Healing Minds

From the Summer 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  Schizophrenia not only affects the person struggling with hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thoughts. It wreaks havoc through the entire family. Charlotte Test, of Dallas, Texas, knows that all too well. Test and her late husband Donald Test Jr., who … Continued

Hidden figure

From the Summer 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  Harold Jordan, M.D., has had a distinguished medical career that includes many highlights, including being chair of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College, his medical alma mater, and serving as acting dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry as … Continued

Gut Reaction

From the Summer 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

  Jennifer Fleming was 22 years old, just beginning a career in a new city, when she started having some troubling symptoms. A persistently upset stomach, diarrhea and a small amount of rectal bleeding launched a barrage of tests that … Continued

Remote Control

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

When Willem Leister Einthoven, inventor of the electrocardiogram (EKG), sent an EKG over telephone lines back in 1906, it was the first example of modern telecardiology. More than a century later, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Allen Naftilan, M.D., … Continued

Hooked

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

The epidemic of opioid abuse, which each day claims the lives of 91 Americans and adds billions annually to the nation’s health care bill, can be stopped—but it’s not going to be easy, say those steering the ship at Vanderbilt … Continued

Healing from Within

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Researchers have long suspected the immune system, so efficient at defending the body against foreign invaders, could be key to treating cancer. “The immune system has properties that make it very effective in recognizing and fighting off certain germs. We … Continued

Positive Outlook

From the Winter 2017 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

When Rachel Fox was 15 years old, the petite, blonde high school sophomore spent most of her time babysitting in her suburban Nashville neighborhood and practicing the piano. For about a year, she noticed she was increasingly hungry and thirsty, … Continued