Reporters locally and nationally turn to the School of Medicine for expertise and research news. Here are examples from near and far.
Helen Lawler, MD, instructor of medicine, in June discussed an advocacy group’s advertisement warning of health problems related to soda consumption. She told 9News of Denver that obesity in the U.S. a “major problem” and “I do think
Amber Khanna, MD, assistant professor of medicine, explained her research finding that living at high altitude is associated with increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “This is a call for people living in high altitudes to be very vigilant” about other factors that may lower SIDS risk, “like putting the baby on his back every time, no smoking, encourage
Michelle Barron, MD, associate professor of medicine, in September discussed news reports of pollution in Rio de Janeiro’s water less than a year before the 2016 Olympics. She told a sports columnist for the Colorado Springs Gazette that her advice to a patient would be simple: “I would tell you to not go in the water.”
Emily Townsend, DPT, who graduated from the School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy Program in May, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that her impaired vision helps her relate to patients. “Many of my patients and their families have experienced significant loss or hardship when it comes to their physical challenges,” she said. “I am not only able to empathize
Chris Hoyte, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, told ABC News in June that the increase in emergency calls nationwide due to synthetic marijuana is often because of contamination with other substances including opioids, heavy metals
Fred Hirsch, MD,
David Tinkelman, MD, professor of
Robert Eckel, MD, professor of medicine and of physiology and biophysics, was quoted in an article by Kaiser Health News and published by PBS in September saying physicians should talk with older patients about prescribing statins when there’s scant evidence that the benefits outweigh the risks. “It’s a gray zone,” he said, referring to the need for more clinical trials.
Holly Wyatt, MD, associate professor of medicine, described her experience as medical director on the television program, “Extreme Weight Loss,” in an interview with the Aurora Sentinel in May: “The first season I was a little nervous — I mean, here I’d agreed to do reality TV, and there were colleagues here who thought I was crazy, because when you think reality TV, you don’t think that mixes with an academic institution. But it’s been inspiring for me, my staff, and it just fits so nicely with what we do.”
James Tod Olin, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, told the HealthDay news service in September that there can be benefits for a child who gets a tonsillectomy. “When you can eliminate a child’s sleep apnea symptoms, there are important developmental and cognitive [mental] benefits,” he said.
Marian “Emmy” Betz, MD, MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine, said on Colorado Public Radio in September that older drivers should consider planning for a “driving retirement.” “Retirement is something that happens to all of us, right?” she said. “And maybe we even look forward to it. You prepare for it, you make financial plans, you think about what you’re going to do.”
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Paula Riggs, MD, professor of psychiatry, told The Globe and Mail of Toronto, in May: “Adolescents who start regularly using
Cyril Mauffrey, MD, associate professor of orthopedics, described in August on 9News, the NBC affiliate in Denver, a less-invasive hip surgery he developed to treat a patient who declined blood transfusions for religious reasons. “My belief is that this is the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “I think with the elderly population, more fractures of the socket of the hip joint, patients who are not able physiologically to withstand long surgeries with blood loss and long incisions, I think this will benefit them greatly.”
Robert Dellavalle, MD,