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At Vanderbilt, the drive to discover, care, learn and share is in our DNA — it defines who we are. Our Discoveries in Action podcast is about the big ideas and breakthroughs happening right here at Vanderbilt Health.

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Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology

Oral Treatment Further Tested in Childhood Obesity

Adolescents who lose weight more quickly tend also to improve related habits, such as diet: pediatric endocrinologist at VUMC.
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Clues Found in Interval Between Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

Younger patients and those with severe psoriasis progress more slowly.
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Spine Score Predictive of Intra-abdominal Injuries

New study enables clinicians to connect severity of pediatric thoracolumbar spine injury with internal damage using TLICS scores.
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Diabetes & Endocrinology

Patients are Texting About this New Clinical Initiative

Popular with patients, engagement with the REACH program improves key measurements, including HbA1c, in people with type 2 diabetes.
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Risk High for Stroke in Pediatric CHD Patients

Higher risk for stroke among children and infants with congenital heart disease warrants heightened awareness.

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How Low von Willebrand Factor Impacts Adolescent Girls

A deficiency in the clotting protein can cause severe menstrual bleeding, and certain pathogenic variants were found to signal higher risk.

Genomic Data Advances Precision Oncology

Moving structured data out of PDFs and into the electronic health record brings increased efficiency.

Hypertension Gene Improves Odds in Congenital Heart Disease

A predisposition for adult hypertension is a single-factor indicator pointing to better surgical outcomes for babies with congenital heart disease.

Virus Researcher James Crowe Turns to RSV Drug Development

A pioneer in the fight against viral disease during the pandemic turns his attention to the spike in respiratory syncytial virus.

Health Coaching Creates Lasting Lifestyle Changes

Study shows effectiveness is sustained beyond coaching period in patients managing chronic disease.

Quality Improvement Metrics to Shed Light on Geriatric Workforce Training

Vanderbilt is providing feedback to assess how well MIPS measures are meeting goals for geriatric patients.

Uncovering Role of Microbiome in Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Study to examine the esophageal microbiome as an influence on patients’ response to topical steroids.

4 ‘M’s Improve Care for Older Adults

Systems-wide updates aid in implementation of the 4Ms, a framework for providing high-quality care for older patients.