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The Huffington Post published a letter by Sean Lucan, M.D., M.P.H., urging parents and schools to work to get healthy foods and healthy-food education into schools. Dr. Lucan argues that unhealthy options – such as candy and juice – should be removed, with healthy foods – such as trail mix and whole fruit mashed and frozen into popsicles –encouraged and made available instead. Dr. Lucan is assistant professor of family and social medicine at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, May 29, 2015)

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Black Tie Magazine covers Einstein's Women's Division's 61st Annual "Spirit of Achievement" Luncheon, which honored Renee Fleming and Candice Bergen. The fundraising event, which was co-chaired by Terri Goldberg, Andrea Stark and Women’s Division president Carol Roaman, also honored Einstein-Montefiore physicians Daphne Hsu, M.D., and Robert Pass, M.D. Dr. Hsu is professor of pediatrics at Einstein and co-director, Pediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM); Dr. Pass is associate professor of pediatrics and director, pediatric electrophysiology and pediatric interventional cardiology at Children's Hospital at Montefiore. (Tuesday, May 26, 2015)

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NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about the bioethical questions raised by Alzheimer’s patients being sexually active in institutional settings. A recent court case involving a husband and his impaired wife has focused attention on this issue. Dr. Powell discusses issues of privacy, our cultural bias and presumptions, and the lack of consensus around this taboo topic. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. (Friday, April 24, 2015)

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Science News interviews Betsy Herold, M.D., about her new research with William Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D., on an experimental herpes vaccine. Dr. Herold explains that their novel approach was to silence the loud, or dominant, surface protein on the virus in order to use the other proteins to trigger an effective immune response. Dr. Herold holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein and is the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Einstein. Dr. Jacobs is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein. (Tuesday, March 10, 2015)

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USA Today interviews Dr. David Rosenstreich about research that finds poverty and poor living conditions are the causes of high rates of asthma – whether in cities or suburbs. As the concentration of poverty has increased in suburbs and rural areas, so have the rates of asthma in those areas. Dr. Rosenstreich points out that the asthma rates are vastly different in Harlem compared to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, although the two neighborhoods are next to each other. This reinforces that it is low socioeconomic status and associated poor living conditions that leads to asthma. Dr. Rosenstreich is professor and director of the division of allergy and immunology in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Distinguished Scholar in Microbiology/Immunology at Einstein. (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)

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Al Jazeera America interviews bioethicist Lauren Flicker, J.D., M.B.E., about the ethical implications of forced chemotherapy on a 17-year-old Connecticut teen. Flicker notes the myriad legal and ethical implications of the case, and how even adults may not make informed decisions about refusing medical care. She is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health at Einstein, assistant director of graduate studies, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics and assistant director of Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics. (Thursday, January 15, 2015)

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The Scientist interviews Vladislav Verkhusha, Ph.D., about in vivo imaging techniques researchers can use to monitor and track infection in small mammals. Dr. Verkhusha has developed a variety of fluorescent proteins for imaging use. Dr. Verkhusha is professor of anatomy and structural biology. (Wednesday, January 07, 2015)

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What’s a question your doctor should be asking you according to a Time interview with Peter Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H., and Einstein medical student Ross Kristal? Their study, which found a correlation between soda consumption and health problems, suggests that asking how much soda a patient drinks should be included when taking a patient’s history. Kristal, a fourth year medical student, notes that information about overall diet and physical activity are vital in preventing and managing certain diseases but is rarely captured, which is why the question is standard at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein. Dr. Selwyn is chair of family and social medicine at Einstein and Montefiore. (Tuesday, December 30, 2014)

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Scientific American interviews Dr. Peter Satir about the connection between cilia, hairlike structures on cells, and genetic disorders, such as blindness or kidney disease. Dr. Satir notes that primary cilia serve as a signaling system during embryonic development, but when that pathway is disrupted due to deformed cilia, genetic disorders, can occur. Dr. Satir is distinguished university professor of anatomy and structural biology. (Tuesday, December 23, 2014)

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NPR’s Shots blog interviews Karen Bonuck, Ph.D., about her study that found lack of sleep and sleep-disordered breathing doubled kids’ risk for obesity. Dr. Bonuck emphasizes the need to promote healthy sleep in children, noting, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… Pun intended.” Dr. Bonuck is professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein. (Thursday, December 11, 2014)

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New York Times interviews Einstein medical student, Joseph Gotesman, and Michael Reichgott, M.D., Ph.D., about VetConnect, an organization to help homeless veterans. Since founding VetConnect to connect local, Bronx veterans to needed services, Mr. Gotesman’s grassroots initiative has helped several veterans get permanent housing and find employment. Mr. Gotesman, who is in his second-year at Einstein, is trying to expand the initiative to other states with high rates of homelessness among veterans. Dr. Reichgott is professor of medicine at Einstein. (Friday, November 14, 2014)

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Wall Street Journal interviews Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., and Steven Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D., about the connection between the rare genetic disease Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) and Ebola. Dr. Chandran’s research suggests that the gene mutation responsible for NPC may offer protection against Ebola. Dr. Walkley notes that it is well-known that carriers of certain genetic diseases might have protection against other diseases, citing that carriers for sickle-cell disease might be protected against malaria. Dr. Chandran is associate professor of microbiology & immunology and holds the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology. Dr. Walkley is director of the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and professor of pathology, of neurology and of neuroscience at Einstein. (subscription only) (Monday, November 03, 2014)

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Nature interviews Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., about her research on autophagy, a critical cellular recycling process linked to numerous diseases. Dr. Cuervo’s numerous contributions in the field are detailed, including implicating faulty autophagy in Parkinson’s disease and discovering its role in regulating hunger in the brain and metabolism in the liver. Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology, of anatomy and structural biology, and of medicine, co-director of the Institute for Aging Research, and holds the Robert and Renée Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases at Einstein. (Thursday, October 16, 2014)

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CBS News interviews Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., about the growing problem of opioid painkiller abuse and addiction. Dr. Cunningham explains why opioid abuse has increased significantly in recent years, her research on bias on the part of doctors in prescribing and monitoring opioids, and how Einstein has a structured curriculum to teach future doctors how to treat addition. Dr. Cunningham is professor of medicine and family and social medicine at Einstein and associate chief of the division of general internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, October 13, 2014)

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WABC-TV interviews John Condeelis, M.D., about his imaging research that is helping to explain how cancer spreads from the primary tumor. Dr. Condeelis and his team found that normal immune cells, called macrophages, aid the tumor cells in cancer metastasis by directing the tumor cells toward blood vessels. By better understanding this process at the patient level, doctors can more accurately assess which patients need aggressive treatments and which patients can be spared those treatments. Dr. Condeelis is professor and co-chair of anatomy and structural biology and co-director of the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center, and the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research at Einstein. (Monday, October 06, 2014)

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