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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…

VUMC prepared to thrive in era of health reform

December 15, 2010

BY: PAUL GOVERN Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., discusses health reform at Tuesday’s Leadership Assembly in Langford Auditorium. (photo by Anne Rayner) 12/09/2010 – Going forward, the federal government’s efforts to reduce the nation’s budget deficit will likely spell a decline in reimbursement rates for health care services. This is at least what the nation’s savvy health…

New therapy for addicted pregnant women promising

December 9, 2010

12/09/2010 – Babies born into the world addicted to drugs because of their mother’s dependence on pain medication, or opioids, may be weaned off the substance more comfortably, with a shorter hospital stay and at a reduced cost, if the mother receives a new treatment option during pregnancy.

Hydrotherapy tub helps ease labor’s pain

December 6, 2010

By:  Nancy Humphrey 12/02/2010 – In the early stages of labor, expectant mothers are often told to soak in a warm tub at home — an effective way to relieve both the contractions and back pain during labor. In the tub, the weight of the baby is lifted off the mother’s back by the water’s buoyancy….

Hydrotherapy tub helps ease labor’s pain

December 2, 2010

In the early stages of labor, expectant mothers are often told to soak in a warm tub at home — an effective way to relieve both the contractions and back pain during labor. In the tub, the weight of the baby is lifted off the mother’s back by the water’s buoyancy. Now women who deliver…

From labs to libraries, Nashville’s colleges share resources

November 23, 2010

By Jennifer Brooks • THE TENNESSEAN • November 13, 2010 Vanderbilt is a teaching hospital for more than just its own students. There’s a social work major from Tennessee State University taking a patient’s medical history. A graduate student in Lipscomb University’s College of Pharmacy checks prescriptions, while a Vanderbilt University medical student shadows a…