January 10, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

NBC Universal web producer Agnes Pawlowski interviewed Kayla Gaytan, the Vanderbilt patient who gave birth to quadruplets on Dec. 30, and the segment is now on the website of the “Today” show. Diagnosed in January 2016 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Gaytan finished chemotherapy, found out she was pregnant and then found out a month before delivering that the cancer was back. The delivery went well, the babies are healthy and remain in Neonatal Intensive Care at Vanderbilt. Gaytan will start chemotherapy again within the next few weeks. Her husband, Charles, is a sergeant at Fort Campbell. The story was first reported Jan. 2 on WKRN News 2.

A spike in flu in Middle Tennessee led to media outlets seeking out William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, to put the numbers in context. Among the stories that resulted were these in The Tennessean and on WPLN Nashville Public Radio. Schaffner was also quoted in a story in Conde Nast Traveler about how to be most comfortable flying with a cold.

The Associated Press moved a story headlinedVanderbilt med school sees federal research funding increase,” which noted that VUSM saw a significant increase in federal funding in 2016 for research. The school’s grants from the National Institutes of Health totaled $161 million in the 2016 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared to $114 million awarded in 2015.

WPLN Nashville Public Radio reported on Vanderbilt research showing that babies born in rural areas are much more like to have neonatal abstinence syndrome than urban babies. The story quotes Stephen Patrick, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics.

WKRN News 2 reporter Nick Callaway, interviewed Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program manager at Monroe Carell Jr.’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, about children being injured by falling furniture.

New guidelines about feeding young babies foods containing peanuts to help prevent peanut allergies was covered by local news media, including WZTV Fox 17 and WKRN News 2. Jon Hemler, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics, was interviewed for the reports.