Health Radio Podcast Archives



About Strokes

June 24, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. Howard Kirshner

Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Stroke

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Howard Kirshner, M.D. is the Department of Neurology Vice-Chair and Stroke Center Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Stroke can happen suddenly, with or without warning, and leave debilitating effects.  Dr. Kirshner will explain stroke, what causes it and typical warning signs that may let you know you’re having a stroke.  He’ll also cover common risk factors and what you can do to reduce your risk.

To learn more about reducing your risk of stroke, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/strokecenter/15640



Oral Surgery

June 24, 2010


Segment 2:

Dr. Samuel McKenna

Accidents and Facial Trauma

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Samuel McKenna, D.D.S, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Summer activities can be fun.  However, we also see an increase of facial injuries during this time, some of which are preventable.  Dr. McKenna will explain common causes of facial trauma and who’s most at risk.  Learn what you can do to protect yourself and those you love.

To learn more about summer safety, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=1969&healthtips_id=71

Segment 3:
 

Dr. Samuel McKenna

What are Dental Implants and how do they Work?

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Samuel McKenna, D.D.S, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  When teeth are missing, bones can deteriorate.  Dental implants can be life-changing, providing a foundation for replacement teeth.  Dr. McKenna will explain the advantages of implants and how they work.  He’ll also address what to expect during the procedure and recovery process.

To learn more about dental implants, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/dental/21041

Segment 4:

Dr. Samuel McKenna

Treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Disorders

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Samuel McKenna, D.D.S, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  TMJ disorders affect the jaw hinge, resulting in joint noise, joint locking and pain with jaw movement.  No specific cause is known.  Tooth grinding can be an aggravating factor.  Dr. McKenna will help to explain TMJ disorders, as well as treatments available.  Listen and learn more.

To learn more about TMJ and its symptoms, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/dental/healthtopics?topic=TMJ_%2528Temporomandibular_Joint_Disorders%2529



Palliative Care and Pain Management

May 27, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. Tracy Jackson

Interventional Solutions Offered for Chronic Pain

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Tracy Jackson, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Chronic pain is a very subjective experience and affects each person differently.  It sometimes can be very difficult to target and treat.  Dr. Jackson discusses the process of identifying the source of pain, common medications used, as well as other procedures that may provide relief.

To learn more about our Interventional Pain Center, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/pain-center/

Segment 2:

Dr. Mohana Karlekar and Melinda Bailes

How is Palliative Care Different than Hospice?

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Mohana B. Karlekar, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She and social worker Melinda Bailes discuss palliative care and how it differs from hospice with the range of services it provides to patients and their families.  It’s care for any individual facing something serious, even life-changing, but not necessarily life-ending.

To learn more about palliative care, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/palliativecare/21568

Segment 3:

Dr. Mohana Karlekar and Melinda Bailes

Palliative Care Services

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Mohana B. Karlekar, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She and social worker Melinda Bailes discuss specific benefits that the palliative care team offers to patients with life-changing or life-threatening injury or illness.

Learn how to gain access to these services, how to talk to loved ones about advanced care directives, and more.

To learn more about palliative care services, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/palliativecare/18960

Segment 4:

Dr. Karen Cassidy

The Role of Pediatric Palliative Care Services

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Karen Cassidy, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Palliative Care Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She will discuss the importance of offering palliative care services to children and how those services differ from those for adults.  She’ll explain the importance of communicating with honesty and how to help the entire family cope, including siblings.

To learn more about our services, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=7174



Trauma Survivors

May 13, 2010


Segment 1:

Susan Sutton and Pam Bryan

Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) - Peer Visitor Program

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Pam Bryan’s son John was severely injured in a car crash, suffering a traumatic brain injury.  Vanderbilt treats thousands of trauma survivors each year and understands that their needs go beyond hospital recovery.  That’s why we’ve set up TSN and its Peer Visitor Program.  Peer visitors like Pam have gone through the experience of trauma and can offer patients and their families encouragement and resources to help ease recovery and the transition home.

