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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday August 09, 2020 ( 25 items )  

Beryl Institute: Patient Experience Journal Releases COVID-19 Special Issue
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 6 -- Beryl Institute issued the following news release: The Beryl Institute announces the publication of Volume 7, Issue 2of Patient Experience Journal (PXJ), an international,open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on research and proven practices around understanding and improving patient experience. Read in over 200 countries and territories, PXJ has over 640,000article downloads and is committed to disseminating rigorous research and expanding the global conver  more

Democrats for Education Reform: Leaders of Color Graduates Win Big in Historic Night
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Aug. 8 -- Democrats for Education Reform issued the following news release on Aug. 7: In a truly historic night, Leaders of Color-Memphis graduate Marquita Bradshaw became the first Black woman to win the Democratic Senate Primary in Tennessee--and the first Black woman to win a Senate Democratic Primary in the South--on Thursday, while graduate Sheleah Harris won the Shelby County District 5 School Board race, making her the first Black woman to hold the seat. "Tonight exe  more

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund: Torrey Harris Wins Tennessee State Legislative Primary
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund issued the following news release on Aug. 7: Today Torrey Harris won a competitive Democratic primary for Tennessee state House District 90 and is on-track to be among the first openly LGBTQ members of the Tennessee state legislature. Harris and LGBTQ candidate Brandon Thomas - who was unopposed in the Democratic primary for state House District 49 - will both be on the ballot in November. Harris is in a safe Democratic district and is lik  more

NCRC Supports Pandemic-related Housing Needs in 15 States, Funded by Wells Fargo Foundation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 -- The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an organization that works to uphold fair housing, fair lending and consumer protection laws, issued the following news release: Nonprofit housing counseling organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in 15 states will receive unrestricted grants and resources from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), thanks to funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation. The grants will provide financial support for techn  more

New Phytologist Journal Issues Research Articles in September 2020 Edition
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, Aug. 5 -- New Phytologist, a journal that says it features plant science and its applications, published research articles, including the following topics, in its September 2020 edition: Reviews: * It's what's inside that matters: physiological adaptations of high-latitude marine microalgae to environmental change * Regulating the regulator: nitric oxide control of post-translational modifications * The role of chloroplast protein remodeling in stress responses and shap  more

Psycho-Oncology Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, Aug. 5 -- Psycho-Oncology, a journal that says it features cancer and AIDS-related tumors, epidemiology, palliative and supportive care, psychiatry, psychology, sociology and nursing from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and British Psycho-Oncology Society, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: REVIEW: * Barriers to flexible sigmoidoscopy colorectal cancer screening in low uptake socio-demographic groups: A systematic r  more

Public Funds Public Schools: Plaintiffs in Tennessee Voucher Lawsuit File Amicus Brief in Companion Case
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 5 -- Public Funds Public Schools issued the following news: The plaintiffs in McEwen v. Lee, a case challenging Tennessee's unconstitutional Education Savings Account voucher law passed in 2019, have filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in an appeal of a companion challenge to the law. In Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County v. Tennessee Department of Education, Shelby and Davidson Counties - the two counties targeted by the voucher law   more

Tennessee Bar Association: Class Action Claims TikTok Stealing Kids' Data, Sending to China
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 5 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: More than 70 minors, through their parents, have filed a class action lawsuit against video-sharing platform TikTok, alleging the app is stealing their data and sending it to China, NPR reports. The suit claims TikTok collects information on the minors' facial characteristics, locations and close contacts and then quietly sends that data to servers in China. Twenty separate but similar federal lawsuits th  more

Tennessee Bar Association: Judge Denies Request to Restore Voting Rights to Some Out-of-State Felons
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 5 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news on Aug. 4: Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle on Friday denied an attempt by the Campaign Legal Center that would have allowed some out-of-state felons to vote in the upcoming Aug. 6 primary election, the Associated Press reports. CLC sought a temporary injunction that would have allowed those felons to vote in the primary if they had their voting rights restored in the same state as their convictio  more

