April 3, 2024

Sodium intake affects health, keeping hearts healthy for transplant; and other news stories with VUMC sources

Everyday Health reporter, Don Rauf interviewed William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, about the unexpected rise in bacterial meningitis.

STAT News national technology correspondent, Casey Ross, quoted Peter Embi, professor and chair of Biomedical Informatics, in a story about TRAIN, a new coalition that Vanderbilt has joined to help develop standards for evaluating and monitoring AI tools in health care.

WebMD writer, Damian McNamara, interviewed Xiao-Ou Shu, MD, PhD, professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, about his study on dietary sodium and health risks in lower income Americans.

The New York Times reporter, Ted Alcorn, quoted Ashish Shah, MD, professor and chairman of Cardiac Surgery, about how perfusion keeps a donated organ alive outside the body, giving surgeons extra time and increasing the number of transplants possible.

The Tennessean writer, Tyler Palmateer, quoted Ashish Shah, MD, professor and chairman of Cardiac Surgery, for a story about a patient’s heart transplant.

Medical Xpress quoted Jonathan Kropski MD, associate professor of Medicine, regarding a study that looks into the genetic factors that play into a pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis.

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.”