laws affecting LGBT individuals and families affect their health and the economy.

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Unique premed program provides tools to understand social contexts for health

Nov. 30, 2016—Seniors who completed the program were as likely as traditional pre-med students to be accepted into medical school.

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Spring 2017 University Courses to examine health policy, mass incarceration and mobile cloud computing

Oct. 21, 2016—Enrollment opens Oct. 31 for three University Courses being offered this spring to tackle significant societal and technological issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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‘A Prescription for Healing: Lessons Learned from the Dallas Tragedy’ Sept. 28

Sep. 23, 2016—A trauma surgeon who led the team caring for victims of the July 7 shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers and injured nine others will speak at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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New rules for science researchers would mark an overdue ethics update

Sep. 16, 2016—New ethical rules for scientists who do experiments involving human beings are about to kick in. It's the first update in more than 40 years.

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Antidepressants: A treatment for bad marriages?

Jul. 7, 2016—Psychiatrists usually treat marriage troubles by prescribing drugs meant for depression, a new study from Vanderbilt University shows.

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Experts on mass shootings, guns in America, and political perceptions after terrorism

Jun. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt University's Jonathan Metzl, a mental health and mass shootings expert, and Liz Zechmeister, who studies perceptions of political leaders after terrorism, shed light on the Orlando mass shooting.

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The Conversation: Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?

Mar. 10, 2016—Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, writes: "Again and again, people with whom I spoke raised concerns, not just about the lethal potential of firearms, but about the ways that allowing guns into previously gun-free communal spaces might impact a host of commonplace civic encounters as well."

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How are big health issues being handled in the U.S. South? Leaders to discuss Affordable Care Act, gun control, income differences, more

Feb. 17, 2016—The complex and often under-addressed political issues facing health and health care in the United States will be tackled March 17-18 during a major interdisciplinary conference at Vanderbilt University, "The Politics of Health in the U.S. South." The conference is free and open to the public.

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