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  Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Compiled 8:57 PM CST  
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Wall Street Journal: What are the best hospitals? Rankings disagree
What makes a top hospital? Not only do four popular consumer hospital ratings not come to the same conclusions, they occasionally contradict each other, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs. The measures were so divergent that 27 hospitals were simultaneously rated among the nation’s best by one rating service and among the worst by another. Tim Vogus, associate professor of organizational behavior, collaborated on the study. The research was also reported by the New York Times and Modern Healthcare.

HealthDay News: Nuts may lengthen your life, study suggests
There’s some evidence that eating nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, may help you live longer, according to a new study led by Xiao-Ou Shu, associate director of global health and professor of medicine. The story ran in news outlets around the country. It was also reported by Reuters, LiveScience and India’s English-language newswires IANS and Asian News International.

Vox: The accidental case against Obamacare
The most recent Supreme Court case challenging Obamacare is the result of the key players working loosely, overcoming lawsuit fatigue in conservative circles, pushing an argument that seems more technical than substantive, and even a bit of luck. Jim Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Policy, is quoted.

ABC News: Pregnant women turn to alternative, ‘personalized’ birthing options
More and more women are rejecting the traditional hospital approach to delivery in favor of a more “personalized” birthing experience. These include Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s “family-friendly” C-sections, which allow the mother to watch her child’s birth through a window in the surgical drape and hold the baby immediately after delivery. Sarah Starr, assistant professor of anesthesiology, pioneered the procedure and is quoted. Vanderbilt also offers low-intervention births attended by nurse-midwives, and non-epidural pain control including nitrous oxide. A video report featuring Starr aired on ABC’s Nightline.

USA Today: College students playing a part in a cappella’s continued rise
A capella groups are not uncommon on college campuses, partly because of the surge of a cappella-related pop culture, such as the hit movie “Pitch Perfect” (and its upcoming sequel, “Pitch Perfect 2”) and shows like “The Sing Off.” The Vanderbilt Melodores, which won the most recent season of “The Sing Off”, are mentioned.

German Press Association: “Sound of Music” prägt Deutschland-Bild in den USA
Jessica Riviere
, lecturer in German, was interviewed by a German newswire about her first-year class on German-American cultural exchange, which examines American representations of Germany in pop culture, including the movie “The Sound of Music.”

WalletHub: 2015’s metro areas with the biggest and smallest weight problems
WalletHub analyzed 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas to identify those where weight-related problems call for heightened attention. Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law, is one of the expert commentators.

Phys.Org: Clever application of magnetic force enhances laparoscopic surgery
Pietro Valdastri
, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective.

Science Times: Our brain performs ‘mental time travel,’ says neuroscience study
By analyzing the brain activity of individuals performing simple memory recollection tasks, a team of neuroscientists led by Sean Polyn, assistant professor of psychology, have been able to gain new insights into how our brain processes these elaborate memories.

Nashville Business Journal: Vanderbilt study helped spur Metro planners to action on affordable housing
Affordable housing is a hot topic in Nashville, and Vanderbilt University is a big reason why. The Tennessean reports that the Metro Planning Department commissioned Vanderbilt University to review the city’s needs and efforts on affordable housing. The 51-page study, released last year by a team led by James Fraser, associate professor of human and organizational development, offered sharp rebukes of the city’s efforts.

The Tennessean: New research validates chronic fatigue sufferers
A report released in February proposing a name change and diagnostic criteria, followed just a few weeks later with breaking research that scientists have discovered biomarkers for the disease, could change everything about the way patients with chronic fatigue syndrome—now systemic exertion intolerance disease—are perceived, diagnosed and treated. Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, chaired the committee that recommended the new name and criteria and is quoted.

 
 
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 VU on the Air

ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country reported Vanderbilt University researchers have found a possible link between peanut consumption and a reduced risk of dying from heart disease.

WKRN, Channel 2, WSMV, Channel 4, WTVF, Channel 5, and WZTV, Channel 17, reported entertainer Marie Osmond visited a local IHOP in support of the national chain’s fundraising effort for Children’s Miracle Network and local children’s hospitals. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was mentioned as the local charity to benefit from donations raised during today’s campaign.

 
 
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 Higher Ed in the News

The Atlantic: When mentally ill students feel alone
A recent suicide at Yale has ignited urgent calls for reform to elite colleges’ withdrawal and readmission policies. These policies, some say, discourage students with mental-health issues to take the time off they need to recover.

New York Times: Financial aid for undocumented students is losing its stigma
As ferocious battles rage in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms over the legal status of undocumented immigrants, an evolution has been underway at some colleges and universities. They are taking it upon themselves to more freely, sometimes openly, make college more affordable for these students, for whom all federal and most state forms of financial aid remain off limits.

Wall Street Journal: Job market perks up for recent college graduates
Just more than half of the nearly 67,000 members of the class of 2014 who responded to a survey had landed full-time jobs within six months of donning their caps and gowns. The figure isn’t exactly comparable to last year’s overall result, which didn’t break out part- and full-time employment. However, individual schools say the numbers reflect an uptick.

Washington Post: Just how high can college tuition go?
It appears whatever that line might be, some colleges have yet to reach it. The ranks of the most expensive colleges continues to swell: 57 colleges are charging $60,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board for 2014-15.

 
 
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