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NBC Nightly News interviews Joseph Sparano, M.D., about his study that found just being overweight increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Dr. Sparano notes that the link between obesity and cancer remains regardless of treatment and that reducing weight may reduce risk of recurrence. Dr. Sparano is professor of medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and chief of the section of breast medical oncology at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)

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Reuters interviews Marvin Fried, M.D., on research that found prior excellence in team sports was the best predictor of success in medical residency. Dr. Fried notes that the study, which evaluated residents in head and neck surgery, brings to light that medicine is now often practiced as a team, so the correlation isn’t surprising. Dr. Fried is professor and chair of otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. (Thursday, August 23, 2012)

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Nature.com interviews Jeffery Pollard, Ph.D., about a new study that links a common gut bacterium, e. coli, to cancer in mice. While further research is needed to determine how the bacteria causes cancer, Dr. Pollard notes the findings suggest a new cancer prevention strategy by changing or eliminating specific cancer-causing microbes through the use of antibiotics or even certain foods. Dr. Pollard is professor of developmental & molecular biology and the Louis Goldstein Swan Chair in Women's Cancer Research at Einstein and deputy director of Albert Einstein Cancer Center. (Friday, August 17, 2012)

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Scientific American’s "Scicurious" blog features research by Scott Emmons, Ph.D., that maps the neural pathways controlling male roundworm mating. Research outlining a brain’s neural connections, known as connectomics, offers insight into the specific nerve connections responsible for particular behaviors. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics. (Thursday, August 09, 2012)

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The New York Times interviews Mark Einstein, M.D., M.S., about new research pinpointing the specific cells that cause cervical cancer when infected by HPV. Dr. Einstein notes that the discovery could probably be quickly translated into new tests to screen for and treat cervical cancer. Dr. Einstein is associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and director of gynecologic oncology research at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)

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Is ADHD caused by bad sleep? U.S. News & World Report interviews Karen Bonuck, Ph.D., about her research linking nighttime breathing and hyperactivity. While some studies show that improving sleep problems in teenagers eliminates ADHD symptoms, Dr. Bonuck’s work indicates that snoring and sleep apnea in young children precedes behavior problems – even if nighttime breathing issues are resolved. Dr. Bonuck is professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein. (Wednesday, June 20, 2012)

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ABCNews.com interviews Robert Marion, M.D., about surprising new research that finds drinking alcohol in moderation during pregnancy is safe. Dr. Marion, who advises that women refrain from drinking alcohol while pregnant, notes that it is riskiest during the first trimester. Dr. Marion is director of Einstein’s Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and chief of developmental medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, June 20, 2012)

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ABCNews interviews T. Byram Karasu, M.D., about how children respond to a parent’s suicide, as in the case of Mary Kennedy, who had four children.  Dr. Karasu notes at age 12, children can begin to distinguish between death and suicide, and interpret suicide by saying the parent was sick or ill. Dr. Karasu is professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and holds the Dorothy and Marty Silverman Chair in Psychiatry. (Friday, May 18, 2012)

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The New York Times interviews Edward Reichman, M.D., about Yeshiva University Museum’s exhibition on the role of Jews in modern medicine. The exhibition, which was presented in collaboration with Einstein, traces the path of modern Jewish medical pioneers on an individual, communal, and religious level. Dr. Reichman is associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)

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Today.com interviews Chaim Putterman, M.D., about the link between lupus and necrotizing fascititis, a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection. Dr. Putterman notes that increased susceptibility to infections like necrotizing fascititis is often a side effect of medications used to treat autoimmune diseases like lupus. Dr. Putterman is chief of the division of rheumatology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)

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Time interviews Sophie Balk, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., about the physical and psychological dangers of tanning booths, particularly for children.  Dr. Balk explains that indoor tanning causes damage to DNA and should be banned for children under 18. Dr. Karasu notes that while tanning addicts may feel good afterwards, they should never be tempted to share their habit with their children. Dr. Balk is professor of clinical pediatrics at Einstein and an attending pediatrician at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Dr. Karasu, professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein and psychiatrist-in-chief at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, May 04, 2012)

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ScienceNews interviews Gloria Ho, Ph.D., about new research indicating that overweight and obese women who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight lower the levels of inflammatory markers in the blood, which have previously been linked to cancer. The Cancer Research study, which Dr. Ho characterized as “promising,” noted that this improvement was only seen in participants assigned to the dieting and exercise group – those on the exercise-only plan did not see the improvement, despite losing several pounds in many cases. Dr. Ho is professor of epidemiology & population health at Einstein. (Wednesday, May 02, 2012)

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TheScientist features a cover article by Vern Schramm, Ph.D., on transition-state analogs, compounds he synthesizes that bind to enzymes and short-circuit specific chemical reactions, and their potential for a powerful new line of drugs. Dr. Schramm is a leader in the field and the article highlights some of his discoveries, including potential treatments for cancer, malaria, gout and an antibiotic that defies resistance. Dr. Schramm is professor and chair of biochemistry and the Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry at Einstein. (Tuesday, May 01, 2012)

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The Associated Press interviews Michael Thorpy, M.B., Ch.B., about a new study showing that regular disruption of nighttime sleep can lead to elevated blood sugar levels and a sluggish metabolic rate, setting the stage for diabetes. Dr. Thorpy notes that diabetes isn’t the only worry; impaired sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, memory impairment, a weakened immune system and even cancer. Dr. Thorpy is professor of clinical neurology at Einstein and director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

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TheScientist.com interviews Brett Abrahams, Ph.D., about research that identifies a potential new genetic risk factor for autism that may act to shape the brain during development or early childhood. Dr. Abrahams is assistant professor of genetics. (Monday, April 16, 2012)

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