May 16, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

The New York Times is the latest news organization to report on research by Jens Titze, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, who reported that increased salt in the diet decreased thirst in the long run, and increased hunger — findings which could upend the way physicians have long believed the body works. The story, by reporter Gina Kolata, was highlighted on the front page of the Times’ national edition, and ran on the front page of the weekly Science Times section. After the publicity in the Times, the story was covered by still more news organizations, and later in the week, the study was the lead question in the Times’ health quiz.

Numerous news organizations, including The TennesseanNBC News, ABC NewsCNN, CBS NewsBuzzFeed News, PoliticoDaily Mail, HealthDay News via U.S. News and World Report, and WSMV Channel 4 News interviewed Stephen Patrick, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, for stories about his MMWR study released Thursday that found hepatitis C infections among pregnant women nearly doubled from 2009-2014, likely a consequence of the country’s increasing opioid epidemic that is disproportionately affecting rural areas of states including Tennessee and West Virginia. 

A Wall Street Journal story about surgical treatment of back pain, pegged to the recent back surgery of Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, quotes Clinton Devin, M.D., associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Vanderbilt Spine Center.

Scientific American reporter Ann Griswold interviewed Katherine Gotham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, for a story about how sexuality can be baffling for people with autism.

Self magazine reporter Korin Miller interviewed William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, for a story about a measles outbreak in a Somali-American community in Minnesota.