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Reporter March 10 2017

Study explores alcohol use patterns in early pregnancy

Mar. 9, 2017—The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update recommending that women who are pregnant or could become pregnant abstain from alcohol use prompted a Vanderbilt professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and her team to explore the patterns of alcohol use in early pregnancy.

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Rounds: A message from the President and CEO of VUMC

Mar. 9, 2017—I am relieved that the recent mumps outbreak here at Vanderbilt impacted only a small number of our students, as larger outbreaks over the past year in locations around the U.S. have been a cause for concern. The notice reminded me of the importance of vaccination, and the vital role our Medical Center plays in public safety. And it caused me to think about how fragile that safety can be, and what we can do to assure it.

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Award lauds medical education programs

Mar. 9, 2017—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation have awarded Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) with the second annual DeWitt C. ‘Bud’ Baldwin Award, which recognizes institutions that “foster a respectful, supportive environment for medical education.”

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Compassion comes naturally for patient transporter Tyler

Mar. 9, 2017—Editor’s note — This is the first in a series of profiles on some of Vanderbilt’s most dedicated employees. All VUMC employees are encouraged to attend Celebrate — The difference YOU make every day on April 20 or 21 at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium. Please sign up for one of three sessions at VUMCcelebrate.com.

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Certain risk factors linked to post-surgery infection

Mar. 9, 2017—Plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have published a prospective study that proves there are specific risk factors — such as obesity, smoking and diabetes — that contribute to development of a major surgical site infection following cosmetic surgery.

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Osher Center offers multiple back pain treatment options

Mar. 9, 2017—The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt offers most of the treatments in the new guidelines for back pain recently recommended by the American College of Physicians, but misconceptions about those treatments remain a barrier to care.

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The joy of reading

Mar. 9, 2017—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday March 2 with a series of activities for Read Across America Day. Special guests read their favorite children’s books throughout the day in Seacrest Studios.

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Investigators use machine learning to predict suicide risk

Mar. 9, 2017—According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 there were 41,149 suicides in the U.S., making it the 10th leading cause of death that year. Among high school students in 2013, the CDC estimates that over the previous 12 months 2.7 percent had sometime made a suicide attempt resulting in injury, poisoning or overdose that required medical attention.

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Frontiers of Biomedical Imaging Science abstracts due by March 17

Mar. 9, 2017—Frontiers of Biomedical Imaging Science VI, the sixth biannual conference sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS), will be held May 16-19 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Pettigrew lecture

Mar. 9, 2017—Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., right, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health, poses for a photo with Vanderbilt’s John Gore, Ph.D., left, and André Churchwell, M.D., following his recent Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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American Thoracic Society lauds Young’s contributions

Mar. 9, 2017—Lisa Young, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, has been selected to receive this year's American Thoracic Society (ATS) Public Advisory Roundtable Excellence Award.

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Melanoma study finds new way to enhance targeted therapies

Mar. 9, 2017—With the help of a drug formerly used to treat HIV/AIDS, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have found a way to make melanoma cells more vulnerable to targeted anti-cancer therapy.

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