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15 Minutes In Spin Class Sent This Woman To The Hospital

March 30, 2017
After just 15 minutes in a spin class, Lauren Peterson began feeling nauseous and almost passed out. Though she initially brushed off the symptoms as the result of a particularly intense session, two days later, her urine had turned dark and her thigh muscles had become swollen and painful. "Spinning is great exercise," Maureen Brogan, MD, the lead author of a report detailing Peterson's case, told TODAY. "But people should be aware they need to take it slow in the beginning. There should be some guidelines."

NYMC Faculty: Maureen E. Brogan, M.D., associate professor of medicine
Refinery29

How One Woman Developed a Potentially Fatal Condition After Her First Spin Class

March 28, 2017

When 33-year-old Lauren Peterson attended her first spin class, she expected it to be physically challenging; she didn't expect to leave the class with a potentially fatal health condition. After 15 minutes of super-intense cycling, the Bronx, New York-based schoolteacher says she felt nauseous and almost passed out. And while that might sound like most people's introductions to spinning, it definitely wasn't: Two days later, she was still suffering from a handful of scary symptoms, including dark urine and swelling and searing pain in her thigh muscles.  It turned out that Peterson's doctor, Maureen Brogan, MD, had seen two more cases of rhabdomyolysis at Westchester Medical Center before Peterson's ER visit. She wrote about it in a November 2016 report and noted several key similarities: In all three cases, rhabdomyolysis was brought on by a high-intensity spin class, all three patients were novice spinners, and the vigorous workout took a toll on some of the largest muscles in their bodies: those in their thighs and butts. When these muscles didn't get enough oxygen, they broke and burst — which ultimately led to the release of myoglobin into the blood and some not-so-fun symptoms.

NYMC Faculty: Maureen E. Brogan, M.D., associate professor of medicine

Dr. Oz The Good Life

Exclusive: menopausal women become pregnant with their own eggs

March 27, 2017

Two women thought to be infertile have become pregnant using a technique that seems to rejuvenate ovaries, New Scientist can reveal. It is the first time such a treatment has enabled menopausal women to get pregnant using their own eggs. The approach is based on the apparent healing properties of blood. Kostantinos Sfakianoudis and his colleagues at the Genesis Athens Clinic in Greece draw blood from their patients and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate platelet-rich plasma. This has a high concentration of the cell fragments usually involved in blood clotting, and is already used to speed the healing of sports injuries, although its effectiveness for this purpose is unclear. The clinic is attempting to use this plasma to repair women’s reproductive systems, injecting it directly into the ovaries and uterus. 

Sfakianoudis is planning a clinical trial of the treatment, which will compare the effects of platelet-rich plasma with a placebo injection. Until then, it is impossible to say how well, if at all, the treatment is working, says Kutluk Oktay at New York Medical College. Even once menopause starts, there are still some egg follicles left, so there is a small chance that women can still get pregnant at this stage without any treatment, he says.

NYMC Faculty: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy

New Scientist

Senate Leads Bipartisan Budget Push to Help Save the Lives of Premature Babies

March 27, 2017

New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon today led a bipartisan push for a key budget measure that would help save the lives of premature infants. Senator Hannon, Assembly member Michaelle C. Solages and other legislators were joined by doctors and advocates to call for the enacted state budget to include Medicaid coverage for donor breast milk so that this screened and safe “medicine” can be provided to infants born at very low birth weights.

Boriana Parvez, M.D., said, “Donor milk is a precious gift of life to the tiniest and most fragile newborn babies. It is the safest and the most natural way to nourish them when their mother’s milk is in insufficient quantity. We often say that having a preemie in the NICU is like being on a roller coaster ride but without the thrill. Having to worry about the additional cost of donor milk only further hinders the mothers of preemies’ efforts to care for their tiny babies and produce milk. As a physician caring for sick premature infants, I feel that donor milk should be covered by insurance and I stand behind our politicians who are trying to make it a reality.” Shetal Shah, M.D., FAAP, said, “Offering donor breast milk to New York State’s tiniest babies through Medicaid reduces a significant health disparity.”

