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Vanderbilt School of Nursing‘s School Health Clinic helping school children fight obesity

February 15, 2005

Childhood obesity in Tennessee is a growing concern. Research shows about 10 percent of children ages 2-5 and 15 percent of children ages 6-19 are obese, and the percentages have more than doubled in the last two decades. Experts at Vanderbilt say Tennessee‘s numbers match those national statistics. Patti Scott, who has a master of science in Nursing,…

Cook to head partnership assessing health of Metro Schools students

December 17, 2004

12/17/2004 – Thomas H. Cook, Ph.D., M.S.N., assistant professor of Nursing, has been appointed the School Health director for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In this newly created role, Cook is heading a partnership with Children’s Hospital and all 129 Metro Nashville Public Schools — with nearly 72,000 students — to provide health assessments…

Study examines new option for babies born addicted to narcotics

November 12, 2004

11/12/2004 – Researchers in the schools of Medicine and Nursing are teaming up on a new study designed to determine whether a new option could mean less severe withdrawal symptoms for the estimated 350,000 babies reportedly born addicted to narcotics each year.

Emergency preparedness center lauded by CDC

January 30, 2004

The National Center for Emergency Preparedness (NCEP) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been approved as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Specialty Centers for Public Health Preparedness to coordinate national efforts related to terrorism and emerging public health threats. The Centers for Public Health Preparedness program is designed to combine…

Colleen Conway-Welch Selected as Nashvillian of the Year

January 1, 2004

Colleen Conway-Welch, at the age of 22, didn’t appear afraid of anything. When she contemplated what to do with her life, she thought adventurously. When she considered where to go, she held the world in the palm of her hand.

VUMC helps influence policy change for infant flu shot

October 24, 2003

Flu prevention initiatives got a shot in the arm last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend that all children 6- to 23-months old receive the influenza vaccine, starting with the 2004 flu season. The decision strengthens the CDC’s previous position, which only “encouraged” vaccines for healthy infants in that…