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NBC's The Today Show interviews Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., about the science of aging and whether measuring the length of a person's telomeres can be used to predict life span.  Dr. Atzmon notes that not enough research has been done on telomeres, so currently available consumer tests cannot provide accurate results. Dr. Atzmon is assistant professor of medicine and of genetics. (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)

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MSN (via Healthday) features new research by Eliseo Eugenin, Ph.D., that may explain why half of all HIV patients experience memory loss and other neurological problems, a condition known as NeuroAIDS, despite taking antiretroviral therapies. Dr. Eugenin’s study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, indicates that a small group of supporting brain cells called astrocytes might be the key. In healthy people, these cells help maintain the blood-brain barrier, the network of blood vessels that protects the brain from harmful chemicals and toxins. The study suggests that when astrocytes are infected with HIV, it can lead to the brain being exposed to damaging toxins. Dr. Eugenin is assistant professor of pathology. (Wednesday, June 29, 2011)

Dr. Eugenin's Profile
CBS’ The Early Show interviews Sheryl Haut, M.D., about a patient at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of the Department of Neurology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center whose nocturnal seizures she successfully treated with surgery. The patient, Danny Jakubowitz, explains how drastically his life has improved since the surgery, which eliminated the seizures that robbed him of a full night’s sleep for 21 years. Dr. Haut is associate professor of clinical neurology in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and a neurologist specializing in adult care at Montefiore. (Thursday, June 23, 2011)

Dr. Haut's profile
The New York Daily News interviews Pamela Valera, Ph.D., M.S.W., about the Bronx Re-entry Working Group, a program created to help ex-convicts from the Bronx successfully transition back into society. Dr. Valera, who plans to survey the health behaviors of these ex-convicts next fall, notes that the program's major goal is to provide information and resources that could help paroled prisoners. Dr. Valera is an instructor of epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, June 14, 2011)

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The New York Times interviews Todd Feinberg, M.D., about conjoined twins joined at the head who seem to share sensory inputs and experiences. The twins brains are uniquely linked through the thalamus, an organ that filters most sensory input. Dr. Feinberg notes that their connection is unprecedented. Dr. Feinberg is professor of clinical psychiatry & behavioral sciences and of clinical neurology in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. (Thursday, May 26, 2011)

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WABC-TV interviews Amy Sanders, M.D., on a new study suggesting that learning music at an early age can significantly increase memory function later in life. The study compared the memories of musicians aged 45-65 who started playing at nine years of age and younger to non-musicians of the same ages and found an increase in cognitive processes. Dr. Sanders states that lifelong musical training helps keep the brain active, which helps maintain thinking ability as one ages. Dr. Sanders is assistant professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. (Thursday, May 12, 2011)

Dr. Sander's Profile
The Wall Street Journal profiles critical care medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein. Vladimir Kvetan, M.D., director of critical care medicine at Montefiore, is credited with introducing numerous innovations to the hospital system that have improved care and efficiency while reducing mortality and cost. The article notes that Einstein has one of the nation’s largest training programs for critical care specialists. More than 250 critical care attending physicians and ICU directors trained here. Dr. Kvetan is professor of clinical medicine, of anesthesiology and of surgery at Einstein. (Monday, March 28, 2011)

Dr. Kvetan's profile
WCBS 880 interviews students and faculty for a story on Match Day, when fourth-year medical students learn where and in what specialty they will spend their next three to seven years of residency. Nadine Katz, M.D., noted that Einstein will have a high number of its graduating seniors going into primary care medicine – 43 percent, nearly 4 percent above the national average – which speaks to the commitment of Einstein students to serve their communities. Dr. Katz is senior associate dean for student academic affairs. (Friday, March 18, 2011)

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NPR.com's Shots health blog interviews Chandan Guha, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., about the radiation exposure and health risks faced by the workers who remain at the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Those still onsite are fighting to prevent a meltdown and large amounts of radiation from leaking out. In light of the spiking levels of radiation detected outside the plant, Dr. Guha noted that the workers “are heroes.” Dr. Guha is professor and vice chair of radiation oncology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, March 16, 2011)

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U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay) features new research by Joanna Starrels, M.D., M.S., that found patients on painkillers, such as oxycodone, are frequently not closely monitored by the primary care doctors who prescribed the drugs. The study found that only 24 percent of those patients considered high-risk for drug abuse underwent drug testing and were more likely to get frequent refills than patients without a history of drug abuse. Dr. Starrels says the finding that doctors did not increase precautions for patients at highest risk for opioid misuse should bring attention to an important safety concern and be a call for a standardized approach to monitoring. Dr. Starrels is an assistant professor of medicine. (Thursday, March 10, 2011)

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Medscape Medical News profiles Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., who will receive the Eighth American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research on April 3. Dr. Horwitz identified the mechanism for action for the cancer chemotherapeutic drug Taxol, which has been used to treat over a million people with ovarian, breast or lung cancer. In addition to detailing her lab's Taxol discovery, Dr. Horwitz emphasizes the importance of mentoring young scientists, her concern that low NIH funding levels are discouraging to young scientists, and the need to maintain a sense of curiosity throughout one's career. Dr. Horwitz is the Rose C. Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Einstein and associate director for experimental therapeutics at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. (Free subscription required.) (Wednesday, February 23, 2011)

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AARP Bulletin interviews Amy Ehrlich, M.D., about individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia who wander from their homes. Dr. Ehrlich explains that it is difficult to control wandering, which occurs when people start losing sense of time and place. She notes that there is no medication to manage the behavior and it's hard to keep track of someone who is physically able and motivated to leave. Dr. Ehrlich is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Wednesday, February 16, 2011)

Dr. Ehrlich's Profile
The New York Times Well blog interviews Daniel Labovitz, M.D., regarding the apparent stroke a correspondent suffered on live television while reporting from the Grammy Awards. Due to her affected speech, Dr. Labovitz suspects that Los Angeles CBS reporter Serene Branson had a stroke or transient ischemic attack, which occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain. The television station issued a statement that Ms. Branson was checked by a paramedic and sent home, which Dr. Labovitz asserted was exactly the wrong thing to do as her risk for stroke in the days following an event like this is extremely high. Dr. Labovitz is assistant professor in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and attending stroke neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, February 16, 2011)

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U.S. News & World Report (via Healthday) interviews Peter Bernstein, M.D., about a new study that suggests folate may not reduce the risk of premature birth. The Norwegian study, which found no correlation between folate intake and a decrease in preterm births, contradicts previous studies showing that women taking folic acid reduced their risk by as much as 70 percent. While this new study is interesting, Dr. Bernstein still recommends all women take the recommended 400 mgs of folic acid daily. Dr. Bernstein is professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, February 11, 2011)

Dr. Bernstein's Profile
The Wall Street Journal interviews Paul Gross, M.D., about the growing emphasis medical schools are placing on humanities, including courses in writing and literature, in order to help produce physicians better able to provide sensitive personal care. Dr. Gross notes that doctors rarely have an opportunity to talk with patients about their lives and their experience of being a patient. He runs a monthly session in narrative medicine, which encourages physicians to write about their experiences with patients. Dr. Gross is assistant professor of family and social medicine and editor-in-chief of "Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine." (Wednesday, February 02, 2011)

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