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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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The Wall Street Journal features comments from John Blanchard, Ph.D. on two possible Nobel Prize winners for this year. The two potential winners, Drs. F. Ulrich Hartl and Arthur Horwich, are best known for their research in molecular chaperones. Dr. Blanchard is the Dan Dancinger Professor of Biochemistry. (Monday, September 14, 2009)

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The New York Times interviews Liise-anne Pirofski, M.D., on the scapegoating that often occurs during epidemics. A recent exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum, which displayed a relic of a 14th-century uprising against Jews in Erfurt, Germany in response to an outbreak of bubonic plague, was also featured. Dr. Pirofski is chief of the division of infectious diseases and the Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Professor in Biomedical Research. (Tuesday, September 01, 2009)

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The New York Times interviews Kevin Plancher, M.D., on children participating in triathlons. Dr. Plancher recommends that parents consult their pediatrician before allowing their children, especially those under the age of seven, from entering a race. Dr. Plancher is associate clinical professor of surgery. (Thursday, August 27, 2009)

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Voice of America News interviews Neel Gandhi, M.D., on how the misuse of antibiotics is creating drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). A new study shows that the misdiagnosis of the disease, coupled with short courses of a class of antibiotic drugs called fluoroquinolones, is creating drug-resistant strains of TB. Dr. Gandi is assistant professor of epidemiology & population health. (Tuesday, August 25, 2009)

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The Wall Street Journal interviews Ariela Frieder, M.D., on the use of antidepressants by pregnant women. Some antidepressants, if taken while pregnant, increase newborns’ risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, or pressure on the lungs, which can lead to heart failure. Dr. Frieder is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry. (Friday, August 21, 2009)

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The New York Times quotes Charles Schwartz, M.D., Einstein students, and Montefiore Medical Center's Sean O'Mahoney, M.D., in a front-page article on end-of-life care. Dr. Schwartz, along with Sharon Parish, M.D., train students to "break bad news" to patients. Dr. O’Mahoney is the director of Palliative Care Services at Montefiore and of the Palliative Care Elective course offered by Einstein's Department of Family and Social Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is associate professor of clinical psychiatry & behavioral sciences, of clinical family & social medicine and of clinical medicine. Dr. Parish is associate professor of clinical medicine. (Thursday, August 20, 2009)

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The Forward interviews alumni and faculty for a feature on the 50th anniversary of Einstein's first graduating class and the College of Medicine's longstanding dedication to diversity, tying the past with the future. The article details Einstein's founding mission to welcome students of "all creeds and races;" how this mission continues to attract students from around the globe who are dedicated to helping the underserved; Einstein's establishment of the first medical school program designed to recruit and retain African-American students; and its ongoing pursuit of diversity in its student body and faculty. Those interviewed include Einstein's executive dean, Edward Burns, M.D. (Class of 1976); Leon Chameides, M.D., Evelyne Schwaber, M.D., and Marion Zucker Goldstein, M.D. (Class of 1959); and Monica Payares, M.D. (Class of 2009). (Friday, August 14, 2009)

Newsday interviews Christie Brinkley at Einstein’s 20th annual Family Day in the Hamptons. Ms. Brinkley serves as honorary co-chair of the event. Run by the Women’s Division, proceeds from the carnival will go to the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC). Ms. Brinkley serves as event co-chair with Mindy Feinberg, Tasha Genatt, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Erica Karsch, Roxanne Palin and Cathy Schwartz. (Monday, August 10, 2009)

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