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An Astronomer’s View of Street Lighting

November 01, 2017
  When the Northridge earthquake cut power in Los Angeles in January 1994, the Griffith Observatory received phone calls from concerned citizens asking about a mysterious cloud overhead that they had never seen before. The Milky Way, our galaxy, had probably not been visible from downtown LA for half a century.

It’s estimated that more than two-thirds of the people in the world cannot see the Milky Way from their homes. We light up our environment for safety, to allow us to move about at night, and to decorate our homes and businesses. But this light is also obliterating the stars–a source of inspiration and information for diverse cultures across the centuries.

NYMC Faculty: Lawrence L. Faltz, M.D., clinical professor of medicine
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

CABG Patients’ Outcomes Diverge Based on Insurance Status

November 01, 2017
  “It would be disingenuous to deny that health care disparities are part of the fabric of contemporary life in our country, as the gap between the poor and the wealthy has developed into a chasm,” said Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD, professor and chair emeritus of anesthesiology, New York Medical College, in Valhalla. “Clearly, the social determinants of health are real and not easily mitigated,” she told Anesthesiology News.

NYMC Faculty: Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology News

Voicing a New Approach to Acid Reflux

October 30, 2017
Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., headshot   Dr. Craig Zalvan — chief of otolaryngology and medical director at the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and an associate professor of otolaryngology at New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla — says he has become “a specialist within a subspecialty.” He and his colleagues at New York Medical College recently released a new study, published in September in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which indicates this particular type of acid reflux may respond better to diet than drugs.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
WAG Magazine

Doctors of Distinction Celebrates Best in Westchester Medicine

October 27, 2017
Doctors of Distinction Winners 2017   NYMC Mentions:
Rifat Latifi, M.D., professor of surgery
Ashutosh Kaul, M.D., professor of surgery
Annebeth Litt, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine
Michael Tarr, SOM Class of 2018

 

Westfair Online

Opinion: Trump’s executive order will have limited impact on insurance market

October 27, 2017
  On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to improve competition in Obamacare markets. Section 1a of the Executive Order seeks to “to facilitate the purchase of insurance across State lines.” While many analyses of Section 1a of the executive order cite doom and gloom for health plans, four tenuous contingencies all must take place in order for the executive order to have more than a limited impact on the individual health insurance market during the current presidential term.

NYMC Faculty: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy and management
Modern Medicine Network

‘Strike Force 40’ Hits a Home Run For Puerto Rico

October 27, 2017
  When Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, it turned a paradise into a barren countryside with no electricity, clean water or medical supplies for the thousands of inhabitants trying to survive. State Sen. Terrence Murphy saw the suffering and resolve of the Puerto Rican people and pledged to help them.

NYMC Mentions: 

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Michael J. Reilly, Dr.PH. ’10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters
Westchester Rising

Mobile Dental Van Serves Disabled in Westchester

October 25, 2017
  The Valhalla-based organization provides an array of social and medical services for the disabled. Since 2005, WIHD has operated a fully-equipped and staffed dental van that visits 15 different Hudson Valley agencies caring for intellectually disabled children and adults. The 35-foot Winnebego serves 40 to 50 patients a week, providing everything from teeth cleaning to X-rays to cavity filling to extractions. "It's a service that saves these agencies the time, manpower and expense of taking their residents to a dentist's office," said Dr. Patricia Seagriff, director of dental services for WIHD. "The van is equipped with everything we need to provide full dental services."

NYMC Mentions: 
Patricia Seagriff-Curtin, D.D.S., assistant professor of clinical dental medicine and assistant professor of clinical public health
Susan W. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy and management and director of the Center on Disability and Health
The Journal News

Here and Now

October 20, 2017
  At 10 a.m., Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairsMichael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. '10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters, Sen. Terrence Murphy and medical professionals provide details of their recent storm relief mission to Puerto Rico, New York Medical College, Dining Annex, 19 Skyline Dr., Hawthorne.

 

State of Politics

Westchester's Bio-terrorism and Disaster Training Facility

October 19, 2017
  The newest addition to New York Medical College’s Valhalla campus is an unassuming brown-brick building that, as of October, is capable of playing host to disaster drills that range from simulated meth labs and war zones to emergencies created by Mother Nature.

NYMC Mentions: 
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

Michael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. ’10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

Westchester Magazine

Delta Omega Selects Students to Present at 2017 APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

October 19, 2017
Generic NYMC in the News Logo   The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health sponsors an annual Student Poster Session through the Academic Public Health Caucus during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition each year. This year, 28 students nominated by local chapters of Delta Omega from CEPH-accredited Schools and Programs of Public Health were selected to present their scholarship and research at the APHA meeting

NYMC Student: Musarrat Rahman, M.P.H. student in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Delta Alpha member  
ASPPH

Scary New Evidence Suggests Air Pollution Can Harm Babies in Utero

October 17, 2017
  Many newborns whose moms breathed dirty air showed an ominous biological sign, a new study found. While the telomere-length finding is new, children’s vulnerability to air pollution has been well documented, said Dr. Heather Brumberg. Breathing dirty air may increase a child’s risk of developing ailments including allergies, asthma, neurological diseases, and obesity, she said. “There are tons of multi-system effects [of air pollution] on children growing up.” 