To learn more about TSN’s peer visitor program, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/traumasurvivors/24473

Segment 2:

JP Barmer

Surviving a Motorcycle Crash and Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury

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JP was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in 2006. He spent a month in the Vanderbilt Trauma ICU, two months at Sheppard Center in Atlanta, then came back to Stallworth for outpatient rehabilitation of a T-4 complete spinal cord injury.  JP still loves to water and snow ski, play golf, baseball and lift weights. To him, this injury has improved his life in more ways than one; he’s looking forward to a full life ahead.


To hear more inspirational patient stories, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/traumasurvivors/

Segment 3:

Zach Phillips

Inspiring Peer Volunteer for TSN

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4 years ago, Zach got hit by a car while crossing a street with a friend.  He suffered a traumatic brain injury and stayed in a coma for 5 weeks.  Back then, he was just trying to get out of a wheelchair.  Amazingly, Zach just completed running the Country Music half marathon!  He says he tries to do the best he can everyday and volunteers as a peer with TSN so he can help encourage patients that they, too, can recover..

To learn more about our peer visitors, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/traumasurvivors/24473



Childhood Safety/Literacy

April 22, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. Gregory Plemmons

Jo's Reach Out & Read - Preparing Small Children for Success in School

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Gregory Plemmons, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Reading aloud to small children is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prepare them for Kindergarten.  Dr. Plemmons introduces us to a unique literacy program called Jo’s Reach Out & Read that builds on the unique relationship between parents and pediatricians to promote early childhood literacy.

To learn more about this program, please visit:  http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=2071

Segment 2:

Sheryl Rogers

Books from Birth / Imagination Library

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A child who enters kindergarten without pre-reading skills in place may never catch up.  Preschoolers who are read to more often have larger vocabularies, develop stronger early reading skills, and arrive at kindergarten ready to read and ready to learn.  Books from Birth of Middle TN encourages reading by getting books into the home.  Learn more about the program and how you can get free books for your child.

To learn more about Books from Birth, please visit:  www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/booksfrombirth

Segment 3:

Sarah Haverstick

Child Passenger Safety

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3–6 and 8–14; roughly 85% of car seats are installed improperly in vehicles.  Sarah, the Safety Coordinator at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will provide helpful tips about car passenger safety.  Learn more about what type of car seat your child should have and what you can do to make sure it’s properly installed.

To learn more car seat safety, please visit:  http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/safetycentral

Segment 4:

Sarah Haverstick

Safety Store at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

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Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 1–14.  Most of these injuries can be prevented with proper education, adult supervision and the correct use of child safety products.  Our Safety Store works closely with the pediatric trauma department to determine key areas for safety interventions.  They offer medical alert products, bike helmets and many other products to help keep your children safe.

To learn more about the Safety Store, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/safetycentral



Neurosurgery / Epilepsy

April 8, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. Joseph Neimat

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery for Movement Disorders

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Joseph Neimat, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  In DBS, electrodes are implanted deep in the brain to correct the motor symptoms of movement disorders.  Dr. Neimat discusses DBS and its effectiveness in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.  He explains the surgery, how it works, possible complications and clinical follow-up needed.

To learn more about DBS, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/neurosciences/20707

Segment 2:
 

Dr. Joseph Neimat

Surgical Treatment Options for Epilepsy

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Joseph Neimat, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Epilepsy affects almost 3 million Americans.  Most try to control their seizures with medication, but what happens when medicines don’t work?  Dr. Neimat covers the various surgical treatments that are available for epilepsy, their effectiveness in controlling seizures and potential risks.

To learn more about treatment for epilepsy, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/neurosciences/20313

Segment 3:

Dr. Joseph Neimat

Relief for Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Joseph Neimat, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by facial pain so severe it is commonly considered the most painful affliction known to medicine.  Dr. Neimat explains what this condition is, its specific symptoms and possible causes, as well as some very effective surgical therapies currently available to provide relief.

