October 31, 2017

VUMC in the news

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

Numerous media outlets reported stories about the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommending the use of a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, instead of the previous vaccine, Zostavax. William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, spoke to USA Today, The Washington Post, Infectious Disease News, NPR, Fox News, CNN and Consumer Reports. Schaffner also discussed the same group’s recommendation that a booster dose of the mumps vaccine be given to people near mumps outbreaks with NBC News, and spoke to Healthline reporter Liz Pratt for a story about research into a single-dose, long lasting flu vaccine. WSMV News 4 and WZTV Fox 17 were among the outlets reporting VUMC’s international lead role in research on developing a universal flu vaccine.

NBC NewsChannel producer Erika Edwards interviewed Paul Newhouse, M.D., Jim Turner Professor of Cognitive Disorders, for a story about his nationwide study of patients with mild cognitive impairment using nicotine patches to improve memory loss. Here is WSMV News 4’s broadcast of that story, and WPLN Nashville Public Radio has also interviewed Newhouse.

WTVF News Channel 5 broadcast a story about a VUMC nurse resident Olivia Neufelder, who was recorded on video singing to comfort a patient, 63-year-old Margaret Smith. The video was shared by a friend of Smith’s on social media, and has been viewed millions of times. Washington Post reporter Lindsey Bever, Allnurses.com reporter Mary Watts and WTHR Channel 13 (Indianapolis) reporter Phil Cannelongo also interviewed Neufelder.

Thursday’s “Dr. Oz  Show,” nationally syndicated and broadcast locally on WSMV Channel 4, featured video of Dolly Parton’s visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.