MPH alum-led study shows veteran, civilian patients at risk of ICU-related PTSD

January 12, 2016

Led by Mayur Patel, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery at VUMC and staff surgeon and surgical intensivist at the Nashville VA Medical Center, the first-of-its-kind study of veterans and civilians, researchers found that one in 10 patients is at risk of having a new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their time in the intensive care unit (ICU).The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that the cumulative incidence of PTSD following a critical illness and ICU experience was 6-12 percen

Chipotle's E. Coli Outbreak: contaminated food source not likely found says Schaffner

January 8, 2016

The first reports of E. coli sickening Chipotle customers were revealed in October. Three months and thousands of tests later, health investigators still can't find the source of the outbreak, which has since sickened 53 people in nine states. Dr. William Schaffner, infectious-diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center explained that most people who dine at Chipotle eat some combination of the same ingredients, so it becomes harder to determine which of those ingredients was contaminated.

MPH's Schaffner: Antibodies in blood plasma from Ebola survivors still may be a treatment

January 7, 2016

Reuters: Treating Ebola victims with blood plasma donated by Ebola survivors failed to significantly increase the odds of recovering from the deadly virus, according to a field test of the experimental treatment. The conclusion is based on the cases of 84 people treated with plasma in Conakry, Guinea, in the hope that the antibodies in the fluid would help patients fight off the virus the way they did in the surviving donors.

MPH alum urges prostate surgery patients to not only focus on surgeon experience

January 4, 2016

Men who get prostate cancer surgery at hospitals that do a lot of these procedures may have better results, and those better outcomes might help offset the added cost of care at specialized facilities, a U.S. study suggests. Patients should be careful not to focus on the surgeon's experience level until after they determine whether they actually need surgery, because many men with slow-growing tumors don't necessarily need prostatectomies, said Dr.

Hypertension-related visits to emergency rooms on rise in U.S. says MPH alumna

December 10, 2015

The number and percentage of patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension are on the rise across the United States, according to a Vanderbilt study published recently in The American Journal of Cardiology. “We found that around 25 percent of all emergency department visits involved patients with hypertension, and that the rate of hypertension-related visits has gone up more than 20 percent since 2006,” said Candace McNaughton, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, one of the researchers.

MPH alum named Nashville Health Care Council fellow

December 8, 2015

The Nashville Health Care Council is delving into innovation, consumerism and retail health care for its 2016 Council Fellows, which is stitching together a diverse collection leaders from around the city's health care community. Headed by former Sen. Bill Frist and Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management health care and economics professor Larry Van Horn, the council accepted 30 Fellows for the Class of 2016.