To learn more about trigeminal neuralgia, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/main/healthtopics?topic=Trigeminal_Neuralgia_%2528TN%2529

Segment 4:

Dr. Joseph Neimat

Innovations in Stereotactic Brain Surgery

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Joseph Neimat, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  When most people think of brain surgery, they imagine a huge metal frame that bolts to the head.  Dr. Neimat says that at Vanderbilt at least, that’s a thing of the past.  Neurosurgery today includes small, lightweight devices, robotic safeguards, and advanced MRI imaging for more precise navigation during surgery.  Listen to learn more.

To learn more about neuroscience breakthroughs, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/neurosciences/14073



Neurosciences

March 25, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. James Sutcliffe

Uncovering the Genetics of Autism

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James Sutcliffe, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  We’ve known for a long time the risk of developing autism is genetic.  We are now finding that the nature of the genetics is highly complex.  Dr. Sutcliffe shares the progress being made to better understand specific genes and pathways of this developmental disorder, and the hope it brings for future therapies..

To learn more about autism research being done, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/people/1514/sutcliffe-james.aspx

Segment 2:
 

Dr. Randy Blakely

Exploring Genetic Clues to ADHD

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Randy Blakely, Ph.D. is the Allan D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Molecular Neuroscience.  His research in ADHD involves fusion of genetics and how the genetic code impacts risk for this disorder.  Learn what the major deficits are in ADHD, as well as its various subtypes.  Dr. Blakely also discusses neurotransmitters and their potential importance in finding new therapies for ADHD.

To learn more about ADHD and other research, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/people/1426/blakely-randy.aspx

Segment 3:

Dr. Joseph Neimat

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) available for OCD

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Joseph Neimat, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes fears, unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors.  Learn about a surgical treatment being used to help relieve symptoms of this often disabling condition.  Dr. Neimat will explain DBS and how it works for OCD and other conditions.

To learn more about DBS, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/neurosciences/20707

Segment 4:

Dr. Art Walters

Restless Legs Syndrome

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Arthur Walters, MD is a Professor of Neurology and Associate Director of the Sleep Medicine Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  About 10% of the population suffers in some way with restless leg syndrome and can’t get a good night’s sleep.  Dr. Walters explains what this condition is, its symptoms and possible causes.  Find out what role endorphins and dopamine may play, and what treatments are available.
 

To learn more about restless legs syndrome, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/main/healthtopics?topic=Restless_Legs_Syndrome



Ear, Nose & Throat

March 11, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. David Haynes

Ear Infections and Preventing Hearing Loss

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David Haynes, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of the Hearing and Balance Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  If gone untreated, advanced ear infections can lead to hearing loss.  So, what causes ear infections and what can you do?  Dr. Haynes explains the preventative role tubes can play and other treatments available for advanced ear infections that have been left untreated.


To learn more about our program, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson/27424

Segment 2:

Dr. David Haynes

Cochlear Implants Helping Patients to Hear Again

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David Haynes, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of the Hearing and Balance Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Cochlear implants are electronic devices that may help patients with profound hearing loss.  So how do they work, who’s benefitting from them and what are the surgical and follow up processes?  Dr. Haynes will cover all of this, as well as exciting advances just on the horizon.

To learn more about cochlear implants, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson/27424

Segment 3:

Dr. David Haynes

Sudden Hearing Loss - Seek Treatment Immediately

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David Haynes, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of the Hearing and Balance Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Sudden hearing loss only affects about 5,000 people a year.  However, it hits suddenly, usually without pre-existing conditions, and there is a very narrow window to get treatment to reverse any inner ear hearing loss.  Listen to learn more about this condition and what you should do.

