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LifeFight honored for 20 years of service by Metro Council

Jul. 22, 2004—Calling it "one of the best [helicopter programs] in the world," Metro Councilman Buck Dozier introduced legislation honoring Vanderbilt LifeFlight for their 20 years of service to Middle Tennessee.

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Vanderbilt research shows high doses of popular pain reliever prescribed despite heart risk

Jul. 9, 2004—The evidence is growing: chronic, high-dose consumption of the arthritis pain reliever Vioxx can raise blood pressure and the risk of serious heart problems.

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Vanderbilt Medical Center Emergency Department’s Beat the Heat Tips

Jun. 11, 2004—Corey Slovis, M.D., chairman of the department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, gives tips on how to avoid heat related illnesses.

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Web site building program cuts stress, keeps families of sick children in touch

Jun. 10, 2004—Communicating with family and friends all over the country has just gone high tech at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

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Maury County to be home of fourth Vanderbilt LifeFlight emergency helicopter

Jun. 9, 2004—Residents in Maury County, including the cities of Columbia, Mount Pleasant and surrounding counties, will soon have faster access to the region's only Level-1 trauma center thanks to the decision by Vanderbilt University Medical Center to station an air ambulance helicopter at the Maury County Airport.

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Damaged metal halide lamps can cause indoor sunburns

May. 19, 2004—Ever think you could get a nasty sunburn ó severe enough to peel ó by attending an indoor event? Seems improbable, but it can happen. And it has ó three times recently in Middle Tennessee.

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CoolCap studied at VCH may prevent brain damage after difficult birth

May. 11, 2004—A cap designed to cool the brains of babies born with oxygen deprivation during birth may prevent brain damage. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital researchers participated in the study of the device, "CoolCap," to cool the brains of full-term babies who were oxygen-deprived and had signs of brain damage within hours of birth.

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New anthrax vaccine in clinical trial at Vanderbilt

May. 7, 2004—A new vaccine to protect against anthrax infections will undergo clinical trial testing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and up to 11 other national sites in an effort to determine correct dosing formulas.

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Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program to Lead Local Efforts

Apr. 13, 2004—May 18 has been designated HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, a day to educate Americans about the need for a vaccine to prevent HIV.

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Vanderbilt study shows cold drug ingredient could cause strokes

Apr. 13, 2004—A common ingredient in over-the-counter decongestants -- pseudoephedrine -- may increase blood pressure and the risk of life-threatening or disabling strokes in susceptible patients, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have reported.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Doctors Now Using Viagra to Treat Seriously Ill Babies

Apr. 12, 2004—Doctors at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital have found a whole new use for the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Sildenafil, as it is called by its more anonymous chemical name, may have the power to save babies.

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Cancer survivor donates $1 million for Hospital Hospitality House

Apr. 9, 2004—By all accounts, Don Matl was not expected to survive his second bout with melanoma in 1998. He was given less than a 5 percent chance. But he lived.Another recurrence in 2001 yielded a similar inference ó but again he persevered. Now Matl knows why he beat the odds.

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