• Rinehart Warns Against Child Exposure to Edibles on WCAX-TV
    (JANUARY 11, 2023) In a piece broadcast on WCAX-TV on the increase of child exposure to edible cannabis over the past several years, Jill Rinehart, M.D., FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics, stressed the importance of parents locking up cannabis products at home to keep kids from accidentally ingesting it. (Click on headline for more.)
  • Medical Alum Helps Establish Much-Needed VT Child Psychiatry Access Program
    Psychiatrist Greta Spottswood, M.D., M.P.H., a Class of 2011 alum of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, directs and helped launch the Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program to connect Vermont pediatric primary care providers with much-needed child psychiatry services.
  • VTDigger Publishes Pulcini Commentary on Firearm Tragedies
    (DECEMBER 28, 2022) Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Christian Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine at the UVM Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, published a commentary titled “We Can Prevent Firearm Tragedies — a Call to Action” in VTDigger.
    Read full story at VTDigger
  • Larner Faculty Members’ THINKMD Tool Brings Needed Clinical Expertise to Remote Populations
    University of Vermont Professor of Pediatrics Barry Finette, M.D., Ph.D., and Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus Barry Heath, M.D., spent three years developing and testing a mobile app-based digital tool designed to bring physician-based knowledge to the hands of minimally skilled health workers. In 2014, they founded THINKMD™.
  • Bell Featured in WCAX-TV Story on RSV Vaccine Trial
    (DECEMBER 16, 2022) A Pfizer RSV vaccine for pregnant women is in phase 3 trial, with the potential to help infants cope with the sometimes serious illness, according to WCAX-TV. “If infants can be born with some immunity,” says pediatric critical care physician Rebecca Bell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, “even if it’s short-lived, even if it’s six months or one year, that can make a huge difference in terms of kids’ health.” (Click headline for more.)
  • Bell Comments on Respiratory Virus Risk during Holidays in VTDigger
    (NOVEMBER 23, 2022) Pediatric critical care physician Rebecca Bell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, has a message for people visiting infants over the holidays that is going to be difficult to hear: “Admire the baby from afar,” VTDigger reported.
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  • Levine & Bell Discuss ‘Triple Threat’ of Holiday Viruses on WVNY-TV
    (NOVEMBER 18, 2022) WVNY-TV interviewed Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, M.D., professor of medicine and associate dean for graduate medical education, and Rebecca Bell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, about a "triple threat" of serious viruses that could impact the upcoming holiday season, as the flu, Covid-19, and the respiratory virus RSV can spread easily in close contact. (Click on headline for more.)
  • NBC10, Other Media Feature Bell’s Warning of RSV Risk over the Holidays
    (NOVEMBER 14, 2022) UVMMC pediatric critical care physician Rebecca Bell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, urges new parents to limit visitors’ contact with their babies in light of surging RSV infections in children, NECN and NBC10 Boston reported.
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  • Sullivan Presents Poster at CF Conference, Healio News Reports
    (NOVEMBER 9, 2022) Vitamin D levels in patients with a deficiency and cystic fibrosis increased with a single high dose, according to a poster presented by Professor of Pediatrics Jillian S. Sullivan, M.D., and colleagues at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference held November 3-5 in Philadelphia, Healio News reported.
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  • Press-Republican Covers Bell’s Facebook Live Event on RSV in Kids
    (NOVEMBER 7, 2022) Associate Professor of Pediatrics Rebecca Bell, M.D., answered RSV-related questions during a Facebook Live event on November 3, the (Plattsburg) Press-Republican reported.
  • Courier-Tribune Quotes Hagan on Involving Young Kids in Volunteering
    (NOVEMBER 2, 2022) Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Joseph Hagan Jr., M.D., was quoted in an article in the Courier-Tribune and its sister publication Gladstone Dispatch (both based in Liberty, Mo.) about the proper age for young children to begin volunteering.
  • Burlington Free Press Features Comments by Bell on Surging RSV Hospitalizations
    (NOVEMBER 1, 2022) Pediatric critical care physician Rebecca Bell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, commented in the Burlington Free Press on the surge in local hospitalizations due to rhinovirus or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
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  • Shepard Speaks to WCAX on Ongoing Baby Formula Shortages
    (October 27, 2022) UVMMC pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Michelle Shepard, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, spoke to WCAX-TV’s Hailey Morgan about ongoing baby formula supply chain woes affecting Vermont parents.
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  • CNN Mentions COVID-19 Vaccine Response Study by Lee, Kirkpatrick, Cushman
    (OCTOBER 24, 2022) A study co-authored by Benjamin Lee, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics; Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics and professor of medicine; and Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine, along with researchers from Columbia University and Boston University, concluded that post-vaccination symptoms are a good sign, CNN reported.
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  • Chaarani and Colleagues Find Evidence of Better Impulse Control & Memory in Gamers
    (OCTOBER 24, 2022) A study by UVM researchers of nearly 2,000 children found that those who reported playing video games for three hours per day or more performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who had never played video games.
  • Delaney Comments on Mental Health and Suicide in VTDigger Article
    (OCTOBER 4, 2022) Thomas Delaney, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, comments on the rising suicide rates in Vermont in an article in VTDigger about the launch of a new website and education campaign geared toward helping the public understand how to intervene before a suicide attempt.
  • Scholarly Summer: Second-Year Students' Research Explores Unmet Health Needs
    For students pursuing a degree in medicine, there’s no off-season. During a two-month break between their first and second years, many Larner College of Medicine medical students tackled projects to address unmet health needs, practice clinical skills, and immerse themselves in specialty clerkships with physician preceptors. Engaging in clinical, basic science or health policy-related research can be among the most valuable experiences during medical education. This summer, second-year students assessed health disparities pertaining to breast cancer screenings, explored laboratory components of health literacy, documented behavioral and health trends of LGBTQ teenagers and tracked the impact of peer support on relieving stress among immigrant parents of children with autism, and more.
  • Ehret Invested as Inaugural Asfaw Yemiru Green and Gold Professor in Global Health
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and neonatologist Danielle Ehret, M.D., M.P.H., was invested as the inaugural Asfaw Yemiru Green and Gold Professor in Global Health in a formal ceremony held at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine on July 28, 2022.
  • Teaching Academy Announces 2022 Frymoyer Scholars Projects & Investigators
    Three Larner College of Medicine faculty-led, interprofessional group projects have been selected to receive 2022 Frymoyer Scholars funding. The three projects focus on newborn resuscitation, building an interdisciplinary gender affirming care model, and fostering excellent clinical teachers, respectively.
  • Bell Discusses New AAP Guidelines for Babies' Safe Sleep
    (JULY 6, 2022) Associate Professor of Pediatrics Rebecca Bell, M.D., spoke with Alexandra Montgomery of WCAX-TV Channel 3 for a story about updated guidance on safe sleep for babies issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.