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Parenting.com interviews Romina Barros, M.D., regarding her research about why kids really need recess. Dr. Barros notes that children, even after just a 15 minute recess, behave better and are likely to learn more because they are able to take a much-needed break. Dr. Barros is assistant clinical professor of pediatrics. (Wednesday, October 06, 2010)

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WebMD features comments by Leonard Augenlicht, Ph.D., expressing concern over new research on a simple blood test that some researchers say has the potential to detect the majority of colon cancers. Dr. Augenlicht notes that the only definitive early screening test for colon cancer is the colonoscopy and the new noninvasive blood test, which may not be valid, could discourage patients from proper testing. Dr. Augenlicht is professor of medicine and cell biology. (Monday, October 04, 2010)

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Reuters quotes Charles Hall, Ph.D., regarding a recent study about the connection between cognitive activities and Alzheimer's disease. The study suggests that mental exercises help stave off dementia but then increase mental decline after dementia onset. Dr. Hall noted that the observational study shows an association between mental activities and dementia onset and progression, but intervention studies are necessary to prove cause-and-effect. Dr. Hall's research on dementia was also cited. Dr. Hall is professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and of epidemiology & population health. (Thursday, September 02, 2010)

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The New York Times features comments by Philip Overby, M.D., on the difficulty of diagnosing and treating migraines in children. Dr. Overby notes that migraines present differently in children so the symptoms can be missed by an adult neurologist, while parents might have a difficult time differentiating between real pain and an invented illness. Dr. Overby is assistant professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and of pediatrics at Einstein and has a joint appointment in the departments of neurology and pediatrics at Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, August 31, 2010)

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The Wall Street Journal features comments by Knox Todd, M.D., on the rising popularity in the United States of pain relief patches, which can be as effective as oral pain relievers but pose less risk. As Dr. Todd notes, topical pain relievers, which do not pass through the digestive system, can cause fewer systemic side effects. The patches also reduce the risk of overdose because it is difficult for people to use too many at once. Since the medicine in patches is localized, the active ingredients are also less likely to clash with other drugs the user may be taking. Dr. Todd is professor of emergency medicine. (Tuesday, August 10, 2010)

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New York Daily News profiles Rodney Wright, M.D., on his efforts to ensure that women infected with HIV do not pass the virus to their babies. Dr. Wright notes that when his HIV-positive patients follow his recommendations and take their medications as directed, they do not transmit the virus onto their children during or after childbirth. Dr. Wright is assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and program director in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, July 12, 2010)

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New York Daily News interviews Alvin H. Strelnick, M.D., on environmental hazards and cancer rates in the Bronx, information that is now accessible via an online tool released by the New York Department of Health. Dr. Strelnick notes that while certain behaviors, like smoking, are more common and better understood, there are also environmental factors that threaten the health of Bronxites. Dr. Strelnick is division chief of community health and professor of clinical family and social medicine. (Friday, May 21, 2010)

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New York Daily News interviews Robert Kaplan, Ph.D., for an article on the Bronx site of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (SOL), the first in-depth, national study of the health of Latinos living in the U.S. Einstein is one of four sites across the country examining the health of 16,000 participants. Other sites are based in San Diego, Chicago, and Miami. Dr. Kaplan is associate professor of epidemiology & population health. (Thursday, April 15, 2010)

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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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