FIU Stempel College graduate student Marni Sherman has had her paper, What is the Relationship Between Coffee and Lung Cancer? accepted for publication by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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.
Sherman is a master’s-level student in the Health Policy & Management program and her mentor is professor Jessica Adler. During the past semester, she took a course with professor Purnima Madhivanan designed to train students in the conduct of a systematic literature review and developing the 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 correct and are accurate portrayals of the available research,” says 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.”
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.
Once her career decision was made, Sherman 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.