NYMC Faculty: Heather L. Brumerg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

 

Mother Jones

Pipeline Program Helps Future Doctor Pursue Goal of Improving Community Healthcare

October 16, 2017
Generic NYMC in the News Logo   While growing up in Brooklyn, Sheba Ebhote, the daughter of a Guyanese immigrant, saw her family struggle to access quality healthcare.“There was a disconnect between the providers and us as patients, leading to distrust,” she said.

NYMC Student: Sheba Ebhote, SOM Class of 2021

 

AMSNY

New York Senator Brings Vaccines and Doctors to the Island (Video)

October 15, 2017
  NYMC Mentions:
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

Michael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. '10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters
 

 

Noticias

Two Local Med Students Form Human Rights Center

October 13, 2017
 Rebecca E. Alschuler and Musaub Khan, School of Medicine Class of 2020, sitting on a bench   Two second-year medical students, Rebecca E. Alschuler and Musaub Khan, have received the Phelps Leadership Award, given annually by the Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program. Started in 2011, the award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership, primary care, and service to their communities.Alschuler and Khan founded the New York Medical College Center for Human Rights to serve as an umbrella organization for local initiatives fostering human rights. The first project is a free, student-led medical clinic for underserved patients, particularly asylum-seekers. The pair were inspired to start the clinic after visiting a similar one at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

NYMC Student: Rebecca E. Alschuler and Musaub Khan, School of Medicine Class of 2020 
Tarrytown Patch

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack: How to Tell the Difference

October 08, 2017
A man squeezing his heart with his right hand   Do you know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest? Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they're not the same. Learning the difference can save a life. A simple way to distinguish between cardiac arrest vs. heart attack is, says William H. Frishman, MD, MACP, “Heart attacks involve patients with chest pain. Cardiac arrest involves a patient with chest pain who collapses.”

NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacologyWestchester Medical Center  

 

Reader's Digest

WMC Doctors, Nurses And Staff Run For A Cause At New York City Marathon

October 07, 2017
Generic NYMC in the News Logo   Dr. Gombrowski works with many patients with varying struggles and with those who identify as LGBT. “Considering the stigma that surrounds mental health, many patients – especially those who identify as LGBT - may avoid entering into treatment," he said. "By running the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of our behavioral health patients, I hope to minimize the stigma and provide a reminder that anything is possible with hard work and determination.”

NYMC Faculty: Frederick B. Dombrowski, M.A., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

 

Daily Voice

FDA Awards 15 Grants For Clinical Trials To Stimulate Product Development For Rare Diseases

October 06, 2017
  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has awarded 15 new clinical trial research grants totaling more than $22 million over the next four years to boost the development of products for patients with rare diseases. These new grants were awarded to principal investigators from academia and industry across the country. 

NYMC Faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

 

WAND TV - NBC 17

Heart Walk at the Kensico Dam

October 05, 2017
West Point cadets took the Plank Challenge at Heart Walk Event   The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk attracted about 1,200 participants to the Kensico Dam on Oct. 1. More than 70 teams had registered online to participate. In addition to a 5K walk, there were fitness activities, including a “plank challenge” in which participants are timed to see how long they can hold a plank pose. The plank exercise, designed to strengthen the body’s core, involves lying on your belly, placing the hands or forearms directly under the shoulders and rising onto the toes while contracting the glutes and other muscles. Some of those sponsoring this year’s Heart Walk included WMC Health/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Phelps Hospital/Northwell Health, and New York Medical College.

 

Westfair

New York Medical College Honors Four

October 05, 2017
  NYMC Mentions:
Alan Kadish, M.D., president
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer
Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of the Board of Trustees receives the Alfred B. DelBello Distinguished Service Award
Ira Schwartz, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and professor of medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology, received the Jackson E. Spears Service Award
Robert G. Lerner, M.D., professor of medicine, received the Golden Faculty Service Award

 

Westfair

6 Ways to Make the Baby Smarter Even Before Birth

October 04, 2017
  According to Dr. Rebekka Levis, who is an assistant professor at the New York Medical College, not only can babies hear the sounds while in the uterus, but they can even recognize their mothers’ voices.

NYMC Faculty:
Rebekka Jo Levis, D.O., assistant professor of pediatrics 

 

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