Success Built on Trust

From the Winter 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

As of Dec. 5, 2018, the VUMC Street Psychiatry team had encountered 151 unique individuals experiencing homelessness during 19 weeks at 15 different sites. Within that population, 89 patients reported being unvaccinated against hepatitis A, while 63 patients reported having … Continued

The Emotional Toll

From the Winter 2019 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Living with a disease for a long time can affect more than just physical well-being, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center psychologist cautions. “Sometimes we see young adults in remission (from cancer) and considered long-term survivors, but they might be having … Continued

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