Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

The Wall Street Journal interviews Harry Ostrer, M.D., about an historic and unanimous Supreme Court ruling that determined human genes cannot be patented. Dr. Ostrer, one of the original plaintiffs in the case that centered on the BRCA1 and 2 genes, notes that the decision should help expand access to genetic testing and help reduce costs considerably. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, June 14, 2013)

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Associated Press interviews John Bent, M.D., about the life-saving implantation in a newborn of the first 3-D laser-printed airway splint. Dr. Bent praises the researchers for developing the technology but it has not yet proven to be a permanent solution. Dr. Bent is associate professor of clinical otorhinolaryngology - head & neck surgery and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of pediatric otolaryngology at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, May 24, 2013)

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In a New York Times letter to the editor, Einstein and Montefiore geneticist Susan Klugman, M.D., explains how next-generation genetic sequencing tests can help guide treatment decisions for those who test BRCA negative but have strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers. Dr. Klugman is associate professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein, director of reproductive genetics at Montefiore Medical Center and director of clinical services and community outreach for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health at Yeshiva University. (Monday, May 20, 2013)

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Aging is all in your mind. Nature features new research by Dongsheng Cai, M.D., Ph.D., that found the hypothalamus is key to controlling the body’s aging processes. Dr. Cai and his colleagues used a mouse model to track the activity of a molecule that controls DNA transcription and is involved in inflammation. They found that the molecule becomes more active in the hypothalamus region of the brain as the mice aged and that blocking it extended their lifespan. Dr. Cai is professor of molecular pharmacology. (Thursday, May 02, 2013)

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NBC Local interviews designer Liz Lange about being an honoree at the 59th annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon. Other honorees included Francine Einstein, M.D. (pictured), associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health and of medicine at Einstein and 23andme.com co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Proceeds from the event will help advance research in breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers at Einstein. The event was hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Women’s Division. (Thursday, May 02, 2013)

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NBCNews.com interviews Todd Olson, Ph.D., and Sherry Downie, P.D., and several Montefiore Medical Center residents about why the anatomy lab remains important in medical education.  In addition to the introductory anatomy course for first-year medical students, Einstein also offers refresher courses for residents to supplement their clinical experience. Dr. Olson is professor of anatomy & structural biology at Einstein. Dr. Downie is associate professor of clinical anatomy & structural biology and of clinical physical medicine & rehabilitation at Einstein. (Wednesday, May 01, 2013)

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Science features new research by Claudia Gravekamp, Ph.D., and Ekaterina Dadachova, Ph.D., that uses radioactive bacteria to destroy metastatic pancreatic cancer. Dr. Gravekamp notes that the findings could be used as additional treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer following surgery to remove the primary tumor. Dr. Gravekamp is associate professor of microbiology & immunology. Dr. Dadachova is professor of radiology and of microbiology & immunology and the Sylvia and Robert S. Olnick Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research. (Tuesday, April 23, 2013)

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New York Times interviews Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., about the health risks of taking prescription and over-the-counter medications during pregnancy. Dr. Dolan notes that women taking multiple medications should try to get down to one drug in advance of their pregnancy and that many medications not recommended during pregnancy can be replaced with low-risk alternatives. Dr. Dolan is associate professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and attending physician of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)

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Rahil Briggs, Psy.D., argues in a USA Today op-ed that mental health screenings should be a part of student checkups. Dr. Briggs notes that children with undiagnosed mental illness are at higher risk of suicide and alcohol and drug abuse and twice as likely to drop-out out of school.  Dr. Briggs is assistant professor of pediatrics at Einstein and director of the Healthy Steps Program at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore. (Thursday, January 31, 2013)

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Nature interviews Lawrence Brandt, M.D., about the first randomized clinical trial on using fecal transplants to treat recurring infections of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes severe diarrhea. While the standard antibiotic treatment cured 27% of patients in the trial, fecal transplants cured 94%. Dr. Brandt currently leads a blinded trial in which patients are treated with their own feces or those from healthy donors. Dr. Brandt is professor of medicine and of surgery at Einstein and emeritus chief of gastroenterology at Montefiore Medical Center. (Thursday, January 17, 2013)

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Science interviews Cristina Montagna, Ph.D., about her research on a protein that, when present in excess, dramatically reduces aging and cancer in mice. Dr. Montagna and Jan Vijg, Ph.D., are also collaborating with researchers at the Mayo Clinic to study the impact of the protein (BubR1) on the brain. Dr. Montagna is assistant professor of genetics; Dr. Vijg is chair of genetics. (Monday, December 17, 2012)

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Less than a quarter of internal medicine residents plan to stay in primary care, reports a US News & World Report article quoting Martha Grayson, M.D. With the primary care physician shortage expected to worsen, Dr. Grayson suggests interest in the field might be boosted by debt forgiveness and reducing work hours. Dr. Grayson is senior associate dean of medical education at Einstein. (Wednesday, December 05, 2012)

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NPR interviews Johanna Daily, M.D., about the disappointing results of a malaria vaccine for infants, which only lowered risk of disease by a third. Dr. Daily notes that malaria parasites are particularly adept at hiding from the immune system because they reside where the immune cells are – in the blood. (Friday, November 09, 2012)

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NPR.com interviews Michal Melamed, M.D., about new research that finds it’s healthy for adults to take 600 I.U. of Vitamin D, which supports the current IOM recommendations. Because very low levels of vitamin D can lead to kidney and skeletal problems but taking supplements has been linked to higher risk for kidney stones and certain cancers, Dr. Melamed likens maintaining the right levels to Goldilocks: not too high or too low, but just right. Dr. Melamed is associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health.  (Thursday, November 01, 2012)

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Nature interviews Adam Auton, Ph.D., about his research using single-cell genomic sequencing to study recombination, a key process in gene inheritance. Dr. Auton sequenced nearly 200 sperm cells of an individual to estimate his specific recombination rate, which had previously been impossible to learn directly. Dr. Auton is assistant professor of genetics. (Wednesday, October 31, 2012)

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