Einstein in the Media | U.S./Global

ABC-TV’s Good Morning America interviews Keith Ayoob, Ed.D., about a new CDC report that found nearly 25 percent of parents underestimate their children’s weight. The study also found that 27 percent of children and teens underestimate their own weight. Dr. Ayoob notes parents often believe that their children will outgrow being overweight, which is unlikely, and cautions against waiting to make dietary and lifestyle changes. Dr. Ayoob is associate clinical professor of pediatrics and director of the nutrition clinic at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Einstein. (Friday, August 01, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews Solomon Moshé, M.D., about the case of a girl with a rare form of epilepsy that causes uncontrolled bouts of laughter. Dr. Moshe notes that these gelastic seizures aren’t sparked by happiness and can actually be quite scary for the patient. Dr. Moshé is director of the division of pediatric neurology and professor in The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and The Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Einstein as well as chief of pediatric neurology at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)

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The New York Times Magazine quotes Paul Frenette, M.D., in an article on research linking the nervous system to inflammation. Dr. Frenette has discovered that nerves play a key role in triggering prostate cancer, which is also associated with inflammation. Dr. Frenette is professor of medicine and of cell biology and director of the Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research. (Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

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New York Post covered Einstein’s Spirit of Achievement luncheon at the Plaza Hotel, which honored actor Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”). Other honorees included Judy Aschner, M.D., Michael I. Cohen, M.D., University Chair of Pediatrics at Einstein and Montefiore (pictured), beauté’s Julie Macklowe and Gilt’s Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. Proceeds from the annual event benefit research in women’s and men’s cancers—including ovarian, lung, colon, prostate, cervical, uterine, pancreatic, breast cancer and leukemia. The event was hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Women’s Division. (Friday, May 16, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews John Foxe, Ph.D., about his research with children who have difficulty processing sensory information, like sound and touch. Dr. Foxe's research, conducted with his collaborator Sophie Molholm, Ph.D., has shown that the brain wave patterns of children identified with having sensory processing disorder differ from those of typically developing children. Dr. Foxe is professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and of pediatrics, and director of research at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Einstein. (Tuesday, May 13, 2014)

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AAMC Reporter interviews John-Paul Sánchez, M.D., regarding changes in the Affordable Care Act that could help reduce health disparities for LGBT patients. Dr. Sánchez notes that additional training among physicians on providing care to the LGBT community is necessary. He also points out that many doctors may not realize that LGBT individuals who are minorities may face increased discrimination that in turn compromises their health. Dr. Sánchez is assistant professor of emergency medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. (Friday, May 02, 2014)

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The Washington Post interviews Brian Currie, M.D., M.P.H., about a new medical research data-sharing network to house the records of nearly 30 million Americans. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s network will make it easier to identify patients who could be invited to join clinical trials and conduct comparative effectiveness and clinical outcomes research. 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. (Friday, April 18, 2014)

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CBSNews.com interviews Joel Zonszein, M.D., about a new report that found diabetes-related health complications have declined, including stroke. Dr. Zonszein notes that new medications and increasing educational programs that tackle smoking cessation and nutrition help prevent some diabetes-related complications. Dr. Zonszein is professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, April 18, 2014)

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How much dietary salt is necessary? NBC’s “The Today Show” features research by Michael Alderman, M.D., that found current salt guidelines may be too low for most Americans. The collaborative study by Dr. Alderman and researchers at the Copenhagen University Hospital found that the average daily sodium intake of most Americans (between around 2,600 milligrams to 5,000 milligrams daily) is actually associated with better health outcomes than many current recommended guidelines (below 2,300 mg/day). Dr. Alderman is distinguished university professor emeritus of epidemiology & population health and of medicine, and holds the Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine. (Wednesday, April 02, 2014)

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In a Nautilus profile, Dr. William Jacobs, Jr., discusses the key breakthroughs in his tuberculosis research and how losing his vision impacted his career path. The feature also includes an audio interview and animation of Dr. Jacobs talking about his shift from mathematics to bacterial genetics, his desire to help the underprivileged, and his goal to see the eradication of TB in his lifetime. Dr. Jacobs is professor of microbiology & immunology and of genetics at Einstein and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. (Monday, March 31, 2014)

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The New York Times reports on research by David Stein, M.D., and a team of scientists that successfully used “gene editing” technology to alter people’s cells to resist HIV. The New England Journal of Medicine study suggests that by homing in on and disabling a specific gene, it may eventually be possible to treat HIV without the use of antiretroviral drugs. The research team was led by the University of Pennsylvania and included Sangamo BioSciences.  Dr. Stein is associate professor of clinical medicine at Einstein and director of Adult HIV Research at Jacobi Medical Center. (Thursday, March 06, 2014)

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The BBC Radio 4 program More or Less, interviews Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H., about a widely reported study in the British Medical Journal that found “an apple a day” was as effective as statins in preventing death. Dr. Marantz asserts that the journal’s publicity for the paper, published as part of the BMJ’s traditionally lighthearted Christmas issue, oversimplifies the issue and misleadingly compares the results of rigorous clinical trials for statins with much weaker observational data about food intake. Dr. Marantz came to the attention of the BBC as a result of a post he authored for Einstein’s blog, The Doctor’s Tablet. Dr. Marantz is associate dean for clinical research education and professor of clinical epidemiology & population health and of clinical medicine. (Segment begins at 21:00 of “Obesity Crisis?” episode, January 17, 2014) (Tuesday, January 21, 2014)

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WNYC Radio interviews Edward Burns, M.D., about the planned budget deal could restore some funding to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Burns notes that the sequester – which cut budgets between five to ten percent – was deadly for research and might even stop young scientists from pursuing a research career. Dr. Burns is executive dean and professor of pathology and of medicine. (Audio begins at 1:32) (Thursday, December 19, 2013)

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NBC News features Ekaterina Dadachova, Ph.D., and her focus on radioimmunotherapy. Preclinical research shows it has the potential to eradicate HIV. The research, which uses radioactive isotopes to target cells, tested radioimmunotherapy on human blood samples and a laboratory model of the blood-brain barrier constructed of human cells. Dr. Dadachova is professor of radiology and of microbiology & immunology and the Sylvia and Robert S. Olnick Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research. (Friday, December 06, 2013)

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The Wall Street Journal highlights groundbreaking research by Steven Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D., that has led to treatment options for the rare condition Niemann-Pick Type C. In a lengthy cover story covering at least six years of reporting, journalist Amy Marcus details the passion that drove Walkley to continue his research on the drug cyclodextrin – and explores how parents and scientists have joined forces to find more effective treatments. (Thursday, November 14, 2013)

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