November 28, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

CNN health writer Susan Scutti and CBSNews.com health editor Ashley Welch interviewed Gregory Plemmons, MD, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, for stories about a JAMA study on the rise of emergency room visits due to self-inflicted injury among teenage girls in the U.S.

NBC NewsChannel reporter Erika Edwards and WPLN Nashville Public Radio reporter Blake Farmer interviewed William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, about the fact that flu can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and disability in elderly patients for months after they have recovered from their illness. Schaffner also submitted a video commentary on flu season to MedPage Today that details the 3-5 most important things for health professionals to know about flu season and how to keep their patients protected. He was also quoted and has a video about the flu at Pharmacy Times.

Healthline breaking news editor Gillian Mohney interviewed Andrew Gaffney, MD, professor of Medicine, emeritus, for a story about how space affects the brains of astronauts.

Tennessean reporter Holly Fletcher interviewed Paul Newhouse, MD, Jim Turner Professor of Cognitive Disorders, and a patient family for a story about Newhouse's nationwide study of patients with mild cognitive impairment using nicotine patches to improve memory loss.