Your world … and welcome to it

March 18, 2011

When it comes to losing weight or making healthy challenges, the world at large is not your friend. Jamie Pope, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., instructor of Nutrition at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, knows this all too well. “Most people are very aware of what they should do, or even what they need to do,”…

Exercise can curb marijuana use and cravings

March 4, 2011

Vanderbilt researchers are studying heavy users of marijuana to help understand what exercise does for the brain, contributing to a field of research that uses exercise as a modality for prevention and treatment. Participants saw a significant decrease in their cravings and daily use after just a few sessions of running on the treadmill, according…

Support needed to help nurses tackle substance abuse

February 24, 2011

An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of nurses and nursing students in the United States may have substance abuse, misuse, dependency or addiction problems. The key to tackling this difficult issue — and protecting public safety — is support and treatment rather than punishment, according to a recent paper in the Journal of Clinical…

Improving heart patients’ outcomes goal of nursing study

February 9, 2011

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a multi-site, national study to identify the role nurses play in improving outcomes among heart failure patients. “Heart failure is being recognized as a huge issue in elderly and middle-aged people, and it has a profound effect on the ability to function and handle daily activities. It requires…

Year in review 2010: Additions, promotions bolster leadership team

December 21, 2010

12/16/2010 – Jill Austin, MBA, chief marketing officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was named assistant vice chancellor for Strategic Marketing and chief marketing officer in July. Since assuming responsibility for all marketing functions at VUMC last summer, Austin and her team have continued to build upon Vanderbilt’s position as the preferred health care provider in…

Year in review 2010: A year of achievements, discoveries

December 21, 2010

12/16/2010 – Editor’s note — the following is a chronological roundup of the news that made headlines at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2010. Program in Drug Discovery A $10 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in March established Vanderbilt’s Program in Drug Discovery as a National Cooperative Drug Discovery and Development Group…