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Neurology’s Davis blends modesty, clinical excellence

Feb. 8, 2018—Thomas “Tom” Davis, MD, enjoys archery when he’s not treating people with movement disorders.

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Think it’s flu? Now you can ask Alexa

Feb. 8, 2018—If you think you have the flu, making decisions about whether to seek care is as easy as asking Alexa. Vanderbilt’s Flu Tool, an online resource that uses a series of questions to help patients determine if they or a family member may have the flu, has now been adapted for use with Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.

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McKinney named to direct Emergency Medical Services

Feb. 8, 2018—Over the past decade, the Department of Emergency Medicine has significantly expanded its Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to oversee the medical care of the Nashville Fire Department and Nashville EMS, the Nashville International Airport, the region’s 911 Dispatch Center, Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Vanderbilt LifeFlight Event Medicine and Metro Nashville’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

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Study explores best pre-transplant weight loss options

Feb. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers are comparing two types of weight-loss options to determine which is the most effective in helping obese patients reach a more ideal weight before undergoing kidney transplant surgery.

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Wellness strategies focus of APRN grand rounds

Feb. 1, 2018—There are more than 1,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), and their scope of practice expands every day. With that growth, there are tremendous opportunities for positive experiences in caring for patients and families, but nurses should also take time to care for themselves, said Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, Executive Chief Nursing Officer.

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Echocardiography pioneer Greene endows directorship

Feb. 1, 2018—His hands have flickered across saxophones, guided airplanes and held stethoscopes. With a nimble skill set and a steady demeanor, R. Glenn Greene, MD, excelled in careers that others just dream of pursuing. He was a union musician before graduating college, a physician who helped pioneer echocardiography and a commercial pilot.

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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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Research Staff Awards honor lab, administrative excellence

Feb. 1, 2018—Laboratory and administrative personnel at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine were honored last week for research excellence during the 14th annual Research Staff Awards luncheon at the University Club.

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National report sounds alarm on clinician burnout

Jan. 25, 2018—A new report issued by the Blue Ridge Academic Health Group calls clinician burnout a “hidden epidemic” and suggests that addressing it should be one of the highest priorities across the healthcare industry.

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Directorships honor VUMC’s critical missions

Jan. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on Monday held its first Directorship Celebration to honor and support eight of its leaders in clinical care, research, education and administration.

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Study may point to new ways to reverse insulin resistance

Jan. 25, 2018—Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered how insulin crosses the capillary endothelium to exit blood vessels and stimulate skeletal muscle cells — a major finding that may lead to new ways to reverse insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

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New signage, access points ease navigation at Children’s Hospital

Jan. 25, 2018—With construction in full swing at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the hospital is offering helpful tips for staff on which entrances to use and how to get around the facility during the lobby closure.

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