To learn more about sudden hearing loss, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson/27424

Segment 4:

Dr. David Haynes

Acoustic Neuromas - Tumors of the Hearing and Balance Nerve

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David Haynes, MD, FACS is the Medical Director of the Hearing and Balance Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Some hearing loss can be caused by acoustic neuromas, a tumor of the hearing and balance nerve.  Symptoms are usually subtle and treatment is not always needed.  Learn more about these tumors, the diagnosis process and options available should treatment be necessary.

To learn more about acoustic neuromas, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson/27424



Heart Disease-Cardiac Care

February 25, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. David Bichell

Newborns with Congenital Heart Defects

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David Bichell, M.D. is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  How is heart disease detected in newborns, or even prenatally, and how young is too young for open heart surgery?  Dr. Bichell explains the latest diagnostic tests available, what to do next if a heart problem is detected and the special neonatal teams available for the smallest of patients.


To learn more about our neonatal program, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=836

Segment 2:
 

Dr. David Bichell

Teens/Young Adults with Congenital Heart Defects

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David Bichell, M.D. is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Most congenital heart problems and heart murmurs are detected before adulthood.  Dr. Bichell explains these conditions and important to teens, the latest techniques being used to minimize scarring, as well as new interventional procedures that can sometimes even replace surgery.

To learn more about pediatric cardiology care, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=4566

Segment 3:

Dr. David Bichell

Cardiac Care - Alternatives to Surgery

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David Bichell, M.D. is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He explains how Vanderbilt surgeons and specialists are working together using hybrid (combined surgical and catheter based) procedures to provide the best solution for each patient.  Learn about stents, balloons and more, as well as what can be done if corrective surgery doesn’t work.

To learn more about innovations in heart care, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/heart/10857

Segment 4:

Dr. David Bichell

Cardiac Care - Future Challenges/Innovation

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David Bichell, M.D. is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  So, what is the future of open heart surgery, what advances are changing recovery after surgery and what problems are still unsolved?  Dr. Bichell covers all of these topics and more, discussing the role of the human genome and the advances Vanderbilt researchers are making.

To learn more about innovative heart research at Vanderbilt, please visit:
http://www.vanderbiltchildrens.org/interior.php?mid=4622



Diabetes

January 28, 2010


Segment 1:

Dr. Shubhada Jagasia

Diabetes during Pregnancy – Raising Awareness

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Shubhada Jagasia, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Trends to develop gestational diabetes are on the rise, raising concern about potential complications during pregnancy.  Dr. Jagasia will explain what gestational diabetes is, its risks to both mother and child and what can be done to help prevent it.

To learn more about all types of diabetes, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/diabetes/13172

Segment 2:
 

Dr. Mark Robbins

Defining the Connection between Diabetes and Heart Disease

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Mark Robbins, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular disease.  Learn how diabetes can increase your risk for heart disease or stroke and what you can do to reduce those risks.  Dr. Robbins will discuss the correlation between these diseases, symptoms to look for and screenings available for early detection.

To learn more about preventing heart disease, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/heart/14224

Segment 3:

Dr. David Trenner

Diabetes Foot Care

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David Trenner, D.P.M. is a Senior Associate in Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in podiatry, orthopaedics and rehabilitation.  Good foot care is very important for anyone with diabetes.  Dr. Trenner will explain what specific problems are related to diabetes, how to assess any complications and what preventative medicine and treatments are available.


To learn more about what can be done to prevent foot complications, please visit:
 http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/diabetes/healthtopics?topic=Foot_Complications

Segment 4:

Dr. William Russell

TrialNet – Finding Ways to Prevent the Development of Type 1 Diabetes

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William Russell, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  18 clinical centers around the globe have partnered in research to find ways to keep people from developing type 1 diabetes.  Dr. Russell will explain the TrialNet program, what promise it holds for families at risk for this disease and how you can help.


To learn more about Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, please visit:
http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=trialnet



Intellectual Disabilities

January 14, 2010


Segment 1:
Nealetta Houchins-Juarez

Assessing Behavior Problems and Providing Healthy Interventions

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Nealetta Houchins-Juarez, M.A., B.C.B.A., manages child and adolescent services in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Behavior Analysis Clinic.  Many children and adolescents with developmental disabilities also have behavior problems that interfere with development or functioning.  Nealetta will explain behavior analysis and how the clinic can help with these issues at home and school.

