May 23, 2024

When is it safe to leave a child home alone? Can cicadas hurt your hearing? Building healthy habits and other news stories with VUMC sources

VUMC’s Carlenda Smith, MD, (left) and Carmen Tuchman, MD join WPLN’s Khalil Ekulona during his show “This is Nashville” on May 16, 2024. (photo by Donn Jones)

Reuters health science editor Nancy Lapid interviewed Wei Zheng, MD, PhD, MPH, the Anne Potter Wilson Professor of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, for a story about his Nature Genetics study that sheds light on some of the genetic variants that make breast cancer more deadly for women of African ancestry and significantly reduces the disparity in knowledge for assessing their genomic risk factors. He also was quoted in stories in STAT and Drug Target Review.

Bird flu continues to be one of the most covered health stories in the news, and William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, was interviewed about bird flu for stories posted by The Hill and NBC News. Schaffner was also quoted by news sources, including Financial Times and CNN, about new COVID variants, and by NBC News in a story about body lice.

WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Nikki Hauser interviewed Todd Ricketts, PhD, professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, for a story about cicadas and whether the loud sound could be an issue that might contribute to tinnitus or similar problems.

Healthline reporter Gigen Mammoser interviewed Zachary Yoneda, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, for a story about a new Heart Rhythmstudy on the effects of radiofrequency-based ablation. 

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Andrew Gregory, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery & Pediatrics, and co-director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, for a story about a new study that shows people who participated in regular bicycling over their lifetime had a lower prevalence of frequent knee pain, radiographic osteoarthritis and symptomatic radiographic osteoarthritis.  

WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s program “This is Nashville” host Khalil Ekulona interviewed Carmen Tuchman, assistant professor of Medicine, and Carlenda Smith, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, about preventative medicine and building healthy habits.

John Trahanas, MD, assistant professor of Cardiac Surgery, and patient Melissia Boynton were interviewed by reporter Hannah McDonald from WTVF News Channel 5, about her heart transplant that occurred on Mother’s Day.

The Tennessean quotes Jennifer Stewart, MS, PhD, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics, in a story about at what age can children be left home alone, what to consider about the maturity of a particular child, and what emergency plans to have in place.

Stephen Patrick, MD,MPH, William R. Long Director of Child Health Policy, was interviewed by WTVF News Channel 5 reporter, Carrie Sharp, about the study that shows the second-most used herbicide in the United States is linked to birth defect in national study.