Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

The New York Times interviews Richard Lipton, M.D., about research from the Einstein Aging Study (EAS) which found an association between perceived stress and dementia. As part of two separate EAS studies, participants were surveyed about perceived stress. For healthy participants, cognitive loss was associated with scoring highest for stress and anxiety over a four-year period while the risk of dementia was two-and-a-half times greater for participants who had amnestic mild cognitive impairment and the highest perceived stress. Dr. Lipton is director of the Einstein Aging Study and vice chair of the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein and director of the division of cognitive aging and dementia at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

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Huffington Post featured an op-ed co-written by Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., that addresses why no drug has been developed to cure Ebola. Dr. Chandran and co-author John Dye, Ph.D., of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, note that industry might be hesitant to invest in research for a drug that treats a virus infecting a relatively small number of people. They also call for innovative academia-industry partnerships. Dr. Chandran is associate professor of microbiology & immunology and holds the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology. (Thursday, July 10, 2014)

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New York Times' "Room for Debate,” on online op-ed section, included a contribution from Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., on a new campaign to limit heading by youth soccer players. The discussion was sparked by a campaign launched by former Women’s U.S. National Soccer Team players who recommend heading be banned until players reach high school. The New York Times coverage on the campaign cited Dr. Lipton’s research on the impact of heading on amateur soccer players. Dr. Lipton is associate professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, June 30, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews Solomon Moshé, M.D., about the case of a girl with a rare form of epilepsy that causes uncontrolled bouts of laughter. Dr. Moshe notes that these gelastic seizures aren’t sparked by happiness and can actually be quite scary for the patient. Dr. Moshé is director of the division of pediatric neurology and professor in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and The Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein as well as chief of pediatric neurology at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)

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New York Daily News interviews John Greally, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D., about his study that found environmental influences may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. Greally identified epigenetic changes, which can control which genes are turned on or off, that may be implicated. Dr. Greally is professor of genetics, of medicine and of pediatrics, director of the Center for Epigenomics and the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Faculty Scholar for Epigenomics at Einstein and attending physician, pediatrics at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore. (Monday, June 02, 2014)

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The New York Times Magazine quotes Paul Frenette, M.D., in an article on research linking the nervous system to inflammation. Dr. Frenette has discovered that nerves play a key role in triggering prostate cancer, which is also associated with inflammation. Dr. Frenette is professor of medicine and of cell biology and director of the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research. (Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

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New York Post covered Einstein’s Spirit of Achievement luncheon at the Plaza Hotel, which honored actor Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”). Other honorees included Judy Aschner, M.D., Michael I. Cohen, M.D., University Chair of Pediatrics at Einstein and Montefiore (pictured), beauté’s Julie Macklowe and Gilt’s Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. Proceeds from the annual event benefit research in women’s and men’s cancers—including ovarian, lung, colon, prostate, cervical, uterine, pancreatic, breast cancer and leukemia. The event was hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Women’s Division. (Friday, May 16, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews John Foxe, Ph.D., about his research with children who have difficulty processing sensory information, like sound and touch. Dr. Foxe's research, conducted with his collaborator Sophie Molholm, Ph.D., has shown that the brain wave patterns of children identified with having sensory processing disorder differ from those of typically developing children. Dr. Foxe is professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and of pediatrics, and director of research at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Einstein. (Tuesday, May 13, 2014)

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Nature highlights research by John Condeelis, Ph.D., that uses intravital imaging to reveal how breast cancer cells spread from the primary tumor.  Dr. Condeelis’s lab found that three types of cells – a macrophage (an immune cell), a tumor cell (primed for invasion) and an epithelial cell (which form the outer skin of blood vessles) form a type of “pump” to push tumor cells into the bloodstream. From there, they can travel to distant sites in the body. Dr. Condeelis is professor and co-chair of anatomy and structural biology and co-director of the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center, and the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research at Einstein. (Thursday, May 08, 2014)

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AAMC Reporter interviews John-Paul Sánchez, M.D., regarding changes in the Affordable Care Act that could help reduce health disparities for LGBT patients. Dr. Sánchez notes that additional training among physicians on providing care to the LGBT community is necessary. He also points out that many doctors may not realize that LGBT individuals who are minorities may face increased discrimination that in turn compromises their health. Dr. Sánchez is assistant professor of emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. (Friday, May 02, 2014)

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NPR interviews Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., about balancing scientific openness with potential security risks in light of research that omitted key details about the deadly Botulism toxin. Dr. Casadevall noted there needs to be a standard for handling such difficult situations and is calling for the creation of a national board to recommend what information should be kept secret. Dr. Casadevall is professor and chair of microbiology & immunology and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein. (Thursday, April 24, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews Brian Currie, M.D., M.P.H., about a new medical research data-sharing network to house the records of nearly 30 million Americans. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s network will make it easier to identify patients who could be invited to join clinical trials and conduct comparative effectiveness and clinical outcomes research. Dr. Currie is professor of clinical medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health at Einstein and assistant dean for clinical research at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, April 18, 2014)

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CBSNews.com interviews Joel Zonszein, M.D., about a new report that found diabetes-related health complications have declined, including stroke. Dr. Zonszein notes that new medications and increasing educational programs that tackle smoking cessation and nutrition help prevent some diabetes-related complications. Dr. Zonszein is professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, April 18, 2014)

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New York Times interviews Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., about the usefulness of Body Mass Index (BMI) for measuring weight and obesity. Dr. Kabat notes that BMI actually misses more than half of people with excess body fat. Dr. Kabat is a senior epidemiologist at Einstein. (Monday, April 14, 2014)


How much dietary salt is necessary? NBC’s “The Today Show” features research by Michael Alderman, M.D., that found current salt guidelines may be too low for most Americans. The collaborative study by Dr. Alderman and researchers at the Copenhagen University Hospital found that the average daily sodium intake of most Americans (between around 2,600 milligrams to 5,000 milligrams daily) is actually associated with better health outcomes than many current recommended guidelines (below 2,300 mg/day). Dr. Alderman is distinguished university professor emeritus of epidemiology & population health and of medicine, and holds the Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine. (Wednesday, April 02, 2014)

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