March 28, 2024

How dogs helped Covenant School families heal; new treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis; and other news stories with VUMC sources

Nashville Post reporter Hannah Herner interviewed former VUMC physician-in-chief Kimryn Rathmell, MD, for a Q&A about her new position as director of the National Cancer Institute.

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, professor of Radiation Oncology, was quoted by Politico in a story about diversifying participants in cancer trials.

People reporter Cara Shultz interviewed Evan Brittain, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and lead investigator in Digital Health for the All of Us Research Program Data and Research Center, for a story about his JAMA Network Open study that found persons with a higher genetic risk of obesity need to work out harder than those of moderate or low genetic risk to avoid becoming obese. He also spoke to National Geographic for a story headlined, “Do you really need 10,000 steps a day? Here’s what the science says.

Kathryn Edwards, MD, professor of Pediatrics, emerita, and Marie Griffin, MD, MPH, professor of Health Policy, emerita, are quoted in a MedPage Today story noting that early fears that the the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine could be associated with strokes proved not to be the case.

A New York Times report on how dogs helped the families of Covenant School heal in the wake of last year’s shooting mentioned Squid, the facility dog at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

MedPage Today and Healio stories on a new treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyps quote Rick Chandra, MD, professor of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.

WTVF News Channel 5 broadcast a report on the service provided by the Tennessee Poison Center. The story coincided with National Poison Prevention Week, and quoted Rebecca Bruccoleri, MD, the medical director of the poison center, which is housed at VUMC.