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The Hill published an op-ed by Einstein's Dean, Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., and Montefiore President and CEO Steven Safyer, M.D., titled "Angelina Jolie, the Sequester, and Health in America." The authors argue that Ms. Jolie's decision to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy was made possible by two decades of research by inquisitive scientists on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, much of it supported by the NIH. They assert that the funding cuts demanded by the sequester places this type of research in jeopardy. (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

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Forbes interviews Jill Crandall, M.D., about resveratrol, an extract of red wine, and its potential to boost metabolism in humans. Dr. Crandall, who studies resveratrol’s effect on insulin sensitivity, notes that the research in humans is still too early and does not provide enough evidence to suggest that people take supplements. Dr. Crandall is associate professor of clinical medicine at Einstein and attending physician of endocrinology at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

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CBS-TV interviews Robert Angert, M.D., and two first-year medical students at Einstein about the "cuddling" program they run in Montefiore's NICU. Students Jenny Wang and Caitlyn Williams share why they volunteer to hold the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and Dr. Angert explains how the babies benefit from the extra contact and care. Dr. Angert is assistant professor of pediatrics at Einstein and a neonatologist at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

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Medscape interviews Dr. Elizabeth Walker about her research that found targeted phone calls may help control diabetes in poor, underserved urban areas. The phone calls, which were made by health educators from the same community as the participants, provided counseling for medication adherence, exercise and diet. Dr. Walker is professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health. Dr. Walker is professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health. (Login required) (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

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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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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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