May 8, 2024

A new COVID variant called FLiRT; olive oil and dementia risk; broken hips can be deadlier than cancer; and other news stories with VUMC sources

A new COVID-19 variant, dubbed FLiRT, is spreading and William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, was a source for news stories about it, including NBC’s “Today” show, MSN News, and VeryWell Health,

Schaffner also spoke to Fortune about antimicrobial resistance and how global life expectancy may be lowered by almost two years due to “superbugs.”

United Press International reporter Susan Kreimer interviewed Amalia Peterson, MD, assistant professor of Neurology, for a story about a study showing that olive oil could lower the risk of dementia-related death.

Healthline reporter Gigen Mammoser interviewed Reid Ness, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, for a story about new research in JAMA Oncologythat suggests a 15-year interval (up from 10 years) for colonoscopy screenings in patients without a family history of colorectal cancer. Ness notes in his comments that the study is well-done, but was performed in Sweden on residents of that country, and its findings may not be valid for larger, diverse populations such as in the U.S.

Buddy Creech, MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, was quoted in a New York Times piece about people who believe they were harmed by COVID-19 vaccines.

Alex Jahangir, MD, vice chair of Orthopedic Surgery and director of the Division of Orthopedic Trauma, was quoted in a Verywell Health story headlined “For older adults, breaking a hip can be deadlier than cancer.”

WSMV Channel 4 interviewed William Lee, MD, associate professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, about hormone pellet therapy.

Reporter Nikki McGee of WKRN News 2 interviewed Kelsey Gastineau, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics and hospitalist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, about firearm/gun safety and how to protect children.

Beth Malow, MD, director, Vanderbilt Sleep Division and professor of Neurology, was interviewed by Healio about how climate change affects brain health.

Tina Hartert, MD, MPH, professor of Medicine, was quoted by Healio in a story about a tool that can help identify infants most at risk for RSV.