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Florida International MPH Student Published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work graduate student, Ms. Marni Sherman has had her letter to the editor, What is the Relationship Between Coffee and Lung Cancer? published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

[Photo: Ms. Marni Sherman]

Ms. Sherman chose to critique a meta-analysis by Y. Xie, et al, Coffee Consumption and the Risk of Lung Cancer: An Updated Meta-analysis of Epidemiological Studies about the bidirectional relationship between coffee and lung cancer because of her own love of coffee beverages. Through review and analysis, she found that the relationship between the beverage and cancer to be a myth. “It requires further research because of the inconsistencies with the available research,” said Sherman.

Ms. Sherman is a master’s-level student in the Health Policy & Management program and her mentor is professor Dr. Jessica Adler. She has also taken a course with professor Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, which was designed to train students in the conduct of a systematic literature review while developing skills critical for evidence-based clinical and public health practice. It was then that Sherman chose to write about a subject close to her heart.

“I think it’s important for students to critique published works because there’s no telling if these works are accurate portrayals of the available research,” says Ms. Sherman, adding, “This will be my first published paper, which is an incredible feeling. I thank Dr. Purnima Madhivanan for pushing me to submit this paper to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Ms. Sherman was born in New Jersey and raised in Boca Raton. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in education, she worked at a specialty pharmacy that manufactures protein nutrition for dialysis patients. It was through her interactions with the pharmacy’s patients that she saw firsthand how some health insurance companies denied coverage for much-needed protein nutrition due to “lack of medical necessity.” It was then that she decided decided to become an advocate for patient health and pursue her master’s degree, and once her career decision was made, she chose to attend FIU Stempel College because of its location and the structure of the Health Policy & Management program, which incorporates both policy and management classes.