June 5, 2024

Can drinking on a long flight hurt your heart health? Are summer colds really worse than winter colds? Why is there more syphilis in Tennessee? And other news stories with VUMC sources

NBC News reporter Linda Carroll interviewed Mariann Piano, RN, PhD, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing, for a story about a new study on how inflight alcohol and cabin pressure may threaten sleeping passengers’ heart health.

WTVF News Channel 5 reporter Nikki Hauser interviewed patient Steve Purcell and used VUMC footage of David Charles, MD, professor of Neurology, for a story about deep brain stimulation research at VUMC and the surgery Purcell received in 2008 to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

WPLN Nashville Public Radio quoted David Marcovitz, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in a story about how alcohol use has surged in Tennessee in recent years and how for many people the pandemic was a contributing factor.

WebMD reporter Liz Scherer interviewed Marla Levine, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, for a story about the CDC Vital Reports update on drowning deaths in the U.S.

The NIH featured the recent Nature Genetics breast cancer research from Wei Zheng, MD, PhD, professor and director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, in NIH Research Matters, an online weekly that covers NIH research for a general audience. 

WPLN News’ NashVillager Podcast reporter Nina Cardona interviewed William Schaffner, MD, professor of Preventive Medicine, for an episode about Nashvillians who work to educate the public about medical issues. Schaffner spoke with numerous media outlets in the last few days educating the public about medical issues, among them WebMD (“Are summer colds really worse than winter colds?”); The Hill about bird flu and the milk supply; and MSN News about whether the current COVID vaccine will work against new variants.

Health risks in younger people were the subjects of stories, one of which quotes Cathy Eng, MD, director of the Young Adults Cancer Program, a Daily Mail piece headlined, “Ultra-processed food and obesity could be behind ‘disturbing’ rise in cancer hitting young people, warn UK’s top doctors,” and a Healthline piece that quotes Matthew Schrag, MD, assistant professor of Neurology, headlined, “Stroke risk is increasing mainly in younger people, here’s why.”

WKRN News 2 interviewed Walter Dehority, MD,  professor of Pediatrics, about the increase in syphilis cases in Tennessee.

Christian Rosas-Salazar, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Pediatrics, was quoted in a MedPage Today story about the use of race-neutral equations in spirometry results in children.

Gitanjali Srivastava, MD, associate professor of Medicine, was interviewed for a WKRN News 2 story about how weight loss affects fertility.