Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

In The Media

The New York Times interviews Christine Pellegrino, M.D., about patient reactions to the new breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force changed its recommendations for the use of mammography based on multiple sources of evidence, including a comprehensive analysis of various screening schedules published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Clyde Schechter, M.D., associate professor of family and social medicine and of epidemiology & population health, was a co-author of the study. Dr. Pellegrino is director of the breast clinic at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Einstein. (Tuesday, November 17, 2009)

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BBC features research by Yousin Suh, Ph.D., on the link between the genes that influence the length of telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes, and longevity. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that participants who lived to a very old age were better able to maintain the length of their telomeres and had advantageous variants of genes involved in telomere maintenance. Dr. Suh is associate professor of medicine and of genetics. (Monday, November 16, 2009)

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USA Today interviews Laurie Jacobs, M.D., for an article detailing how an active lifestyle and positive attitude can help seniors stay resilient and promote healthy aging. She expresses concern that Baby Boomers may not be as prepared to weather the difficulties of aging as earlier generations. Dr. Jacobs is director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center. (Tuesday, November 10, 2009)

Dr. Jacobs' Profile
The New York Times interviews Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., on the self-destructive behaviors of cells and how they may hold the key to longevity. Research suggests that autophagy, the process of cell regulation, could hold the key to preventing disease and lead to longer life spans. Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology. (Tuesday, October 06, 2009)

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BBC features research by Kelvin Davies, Ph.D., and Joel Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., that highlights using nanoparticles to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Their new study in rats employs a drug-delivery system consisting of nanpoparticles encapsulating nitric oxide and/or oral prescription medications to treat ED topically, potentially preventing systemic side effects. The study appears in the September 18th online version of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr. Davies, senior author of the study, is associate professor of urology and Dr. Friedman, co-author of the study, is professor of physiology & biophysics and of medicine. (Monday, September 21, 2009)

Dr. Davies' Profile | Dr. Friedman's Profile
The New York Times interviews Liise-anne Pirofski, M.D., on the scapegoating that often occurs during epidemics. A recent exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum, which displayed a relic of a 14th-century uprising against Jews in Erfurt, Germany in response to an outbreak of bubonic plague, was also featured. Dr. Pirofski is chief of the division of infectious diseases and the Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Professor in Biomedical Research. (Tuesday, September 01, 2009)

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Voice of America News interviews Neel Gandhi, M.D., on how the misuse of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). A new study shows that the misdiagnosis of the disease, coupled with short courses of a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones, is creating drug-resistant strains of TB. Dr. Gandi is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, August 25, 2009)

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The New York Times quotes Charles Schwartz, M.D., Einstein students, and Montefiore Medical Center's Sean O'Mahoney, M.D., in a front-page article on end-of-life care. Dr. Schwartz, along with Sharon Parish, M.D., train students to "break bad news" to patients. Dr. O’Mahoney is the director of Palliative Care Services at Montefiore and of the Palliative Care Elective course offered by Einstein's Department of Family and Social Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is associate professor of clinical psychiatry & behavioral sciences, of clinical family & social medicine and of clinical medicine. Dr. Parish is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Thursday, August 20, 2009)

Dr. Schwartz's Profile | Dr. Parish's Profile
The Washington Post interviews Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D., on Campbell’s efforts to reduce the sodium content in their soups. Dr. Wylie-Rosett, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, notes the health benefits to Campbell’s tomato soup: it contains a serving of vegetables and the antioxidant lycopene, and one consumes it slowly with a spoon, a good way to get full and stay full longer. Dr. Wylie-Rosett is division head of health, behavior & nutrition and professor of epidemiology and population health and of medicine at Einstein. (Tuesday, August 18, 2009)

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The New York Times, USA Today and Scientific American interview Michal Melamed, M.D., on her study indicating millions of U.S. children are low in vitamin D. The study, published in the August 3rd online edition of Pediatrics, concludes that seven out of ten U.S. children are low in vitamin D, raising their risk of bone and heart disease. Dr. Melamed is assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health. (Monday, August 03, 2009)

Dr. Melamed's Profile
MSN features research by Nir Barzilai, M.D., that identifies a potential new drug target for diabetes. The article, originally by Healthday, reports that humanin, which may prevent nerve cells from dying, may also help to improve insulin action and lower blood glucose levels. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research and the director of the Institute for Aging Research. (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

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NPR's "Morning Edition" interviews David Hamerman, M.D., on osteoarthritis, a condition that affects 27 million Americans, two-thirds of whom are over 65. Dr. Hamerman addresses the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to this condition. Dr. Hamerman is a distinguished professor of geriatrics. (Monday, July 06, 2009)

Dr. Hamerman's Profile
TheScientist.com interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., about a Nature study that sheds light on how diet restriction might boost life span. The study shows that a single pair of proteins, whose activity is linked to diminished food intake, is responsible for significantly increasing the lifespan of worms. In the article, Dr. Barzilai remarks on the importance of the study and its impact on future research. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research and the director of the Institute for Aging Research. (Wednesday, June 24, 2009)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
Reuters features research by Martin I. Surks, M.D. and colleagues on how an underactive thyroid may hold the key to longevity. Dr. Surks announced, at a meeting of the Endocrine Society, that after studying a group of Ashkenazi Jews, his team found that 15-20% of the people over the age of 60 showed signs of low thyroid activity. The study also suggested that those who lived to 100 had this same evidence. Dr. Surks is professor of the department of medicine. (Monday, June 15, 2009)

Dr. Martin I. Surks
Los Angeles Times interviews Steven Hahn, M.D. and Sharon Parish, M.D. on why patients lie to their doctors and the serious consequences it can have on their care. Misinformation from a patient can lead a doctor to misinterpret symptoms and overlook warning signs, which can result in flawed diagnoses and treatments. Dr. Hahn is professor of clinical medicine and Dr. Parish is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Monday, June 08, 2009)

Dr. Hahn's Profile | Dr. Parish's Profile
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