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NPR’s Shots blog features research by Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D., that revealed widespread misperceptions about miscarriage. In a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, he and his team found that most people think miscarriage is rare, and many believe that a woman who loses a pregnancy brought it upon herself. Neither of those things is true. Dr. Williams is director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Einstein and Montefiore Health System. (Friday, May 08, 2015)

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The Chicago Tribune interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on research investigating the impact of “heading” in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton, whose findings are described in the article, suggests that it is still unclear what the real-world implications of heading on the brain function of players. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center. (Thursday, May 07, 2015)

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The Scientist interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., and Evris Gavathiotis, Ph.D., about their success in pursuing private funding in the face of federal funding cuts. Drs. Barzilai and Gavathiotis share how they identified and pursued alternative funding sources and how it has helped advance their research.  Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Gavathiotis is assistant professor of biochemistry and of medicine. (Friday, May 01, 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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The Washington Post interviews Richard Lipton, M.D., on the warning signs of dementia. Dr. Lipton notes that when it comes to memory lapses, retrieval problems are of less concern than storage problems. For example, forgetting the name of someone you just met is normal, but forgetting the person entirely may be a warning sign of something more serious. Dr. Lipton is director of the Einstein Aging Study and vice chair of the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and director of the division of cognitive aging and dementia at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, April 06, 2015)

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The New York Times features John Greally, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D., and the artist who works with Einstein’s genetic researchers to help visualize “big data.” Dr. Greally explains that large biological data sets are relegated to the digital realm and it is difficult for researchers to develop an instinct for what’s important. Dr. Greally is professor of genetics, of medicine and of pediatrics and director of the center for epigenomics at Einstein and attending physician at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Friday, March 27, 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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The Washington Post interviews Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D. about the benefits and limitations of lifestyle and nutrition in preventing cancer. The article cites a recent study by Dr. Kabat in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that found following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines could reduce the risk for certain cancers and overall mortality. Dr. Kabat is a senior epidemiologist at Einstein. (Tuesday, February 17, 2015)

 
 

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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The New York Times published an op-ed co-written by Sean Lucan, M.D., M.P.H., that argues for the consumption of natural foods, rather than packaged foods full of added sugars. The piece notes that about 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the U.S. contain added sugar. Dr. Lucan and his co-author compare refined sugars to drugs, citing research that shows sugar can be addictive as well as cause cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Lucan is assistant professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. (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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