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USA Today interviews Ellen Landsberger, M.D., M.S., regarding new research that finds that a third of U.S. women are not screened for diabetes during pregnancy, putting their health and that of their babies at risk. Researchers also found that 19 percent of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes were not screened for diabetes in the six months after giving birth, which is troubling as these women have double the risk of developing diabetes. Dr. Landsberger notes that gestational diabetes can be treated by eating a healthier diet, exercising and sometimes taking insulin and that women's lifestyle changes should continue after pregnancy. Dr. Landsberger is associate professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health and obstetrical director of the diabetes center of excellence at Montefiore Medical Center. (Tuesday, December 21, 2010)

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek (via HealthDay) features comments by Judi Chervenak, M.D., regarding a recent study that found fat around the midsection may increase a woman's risk of developing osteoporosis. Previously, it was believed that extra weight somewhat protects against bone loss, but the new findings show that women with more visceral fat (fat located inside the abdominal cavity) were more likely to have lower bone mineral density, which can lead to osteoporosis. Dr. Chervenak notes that the study illustrates why being at a healthy weight has many health benefits. Dr. Chervenak is an associate clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health. (Wednesday, December 01, 2010)

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The Chicago Tribune interviews David Edelson, M.D., regarding the misconceptions about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The story highlights the anger felt by many people with type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, when their condition is confused with type 2 diabetes, which is triggered by poor lifestyle choices and weight gain. Dr. Edelson notes that his patients with type 1 diabetes can feel like victims and argue that those with type 2 could have prevented their condition. Dr. Edelson is assistant clinical professor in the department of medicine. (Tuesday, November 30, 2010)

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Woman's Day features advice from Harry Shamoon, M.D., on the right way to search for health information online. Dr. Shamoon cautions against jumping to conclusions and self-diagnosing but notes that the internet can be a boon for both patient and doctor when used correctly. Dr. Shamoon is assistant dean for clinical and translational research and professor of medicine at Einstein. (Thursday, October 21, 2010)

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Caring.com, a leading online destination for information about caring for aging loved ones, interviews Laurie Jacobs, M.D., regarding the top fears men and women have about aging. Dr Jacobs, a geriatrician, notes that a woman's fear about her appearance persists no matter her age and that men worry about impotence and loss of identity during retirement. Dr. Jacobs is director of the Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center. (Thursday, October 07, 2010)

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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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