To learn more about our services, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/services/disabilityservices/BehaviorAnalysisClinic.aspx

Segment 2:

Dr. Bruce Davis

Disabilities Can Create Challenges When Transitioning from High School to Adult Life

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Bruce Davis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Program Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Clinic.  He will define intellectual disability and the types of challenges young adults with this may experience as they transition from school to adult life, or beyond.  Learn more about the BHID clinic and how it may help.


To learn more about our services, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/ucedd/functions/page.aspx?id=476

Segment 3:
Elizabeth Roof

Reducing Stress in Parents of Children with Disabilities

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Elizabeth Roof, M.A., is a Senior Research Specialist in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.  It is common for families of children with disabilities to experience a significant degree of stress.  Elizabeth is assisting with a project called Parent Stress Intervention, in which parents support parents with the aim of reducing stress.  Learn more about this study and the techniques and strategies they hope may help.


To learn more about our studies, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/services/studyfinder/default.aspx

Segment 4:
Carole Moore-Slater

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder – Providing Resources for Families

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When someone in your family has a disability, finding the right services and resources for them may sometimes be difficult.  Carole Moore-Slater, M.S., is the Program Director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a statewide, comprehensive information and referral for services and resources for all types of disabilities and all ages.  She will explain this valuable program and the services it offers.



To learn more about Disability Pathfinder, please visit:
http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/tennesseepathfinder/



Joint Replacement

December 24, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. Cory Calendine

Innovations in Knee Replacement

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Cory Calendine, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Learn what can be done to minimize discomfort and optimize function in early stage arthritis, as well as the differences in partial and total knee replacement, should one be needed.  Dr. Calendine will also discuss the “gender knee” and new knee replacement designs made just for women.

To learn more about joint replacement, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/16916

Segment 2:

Dr. Ginger Holt

Joint Replacement Surgery

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Ginger Holt, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Find out what makes a good candidate for joint replacement surgery.  Dr. Holt will explain this as well as what to expect during and after surgery.  She will detail recovery, what can and cannot be done after a joint replacement and how long the implants should last.


To learn more about joint replacement, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/16916

Segment 3:
Dr. Richard Driessnack

Pain Management after Total Joint Replacement

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Richard Driessnack, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The most common reason for putting off having hip or knee replacement is the fear of pain.  Dr. Driessnack will address this concern and explain what can now be done both during and after surgery to control it, even after the patient goes home.


To learn more about joint replacement, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/16916

Segment 4:
Sheila Gaffney

Rehabilitation after Surgery

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Sheila Gaffney is a physical therapist on the Total Joint Team in the department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She will explain what physical therapy program is needed after a joint replacement and what results to expect, like how quickly you will recover and get back to normal activities, and whether you will be able to garden again… or even return to sports.


To learn more about joint replacement therapy, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/25714



Trauma Survivors

December 16, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. Debra Friedman

Reach for Survivorship – A Resource for Cancer Survivors

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Early cancer detection and effective treatments has lead to almost 12 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. today – but, for these survivors, cure is not enough. They may have an increased risk for recurrent or secondary cancers as well as suffer from physical, emotional or practical issues as a result of their disease and its treatment. Vanderbilt has created a program of care tailored to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors called the REACH for Survivorship Program . . . listen and learn more.

To learn more about REACH, please visit:
http://www.vicc.org/cancersurvivor/

Segment 2:

Rebekah Lemley

CAMP HOPE – Because Children Just Want to Have Fun

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Rebekah Lemley, RN is the Director of Camp Hope, an outreach program of the Vanderbilt Regional Burn Center.  Camp Hope is a special opportunity for our school aged patients to attend camp with other burn survivors.  Campers can participate in activities such as swimming, canoeing and hiking, in a safe, accepting environment.  Listen and learn more about the camp and what you may be able to do to help.

