Global Health

September 14, 2023

VUMC in the news: Sept. 19, 2023

William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be one of the most in-demand sources about infectious disease in the news. Among the news outlets he has spoken to recently: The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Newsweek, Reuters, Yahoo! LifeDaily Mail, Consumer Reports, Science, The Washington Post, NBC News, Women’s Health and the Associated Press.

The third and final episode of the Medscape series on young-onset type 2 diabetes featuring Kevin Niswender, MD, PhD, associate Professor of Medicine, Division. Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, and Mona Mashayekhi, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine. Division. Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism is now online.

NBC News national reporter Linda Carroll interviewed James McGuirk, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Neurology, for a story about sleep issues being linked to diabetes.

Stacey Dusetzina, PhD, professor of Health Policy, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a story about insurers charging thousands of dollars for generic drugs.

Kenneth Fletcher, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, was quoted in a HuffPost piece about the superiority of breathing through one’s nose rather than the mouth.

Daniel Clair, MD, professor of Vascular Surgery, was quoted by Healio in a story about the FDA’s approval of a transcatheter deep venous arterialization system for treatment of chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI).

Anna Burgner, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, wrote a piece for Healio headlined Nephrologists need to connect with women’s health issues and CKD.

News outlets continue to look to VUMC experts to add information and context to recent celebrity deaths. Matthew Schrag, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology, was quoted in a Yahoo! Life story about Bob Barker’s death from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and Eva Parker, MD, assistant professor of Dermatology, was quoted by Popular Science in a piece about Merkel cell carcinoma, the skin cancer that killed Jimmy Buffett, and how its incidence is likely to rise due to climate change. As previously reported, the deaths of Mr. Buffett and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell earlier led to reporters speaking to VUMC sources to understand more about the diseases each had. Alan Boyd, MD, professor of Dermatology, spoke to WTVF NewsChannel 5 about Merkel cell and Alexandra Shingina, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Healio piece about Mr. Harwell’s acute liver failure.