Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

USA Today quotes Nicholas Baker, Ph.D. about a recent paper in Nature that found a gene which may be responsible for the color and patterns that appear on insect wings. Dr. Baker notes that evolution appears to "reuse" genes. In this case, it seems that the part of the fruit fly's genetic code that makes wings is later used for coloration. Dr. Baker is professor of genetics, of developmental and molecular biology, and of ophthalmology and visual sciences. (Tuesday, April 13, 2010)

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The New York Times interviews Meredith Hawkins, M.D., on the results of a clinical trial which showed that an aspirin-like drug helped patients manage their type 2 diabetes. Dr. Hawkins notes that the trial, which tested a generic anti-inflammatory drug from the aspirin family, demonstrated that inflammation is a good target for treating diabetes and has been a topic of discussion among endocrinologists for a long time. Dr. Hawkins is director of the Global Diabetes Initiative and professor of medicine. (Tuesday, March 16, 2010)

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The Associated Press features research by Preeti Kishore, M.B.B.S., which proposes a mechanism linking obesity and poor health. Dr. Kishore's lab infused the blood of overweight but otherwise healthy volunteers with free fatty acids, which are found in elevated levels in obese individuals. Their bodies immediately stopped responding effectively to insulin. Additionally, the infusions triggered certain immune cells to overproduce PAI-1, an inflammatory protein that has previously been linked to insulin resistance, heart disease and diabetes. The report was published in Science Translational Medicine. Dr. Kishore is assistant professor of medicine. (Tuesday, March 02, 2010)

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BusinessWeek (via HealthDay) interviews Charles E. Schwartz, M.D. about a new study that examines the variety of ways in which physicians address patient requests for antidepressants, including the most effective way for a physician to say "no." Dr. Schwartz recommends that when doctors disagree with their patients, they should make an effort to understand what led to the request in order to better communicate with and treat their patients. Dr. Schwartz is associate professor of clinical psychiatry & behavioral sciences, of clinical family & social medicine, and of clinical medicine. (Tuesday, February 23, 2010)

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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)

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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)

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ABC News interviews Gary Kennedy, M.D., on a new study suggesting that antidepressants and placebos have a similar effect on patients with mild to moderate depression. Dr. Kennedy comments that the recent analysis in JAMA seems logical, but is cautious of its conclusions because it was based on only six studies and three of those used an antidepressant that is no longer widely prescribed. Dr. Kennedy is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. (Friday, January 08, 2010)

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The Wall Street Journal quotes Steven Sparr, M.D., in an article investigating the connection between music and the brain. A recent presentation on the topic by Dr. Sparr was cited. In his talk, he linked emotions and music with brain plasticity and human intelligence. Dr. Sparr is professor of clinical neurology in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. (Tuesday, December 15, 2009)

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AllAfrica.com reports on Lisa Marie Nathan, M.D., M.P.H., and her Fulbright Scholar grant for research aimed at reducing Rwanda's high rate of maternal mortality. The $36,000 grant will allow Dr. Nathan to determine the effectiveness of mobile reproductive health care teams versus community-level birthing services in rural areas of Rwanda. Dr. Nathan is assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health. (Monday, December 14, 2009)

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ABC News features comments by Susan Gross, M.D., about children with Down syndrome for Barbara Walters’ interview with Sarah Palin. Dr. Gross explains how the medical and societal treatment of children with Down syndrome has changed drastically over the years. Dr. Gross is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. (Monday, November 23, 2009)

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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)

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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)

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New York Times features research by Dr. Christoph Correll showing a strong link between antipsychotic medications and significant weight gain in children. The weight gain could lead to lasting health problems. The study, which appears in the October 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reports that children who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs for the first time saw a significant increase in weight gain and changes in blood sugars and fats, which could impact their long-term health. Dr. Correll, lead author of this study, is associate professor of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. (Thursday, October 29, 2009)

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The Wall Street Journal interviews E. Stephen Amis, Jr., M.D., about what patients should know regarding exposure to excess radiation due to repeated CT scans. The rise in the use of diagnostic imaging tests have increased Americans’ cumulative radiation exposure, leading to increased cancer risk. Dr. Amis is the chair of radiology at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, October 19, 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)

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