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Reporter Oct 31 2014

Elderly face no added risk from cosmetic surgery: study

Oct. 30, 2014—Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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New midwifery-led birthing center to debut next summer

Oct. 30, 2014—Families seeking midwifery care outside of the traditional hospital setting will have a new option beginning next summer — an outpatient birth center.

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Potential therapy for postpartum breast cancer investigated

Oct. 30, 2014—Nearly 25 percent of all breast cancers among premenopausal women occur within two to five years following a pregnancy.

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NIH grant spurs diabetic nephropathy research

Oct. 30, 2014—Diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease caused by diabetes, is a major source of morbidity and mortality. In the United States, more than 30 percent of patients receiving either dialytic therapy or renal transplantation have end stage renal disease as a result of diabetic nephropathy.

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Lynch recalled as pioneer of Plastic Surgery, Burn Center

Oct. 30, 2014—John B. Lynch, M.D., professor of Plastic Surgery, emeritus, who was former chair of Plastic Surgery and the first director of the Vanderbilt Burn Center when it opened in 1983, died Monday, Oct. 20. He was 85.

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Panel examines new ways to reduce costs, improve outcomes

Oct. 30, 2014—One way to lower overall health care costs and lessen health disparities among the poor may be to allow public and private health insurers to incentivize patient adherence to evidence-based protocols for chronic diseases and conditions.

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Photo: Courage Unmasked

Oct. 30, 2014—Radiation masks donated by head and neck cancer patients and decorated by Nashville-area artists were displayed during the recent Courage Unmasked event at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery.

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After-hours clinics hit new milestone in patient visits

Oct. 30, 2014—Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinics have treated 10,000 patients since the first clinic opened its doors on March 25, 2013. Patients and families are able to receive expert pediatric care in their own communities for illness or injuries that occur during the evening or weekend.

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Mindfulness training for parents of children with ASD studied

Oct. 30, 2014—Amy Weitlauf, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics, will be leading a study among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to examine the effectiveness of mindfulness training as part of early interventions for children with ASD.

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American Psychiatric Nurses Association honors VPH’s Barut

Oct. 30, 2014—The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has recognized a nurse at Vanderbilt Pyschiatric Hospital (VPH) as one of nine graduate scholars nationwide.

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Annual State of the Adult Enterprise address set for Nov. 11

Oct. 30, 2014—The 2014 State of the Adult Enterprise — Driving Value will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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Photo: BRA Day

Oct. 30, 2014—Representatives from the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery distribute educational material to staff outside Light Hall during the recent Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day.

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