To learn more about Camp Hope, please visit:
http://www.vuburncenter.com/community/camp.html

Segment 3:
Susan Sutton, MPH

Trauma Survivor’s Network

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Vanderbilt is a Level 1 trauma center, admitting over 4,000 seriously injured patients a year.  As a way to offer hope and help to our trauma patients and their families, we have partnered with the American Trauma Society (ATS) to bring the Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) to Tennessee.  Susan Sutton, the program’s manager, will explain the benefits and programs offered through this nationwide initiative.

To learn more about the TSN, please visit:
http://www.mytsn.org

Segment 4:
Dr. Peter Donofrio

Exploring and Treating ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

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Peter Donofrio, M.D. is the Director of the Division of Neuromuscular Disorders and the Director of the MDA Clinic and the MDA/ALS Clinic.  He will explain what ALS is and what causes it.  Learn what treatments are currently available and the research being done at Vanderbilt for this disease.  Dr. Donofrio will also share about a special clinic that Vanderbilt has created to help patients with ALS.


To learn more, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/neurosciences/20634



Skin and Leg Care

November 26, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. Michel McDonald

Aging, Sun Damage and Taking Care of Your Skin

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Michel McDonald, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in Dermatology and Melanoma.  Learn what women of all ages can do to protect and treat their skin, as well as what can be done for rosacea, dark spots, acne scars and wrinkles.  Dr. McDonald will cover all these topics, as well as laser resurfacing and skin care products that help reverse the signs of aging.

To learn more about our services, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/dermatology/23965

Segment 2:

Dr. Michel McDonald

Skin Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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Michel McDonald, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in Dermatology and Melanoma.  Learn what you can do to prevent getting skin cancer and at what age you should start getting checked.  Dr. McDonald will cover prevention, screening, as well as new treatments available if a skin cancer is found.


To learn more, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/dermatology/23963

Segment 3:
Dr. Michel McDonald

Leg Care – Varicose Veins and Hair Removal

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Michel McDonald, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, specializing in Dermatology and Melanoma.  Learn the difference between spider veins and varicose veins and what can be done to safely treat them.  Dr. McDonald will also cover laser hair removal, how it works and its safety and effectiveness.


To learn more about the services we offer, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/dermatology/24048

Segment 4:
Dr. LeAnn Stokes

What are Varicose Veins and What
Can Be Done to Treat Them?

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LeAnn Stokes, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Dr. Stokes will explain what varicose veins are, what causes them, and what can be done to prevent them.  She will share how endovenous ablation therapy, or laser treatment, may help.  Listen and learn more about the safety, effectiveness and recovery time of this treatment.


To find out more, please visit:
http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=cwi&doc=8845



Sports Medicine

November 12, 2009


Segment 1:
Merideth Cooper

Sports Medicine Program Committed to Helping Community

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Vanderbilt Orthopaedics is the official sports medicine provider for Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Metro Nashville Public High Schools, the Nashville Sounds and the Nashville Predators.  Merideth Cooper operationally directs these important outreach programs.  She will share what Vanderbilt Orthopaedics is doing for local high schools and their special commitment to the community through their sports medicine program.

To learn more our Sports Medicine Outreach programs, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/19368

Segment 2:

Dr. Alex Diamond

The Importance of Sports Exams for the Young Athlete

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Alex Diamond, D.O. is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Listen and learn more about the risk of injury or sudden cardiac episodes in young athletes today.  Dr. Diamond will discuss this and the importance of pre-participation sports exams, and explain what is being done to catch pre-existing conditions during the sports physical.


To learn more about sports medicine at Vanderbilt, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/16921

Segment 3:
Dr. Douglas Weikert

Properly Treating Hand & Finger Injuries

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Douglas Weikert, M.D. is the Director of the Division of Hand & Microvascular Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Dr. Weikert will explain what being a hand specialist means and what types of orthopaedic problems he typically sees.  He’ll cover common hand and finger injuries, which activities or sports have higher risk for these injuries and treatments available to help you get back in the game.

