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August 2011 Category

Appointments now open for annual inspections of lead-lined shields

Aug. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt’s Department of Radiology is offering free annual inspections of lead-lined aprons, vest, skirts/kilts, thyroid collars, gonadal shields, gloves, and vinyl-type mobile shielding every Thursday from Sept. 29 to Nov. 10, from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Appointments should be made for this service by Sept. 15. These inspections are mandatory; the Tennessee Department of Health...

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VUMC wins state commendation for sharps injuries

Aug. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a special commendation from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) for reduction in sharps injuries. The Occupational Health Clinic monitors sharps injuries and facilitates projects to improve safety based on injury patterns. Among the projects leading to the commendation were an effort to require safety devices...

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Days of miracle and wonder

Aug. 4, 2011—Normally, parents don’t rejoice at the sight of a wet diaper. But this situation was different, because Jada Daves knew if her toddler son Shafer’s diaper was wet, that would mean his new kidney was working, which would mean his transplant was successful. And it meant even more to Jada, because only hours earlier, the...

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Fur, smiles and tears

Aug. 4, 2011—A celebrity had entered the concourse at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, causing quite a sensation. Eyes wide and mouths gaping open, onlookers young and old stopped in their tracks to gawk at the visitor, and many whipped out cell phones to snap a photo. But then they started asking questions a starlet would never...

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Healing of body, and mind

Aug. 4, 2011—Ashley Tauriac, M.D., invested four years of her life, and miles of neurons to learn the practice of medicine. Then she nearly lost it all. On Friday, May 14, 2010, she graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, feeling a bit feverish during the ceremony. By the Monday after her graduation, Tauriac developed a headache...

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Of JFK, U2, telephones and security

Aug. 4, 2011—President John F. Kennedy spoke at Vanderbilt Stadium on May 18, 1963. It was a large and appreciative crowd. U2 played a concert at Vanderbilt Stadium on July 2, 2011. It was also a large and appreciative crowd. I don’t mean to imply an equivalency between a president and a rock band, but I was...

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