June 21, 2016

VUMC in the news

A roundup of a few recent positive stories from the press about Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Long-acting opioids are associated with a significantly increased risk of death when compared with alternative medications for moderate-to-severe chronic pain, according to a Vanderbilt study released last week in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation (JAMA). Stories about the research, by Wayne Ray, Ph.D., and colleagues, was picked up by hundreds of news outlets, including Science Daily, The Tennessean, the U.K.’s Globe and Mail, Canada’s CBC, among others. Most notably, the Associated Press and Health Day News’s stories were picked up by local news outlets all over the country. U.S. News and World Report used the Health Day story.

William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be a national source on Zika developments for prominent news outlets. Here are stories from ABC and The New York Times. Last week Schaffner also talked to NBC News for a story about the effect of statins on the effectiveness of flu shots, and the Voice of America about research into the seasonal nature of chicken pox.

In the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, Corey Slovis, M.D., chair of Emergency Medicine, was quoted in U.S. News and World Report, WKRN News 2, Fox 17 and others about VUMC’s preparations for a mass casualty event and what individuals should know about how to treat victims.