To learn more about hand and upper extremity care, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/16915

Segment 4:
Dr. James Carey

Treating Arthritis and Cartilage Injuries

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James Carey, M.D. is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Cartilage Repair & Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) Treatment, a center within Vanderbilt Sports Medicine dedicated to treating cartilage disorders.  Dr. Carey will explain the role of cartilage, some common conditions and how they’re caused.  Learn about what can be done to repair or treat various cartilage injuries, including arthritis.


To learn more about the Cartilage Center, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/orthopaedics/26696



Integrative Health

October 22, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. Tobi Fishel

Exploring Integrative Health and Mindful Eating

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Tobi Fishel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics and is the Director of Psychological Services at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health.  She has extensive training in the areas of holistic medicine, coping and adjusting to chronic illness and mindfulness based practices.  Find out what integrative health is and how it differs from alternative or complementary medicine.  Get tips on mindful eating and learn how it’s different than
going on a diet.

To learn more about the center, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/integrativehealth/

Segment 2:

Blaire Morriss

What is Integrative Health Coaching and How Can it Help?

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Blaire Morriss, APRN, MSN is a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health and provides integrative health consultations and mindfulness based health coaching.  She will explain health coaching, whom it may benefit, and what a session with a health coach might look like.  Learn about the wellness wheel and how it illustrates the center’s commitment to healing the whole person.


To learn more about these topics, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/integrativehealth/10951

Segment 3:
Michelle Foote Pearce

Learning Mindfulness for Pain

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Michelle Foote Pearce, LPC-MHSP, RN, D.Min. is a psychotherapist at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, providing mind-body therapy for adults with chronic illness, stress, chronic pain, grief and emotional issues.  Chronic stress and habitual emotional responses often increase the experience of pain.  Michelle will explain mindfulness for pain, how it may help, and who might benefit from joining a class.

To learn more about mindfulness for pain, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/integrativehealth/22174

Segment 4:
Emily Epstein

Healing through Therapeutic Yoga

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As activities coordinator for the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, Emily develops and supervises therapeutic and healing programs at the center as well as teaches therapeutic yoga.  She will explain therapeutic yoga and how it might help those suffering with pain or other medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, back pain or other orthopedic conditions.


To learn more about therapeutic yoga, please visit:
http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/integrativehealth/11061



Concussions and Trauma

October 8, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. John Morris

Defining the Disease of Trauma

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John Morris, Jr., M.D. is Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, specializing in trauma surgery and transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He believes trauma is not random or accidental.  Dr. Morris will explain the basic definition of trauma, what the risk factors are, what Vanderbilt is doing and what you can do to reduce the impact of this disease. For patient education and advocacy information, please visit:  www.mytsn.org


Learn more about Dr. Morris here.

Segment 2:

Dr. Stephen Morrow

Keep Family Fun Injury-Free

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Stephen Morrow, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Director of Pediatric Trauma at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Morrow will share with us the types of injuries he commonly sees from the middle Tennessee and southern KY region.  Learn how dangerous falls and activities like ATV and bike riding can really be, and what injury prevention strategies you can use to safeguard your family. To help keep your children safe, please visit our Safe Children or Injury Prevention Program sites.

Learn more about Dr. Morrow here.

Segment 3:
Dr. Allen Sills

Prevention of Sports Related Head Injuries

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Allen Sills, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He treats neurological problems in athletes at all levels from junior high to professional and serves as team neurosurgeon for a number of sports teams in the region.  Dr. Sills will share with us how big a problem head injuries are in kids playing sports and which sports tend to be at risk.  Learn what role parents and coaches can play to address this problem. Go to these links to learn more about head injuries and helmet safety

Segment 4:
Dr. Allen Sills

Concussion and Sports

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Allen Sills, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He treats neurological problems in athletes at all levels from junior high to professional and serves as team neurosurgeon for a number of sports teams in the region.  Dr. Sills will explain the definition, symptoms and management of concussions and answer questions about long term effects of sports related head injuries. Go to these links to learn more about concussion and sports safety.