NYMC Faculty: 
Boriana Parvez, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics
Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics

The New York State Senate

Senate Leads Bipartisan Budget Push to Help Save the Lives of Premature BabiesDonor Breast Milk Bill Blocked In Closed-Door Budget Talks

March 27, 2017

A low-cost proposal to expand the use of breast milk to save premature babies’ lives and avoid lifelong disabilities has been dropped from closed-door budget negotiations, two senior legislators said Monday. Senate Health Committee Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) made a last-ditch case for the bill in the final week of negotiations over the $162 billion state budget. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed the bill a year ago after it was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate and Assembly. The governor argued the measure should be part of the state budget talks because it involves a cost.

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Lawmakers Call to Fund Donor Breast Milk for Premature Babies

March 27, 2017

As they have with several measures that have bubbled up in recent weeks, lawmakers are reviving a bill that was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year with instructions that it should be a part of the budget package. Both GOP Sen. Kemp Hannon and Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who head their respective health committees, on Monday urged passage of a measure that would allow Medicaid to cover the cost of donated breast milk, which they said can be a life-saving nutrient to premature infants who develop necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious intestinal ailment that can hit such babies.

Boriana Parvez, M.D., said, “Donor milk is a precious gift of life to the tiniest and most fragile newborn babies. It is the safest and the most natural way to nourish them when their mother’s milk is in insufficient quantity. We often say that having a preemie in the NICU is like being on a roller coaster ride but without the thrill. Having to worry about the additional cost of donor milk only further hinders the mothers of preemies’ efforts to care for their tiny babies and produce milk. As a physician caring for sick premature infants, I feel that donor milk should be covered by insurance and I stand behind our politicians who are trying to make it a reality.” Shetal Shah, M.D., FAAP, said, “Offering donor breast milk to New York State’s tiniest babies through Medicaid reduces a significant health disparity.”

NYMC Faculty: 
Boriana Parvez, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics
Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics

TimesUnion

Outlook Good as Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave NY Hospital

March 24, 2017

Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them. Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were released Friday from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, north of New York City. The girls were joined at the base of the spine when they were born Feb. 4, 2016. They shared a key artery that supplies blood to the pelvic region as well as neurologic and gastrointestinal connections. Hospital officials say the twins' 21-hour surgery Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 was successful and both children should enjoy full lives. Dr. Whitney McBride says the girls' progress is "nothing short of remarkable."

NYMC Faculty: Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery

ABC

Outlook Good as Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave NY Hospital

March 24, 2017

Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them. Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were released Friday from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, north of New York City. The girls were joined at the base of the spine when they were born Feb. 4, 2016. They shared a key artery that supplies blood to the pelvic region as well as neurologic and gastrointestinal connections. Hospital officials say the twins' 21-hour surgery Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 was successful and both children should enjoy full lives. Dr. Whitney McBride says the girls' progress is "nothing short of remarkable."

NYMC Faculty: Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery

News 12

Formerly Conjoined Baby Girls Leave Westchester Hospital 2 Months After Grueling 21-Hour Separation Surgery

March 24, 2017

Two formerly conjoined baby girls who bravely endured a grueling 21-hour separation procedure at a Westchester County hospital earlier this year have made the next milestone in their recovery. Samir Pandya, one of the pediatric surgeons leading the medical team, said after the procedure that the surgery was full of challenges, but the girls would have chances at better lives because of it. “Ballenie and Bellanie are as strong as they are beautiful and this dynamic duo is doing very well after a very long and complex surgery," Pandya said in January.

NYMC Faculty: Samir Pandya M.D., assistant professor of surgery

NBC New York

Researchers Alarmed by Proposed NIH Funding Cuts in Trump Budget

March 23, 2017

proposed cut of nearly $6 billion to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s budget outline could have serious consequences for scientific research in the country, according to researchers in Westchester. Trump’s budget outline, released March 16, slashes $5.8 billion from NIH, about 18 percent of its budget. Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney described the proposal as a “hard power budget,” which includes plans for a $54 billion increase in defense spending while making majors cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development among other agencies.

NYMC Mentions: 

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer
Michal Laniado Schwartzman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology
Salomon Amar, Ph.D., D.D.S., