Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

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 Wall Street Journal interviews Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D., about his research into new methods to monitor the health of the placenta during pregnancy. Dr. Williams is developing a non-invasive method that will measure the RNA that is continuously released by the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream. The goal is to detect problems with the placenta early, when interventions could be effective. Dr. Williams is director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. (Tuesday, November 03, 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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Science profiles Nir Barzilai, M.D., and the ambitious proposed clinical trial he is leading that would evaluate if metformin can delay aging in humans. The article details his meeting with FDA, which was supportive of the approach, and the key roles his collaborators at the American Federation for Aging Research are playing in the effort. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein. (Thursday, September 17, 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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The Washington Post interviews Richard Lipton, M.D., about Einstein Aging Study (EAS) research presented at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association conference. Among the eleven EAS oral and poster presentations, Dr. Lipton discusses two: one that indicates the incidence of dementia is declining and another that suggests psychological stress can elevate the risk of developing 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. (Monday, July 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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New York Times reports on research by Erika Levi, M.D., that finds women who want to receive an IUD after a cesarean section should no longer be urged to wait. Currently, women who have cesareans are told to return to their doctors for IUDs 6 weeks after giving birth, after half of them have resumed sexual relations. Dr. Levi is professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Health System.  (Tuesday, June 09, 2015)

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The Huffington Post published a letter by Sean Lucan, M.D., M.P.H., urging parents and schools to work to get healthy foods and healthy-food education into schools. Dr. Lucan argues that unhealthy options – such as candy and juice – should be removed, with healthy foods – such as trail mix and whole fruit mashed and frozen into popsicles –encouraged and made available instead. Dr. Lucan is assistant professor of family and social medicine at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, May 29, 2015)

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Black Tie Magazine covers Einstein's Women's Division's 61st Annual "Spirit of Achievement" Luncheon, which honored Renee Fleming and Candice Bergen. The fundraising event, which was co-chaired by Terri Goldberg, Andrea Stark and Women’s Division president Carol Roaman, also honored Einstein-Montefiore physicians Daphne Hsu, M.D., and Robert Pass, M.D. Dr. Hsu is professor of pediatrics at Einstein and co-director, Pediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM); Dr. Pass is associate professor of pediatrics and director, pediatric electrophysiology and pediatric interventional cardiology at Children's Hospital at Montefiore. (Tuesday, May 26, 2015)

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NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about the bioethical questions raised by Alzheimer’s patients being sexually active in institutional settings. A recent court case involving a husband and his impaired wife has focused attention on this issue. Dr. Powell discusses issues of privacy, our cultural bias and presumptions, and the lack of consensus around this taboo topic. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. (Friday, April 24, 2015)

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