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The Washington Post interviews Dr. Zev Williams about the possibility that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause miscarriage. While health officials have not previously linked the virus to miscarriage, the CDC reports that two U.S. women who contracted Zika while traveling out of the country miscarried after returning home, and the virus was found in their placentas. Dr. Williams notes that while it is certainly possible for an infection – either viral or bacterial – to cause a miscarriage, it has not yet been determined if the Zika virus caused it in these cases. Dr. Williams is director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. (Friday, February 12, 2016)

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The New York Times interviews Dr. Nir Barzilai, M.D., about his upcoming clinical trial to determine if an existing FDA-approved drug can extend health span. Dr. Barzilai and his collaborators at the American Federation for Aging Research will investigate if metformin, a cheap and commonly used medication to treat type 2 diabetes, can delay the onset of several age-related diseases. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein. (Monday, February 01, 2016)

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Newsweek interviews Ilir Agalliu, Ph.D., about his research with Robert Burk, M.D., that found HPV significantly increases the risk of head and neck cancer. In a study of nearly 100,000 people, the researchers found that when HPV-16 is found in the mouth, people are 22 times more likely to develop cancer than those without it. Dr. Agalliu is assistant professor of epidemiology and population health and Dr. Burk is professor of pediatrics, of microbiology & immunology, of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health and of epidemiology & population health at Einstein and attending physician, pediatrics at Montefiore Health System. Drs. Agalliu and Burk are also members of the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology program. (Monday, January 25, 2016)

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Live Science interviews Jonathan Lai, Ph.D., about his research engineering the first antibodies that can neutralize the most lethal strains of Ebola virus. Dr. Lai notes that these findings are the first significant step towards developing an all-inclusive treatment. Dr. Lai is associate professor of biochemistry at Einstein. (Monday, January 25, 2016)

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New York Times interviews Michael Alderman, M.D., about research that found reducing systolic blood pressure below current guidelines can save lives. The study determined that participants whose blood pressure was kept below 120, rather than the current recommended target of 140, had a 25 percent reduction in heart attack, heart failure or stroke, or died from heart disease. This was primarily achieved by providing additional medications. Dr. Alderman urged caution, noting decades-long pill taking by generally healthy people may lead to unintended consequences. Dr. Alderman is distinguished university professor emeritus of epidemiology & population health and of medicine. (Monday, November 09, 2015)

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Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., is interviewed by U.S. News & World Report about the preterm birth rate in the U.S., which is similar to that of underdeveloped countries. Dr. Dolan notes that children born prematurely have potentially long-term growth and developmental challenges, vision and hearing challenges, and respiratory complications. Dr. Dolan is professor of clinical obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein and attending physician of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Montefiore Health System. (Monday, November 09, 2015)

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The Telegraph (UK) quotes Scott Emmons, Ph.D., about his new Nature study that found male nematode worms have neurons that allow them to prioritize mating. Dr. Emmons notes that while the study was conducted in small worms, it is plausible that neurological differences exist between men and women that may impact perception and behavioral priorities. Dr. Emmons is professor of genetics and in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and holds the Siegfried Ullmann Chair in Molecular Genetics. (Thursday, October 15, 2015)

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New York Times interviews Kami Kim, M.D., about her research that indicates children with HIV are more likely to develop a severe form of malaria and die. Dr. Kim’s study looked at 3,000 Malawian children who went into comas with cerebral malaria and included autopsies on more than 100 who had died. Dr. Kim is professor of medicine, of microbiology & immunology and of pathology at Einstein and attending physician, infectious disease at Montefiore. (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)

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The Wall Street Journal reports on a landmark breast cancer study led by Joseph Sparano, M.D. Their research validates a genomic test, which allows many women with early-stage disease to safely skip chemotherapy. Dr. Sparano is vice chairman of medical oncology at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, professor of medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology & women's health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and associate director of clinical research at the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center. (Monday, September 28, 2015)

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Forbes interviews Matthew Robbins, M.D., about his research that finds headache during pregnancy may indicate complications, including preeclampsia. Dr. Robbins notes that because many symptoms of migraine overlap with those of preeclampsia, including nausea, vomiting and visual change, it is important for pregnant women to follow up regularly with their provider if experiencing any of these symptoms. Dr. Robbins is associate professor of clinical neurology at Einstein and director of inpatient services at Montefiore Headache Center. (Thursday, August 20, 2015)

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SciTechNow interviews Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., about the use of advanced imaging techniques in concussion research. Dr. Lipton explains how diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures the diffusion of water in the brain, allowing researchers to assess a potential injury. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein and medical director of MRI services at Montefiore Medical Center. (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

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New York Times reports on research by Erika Levi, M.D., that finds women who want to receive an IUD after a cesarean section should no longer be urged to wait. Currently, women who have cesareans are told to return to their doctors for IUDs 6 weeks after giving birth, after half of them have resumed sexual relations. Dr. Levi is professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Health System.  (Tuesday, June 09, 2015)

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The Huffington Post published a letter by Sean Lucan, M.D., M.P.H., urging parents and schools to work to get healthy foods and healthy-food education into schools. Dr. Lucan argues that unhealthy options – such as candy and juice – should be removed, with healthy foods – such as trail mix and whole fruit mashed and frozen into popsicles –encouraged and made available instead. Dr. Lucan is assistant professor of family and social medicine at Einstein and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center. (Friday, May 29, 2015)

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NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about the bioethical questions raised by Alzheimer’s patients being sexually active in institutional settings. A recent court case involving a husband and his impaired wife has focused attention on this issue. Dr. Powell discusses issues of privacy, our cultural bias and presumptions, and the lack of consensus around this taboo topic. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. (Friday, April 24, 2015)

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Science News interviews Betsy Herold, M.D., about her new research with William Jacobs, Jr., Ph.D., on an experimental herpes vaccine. Dr. Herold explains that their novel approach was to silence the loud, or dominant, surface protein on the virus in order to use the other proteins to trigger an effective immune response. Dr. Herold holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at Einstein and is the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Einstein. Dr. Jacobs is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Chair in Microbiology & Immunology at Einstein. (Tuesday, March 10, 2015)

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