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Newswise: Novel Transplant Technique Revives Donor Hearts That Had Stopped Beating
Released: 28-Feb-2020 12:55 PM EST
Novel Transplant Technique Revives Donor Hearts That Had Stopped Beating
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

In the first such procedures in Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has successfully used technology to bring two donor hearts that stopped beating back to life before transplanting them into patients.

Newswise: Potential New Heartburn Drug Studied at VUMC
Released: 26-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Potential New Heartburn Drug Studied at VUMC
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

An investigational drug that binds bile acids in the stomach can reduce the severity of heartburn symptoms in patients with treatment-resistant gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) when combined with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a new study suggests.

Released: 21-Feb-2020 10:25 AM EST
Study Finds Certain Genetic Test Not Useful in Predicting Heart Disease Risk
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A Polygenic Risk Score — a genetic assessment that doctors have hoped could predict coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients — has been found not to be a useful predictive biomarker for disease risk, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Released: 19-Feb-2020 1:25 PM EST
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today unveiled a grant proposal from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the “Top 100,” in its 100&Changecompetition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical societal challenges.

Newswise: Barbershops Targeted to Improve Health of Black Men
Released: 18-Feb-2020 9:40 AM EST
Barbershops Targeted to Improve Health of Black Men
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Black men with high blood pressure could benefit from a research study beginning this month to check their vitals while they are getting a haircut at a barbershop.

Newswise: Tennessee Infants Exposed to Hep C at Birth Often Not Tested for Virus
13-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST
Tennessee Infants Exposed to Hep C at Birth Often Not Tested for Virus
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Most Tennessee infants exposed to hepatitis C at birth are not later tested to see if they acquired the virus, according to a study by researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy.

Newswise: How to Best Help Patients Breathe After Trauma
Released: 7-Feb-2020 12:15 PM EST
How to Best Help Patients Breathe After Trauma
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are joining the Nashville Fire Department and nearly two dozen emergency medical service agencies across the country in a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival with breathing techniques used to keep patients alive at the scene of a trauma.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Patient First for New Cell Engineering Platform
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

VICC is the first cancer center to enroll a patient in a clinical trial for this new technology developed by SQZ Biotechnologies of Watertown, Massachusetts. The investigational product is generated from the company’s technology that uses high-speed cell deformation to squeeze cells, creating a temporary disruption of their membranes and offering a window for the insertion of tumor antigens.

Released: 28-Jan-2020 3:50 PM EST
Protein levels in urine after acute kidney injury predict future loss of kidney function
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

High levels of protein in a patient’s urine shortly after an episode of acute kidney injury is associated with increased risk of kidney disease progression, providing a valuable tool in predicting those at highest risk for future loss of kidney function.

Newswise: Study Examines Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions
Released: 27-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
Study Examines Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The CEASAR (Comparative Effectiveness Analysis of Surgery and Radiation for Localized Prostate Cancer) study, coordinated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a multi-site research study conducting long-term followup on men who were diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 2011 and 2012.

23-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Benefits of Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida Continue Through School Age, National Study Shows
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The benefits of fetal surgery to repair spina bifida, a procedure pioneered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 1997, continue through school age, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study reports today in the journal Pediatrics.

Newswise: VUMC tops in nation for number of heart transplants performed last year
Released: 16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
VUMC tops in nation for number of heart transplants performed last year
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center tied for first place as the busiest heart transplant program by volume in the United States in 2019.

Newswise: Study Sheds Light on Link Between Cannabis, Anxiety and Stress
10-Jan-2020 5:40 PM EST
Study Sheds Light on Link Between Cannabis, Anxiety and Stress
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers report.

Newswise: Vanderbilt-led team discovers new genetic disease and defines underlying mechanism
10-Jan-2020 5:50 PM EST
Vanderbilt-led team discovers new genetic disease and defines underlying mechanism
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

An international research team has discovered a new genetic syndrome caused by mutation of a single gene and named it CATIFA, an acronym for its core symptoms: cleft palate, cataracts, tooth abnormality, intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism and ADHD. The investigators report in Nature Medicine that the new disease is caused by a defect in collagen secretion.

Newswise: Michigan Medicine’s Shon Dwyer Named as New President of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital
Released: 9-Jan-2020 1:05 PM EST
Michigan Medicine’s Shon Dwyer Named as New President of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Shon Dwyer, MBA, RN, executive director of Michigan Medicine’s (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) University Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center, has been named the new president of Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (VUAH). She will join Vanderbilt University Medical Center on March 2.

Newswise: Study Links Medicaid Expansion and Recipients’ Health Status
6-Jan-2020 12:05 PM EST
Study Links Medicaid Expansion and Recipients’ Health Status
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

In Southern states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, adults experienced lower rates of decline in both physical and mental health, according to research published this month in the journal Health Affairs.

Released: 20-Dec-2019 9:45 AM EST
New Software Targets ICU Delirium
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

One of the nation’s largest health information technology companies, Epic Systems Corp., based in Verona, Wisconsin, has released a system update that stands to advance prevention of ICU delirium and improve patient outcomes.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 10:20 AM EST
AI’s Future Potential Hinges on Consensus: NAM Report
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The new report is designed to be a comprehensive reference for organizational leaders, health care professionals, data analysts, model developers and those who are working to integrate machine learning into health care, said Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Michael Matheny, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and co-editor of AI in Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril.