Organ and Bone Marrow Donation

September 24, 2009


Segment 1:
Dawn Benjamin

Why Consider Organ Donation?

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Dawn is the Public Education Coordinator for Tennessee Donor Services in Chattanooga. She works to spread the message of donation and enlighten the public about the importance and benefits of this lifesaving gift. Dawn answers basic questions about transplants, the donation process and becoming a donor. Learn more about the Tennessee Donor Registry and how you can help. To learn more about Tennessee Donor Services, please visit: http://www.donatelifetn.org

Segment 2:

Cindy Schiller

Donate Life - A Donor Family’s Perspective

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It seems like the ultimate sacrifice. Yet giving life while letting go of someone you love can bring both hope and healing. Cindy talks to us about donating: the choice, the process, and what it meant to her and her family after losing such a precious life of their own. To learn more about becoming a donor, please visit: http://www.donatelifetn.org

Segment 3:
Gerry Davis

Lung and Kidney Transplants Gave Him a New Life

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Gerry started smoking when he was just a boy, long before there was any knowledge of associated health risks. He couldn’t know then that it would nearly cost him being able to walk his daughter down the aisle or see her graduate from medical school. However, thanks to the generosity of others, he was able to do just that. Today, Gerry is grateful for every day and each of the donors who gave him such a precious gift, the Gift of Life.
To learn more about becoming a donor, please visit: http://www.donatelifetn.org

Segment 4:
Dr. Madan Jagasia

Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

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Madan Jagasia, M.D., is the Director of the Outpatient Transplant Program at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Dr. Jagasia explains bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantation and what diseases are treated with these types of transplantation. Learn more about the new research being done in this area and how someone can register as a potential bone or stem cell donor. To learn more about blood and marrow transplant, please visit: http://www.vicc.org/bmt

Learn more about Dr. Jagasia here.



About Vaccines

September 10, 2009


Segment 1:
Dr. John Williams

Should We Still Vaccinate Our Children Against Our Grandparents’ Diseases?

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John Williams, M.D., M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.  Dr. Williams will discuss the importance of vaccines, how successful they are and if we still need to get vaccinated in order to protect our families against the flu, or more serious diseases like measles and meningitis.  Learn more about what kinds of vaccines are now available and who should get them here.


Learn more about Dr. Williams here.

Segment 2:

BethAnn McLaughlin, PhD

Is There a Link Between Vaccines and Autism? 

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Most of us have heard Jenny Mc Carthy’s concern that vaccines may have caused her son’s autism.  Is there a link?  Dr. McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Neurology, will address this as well as other known contributors to disorders like autism, ADD and cerebral palsy.  
Learn more about the latest in research, behavioral therapies, and family support for autism, ADHD and Down syndrome here


Learn more about BethAnn McLaughlin here.

Segment 3:
Dr. C. Buddy Creech 

Are Clinical Trials Safe? 

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C. Buddy Creech, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.  Learn what clinical trials are and how they ensure that a drug or vaccine, or its specific dose, is safe and effective.  Dr. Creech will cover what steps need to be taken for a drug to get to market.  We’ll discuss all the phases of clinical trials, who can qualify to participate in a study and why we may want to do so.
Learn more about clinical trials here

Learn More about Dr. Creech here.

Segment 4:
Dr. C. Buddy Creech

Should You Worry About the New H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus?

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C. Buddy Creech, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.  Learn more about the new H1N1 virus and the new vaccine being studied that may soon be available to the public to help prevent contracting it.  Dr. Creech will cover what’s being done to ensure we can safely vaccinate against this strain of flu and if we should still get our annual flu shots.
Learn more about H1N1 here

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