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MPH’s Foster: Hepatitis A Is on the Rise

Aug. 21, 2019—In the past three years, a series of hepatitis A outbreaks across the U.S. has led to more than 23,000 cases, more than 14,000 hospitalizations, and more than 200 deaths. Overall, the number of cases between 2016 and 2018 increased 300 percent compared with 2013 to 2015, according to the CDC. Only two states, California and Utah,...

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MPH’s Schaffner: Advancing Pneumococcal Vaccine Practice

Aug. 21, 2019—As William Schaffner, MD, previously explained to MD Magazine®: the current pneumococcal vaccine process is complicated. That doesn’t mean it’s without benefit, though. In the second part of an interview with MD Mag, Schaffner, a professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, broke down the current impact of pneumococcal bacteria prevention measures—and...

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VUMC Physician Spotlight: MPH’s Belcher

Aug. 14, 2019—Ryan Belcher, MD, has joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Pediatric Department of Otolaryngology after completing a yearlong fellowship with the program. He also has a strong interest in global health endeavors, and this fall, he will be starting his Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Global Health at Vanderbilt University....

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MPH’s Schaffner comments on the Legionnaires outbreak

Aug. 13, 2019—A widespread outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed one person and sickened possibly dozens of others who were all guests at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The hotel evacuated all its guests on July 15 and remains closed as of press time. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. People get sick inhaling microscopic water...

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MPH’s Stevenson comments on the oversight of hospice care

Aug. 13, 2019—“Hospice oversight is fairly minimal,” said David Stevenson, director of health policy education at Vanderbilt University‘s School of Public Health Policy. Stevenson said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “does not have any immediate sanctions at its disposal — like fines … or installing temporary management.” Hospice agencies have been sued for Medicare billing...

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MPH’s Clayton Discusses DNA Data 

Aug. 13, 2019—Deals between drugmakers and hospital systems to mine the genetic profiles of hospital patients are triggering concerns over the control of valuable genetic data. “The data about them might not be as readily available for research as it might be otherwise,” said Vanderbilt University Professor Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, who studies genetic-research ethics. “We have...

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MPH’s Tsosie: Working with Indigenous Communities for Genomics Research

Aug. 5, 2019—Many scientists are interested in studying the DNA of Indigenous populations in an effort to reveal the “human migration story” and contribute to our understanding about the genetic basis of disease. But many in the Indigenous community feel these scientific pursuits have a history of being exploitative, achieved without consideration of the needs or interests...

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MPH’s Umutesi: Immunogenicity of Fractional-Dose Vaccine during a Outbreak 

Aug. 5, 2019—In 2016, the response to a yellow fever outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo led to a global shortage of yellow fever vaccine. As a result, a fractional dose of the 17DD yellow fever vaccine (containing one fifth [0.1 ml] of the standard dose) was offered to 7.6 million children 2 years...

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Shu, Zheng receive Vietnam’s top honor for foreign scientists

Aug. 1, 2019—The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has awarded two Vanderbilt epidemiologists the Memorabilia Medal “For the People’s Health” in appreciation for their contributions in helping the nation establish a population-based research program for cancer, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. The medal is the highest honor that the Vietnam government bestows upon foreign scientists who have made...

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MPH’s DeBaun awarded 2019 ASH Mentor Award

Aug. 1, 2019—Michael DeBaun, MD, MPH, director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, has been awarded the American Society of Hematology’s 2019 ASH Mentor Award for his sustained and outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early career hematologists. The ASH Mentor Award recognizes hematologists who have excelled in mentoring trainees...

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On Marketplace, Dusetzina comments on Senate Finance Committee plans to address drug prices

Jul. 26, 2019—On Marketplace, Stacie Dusetzina, Ph.D., associate professor of Health Policy, commented on the Senate Finance Committee’s plans to address increasing drug prices.

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Raffanti lands major grant for AIDS education, training in southeast

Jul. 25, 2019—A five-year, nearly $23 million federal grant will allow MPH graduate Stephen Raffanti, M.D,. M.P.H., and colleagues to continue the coordination of AIDS education and training efforts in Tennessee and seven other southeastern states. Raffanti is medical director of the Comprehensive Care Clinic and professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Southeast AIDS Education...

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Diamond and Safe Kids Cumberland Valley receive advocacy impact award

Jul. 25, 2019—Led by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Safe Kids Cumberland Valley received the Impact Award for Advocacy for its work to protect children from preventable injuries. The recognition at the Safe Kids Worldwide International Childhood Injury Prevention Convention highlighted the work of coalition members Purnima Unni, M.P.H., Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager...

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Everson’s research finds private practice physicians less likely to maintain electronic records

Jul. 24, 2019—Modernizing health records by making them electronic has gained momentum as technology evolves and policies push health care toward digital solutions. But the same trend has not been evident for physicians who remain in private practice, new research finds. The research led by Jordan Everson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, finds striking differences in...

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MPH’s Moore discusses HAV vaccinations 

Jul. 23, 2019—In recent years, almost half of all U.S. states have reported outbreaks of person-to-person transmission of hepatitis A virus, especially among people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, and men who have sex with men. Infectious Disease News asked Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, a preventive medicine physician and adjunct associate professor of health policy...

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