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The Washington Post interviews Dr. Zev Williams about the possibility that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause miscarriage. While health officials have not previously linked the virus to miscarriage, the CDC reports that two U.S. women who contracted Zika while traveling out of the country miscarried after returning home, and the virus was found in their placentas. Dr. Williams notes that while it is certainly possible for an infection – either viral or bacterial – to cause a miscarriage, it has not yet been determined if the Zika virus caused it in these cases. Dr. Williams is director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. (Friday, February 12, 2016)

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Forbes publishes an op-ed by Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., about President Obama’s “moonshot” program “cure cancer.” While Dr. Kabat is encouraged by the additional funding and recent scientific progress, he argues that it raises hopes for an unrealistic outcome, given cancer’s staggering complexity. Dr. Kabat is a senior epidemiologist in the department of epidemiology and population health. (Thursday, February 11, 2016)


The New York Times interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., about his upcoming clinical trial to determine if an existing FDA-approved drug can extend health span. Dr. Barzilai and his collaborators at the American Federation for Aging Research will investigate if metformin, a cheap and commonly used medication to treat type 2 diabetes, can delay the onset of several age-related diseases. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein. (Monday, February 01, 2016)

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Newsweek interviews Ilir Agalliu, Ph.D., about his research with Robert Burk, M.D., that found HPV significantly increases the risk of head and neck cancer. In a study of nearly 100,000 people, the researchers found that when HPV-16 is found in the mouth, people are 22 times more likely to develop cancer than those without it. Dr. Agalliu is assistant professor of epidemiology and population health and Dr. Burk is professor of pediatrics, of microbiology & immunology, of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health and of epidemiology & population health at Einstein and attending physician, pediatrics at Montefiore Health System. Drs. Agalliu and Burk are also members of the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology program. (Monday, January 25, 2016)

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Live Science interviews Jonathan Lai, Ph.D., about his research engineering the first antibodies that can neutralize the most lethal strains of Ebola virus. Dr. Lai notes that these findings are the first significant step towards developing an all-inclusive treatment. Dr. Lai is associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein. (Monday, January 25, 2016)

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CBS News interviews Richard Lipton, M.D., about his new research that finds stress doubles the chance of seniors developing a pre-Alzheimer’s condition. Along with Mindy Katz, M.P.H., the Einstein Aging Study team suggests that treating stress in the elderly may delay or even avoid the onset of dementia. 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. Ms. Katz is a senior associate in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. (Monday, December 14, 2015)

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The New York Times interviews John Greally, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., about a new study that suggests a father’s experiences may influence the biology of his offspring. Dr. Greally notes the study size was small and therefore not conclusive. However, he suggests that research involving hundreds of subjects may help pin down whether epigenomic factors, namely molecules that turn genes on and off, can be passed down to children. Dr. Greally is professor of genetics, of medicine and of pediatrics and the director of the center for epigenomics at Einstein and attending physician at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Thursday, December 03, 2015)

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New York Times interviews Michael Alderman, M.D., about research that found reducing systolic blood pressure below current guidelines can save lives. The study determined that participants whose blood pressure was kept below 120, rather than the current recommended target of 140, had a 25 percent reduction in heart attack, heart failure or stroke, or died from heart disease. This was primarily achieved by providing additional medications. Dr. Alderman urged caution, noting decades-long pill taking by generally healthy people may lead to unintended consequences. Dr. Alderman is distinguished university professor emeritus of epidemiology & population health and of medicine. (Monday, November 09, 2015)

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Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., is interviewed by U.S. News & World Report about the preterm birth rate in the U.S., which is similar to that of underdeveloped countries. Dr. Dolan notes that children born prematurely have potentially long-term growth and developmental challenges, vision and hearing challenges, and respiratory complications. Dr. Dolan is professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and attending physician of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Montefiore Health System. (Monday, November 09, 2015)

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The Telegraph (UK) quotes Scott Emmons, Ph.D., about his new Nature study that found male nematode worms have neurons that allow them to prioritize mating. Dr. Emmons notes that while the study was conducted in small worms, it is plausible that neurological differences exist between men and women that may impact perception and behavioral priorities. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and holds the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics. (Thursday, October 15, 2015)

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New York Times interviews Kami Kim, M.D., about her research that indicates children with HIV are more likely to develop a severe form of malaria and die. Dr. Kim’s study looked at 3,000 Malawian children who went into comas with cerebral malaria and included autopsies on more than 100 who had died. Dr. Kim is professor of medicine, of microbiology & immunology and of pathology at Einstein and attending physician, infectious disease at Montefiore. (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)

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The Wall Street Journal reports on a landmark breast cancer study led by Joseph Sparano, M.D. Their research validates a genomic test, which allows many women with early-stage disease to safely skip chemotherapy. Dr. Sparano is vice chairman of medical oncology at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, professor of medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology & women's health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and associate director of clinical research at the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center. (Monday, September 28, 2015)

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Forbes interviews Matthew Robbins, M.D., about his research that finds headache during pregnancy may indicate complications, including preeclampsia. Dr. Robbins notes that because many symptoms of migraine overlap with those of preeclampsia, including nausea, vomiting and visual change, it is important for pregnant women to follow up regularly with their provider if experiencing any of these symptoms. Dr. Robbins is associate professor of clinical neurology at Einstein and director of inpatient services at Montefiore Headache Center. (Thursday, August 20, 2015)

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SciTechNow interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the use of advanced imaging techniques in concussion research. Dr. Lipton explains how diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures the diffusion of water in the brain, allowing researchers to assess a potential injury. Dr. Lipton is 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. (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

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Newsweek interviews Jan Vijg, Ph.D., about a new “fasting” diet that may provide the benefits of calorie restriction, which decreases age-related disease and inflammation. The diet may sound gimmicky, but Dr. Vijg notes that the science backs up the claim that the plan could effectively improve human health and prolong life. Dr. Vijg is professor and chair of genetics and the Lola and Saul Kramer Chair in Molecular Genetics. (Wednesday, June 24, 2015)

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