Latest Vanderbilt University Medical Center Stories

2012-02-09 15:00:09

Orthopaedic surgeons spend estimated $2 billion annually Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers estimate that U.S. orthopedic surgeons create approximately $2 billion per year in unnecessary health care costs associated with orthopedic care due to the practice of defensive medicine. Defensive medicine is the practice of ordering additional but unnecessary tests and diagnostic procedures that may later help exonerate physicians from accusations of malpractice. However, these...

2010-12-06 14:18:05

On November 19, Jason Martin returned to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the first time since he nearly died there during last year's H1N1 flu pandemic. The tall and burly Warren County, TN, ambulance worker "“ a 30-year-old, father of three young children "“ broke down and hugged some of the nurses he recognized. "I got sick on September 12 and didn't come out of it for the next 20 days. I am just so grateful I came through,"...

2010-09-21 12:00:00

New position includes oversight of Nemours Delaware Valley patient operations WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. In this new executive leadership position, Dr. Churchwell will serve as a Nemours Senior Vice President. He will join the organization on December 1, 2010 and will have overall responsibility for Delaware Valley patient...

2010-09-15 16:35:26

It is widely known that a healthy lifestyle that includes not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and maintaining a proper weight reduces disease risk. In the journal PLoS Medicine, Wei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center now report results from a large study quantifying the impact of combining healthy lifestyle factors. They found that a healthy lifestyle pattern "“ being normal weight, having low belly fat, participating in regular physical...

2010-09-13 11:35:00

Latest Emergency Medicine Research Highlights Pediatric Care, Patient Safety, Workforce Issues, Who Visits the ER and When, and Alcohol Use WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The risks associated with boarding admitted patients in the emergency department - including patient mortality - as well as proposed solutions will be key themes of Scientific Assembly, the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In addition, emergency physicians will present...

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'