Released: 11-Dec-2019 3:35 PM EST
VUMC’s Denny Selected to Lead National ‘All of Us’ Program
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS, vice president of Personalized Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), to be the Chief Executive Officer of the federal All of Us Research Program.

Released: 11-Dec-2019 3:10 PM EST
Vanderbilt Doctors Discuss When to Visit Emergency Departments for Cold and Flu Symptoms
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

While it can be difficult to decipher symptoms, Michele Walsh, MD, assistant professor of Pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Children's Hospital, offers tips on when it is best to bring a child to an emergency department (ED) versus making a call or visit to the family pediatrician.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 2:55 PM EST
Children Much More Likely to Die After Surgery in Poor Countries
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Children in low resourced countries are 100-200 times more likely to die after surgery than children in wealthy countries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in Anesthesiology.

Released: 27-Nov-2019 9:55 AM EST
Zantac Recalled for Carcinogen Levels Above FDA Standards
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The popular heartburn drug ranitidine, commonly known as Zantac, was voluntarily recalled due to the contamination of a human carcinogen that could potentially cause cancer. The recall includes oral tablets, capsules, and syrup.

Released: 26-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
How to Avoid Food Poisoning This Holiday Season
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an estimated 48 million people, about one in six, contract a foodborne illness. Approximately 128,000 require hospitalization, and 3,000 cases are fatal.

Newswise: Autism Study Tracks Musical Rhythm as Possible Treatment
Released: 21-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Autism Study Tracks Musical Rhythm as Possible Treatment
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Researchers from the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University School of Medicine are partnering to study musical rhythm synchronization as a part of social development and how it’s disrupted in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in hopes of developing music interventions for improving social communication.

Newswise: Breast Cancer Recurrence Score Has Different Implications For Men
18-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
Breast Cancer Recurrence Score Has Different Implications For Men
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A new study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) researchers published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, indicates that a lower threshold is needed for male patients to predict mortality using the genetic assay, Oncotype DX®, a commercial diagnostic test. The study’s lead author is Fei Wang, MD, PhD, a visiting research fellow at Vanderbilt University, and its senior author is Xiao-Ou Shu, MD, PhD, MPH, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and associate director for Global Health and co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at VICC.

Newswise: VUMC Offering New Minimally Invasive Emphysema Therapy
Released: 19-Nov-2019 1:05 PM EST
VUMC Offering New Minimally Invasive Emphysema Therapy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The procedure, called Endobronchial Lung Volume Reduction (ELVR), is for patients with emphysema who have hyperinflated lungs. These patients can inhale but have difficulty exhaling because air trapped in their lungs causes them to become hyperinflated. Until now, such patients were typically treated with inhalers, lung surgery to reduce volume or lung transplants.

Newswise: Edwards Receives American Pediatric Society’s Top Award
Released: 15-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Edwards Receives American Pediatric Society’s Top Award
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kathryn Edwards, MD, who holds the Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and is a professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2020 John Howland Award, the highest honor given by the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Newswise: Living Liver Transplant Program to Increase Availability of Organs
Released: 14-Nov-2019 9:55 AM EST
Living Liver Transplant Program to Increase Availability of Organs
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching a living liver donor transplant program, significantly increasing the number of available organs for life-saving transplants

Newswise: Study Finds No Such Thing as a Low-Risk Surgery For Frail Patients
13-Nov-2019 10:50 AM EST
Study Finds No Such Thing as a Low-Risk Surgery For Frail Patients
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Even a minor surgery such as a laparoscopic gallbladder removal can prove to be a high-risk and even fatal procedure for frail patients, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery.

Released: 7-Nov-2019 9:40 AM EST
VUMC’s Rathmell to Receive 2019 Eugene P. Schonfeld Award
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Kidney Cancer Association is recognizing the research accomplishments and leadership achievements of W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, with its most prestigious honor, the Eugene P. Schonfeld Award.

Released: 7-Nov-2019 9:35 AM EST
Adverse Reactions Increase in Children with Use of Common Reflux Aids: Study
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) — such as Prilosec, Protonix and Nexium, have long been one of the most prescribed medications in the country to aid in the reduction of stomach acid. f

Released: 4-Nov-2019 2:35 PM EST
Daylight Saving Time Has Long-term Effects on Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The annual transition to and from daylight saving time (DST) has clinical implications that last longer than the days where clocks “fall back” or “spring forward.”

Newswise: Nashville Predators to Honor Late CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt at Hockey Fights Cancer Game
Released: 1-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Nashville Predators to Honor Late CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt at Hockey Fights Cancer Game
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

When the Nashville Predators hockey team hits the ice Saturday, Nov. 2, the players will take on an important opponent: childhood cancer. The Hockey Fights Cancer game against the New York Rangers will raise funds for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The team and the players will also honor one of the hospital’s most passionate advocates, Luke Gregory, chief executive officer for Children’s Hospital, who died Oct. 18 after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Newswise: Rush Named Interim Children's Hospital President
Released: 31-Oct-2019 4:40 PM EDT
Rush Named Interim Children's Hospital President
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Meg Rush, MD, MMHC, who began her career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center more than three decades ago, has been named interim president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, effective immediately.

