What does health care look like after COVID-19 pandemic?

July 14, 2020

In a new perspective piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Assistant Professor of Health Policy Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, joins fellow researchers and economists in projecting what health care delivery could look like after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two experts discuss parallels with new COVID-related syndrome.

July 10, 2020

“It’s important for all of us to be patient and to be thoughtful in thinking about a new illness,” Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at VUMC, said. “As scientists, we need to work together, to collaborate, and to approach these ideas in a multidisciplinary manner.”

Initial COVID-19 testing data show impact in Nashville’s minority communities

July 10, 2020

It’s critical to draw awareness to the disparity in communication and access to treatment as well as the economic, cultural and societal factors that impact ability to navigate care. We’re zeroing in on disaggregating the data by race, ethnicity and language because we can’t address inequities if we don’t know who they are,” said  Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, vice president for Health Equity for VUMC,  associate dean for Health Equity at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

Treating coronavirus is brutal. But our hunt for better medicine keeps us going.

Dr. Wesley Ely
June 30, 2020

“Mrs. Croft, I truly regret that I’m calling you about a covid-19 research program only an hour after your husband, John, died of his coronavirus infection. None of us know what you are feeling, and we want you to know how immensely sorry we are for all that you and your family are going through.

New study examines coronavirus transmission within households

June 30, 2020

Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators are leading a new study that examines the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, within households in Nashville. The study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to understand how fast the infections spread within households and the factors that may be associated with that transmission. This is one of few longitudinal studies in the country that will examine coronavirus infections among close contacts.

VICTR named to key role to streamline COVID-19 research response

June 24, 2020

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) and RTI International, a non-profit clinical research organization based in North Carolina, have been named Administrative Coordinating Center (ACC) of a national effort to st

Initial COVID-19 testing data show impact in Nashville’s minority communities

June 17, 2020

Early data assessing the primary language of those who received COVID-19 tests at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and tested positive, illustrates the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on racial or ethnic communities. Of the first 18,491 patients tested for the novel coronavirus, 1,063 speak 37 languages other than English, according to analysis of electronic health records by VUMC’s Office of Health Equity. Although this group represents 5.7% of those tested, they are 19.4% of those positive and the highest number reside in two adjacent Nashville ZIP codes.

Major U.S. trial closes showing no benefit for hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19

June 16, 2020

The Outcomes Related to COVID-19 Treated with Hydroxychloroquine among In-patients with Symptomatic Disease (ORCHID) trial stopped enrolling new patients based on the fourth scheduled interim analysis showing no evidence of benefit or harm.

Multinational consortium reports COVID-19 impact on cancer patients

May 28, 2020

People with cancer sickened by COVID-19 have a crude death rate of 13%, according to the largest series of data released thus far from a multinational perspective. The data on more than 900 patients, published May 28 in The Lancet and simultaneously presented at ASCO20 Virtual, also revealed cancer-specific factors associated with increased mortality.

Study to determine rate of novel coronavirus infection in U.S. children

May 15, 2020
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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are leading a nationwide study to determine the rate of novel coronavirus infection in U.S. children and their families. The study, named the HEROS (Human Epidemiology and Response to SARS-CoV-2) study and funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), aims to gain insight into how many children ages 1 to 21 have been infected, the percentage of those infected who develop symptoms of COVID-19 and any differences in immune responses to the virus between children and adults within the same household.

Safeguarding opioids a concern as children may have more access with families at home due to COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Tennessee parents take steps to safeguard opioids at home, an important concern when children are spending more time indoors due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations. More than 50% of parents who filled a prescription for an opioid in the past five years kept leftover medication in the home, according to poll results.

Study launched to test hydroxychloroquine as treatment for COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Faced with a global pandemic of a virus previously unknown to humans, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is leading a clinical trial to understand if hydroxychloroquine, a well-known drug used for malaria and rheumatologic conditions, is safe and effective in treating hospitalized adults with COVID-19.