San Francisco Chronicle: Antacid drugs linked to vitamin B-12 deficiency
For acid indigestion, millions of Americans find relief in the antacids they keep in their medicine cabinets. But a Kaiser Permanente study released Tuesday has linked long-term use of a popular type of antacid medication to vitamin B-12 deficiency, a condition that when left untreated can increase the risk of dementia, nerve damage, anemia and other potentially serious medical problems. Keith Obstein, assistant professor of medicine, who was not involved in the study, but is a committee member of the American College of Gastroenterology, is quoted.
San Jose Mercury News: Opinion: Kids and math: Teaching it early, at home and in school, is critical
Surprisingly few people know how important it is to teach little kids math, but the math a child knows upon starting kindergarten is one of the strongest predictors of later school success—at least as predictive as literacy and more than social-emotional skills. A recent Vanderbilt University study of early childhood classrooms finding that math was intentionally taught by teachers only 3 percent of the day is mentioned.
Associated Press: Vanderbilt to release latest poll of Tenn. voters
Vanderbilt University is releasing its latest poll of Tennesseans on topics including gun rights, education and health care. The results of the survey of 800 randomly selected voters are scheduled to be released on Wednesday morning. The poll supported by the university’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions was conducted in late November and early December.
Futurity: Wash your hands! But turn down the heat
Washing hands in hot water offers no more hygienic benefits than using room temperature water—and significantly adds to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Amanda Carrico, research assistant professor at the Institute for Energy and Environment at Vanderbilt University, is quoted.
Country Weekly: Kix Brooks movie, “A Country Christmas,” is a family affair
A new holiday movie produced by country music artist Kix Brooks was co-written by his son, Eric Brooks, BA’11, who majored in film studies as a Vanderbilt student.
The Tennessean: Richard Cowart: VUMC leads way with clinically-integrated network
While continuing its core mission of clinical care, education and discovery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been quietly building the nation’s largest clinically integrated network, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network. As further results of VHAN’s care coordination and cost reduction approach emerge, don’t be surprised if health systems across the country look to VHAN as a model for how independent providers can work together, writes Cowart in this opinion piece.
Nashville Lifestyles: 7 Famous Women in Nashville’s History
Former Vanderbilt Board of Trust Chairman Martha Ingram and Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell, MS’79, PhD’80, are featured in a slide show of women who have made Nashville what it is today.
Shelbyville (Tenn.) Times-Gazette: Henrick recalls meeting Mandela
Erin Craig Henrick, MEd’03, EdD’07, and project manager for the Vanderbilt MIST program in Peabody’s Department of Teaching and Learning, is quoted about having met Nelson Mandela while studying at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat: LifeFlight makes local impact
Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight, with a station in Lebanon, offers services for all medical transportation needs within 150 miles of Nashville and has full access to Vanderbilt and the region’s only Level I trauma center, burn center and children’s hospital.
Clarksville (Tenn.) Leaf Chronicle: Guest Editorial: Governor should push to expand Medicaid
Indecision in the governor’s office over Medicaid expansion and intransigence among Republican legislators about anything related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is costing Tennessee jobs and possibly more than $2 billion during the next few years. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is mentioned for having to cut staff because the state did not expand Medicaid.