April 17, 2024

Surprise Ozempic pregnancies; limiting social media use by children; the case for eating more nuts; and other news stories with VUMC sources

USA Today reporter Katie Camero interviewed Sahar Takkouche, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and director of the Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center in Wilson County, for a story about surprise pregnancies while taking weight loss medications like Ozempic and weight loss medication withdrawal for persons who have to stop taking the medicine due to pregnancy.

Gitanjali Srivastava, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was quoted in a MedPage Today story on supply issues related to the weight-loss drug Zepbound.

Concerns about bird flu and its possible effects on human health continue to be in the news, and William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, continues to be a go-to source for reporters looking to understand what’s going on. Among the latest bird flu stories quoting Schaffner was this one on NBC News’ “Today” show.

The continuing measles outbreak in the U.S., driven by people who have not had a vaccine against the disease, has been covered by several news outlets including ABC News and Yahoo!, also quoting Schaffner.

Julie Damp, MD, professor of Medicine, was quoted by Medscape in a story about the effectiveness of a mandibular advancement device to reduce hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Mariana Byndloss, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, was quoted by Healthline in a story headlined, “Gut bacteria linked to higher obesity risk is different for men and women.”

David Kent, MD, associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery was quoted in MedPage Today about a report from JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery about oral devices to treat sleep apnea.

Katie Spencer, PsyD, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics, spoke to Yahoo! Life for a story about how parents can set limits for social media use by children.

A USA Today story on the uses of Botox to treat bladder conditions quoted Melissa Kaufman, MD, PhD, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor and professor of Urology.

Heidi Silver, PhD, research professor of Medicine, was quoted in a Deseret News piece about good nutritional reasons to eat nuts.