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MSN features research by Nir Barzilai, M.D., that identifies a potential new drug target for diabetes. The article, originally by Healthday, reports that humanin, which may prevent nerve cells from dying, may also help to improve insulin action and lower blood glucose levels. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research and the director of the Institute for Aging Research. (Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
NPR's "Morning Edition" interviews David Hamerman, M.D., on osteoarthritis, a condition that affects 27 million Americans, two-thirds of whom are over 65. Dr. Hamerman addresses the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to this condition. Dr. Hamerman is a distinguished professor of geriatrics. (Monday, July 06, 2009)

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TheScientist.com interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., about a Nature study that sheds light on how diet restriction might boost life span. The study shows that a single pair of proteins, whose activity is linked to diminished food intake, is responsible for significantly increasing the lifespan of worms. In the article, Dr. Barzilai remarks on the importance of the study and its impact on future research. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Aging Research and the director of the Institute for Aging Research. (Wednesday, June 24, 2009)

Dr. Barzilai's Profile
Reuters features research by Martin I. Surks, M.D. and colleagues on how an underactive thyroid may hold the key to longevity. Dr. Surks announced, at a meeting of the Endocrine Society, that after studying a group of Ashkenazi Jews, his team found that 15-20% of the people over the age of 60 showed signs of low thyroid activity. The study also suggested that those who lived to 100 had this same evidence. Dr. Surks is professor of the department of medicine. (Monday, June 15, 2009)

Dr. Martin I. Surks
Los Angeles Times interviews Steven Hahn, M.D. and Sharon Parish, M.D. on why patients lie to their doctors and the serious consequences it can have on their care. Misinformation from a patient can lead a doctor to misinterpret symptoms and overlook warning signs, which can result in flawed diagnoses and treatments. Dr. Hahn is professor of clinical medicine and Dr. Parish is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Monday, June 08, 2009)

Dr. Hahn's Profile | Dr. Parish's Profile
CNN interviews Brian Currie, M.D., M.P.H. about the current swine flu outbreak. Dr. Currie compares the number and severity of cases with those of seasonal influenza in the United States. There are approximately 36,000 deaths in the U.S. from the annual flu virus, compared to zero from the swine flu, as of the date of interview. 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. (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)

Dr. Currie's Profile
New York Times interviews Michael Alderman, M.D. on Mayor Bloombergss new initiative to reduce salt intake by pressuring the food industry and restaurant chains to cut the salt content of their products. Dr. Alderman is a critic of the new policy and notes that the health effects of eating less salt are not known. He is professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health and is the Atran Foundation Professor of Social Medicine. (Monday, April 06, 2009)

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Modern Healthcare interviews Eric Bouhassira, Ph.D.,and Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D., in a cover story on federal and state stem cell funding. The cover, entitled, Dishing it Out, appears in the March 16th edition. Dr. Bouhassira has recently been awarded a $6 million grant from the Empire State Stem Cell Board, Dr. Pessin has been awarded a $1 million grant. Dr. Bouhassira is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and a professor of medicine and of cell biology. Dr. Pessin is director of Einstein's Diabetes Research Center and a professor of medicine and of molecular pharmacology. (Monday, March 16, 2009)

Dr. Bouhassira's Profile | Dr. Pessin's Profile
ABC News features comments by Dr. Allen Spiegel, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, on the recent lifting of federal funding restrictions by the Obama administration on embryonic stem cell research. Dr. Spiegel was a vice chair of the NIH Stem Cell Research Task Force from 2005 to 2006 and a member of the task force from 2002-2005. In 2001, Dr. Spiegel met with President Bush to discuss the importance of human embryonic stem cell research for patients with type 1 diabetes and has testified before the House and Senate on stem cell research. (Monday, March 09, 2009)

Dr. Spiegel's Profile
WomansDay.com interviews Edward Burns, M.D. on the best ways to avoid the flu. Even though it may seem that flu season is almost over, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 20% to 30% of flu cases so far this season have occurred during February, up from an average of 10%. Dr. Burns details the importance of properly washing your hands, using hand sanitizers, and getting your flu shot. Dr. Burns is executive dean and professor of pathology, and of medicine. (Friday, March 06, 2009)

Dr. Burns's Profile
Asian News International (ANI) features research by Jill Crandall, M.D., regarding her study linking diabetes and heart disease published in the online editon of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study focuses on cardiovascular risk profile of older adults with pre-diabetes. Dr. Crandall is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Wednesday, March 04, 2009)

Dr. Crandall's Profile
About.com highlights a $10 million NIH grant Einstein received to study how organs age. A consortium of four researchers led by Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., will examine the molecular processes that contribute to aging. The other members of the Einstein consortium are Laura Santambrogio, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology; Fernando Macian-Juan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology; and Mark J. Czaja, M.D., professor of medicine. (Monday, March 02, 2009)

Dr. Cuervo's Profile | Dr. Santambrogio's Profile | Dr. Macian-Juan's Profile | Dr. Czaja's Profile
Health.com features an interview with Michal Melamed, M.D., about new research showing vitamin D can protect against the common cold. Dr. Melamed notes that diet is not the only source of vitamin D — sun exposure is another — and that many people are at risk for deficient levels of the vitamin when they rely solely on their diet for getting vitamin D. Dr. Melamed is assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology & population health. (Monday, February 23, 2009)

Dr. Melamed's Profile
NY1 interviews Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H., on a proposal by New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden requesting that restaurants voluntarily reduce sodium content in food by 50 percent over the next decade. Dr. Marantz is associate dean of clinical research education and professor of clinical medicine and of clinical epidemiology & population health. (Monday, February 09, 2009)

Dr. Marantz's Profile
Times of India reports on research aided by Gary Schwartz, Ph.D. that establishes a new pathway for fat cells to communicate with the brain. The research could shed light on how the body sheds weight. Dr Schwartz is professor of medicine and of neuroscience (Friday, February 06, 2009)

Dr. Schwartz's Profile
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