Called to Serve

From the Winter 2015 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Within days of arriving in Liberia in September 2014, Boris Pavlin, M.D., ‘03, cared for three patients with Ebola—a mother, father and young son. It was his first face-to-face contact with the rare and deadly infectious disease that was raging … Continued

A nation takes notice

From the Winter 2015 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Ebola virus disease, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is caused by infection with four of the five Ebola virus strains, and can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola was first discovered in 1976 … Continued

Warning Signs of Stress

From the Summer 2014 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Your body’s stress warning signs tell you that something isn’t right. Much like the glowing orange “check engine” light on your car’s dashboard, if you neglect the alerts sent out by your body, you could have a major engine malfunction. … Continued

Ticks and red meat allergy

From the Summer 2014 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

Lone star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing patients in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer … Continued

What is a food allergy?

From the Summer 2014 edition of Vanderbilt Medicine Magazine

An allergic reaction to a food is a two-step process. The first time you’re exposed to a food allergen, your immune system makes specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to that allergen. The IgE antibodies circulate through your blood and attach … Continued