Tennessee Bar Association: Judge Kristi Davis Joins Court of Appeals
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 4 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news on Aug. 3: Judge Kristi Davis was sworn in today as the newest member of the Court of Appeals. Davis, who has been a circuit court judge in Knoxville since 2014, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles D. Susano Jr. Prior to her judicial career, Davis was a partner at the Knoxville firm of Hodges, Doughty & Carson. During her time with the firm, she argued 26 appeals before the Tennessee  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Appendix Cancer Survival in Young Patients Varies by Race - Study
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Appendiceal cancer -- cancer of the appendix -- is a rare malignancy that is usually found during surgery for acute appendicitis. Although the rate of appendectomies has been stable over the last two decades, the incidence of malignant appendiceal cancer increased 232% in the United States. Andreana Holowatyj, PhD, MSCI, and colleagues conducted the first study of appendiceal cancer patterns and sur  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Davis Named Senior Medical Director for VICC Cancer Care Network and Strategy
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Nancy Davis, MD, has been named senior medical director for VICC Cancer Care Network and Strategy, a new leadership position at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center responsible for expanding cancer clinics within and beyond the Middle Tennessee catchment area. Davis, associate professor of Medicine, most recently served as group leader for Urologic Oncology and chief of the Solid Tumor Service Line. She  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Extracorporeal Life Support Program Honored by ELSO
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Vanderbilt University Medical Center's extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program has received the gold level award for excellence in life support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). VUMC's ECLS program offers a life-saving medical treatment called ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a life-sustaining mechanical system that temporarily takes over for the heart and lun  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Goff Named Executive Medical Director for the VICC Cancer Patient Care Center
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Laura Goff, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine, has been named the executive medical director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) Cancer Patient Care Center. She will oversee the cancer clinical enterprise in Nashville, including the flagship Henry-Joyce Cancer Clinic, among other responsibilities. Those responsibilities include managing the physician staff, collaborating with depar  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Grant Supports Research on Abnormal Brain Aging
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: With the aid of an $18.2 million, five-year grant renewal from the National Institute on Aging, the Vanderbilt Memory and Aging Project (VMAP) will advance interdisciplinary research into abnormal brain aging and cognitive decline in older adults, with continuing emphasis on the role of blood flow changes in the heart and brain. Growing evidence suggests modest age-related changes in cardiovascular   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: ID of 'Stomach Flu' Culprit
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Norovirus is a major cause of acute gastroenteritis, with at least 49 different norovirus genotypes. GII.4 genotype is responsible for the majority of norovirus epidemic outbreaks. The genotypes associated with medically-attended sporadic acute gastroenteritis are less clear. Zaid Haddadin, MD, Einas Batarseh, MD, and colleagues compared the clinical characteristics and distribution of norovirus gen  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Keith Churchwell, MD, Appointed President of Yale New Haven Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 5 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Former Vanderbilt cardiology leader Keith Churchwell, MD, has been appointed president of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) in Connecticut. Churchwell arrived at YNHH in 2015 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as executive director and chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI). At Yale, he most recently served as chief operating officer and exe  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Patrick Receives Award for Children's Health Research
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy, has been awarded the fifth annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children's Health Research. Patrick, a neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and associate professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, received the recognition for his work on improving outcomes for pregnant women and i  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Finds Aerobic Exercise Spurs Endorphins, Relieves Low Back Pain
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 6 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Six weeks of aerobic exercise can lead to sustained increases in endogenous opioid function and significant relief for chronic low back pain, according to a randomized controlled trial by Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Stephen Bruehl, PhD, and colleagues, reported in Pain. Low back pain is a worldwide cause of disability that has been examined most closely in Western industrialized societies  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Finds Medicare Part D Favors Generic Drugs Over Brand-Name Counterparts
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Contrary to previous media reports, a new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers finds that Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance plans largely favor generic drugs over brand-name counterparts. Published this week in Health Affairs, the study led by Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research and associate professor of Health Policy, compared Med  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Gauges Specific Site Stomach Cancer Risks Among Ethnic Groups
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Non-white Americans, especially Asian Americans, are at disproportionately higher risk for gastric cancer compared to non-Hispanic white Americans. A new study breaks down this risk according to specific ethnicities and locations within the stomach. The study published Aug. 6 in Gastroenterology analyzed California Cancer Registry data for the seven largest Asian American populations (Chinese, Japan  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Team to Create Customizable Cochlear Implant Programming
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: A team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers has received a $3.1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to develop advanced, patient-specific cochlear implant stimulation models for customized implant programming. Traditional cochlear implant programming is done by expert audiologists using a guess-and-check approach based on subjective patient feed  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: The Importance of Estrogen Cycles
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Oral contraceptives are implicated in slightly increasing breast cancer risk. This birth control method contains forms of estrogen, a hormone that binds ERalpha (estrogen receptor alpha), to alter the reproductive cycle. While much is known about estrogen signaling, few have researched how receptor homeostasis is maintained to ensure regular cycling. Deborah Lannigan, PhD, and colleagues discovered   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Yeatman Named Interim Chief Nursing Officer for VWCH
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Jeanne Yeatman, MBA, MOM, RN, CMTE, EMT, associate nursing officer and executive director of Vanderbilt LifeFlight, has been named interim chief nursing officer of Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (VWCH). Yeatman succeeds Denise Boman, MBA, RN, who has been chief nursing officer and held executive responsibility for operations at the hospital since 2010. Vanderbilt University Medical Center acquire  more

VanderbiltHealth.com Launches Out-Of-Pocket Cost Estimator
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Aug. 4 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The Vanderbilt Health website now features an out-of-pocket cost estimator for many hospital and professional services offered by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Anyone with an internet connection can use the new online tool to generate immediate estimates, with no website registration required. "There is significant frustration among consumers about costs and the lack of price transparency in  more