What is omphalocele?

From the Summer 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Omphalocele, also known as exomphalos, is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The infant’s intestines, liver or other organs stick outside of the belly through the belly button. The organs are covered in a thin, nearly transparent sac … Continued

New Treatments at a Glance

From the Summer 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

New treatments for metastatic melanoma fall into two categories: immunotherapies that spur patients’ immune systems to attack the cancer and targeted therapies that block the molecules that allow the cancer to grow and spread. Immunotherapies — Up to 60 percent … Continued

Science of the Skin

From the Summer 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

How the skin protects Epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, provides the critical protective barrier needed for terrestrial life. The process of epidermal barrier formation includes conversion of the essential fatty acid linoleate into skin-relevant oxidized lipids. Two lipoxygenase … Continued

Digital Detective

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Not so long ago, when patients’ laboratory reports came back to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) indicating the possible presence of serious infections, Infection Prevention team members would print out the reports and divvy them up so they could visit … Continued

HAIs at a Glance

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Although significant progress has been made in preventing some infection types, there is much more work to be done. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients in the United States has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). … Continued

By the Numbers

From the Winter 2018 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Over the years the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC) has seen tremendous growth in all of its programs. In 1962, the first cadaveric kidney transplant was performed. As one of the largest and oldest kidney transplant programs in the country, VTC … Continued