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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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The New York Times features new research by Elina Jerschow, M.D., that found medications are the cause of most fatal allergic reactions. Dr. Jerschow notes that antibiotics and radiocontrast agents used in imaging studies are the two top medicines responsible for allergic deaths. Dr. Jerschow is assistant professor of medicine at Einstein and director of the Drug Allergy Center at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, October 06, 2014)

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Time features research led by Sophie Molholm, Ph.D., suggesting that brain scans measuring how quickly children process sensory information could be used to diagnose autism. The study found the degree to which a child abnormally processed sights and sounds was directly correlated to the severity of autism symptoms. Dr. Molholm is associate professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and of pediatrics and the Muriel and Harold Block Faculty Scholar in Mental Illness. (Monday, September 22, 2014)

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Wall Street Journal interviews Judy Wylie-Rosett, Ph.D., about research that suggests artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar levels by altering the body’s gut bacteria. Dr. Wylie-Rosett notes that the study is important since it is the first to examine how gut microbes contribute to processing real and fake sugars. Dr. Wylie-Rosett is head of the division of health promotion and nutrition research, and professor of epidemiology & population health and of medicine at Einstein. (Thursday, September 18, 2014)

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Nature interviews Dean Hosgood, Ph.D., M.P.H, about his research on the environmental and genetic factors that lead to high rates of lung cancer in non-smoking Asian women. Dr. Hosgood notes that as smoking decreases, other factors will become a larger proportion of lung cancer cases, so investigating this phenomenon can help the wider population. Dr. Hosgood is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health. (Monday, September 15, 2014)

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CBSNews.com interviews Lisa Shulman, M.D., about a promising autism intervention program that helped resolve autism behaviors in the majority of 7-to-15-month-olds studied. Dr. Shulman calls the study “groundbreaking” and also outlines a few key behaviors parents should look out for, such as fixating for long periods on objects rather than faces. Dr. Shulman is associate professor of clinical pediatrics and director of infant and toddler services at Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and an attending physician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Tuesday, September 09, 2014)

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New York Times interviews Kami Kim, M.D., about research that finds the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can manipulate the behavior of its host by switching on genes in brain cells. Research by Dr. Kim has found that a number of pathogens, including leprosy, appear to use DNA methylation to turn genes on and off in the animal it infects. Dr. Kim is professor medicine, of microbiology & immunology and of pathology. (Friday, August 29, 2014)

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NY1 interviews Jonathan Lai, Ph.D., about his research on Ebola that focuses on developing antibodies to use as a possible treatment for all five strains of the virus. Dr. Lai notes that so far his lab has discovered antibodies that have proven protective in mice against the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus, but more research is required. Dr. Lai is associate professor of biochemistry. (Tuesday, August 19, 2014)

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