October 19, 2010

VUMC in the News

Here is summary of recent top news stories that quote sources from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. If the article is available on the Internet, a link has been included. For more VUMC news, visit VUMC’s News & Communications website here.

ABCNews.com: Flu Shots and Pregnancy
Vanderbilt University studies how pregnant women respond to the flu vaccine.

Columbia Daily Herald: Motorcycle ride raises thousands for hospital
A celebrity motorcycle ride that started in Columbia Sunday raised more than $250,000 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Medical News of Arkansas: Uncovering the Molecular Pathway Linking Diabetes to Brain Disorders
As a systemic disorder, diabetes is attached to a long list of comorbidities and heightened risk factors. Through public education campaigns, even laymen are now aware that diabetes is associated with a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy, amputation and blindness. Newer research, however, has also uncovered a molecular link to several brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to depression and schizophrenia. A research team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville has discovered a link between impaired insulin signaling in the brain and schizophrenia-like behaviors in mice.

CMT.com: Dierks Bentley Raises More Than $250,000 With Music & Miles for Kids Event
Dierks Bentley rode into Nashville Sunday afternoon (Oct. 17) with a gang of his big-hearted motorcycle buddies for his fifth annual Music & Miles for Kids benefit event. The day started early with a group motorcycle ride that began in Columbia, Tenn., and culminated in downtown Nashville with a concert that also featured Luke Bryan, Laura Bell Bundy, Mat Kearney, Miranda Lambert, Del McCoury, Heidi Newfield and Jerrod Niemann.

The Augusta Chronicle: Group contends military service members with traumatic brain injuries deserve Purple Heart
It started to click in nurse Kate Froede's mind as she listened to the hulking Army Ranger run down a list of his symptoms -- lack of sleep, aggressiveness, ringing in his ears. "I said, 'Have you ever been near a blast?' And he said, 'I stopped counting at nine,' " Froede said. "I said, 'Well have you ever been checked out for post-concussive symptoms or any kind of brain injuries?' And he said no." Froede, a nursing instructor at Medical College of Georgia, is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University whose work focuses on TBI.

Jacqueline Rendeczky, a registered nurse in the emergency room at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, spoke to WKRN News 2 about strep throat and how cases of strep increase during the fall (video).

The Carmi Times
: An American miracle for a precious African child
David and Cecelia Dorbor, who live in a tiny village in Liberia (a country on the west coast of Africa), arrived in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday, Oct. 7 to a world of opportunity and freedom. "Overwhelmed" would describe only be a fraction of their feelings. In June this past summer, Ginger Moore (co-founder, with Leigh Gray of Carmi, of Speaking Thru Me Ministries) went to speak in Liberia at various women's conferences. Traveling six hours to hear Ginger speak as they felt the Lord commanded, the Dorbors brought with them their youngest child, Baby Grace, who was 7 months old at the time and still nursing. Baby Grace was born with all of her intestines on the outside of her stomach. She was born with no belly button and a large, gaping hole exposing her abdomen. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. has agreed to do the surgery at no charge. Delta Airlines donated four tickets for the family and a translator to come over. Their visas, which usually take up to six months to be granted, were given in one day. And the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville has agreed to house the family for the entire stay. Dec. 11 is the departure day.

MedPage Today: Cardiac Arrest Rescuers Must Re-Learn ABCs of CPR
Chest compressions have become the top priority in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for sudden cardiac arrest, according to updated guidelines from the American Heart Association. The new guidance, published in a supplement to Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, applies to adults, children, and infants, but not to newborns, who should continue to get standard CPR. The recommendations, an update to the 2005 guidelines, were written by a group co-chaired by John Field, M.D., of Penn State University, and Mary Fran Hazinski, R.N., of Vanderbilt University.

The Tennessean: Milestones: Chamber’s Spirit awards recognize volunteer service
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2010 Spirit of the Chamber Awards. The Spirit of the Chamber “Belong” Award goes to Bill Rochford, director of client and community relations for VUMC, for his work as chairman of the Health Partnership Council.

WKRN News 2 reported on a Vanderbilt study that examines the immune responses to the flu vaccine in both mothers and their unborn babies. Celeste Hemingway, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed. ABC affiliates WCPO (Cincinnati, Ohio) and WHSV (Harrisonburg, Va.) also reported the story (read) (video).

interviewed Corey Slovis, M.D., professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, for a story about some of the health “myths” that were perpetuated in media reports about the Chilean miners (video).

: Good food news for breast cancer survivors
Dr. Tim Harlan, aka Dr. Gourmet, explains a new study that indicates soy protein may be safer than once thought. The good news is that a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine specifically designed a study to look at the effects of eating soy on breast cancer survivors. This story appeared in a nationally syndicated column, “Dr. Gourmet” and appeared in numerous media outlets.

Nashville Post: Wal-Mart latest 100 Oaks resident
The rejuvenated 100 Oaks area scored big again Monday, with Wal-Mart purchasing the former site of the now-defunct Expo Design Center store. Once regarded solely as the site of a dead mall, 100 Oaks has leaped back to life after Vanderbilt took over much of the main mall space, sparking a new era of growth in the shopping center and attracting new tenants enthusiastic about the influx of potential customers brought in by the medical facility.