Newswise: High Fiber, Yogurt Diet Associated with Lower Lung Cancer Risk
Released: 28-Oct-2019 11:00 AM EDT
High Fiber, Yogurt Diet Associated with Lower Lung Cancer Risk
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A diet high in fiber and yogurt is associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer, according to a study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers published in JAMA Oncology.

Newswise: Consensus Report Shows Burnout Prevalent in Health Care Community
Released: 23-Oct-2019 3:15 PM EDT
Consensus Report Shows Burnout Prevalent in Health Care Community
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Clinician burnout is affecting between one-third and one-half of all of U.S. nurses and physicians, and 45 to 60% of medical students and residents, according to a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) report released today.

Released: 21-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Effort to Examine Alzheimer’s Impact on Pain Processing
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A new multisite study funded by the National Institute on Aging will examine whether co-occurring Alzheimer’s disease and stage 4 breast or prostate cancer alters pain perception, potentially leading to undertreated cancer pain.

Released: 24-Sep-2019 5:00 PM EDT
Diabetes Drug Study Explores Cardiovascular Risks for Patients with Kidney Disease
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Among the 30 million U.S. adults with Type 2 diabetes, 20% have impaired kidney function. In patients like this, metformin, the recommended first-line drug therapy for Type 2 diabetes, is associated in the new study with 20 percent decreased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events when compared to a class of common diabetes drugs called sulfonylureas.

20-Sep-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Study Identifies Cardiovascular Toxicities Associated with Ibrutinib
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

After a recent study showed that chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients who received ibrutinib as a frontline treatment had a 7% death rate, a new study offers a clearer picture on the reasons for the deaths.

Newswise: All-in-One Pill Reduces Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Levels in U.S. Study
13-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
All-in-One Pill Reduces Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Levels in U.S. Study
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A single pill containing low doses of three medications to treat high blood pressure and one to lower cholesterol reduced the estimated risk of cardiovascular disease by 25% in a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Released: 5-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Partners with Batavia Biosciences to Develop Anti-Zika Antibody
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are partnering with the Dutch biopharmaceutical firm Batavia Biosciences and Nashville-based IDBiologics to bring to the clinic a highly potent Zika virus neutralizing antibody they isolated three years ago.

Released: 21-Aug-2019 8:45 AM EDT
E-cigarette Use Spurs Rise in Teens Treated for Respiratory Injuries
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The number of teens and young adults treated for severe respiratory injury after e-cigarette use is increasing at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which is consistent with a nationwide trend that led to a recent communication to physicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

16-Aug-2019 4:00 PM EDT
Quitting Smoking Associated with Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Heavy cigarette smokers with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 39% within five years if they quit, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Newswise: Nerve-releasing Surgery Eases Migraines for Some
Released: 12-Aug-2019 10:40 AM EDT
Nerve-releasing Surgery Eases Migraines for Some
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

In November 2018 Dyer underwent peripheral nerve surgery at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Hospital with the goal of relieving her chronic migraine headaches. The outpatient surgery is now also being offered by the same team of plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Released: 9-Aug-2019 9:30 AM EDT
Low-level Alcohol Use Increases Miscarriage Risk
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy — even in small amounts — have a 19% greater risk of miscarriage than women who don’t use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers.

Released: 8-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Safety Experts Urge Driver Caution as School Year Starts
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

An expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offered safety tips to prevent child-pedestrian injuries, which often increase as routines change during the back-to-school season.

Released: 5-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Completes Acquisition of Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Leaders of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) today announced completion of the acquisition of Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon, a two-campus facility licensed for 245 beds, from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS). Terms of the transaction will remain confidential.

Released: 24-Jul-2019 5:05 PM EDT
Vanderbilt Eye Institute Receives $10 Million Gift to Support Eye Diseases Research
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) has received a $10 million gift — the Institute’s largest to date — that will fund regenerative visual neuroscience research to develop transformative therapies for eye diseases.

Released: 24-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
SUDEP: Untangling the Causes
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

SUDEP occurs in about 1-2 per 1,000 patients with chronic epilepsy and 3-9 per 1,000 in those with severe, refractory seizures, though its frequency is difficult to calculate. It is most common in patients 20 to 40 years old.

Released: 22-Jul-2019 11:50 AM EDT
Encephalitis Identified as Rare Toxicity of Immunotherapy Treatment
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The results, published July 22 in Nature Medicine, are the latest findings by VICC researchers chronicling rare but serious toxicities that may occur with immune checkpoint inhibitors, the most widely prescribed class of immunotherapies. The researchers have previously identified myocarditis, pneumonitis, hepatitis, colitis and vasculitis as possible complications. Checkpoint inhibitors unleash the immune system to attack cancer, but they may also spur an attack on organs, resulting in inflammation that can, in most cases, be effectively treated with steroids.


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