Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

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)

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The Wall Street Journal features comments from John Blanchard, Ph.D. on two possible Nobel Prize winners for this year. The two potential winners, Drs. F. Ulrich Hartl and Arthur Horwich, are best known for their research in molecular chaperones. Dr. Blanchard is the Dan Dancinger Professor of Biochemistry. (Monday, September 14, 2009)

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U.S. News & World Report features Simon Rego, Psy.D., discussing PTSD and attention deficit disorder in U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq. The article, originally by Healthday, reports that soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show growing attention impairment in the year following their return. Dr. Rego is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Einstein and associate director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center. (Thursday, September 10, 2009)

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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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The New York Times interviews Kevin Plancher, M.D., on children participating in triathlons. Dr. Plancher recommends that parents consult their pediatrician before allowing their children, especially those under the age of seven, from entering a race. Dr. Plancher is associate clinical professor of surgery. (Thursday, August 27, 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 Wall Street Journal interviews Ariela Frieder, M.D., on the use of antidepressants by pregnant women. Some antidepressants, if taken while pregnant, increase newborns’ risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, or pressure on the lungs, which can lead to heart failure. Dr. Frieder is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry. (Friday, August 21, 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)

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The Forward interviews alumni and faculty for a feature on the 50th anniversary of Einstein's first graduating class and the College of Medicine's longstanding dedication to diversity, tying the past with the future. The article details Einstein's founding mission to welcome students of "all creeds and races;" how this mission continues to attract students from around the globe who are dedicated to helping the underserved; Einstein's establishment of the first medical school program designed to recruit and retain African-American students; and its ongoing pursuit of diversity in its student body and faculty. Those interviewed include Einstein's executive dean, Edward Burns, M.D. (Class of 1976); Leon Chameides, M.D., Evelyne Schwaber, M.D., and Marion Zucker Goldstein, M.D. (Class of 1959); and Monica Payares, M.D. (Class of 2009). (Friday, August 14, 2009)

Newsday interviews Christie Brinkley at Einstein’s 20th annual Family Day in the Hamptons. Ms. Brinkley serves as honorary co-chair of the event. Run by the Women’s Division, proceeds from the carnival will go to the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). Ms. Brinkley serves as event co-chair with Mindy Feinberg, Tasha Genatt, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Erica Karsch, Roxanne Palin and Cathy Schwartz. (Monday, August 10, 2009)

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Reuters Health interviews Charles Hall, Ph.D., on his study that finds stimulating brain activities delay the onset of dementia. The research, led by Dr. Hall and Joe Verghese, M.B.B.S., was published in the August 4 online edition of Neurology. Dr. Hall is professor of epidemiology & population health and of neurology. Dr. Verghese is associate professor of neurology and director of the division of cognitive & motor aging. (Tuesday, August 04, 2009)

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Wall Street Journal blog "The Numbers Guy" interviews Swapnil Rajpathak, M.B.,B.S., Dr.P.H., regarding a new study indicating that the rapid rise of obesity in children may be slowing. Dr. Raipathak notes that data for obesity rates is spotty and cautions against drawing broad conclusions. Dr. Raipathak is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health and of medicine. (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

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UPI features Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., and his new research that links high insulin levels to an increased risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Dr. Kabat and his colleagues analyzed data on 5,450 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, a large multicenter study investigating the influence of a number of factors on women's health. Notably, the link between elevated insulin level and breast cancer was strongest among lean women and weakest among obese women (who, in general, have higher insulin levels compared with lean women). Dr. Kabat is senior epidemiologist in the department of epidemiology and population health. (Monday, July 13, 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)

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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)

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