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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)

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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)

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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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Scientific American interviews Gregory Asnis, M.D., on a new study that shows a link between diets with low levels of omega-3, the unsaturated fat most commonly found in fish, and depressive behavior in mice. Dr. Asnis notes that while depression has many causes, the study shows promise and will spur the exploration of the link in humans. Dr. Asnis is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein and director of the Anxiety and Depression Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, February 02, 2011)

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The Wall Street Journal features comments from Roman Perez-Soler, M.D., regarding research that linked the cancer drug Avastin to a higher rate of life-threatening side effects when used to treat certain cancer types, such as pancreatic or breast cancer, for which the drug is not approved. Dr. Perez-Soler notes the study does not advise that Avastin should no longer be prescribed for certain cancer patients and that he still uses the drug to treat his patients with lung cancer, for which the drug is approved. Dr. Perez-Soler is professor of medicine at Einstein and chief of oncology at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care. (Wednesday, February 02, 2011)

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USA Today interviews Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D., about kidney failure in younger patients as part of a review of Moonface, the autobiography of multiple transplant recipient Angela Balcita. Dr. Kinkhabwala notes that many young adults with acute kidney disease opt for a transplant over regular dialysis, which can be a time-consuming and tiring process. Dr. Kinkhabwala is professor of surgery at Einstein and chief of the division of transplantation at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, January 31, 2011)

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WebMD interviews Eugene Flamm, M.D., on the publically reported condition of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head. In addition to explaining the treatment Rep. Giffords is receiving, Dr. Flamm notes that it is encouraging that she is able to follow commands, although the extent of her future recovery is unclear, given the extensive brain damage she suffered. Dr. Flamm is professor and chair of The Leo M. Davidoff Department of Neurological Surgery at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and the Jeffrey P. Bergstein Chair in Neurological Surgery at Einstein. (Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

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WCBS Radio interviews Mahalia Desruisseaux, M.D., on her role in bringing Haitian teen Lovely Ajuste to Montefiore Medical Center to correct a congenital heart defect. Dr. Desruisseaux met Ms. Ajuste while performing relief work in Haiti. After giving Lovely an X-ray, she helped identify a serious heart condition. Working with Gift of Life and Montefiore Medical Center, she joined efforts to bring 15-year-old Lovely to New York to have the defect, essentially a hole in the upper chambers of her heart, surgically corrected. The surgery will be performed by Samuel Weinstein, M.D., at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore on January 12, the one-year anniversary of the earthquakes. Dr. Desruisseaux is assistant professor of pathology and of medicine at Einstein. Dr. Weinstein is director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore and associate professor of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Einstein. (Monday, January 10, 2011)

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CNN's American Morning interviews Robert Michler, M.D., about a new study that found one in five patients who received implanted heart defibrillators, often known as pacemakers, did not meet the evidence-based criteria for receiving the device. Over 100,000 such devices are implanted in U.S. patients every year and Dr. Michler notes that the complicated and sophisticated devices also have complex guidelines for implantation. He recommends that patients and their families make sure that an expert in the device is making the decision, in consultation with an electrophysiologist. Dr. Michler is professor and chair of surgery and of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Einstein and director and surgeon-in-chief of the Montefiore-Einstein Heart Center. (Wednesday, January 05, 2011)

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Discover.com highlights a mathematical model developed by Aviv Bergman, Ph.D., and Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., to support Dr. Casadevall's theory that warm-blooded mammals evolved to defend against fungal infections. The model shows that the optimum body temperature for organisms to ward off fungal infections without burning too much energy is in the 98-degree Fahrenheit range. Dr. Bergman is professor and founding chair of systems and computational biology. Dr. Casadevall is professor of microbiology & immunology and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology and Immunology. (Wednesday, December 29, 2010)

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ABC News (via MedPage Today) features comments by Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., in an article on the death of R&B icon Teena Marie, whose death might have been caused by a grand mal seizure. Dr. Shinnar notes that the risk of convulsions for an epileptic patient increases when coming off seizure control medication. The story also features Dr. Shinnar's recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that found patients diagnosed with epilepsy as children have higher rates of death than the general population. Dr. Shinnar is professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and of pediatrics and of epidemiology & population health at Einstein, and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, December 29, 2010)

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USA Today interviews Ellen Landsberger, M.D., M.S., regarding new research that finds that a third of U.S. women are not screened for diabetes during pregnancy, putting their health and that of their babies at risk. Researchers also found that 19 percent of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes were not screened for diabetes in the six months after giving birth, which is troubling as these women have double the risk of developing diabetes. Dr. Landsberger notes that gestational diabetes can be treated by eating a healthier diet, exercising and sometimes taking insulin and that women's lifestyle changes should continue after pregnancy. Dr. Landsberger is associate professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health and obstetrical director of the diabetes center of excellence at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, December 21, 2010)

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek (via HealthDay) features comments by Judi Chervenak, M.D., regarding a recent study that found fat around the midsection may increase a woman's risk of developing osteoporosis. Previously, it was believed that extra weight somewhat protects against bone loss, but the new findings show that women with more visceral fat (fat located inside the abdominal cavity) were more likely to have lower bone mineral density, which can lead to osteoporosis. Dr. Chervenak notes that the study illustrates why being at a healthy weight has many health benefits. Dr. Chervenak is an associate clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health. (Wednesday, December 01, 2010)

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The Chicago Tribune interviews David Edelson, M.D., regarding the misconceptions about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The story highlights the anger felt by many people with type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, when their condition is confused with type 2 diabetes, which is triggered by poor lifestyle choices and weight gain. Dr. Edelson notes that his patients with type 1 diabetes can feel like victims and argue that those with type 2 could have prevented their condition. Dr. Edelson is assistant clinical professor in the department of medicine. (Tuesday, November 30, 2010)

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