Reporter Dec 4 2020
Researchers urge priority vaccination for individuals with diabetes due to increased COVID-19 impact
Dec. 4, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have discovered individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes infected with COVID-19 are three times more likely to have a severe illness or require hospitalization compared with people without diabetes.
Team tracks sources of false positives in urine drug screens
Dec. 3, 2020—False positives on urine drug screens are common and are frequently due to cross-reactivity of these tests to medications. Last year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers Jacob Hughey, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics, and Jennifer Colby, PhD, at that time assistant professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, devised, tested and published a method to systematically identify medications that interfere with screenings for drugs of abuse.
Rehm named associate chief medical officer for Children’s Services
Dec. 3, 2020—Kris Rehm, MD, MMHC, professor of Clinical Pediatrics and vice chair in the Department of Pediatrics, has been appointed associate chief medical officer for Children’s Services for the Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).
Panel discusses current health policy landscape
Dec. 3, 2020—The difficulty of policymaking with a divided government and electorate was the underlying theme of the Research into Policy and Practice webinar sponsored by the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as panelists and attendees gathered virtually to take measure of the post-election American landscape, over which hangs the pall of a surging pandemic.
Murphy named to Perioperative Services leadership role
Dec. 3, 2020—Shawn Murphy, MSM, RN, has been named the Vice President of Perioperative Services for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital (VUAH).
Implementation research focus of symposium hosted by VUMC
Dec. 3, 2020—One hundred ten participants from around the country attended a three-day virtual symposium hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center last month that explored how Implementation Research in the Learning Healthcare System can improve the quality and delivery of health care.
JAMA Health Forum to become full-fledged journal in 2021
Dec. 3, 2020—Just a year after its founding as an online channel of information, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA’s) Health Forum will become a full-fledged journal in January 2021.
Six Vanderbilt faculty elected as 2020 fellows of the AAAS
Dec. 3, 2020—Six Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected 2020 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
My Health at Vanderbilt adds End of Life Care Plan
Dec. 2, 2020—Improvements to the web-based My Health at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Health’s online patient portal, have made it easier for health care teams — including patients and their designated health agents — to add and access an End of Life Care Plan to guide medical decision making.
LifeFlight named air medical program of the year
Dec. 2, 2020—Vanderbilt LifeFlight has been named the air medical program of the year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).
New bone anchored hearing implant enhances patient’s life
Dec. 2, 2020—Although Elisabeth Mouw, 23, knew she would benefit from having a bone-anchored hearing implant, she put off getting one for several years. Aside from being concerned about the aesthetic of wearing an external hearing device, she was worried it would interfere with her ability to play sports.
Dolly Parton kicks off ‘Jingle Challenge’ for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Dec. 2, 2020—Today, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt announced the 2020 ‘Jingle Challenge’ to send uplifting messages to patients, families and staff. Global superstar Dolly Parton kicked off the virtual challenge on her Facebook and Instagram encouraging fans to spread messages of hope, with a goal of 10,000 holiday messages to children and staff at the Nashville children’s hospital.