Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

In The Media

The New York Times interviews Michal Melamed, M.D., on a new five-year clinical trial that will study the impact vitamin D and fish oil supplements have on lowering the risk for cancer and heart disease. Dr. Melamed points out that while estimates show that many Americans are vitamin D deficient, studies have not yet determined the risks of having too much vitamin D in the system. Dr. Melamed is assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, February 02, 2010)

Dr. Melamed's Profile
The Daily Mail (UK) profiles Nir Barzilai, M.D., his discovery of the first human "longevity genes," and the new BBC documentary featuring his research and its treatment implications. BBC Horizon interviews Dr. Barzilai, who discusses his work and new medications developed based on it, which are intended to provide protection against age-related diseases and extend life span. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research. (Tuesday, February 02, 2010)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
UPI features research by Mary E. Fabry, Ph.D., and Eric E. Bouhassira, Ph.D., which identifies a potential new treatment for thalassemia, a debilitating type of inherited anemia that affects millions of people worldwide. Their study in mice, published in Nature Medicine, also found that the treatment would address the iron overload that accompanies the lifelong transfusions often used to treat the disease. Dr. Fabry is professor of medicine and Dr. Bouhassira is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. (Thursday, January 28, 2010)

Dr. Fabry's profile | Dr. Bouhassira's profile
Newsweek interviews Allan Wolkoff, M.D., on the high incidence of hepatitis C in baby boomers and how public misconceptions are preventing early detection and treatment. Dr. Wolkoff notes that the stigma of liver disease needs to be overcome by both physicians and patients in order to address infection before symptoms appear. He is professor of medicine and chief of hepatology. (Tuesday, January 12, 2010)

Dr. Wolkoff's Profile
The New York Times features comments from Michael Alderman, M.D., on a new national health initiative by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reduce salt in restaurant and packaged foods. The initiative has set a goal of reducing salt used by food manufacturers and restaurant chains, not only in New York City but across the country, by up to 25 percent by 2015. Dr. Alderman feels such an initiative would be an uncontrolled experiment with the nation's health and could lead to unintended consequences. Dr. Alderman is professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health and is the Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine. (Monday, January 11, 2010)

Dr. Alderman's Profile
The New York Times interviews Christine Pellegrino, M.D., about patient reactions to the new breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force changed its recommendations for the use of mammography based on multiple sources of evidence, including a comprehensive analysis of various screening schedules published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Clyde Schechter, M.D., associate professor of family and social medicine and of epidemiology & population health, was a co-author of the study. Dr. Pellegrino is director of the breast clinic at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Einstein. (Tuesday, November 17, 2009)

Dr. Pellegrino's Profile
BBC features research by Yousin Suh, Ph.D., on the link between the genes that influence the length of telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes, and longevity. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that participants who lived to a very old age were better able to maintain the length of their telomeres and had advantageous variants of genes involved in telomere maintenance. Dr. Suh is associate professor of medicine and of genetics. (Monday, November 16, 2009)

Dr. Suh's Profile
USA Today interviews Laurie Jacobs, M.D., for an article detailing how an active lifestyle and positive attitude can help seniors stay resilient and promote healthy aging. She expresses concern that Baby Boomers may not be as prepared to weather the difficulties of aging as earlier generations. Dr. Jacobs is director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center. (Tuesday, November 10, 2009)

Dr. Jacobs' Profile
The New York Times interviews Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., on the self-destructive behaviors of cells and how they may hold the key to longevity. Research suggests that autophagy, the process of cell regulation, could hold the key to preventing disease and lead to longer life spans. Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology. (Tuesday, October 06, 2009)

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BBC features research by Kelvin Davies, Ph.D., and Joel Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., that highlights using nanoparticles to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Their new study in rats employs a drug-delivery system consisting of nanpoparticles encapsulating nitric oxide and/or oral prescription medications to treat ED topically, potentially preventing systemic side effects. The study appears in the September 18th online version of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr. Davies, senior author of the study, is associate professor of urology and Dr. Friedman, co-author of the study, is professor of physiology & biophysics and of medicine. (Monday, September 21, 2009)

Dr. Davies' Profile | Dr. Friedman's Profile
The New York Times interviews Liise-anne Pirofski, M.D., on the scapegoating that often occurs during epidemics. A recent exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum, which displayed a relic of a 14th-century uprising against Jews in Erfurt, Germany in response to an outbreak of bubonic plague, was also featured. Dr. Pirofski is chief of the division of infectious diseases and the Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Professor in Biomedical Research. (Tuesday, September 01, 2009)

Dr. Pirofski's Profile
Voice of America News interviews Neel Gandhi, M.D., on how the misuse of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). A new study shows that the misdiagnosis of the disease, coupled with short courses of a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones, is creating drug-resistant strains of TB. Dr. Gandi is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, August 25, 2009)

Dr. Gandhi's Profile
The New York Times quotes Charles Schwartz, M.D., Einstein students, and Montefiore Medical Center's Sean O'Mahoney, M.D., in a front-page article on end-of-life care. Dr. Schwartz, along with Sharon Parish, M.D., train students to "break bad news" to patients. Dr. O’Mahoney is the director of Palliative Care Services at Montefiore and of the Palliative Care Elective course offered by Einstein's Department of Family and Social Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is associate professor of clinical psychiatry & behavioral sciences, of clinical family & social medicine and of clinical medicine. Dr. Parish is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Thursday, August 20, 2009)

Dr. Schwartz's Profile | Dr. Parish's Profile
The Washington Post interviews Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D., on Campbell’s efforts to reduce the sodium content in their soups. Dr. Wylie-Rosett, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, notes the health benefits to Campbell’s tomato soup: it contains a serving of vegetables and the antioxidant lycopene, and one consumes it slowly with a spoon, a good way to get full and stay full longer. Dr. Wylie-Rosett is division head of health, behavior & nutrition and professor of epidemiology and population health and of medicine at Einstein. (Tuesday, August 18, 2009)

Dr. Wylie-Rosett's Profile
The New York Times, USA Today and Scientific American interview Michal Melamed, M.D., on her study indicating millions of U.S. children are low in vitamin D. The study, published in the August 3rd online edition of Pediatrics, concludes that seven out of ten U.S. children are low in vitamin D, raising their risk of bone and heart disease. Dr. Melamed is assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health. (Monday, August 03, 2009)

Dr. Melamed's Profile
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