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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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NBC News interviews Richard Lipton, M.D., about a new class of drugs designed to prevent the onset of migraine. Dr. Lipton comments that these new medications have been shown to be remarkably effective and come with few side effects, based on a Phase II trial. Dr. Lipton is director of the Montefiore Headache Center, vice chair of Neurology at Einstein and Montefiore and holds the Edwin S. Lowe Chair in Neurology at Einstein. (Thursday, June 18, 2015)

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Nature features Nir Barzilai, M.D., and his proposed TAME study, which will investigate if the widely used diabetes drug metformin can delay aging. Dr. Barzilai notes that he and his colleagues are not seeking the “fountain of youth,” but rather an effective means to extend the number of healthy years an individual has, or “healthspan.” Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, June 17, 2015)

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Wall Street Journal features Zev Williams. M.D., Ph.D., and the Einstein-Montefiore program for recurrent miscarriage, which links clinical care to an NIH-funded lab. Dr. Williams and his colleagues in the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (PEARL) investigate the genetic causes of recurrent miscarriage, which occurs in about 5 percent of couples. Dr. Williams is associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health and of genetics at Einstein and director of PEARL at Einstein and Montefiore. (Monday, June 15, 2015)

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WDDE (Delaware NPR) interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the impact of heading in soccer on the brain. Dr. Lipton is collaborating with a researcher who is working with the University of Delaware women’s soccer team. The players wear a special device that measures the number, type and force of soccer balls to the head and Dr. Lipton images the players’ brains to determine what, if any, damage occurs over time. 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. (Monday, June 15, 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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The New York Times features John Greally, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D., and the artist who works with Einstein’s genetic researchers to help visualize “big data.” Dr. Greally explains that large biological data sets are relegated to the digital realm and it is difficult for researchers to develop an instinct for what’s important. Dr. Greally is professor of genetics, of medicine and of pediatrics and director of the center for epigenomics at Einstein and attending physician at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Friday, March 27, 2015)

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Science News interviews Betsy Herold, M.D., about her new research with William Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D., on an experimental herpes vaccine. Dr. Herold explains that their novel approach was to silence the loud, or dominant, surface protein on the virus in order to use the other proteins to trigger an effective immune response. Dr. Herold holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein and is the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Einstein. Dr. Jacobs is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein. (Tuesday, March 10, 2015)

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USA Today interviews Dr. David Rosenstreich about research that finds poverty and poor living conditions are the causes of high rates of asthma – whether in cities or suburbs. As the concentration of poverty has increased in suburbs and rural areas, so have the rates of asthma in those areas. Dr. Rosenstreich points out that the asthma rates are vastly different in Harlem compared to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, although the two neighborhoods are next to each other. This reinforces that it is low socioeconomic status and associated poor living conditions that leads to asthma. Dr. Rosenstreich is professor and director of the division of allergy and immunology in the department of medicine at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Distinguished Scholar in Microbiology/Immunology at Einstein. (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)

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Al Jazeera America interviews bioethicist Lauren Flicker, J.D., M.B.E., about the ethical implications of forced chemotherapy on a 17-year-old Connecticut teen. Flicker notes the myriad legal and ethical implications of the case, and how even adults may not make informed decisions about refusing medical care. She is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health at Einstein, assistant director of graduate studies, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics and assistant director of Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics. (Thursday, January 15, 2015)

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The Scientist interviews Vladislav Verkhusha, Ph.D., about in vivo imaging techniques researchers can use to monitor and track infection in small mammals. Dr. Verkhusha has developed a variety of fluorescent proteins for imaging use. Dr. Verkhusha is professor of anatomy and structural biology. (Wednesday, January 07, 2015)

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What’s a question your doctor should be asking you according to a Time interview with Peter Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H., and Einstein medical student Ross Kristal? Their study, which found a correlation between soda consumption and health problems, suggests that asking how much soda a patient drinks should be included when taking a patient’s history. Kristal, a fourth year medical student, notes that information about overall diet and physical activity are vital in preventing and managing certain diseases but is rarely captured, which is why the question is standard at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein. Dr. Selwyn is chair of family and social medicine at Einstein and Montefiore. (Tuesday, December 30, 2014)

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