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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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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Involved in Initiative to Improve Bioterrorism Preparedness in Health Care Institutions Nationwide

Apr. 2, 2004—Vaccines, drugs, diagnostic devices and medical surveillance are all crucial tools in the fight against bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease, but experts say they are not enough, and Congress has asked a group of national experts in the field, which includes the National Center for Emergency Preparedness (NCEP), housed at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, to target new ways to increase the level of personnel preparedness.

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Foreign Nurses to Find Home in America’s Health Care System with Help from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Apr. 2, 2004—Nurses from foreign countries that have relocated to the Nashville area and want to work as nurses in the United States will get some help thanks to a new course created by the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, in partnership with the Vanderbilt English Language Center.

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Active Lifestyle ñ Including Housework and Walking ñ Reduces Risk Of Endometrial Cancer, Researchers Find

Mar. 31, 2004—Women and teen-age girls have yet one more reason to become more physically active ñ reduction of their risk of developing the most common gynecologic malignancy, endometrial cancer, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center report.

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Vanderbilt integrates, expands transportation services to Lebanon Purchases three state-of-the-art helicopters

Mar. 26, 2004—Vanderbilt Medical Center will expand its LifeFlight helicopter air ambulance program by adding a base in Lebanon, Tennessee, and purchasing three new state-of-the-art helicopters at a cost of $5.4 million each.

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Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to benefit from international soccer tournament

Mar. 26, 2004—Soccer World sporting goods specialty shop has chosen Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as a beneficiary of Soccer World Super Clasico (SWSC), the first major international soccer match to be held in Tennessee. Vanderbilt Children's CEO, Jim Shmerling, joined representatives of Soccer World, the two participants, the LA Galaxy and the UAG Tecos, and Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell Tuesday at the Coliseum to make the announcement.

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Franklin Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Clinic

Mar. 25, 2004—The new Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Clinic is now open for business in Franklin, Tenn. Developed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the new clinic provides orthopaedic care in hand, spine, shoulder and sports medicine, in addition to on-site physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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