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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday August 02, 2020 ( 21 items )  

Alliance for Excellent Education: Protect Highest Need Schools, Students in Next Stimulus Bill
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The Alliance for Excellent Education issued the following joint statement with eight organizations in response to the relief package proposed by Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Roy Blunt, R-Missouri: The co-signers are the Center for American Progress, Education Reform Now, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Urban League, Education Trust, Schoolhouse Connection and UnidosUS. "As st  more

Amateur Athletic Union Unveils Renderings of Future Exhibit in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) will soon partner up for a new exhibit at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The display will recognize the AAU's vital role in advancing the development of women's and girls' basketball in the United States. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is designed to celebrate the past, present and future champions of the sport and the AAU wil  more

Birdies for St. Jude Fundraiser Unites World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Fans, PGA TOUR Athletes
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 29 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Birdies for St. Jude, launching , will give fans a unique interactive opportunity to engage with PGA TOUR athletes when the world's best golfers descend on Memphis, July 30 - August 2, for the 2020 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. With this virtual front row to the tournament action, participants from around the world can team up with their favorite participating golfer t  more

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 30 -- The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology that offers information on mental health topics to psychiatrists and other medical professionals, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: Meta-Analyses: * Effect of Continuing and Discontinuing Medications on Quality of Life After Symptomatic Remission in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Sy  more

New Data Shows Significant Drop in Number of Americans Visiting Their Primary Care Doctor, Specialists, and Undergoing Medical Tests
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 28 -- Beryl Institute issued the following news release: Monday, July 27, The Beryl Institute and Ipsos released its findings from the third PX Pulse, a quarterly tracking survey and a first of its kind effort to elevate understanding and track current perspectives on patient experience in healthcare across the United States. Today's survey reveals a 26-percentage point drop in the number of Americans reporting a visit to their primary care provider compared to the en  more

Operation Homefront and CSX to Distribute School Supplies to More Than 1,000 Military Families
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 28 -- Operation Homefront issued the following news release: As families nationwide prepare for the start of another - although arguably very different - school year, CSX will join Operation Homefront to distribute more than 1,000 backpacks and essential school supplies to military children in Jacksonville, Florida; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Fayetteville, North Carolina as a part of Operation Homefront's annual Back-to-School Brigade(R) (BTSB). "We are so grateful fo  more

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Hearing Loss Linked to Neurocognitive Deficits in Childhood Cancer Survivors
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 31 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are studying how hearing loss can affect the neurocognitive abilities of childhood cancer survivors. Findings show that survivors with severe hearing loss are at a significant increased risk for neurocognitive deficits, independent of what type of therapy they receive. The work appears as an advance online publication in JAMA Oncology. "The  more

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association: A Portion of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Target Rural Broadband
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 1 -- The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news: Gov. Bill Lee announced that a portion of Tennessee's aid from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund would be used to expand access to broadband service. The newly created Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund will expand broadband access to better facilitate participation in telemedicine, distance learning and telecommuting. "The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the digital divide that exi  more

Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association: Heroes Among Us
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 28 -- The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association issued the following news on July 27: By David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TECA Many years ago, the band Alabama had a big hit called "Angels Among Us," a song about those around us who stand out by doing good deeds. The inference is that they are actually angels, heavenly beings who walk among us, doing good works and making the world a better place. I don't know much about celestial bei  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Students Recognized for Support of Children's Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 30 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Vanderbilt University was recently awarded the 2020 Community Service Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl for its Dancing Dores program and Dance Marathon. Both programs raise funds for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions in Division I, honoring exceptional a  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Device Allows Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Doctors to Monitor Heart Patients Remotely
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: In 2018, Ronnie Kreis began to develop severe heart failure. After being hospitalized multiple times that year near his home in Oliver Springs in East Tennessee, he was told that nothing else could be done. "They told me I was very ill and that I had probably a 40% chance to live a year," he said Kreis traveled to Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) to see if he could have an investigat  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Hartmann Named First Vice President for Research Integration
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, has been named Vice President for Research Integration for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The new position in research leadership was established to enhance synergy across the Medical Center. "Dr. Hartmann is extremely dedicated to the scientific community and has a proven ability to develop an  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Iams Honored by National Comprehensive Cancer Network
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Wade Iams, MD, MSCI, assistant professor of Medicine, is the recipient of a National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation Young Investigator Award. The award will support his research on "Quantifying Minimal Residual Disease in Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer." The research, which would benefit people diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, aims to develop a blood test for detecting cancer   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Memory Complaints Linked to Changes in Brain Structure in Postmenopausal Women
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Memory complaints in younger postmenopausal women are associated with differences in brain structure and may serve as an early marker for risk of future cognitive decline, according to a study published June 22 in Menopause by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers. The study, conducted in collaboration with the University of Vermont, looked at the impact of self-reported memory and atten  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Post-Transplant Complication
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 29 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a curative treatment for many children with both malignant and non-malignant conditions. Pericardial effusion -- excess fluid around the heart -- is a recognized complication following HSCT, but its incidence, risk factors and impact on mortality are not well defined. Carrie Kitko, MD, Justin Godown, MD, and colleagues used the Pediatric Health Info  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Protein Study May Be Key to Treating Fibrotic Diseases
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: A protein linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, may be a key to treating fibrotic disease of the kidneys and other organs, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported recently. FUS is the acronym of a protein in the nucleus of cells that regulates DNA repair transcription, RNA splicing and other functions. In   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Pseudoislet System Expected to Advance Pancreas and Diabetes Research
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The multicellular, 3-D structure of human pancreatic islets -- the areas of the pancreas containing hormone-producing or endocrine cells -- has presented challenges to researchers as they study and manipulate these cells' function, but Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have now developed a pseudoislet system that allows for much easier study of islet function. A pancreatic islet is c  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Soy Food, Metabolism and the Microbiome
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 28 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Soy-rich diets have been associated with reduced blood pressure and protection against atherosclerosis, but the mechanisms by which soy may improve cardiac health have not been fully explored. Reporting recently in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, Jane Ferguson, PhD, and colleagues demonstrated that soy intake affects blood pressure by modulating the gut microbiome, the   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Challenges Idea That Lower Body Mass Index Shields Smokers From Fat-Associated Health Risks
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 29 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: While some smokers might rationalize continuing to smoke because of the lower weight often associated with the habit, Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have determined that even with a lower body mass index (BMI), smokers have a higher risk of depositing fat in and around organs and tissues compared to those who never smoked. That's concerning because excess fat, also known as adip  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Finds Patients Defer Routine Health Care During Pandemic
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 30 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: During February and March at two large academic medical centers in Nashville and Boston, screening for high cholesterol and high blood sugar dropped 81-90% and initiation of drug therapy for these conditions dropped 52-60%. These figures are from a brief paper (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7359916/) in General Internal Medicine by Adam Wright, PhD, professor of Biomedical Informatic  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Walk Celebrates Patient's Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Journey 30 Years Ago
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 31 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news on July 30: Thirty years ago, Shawn Drumgoole took a life-saving ride to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to be placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). At 1 day old, Drumgoole was placed on the mechanical pump that temporarily takes over for the heart and lungs of critically ill patients, allowing them to rest and recover. Children's Hospital was the first in Tennes  more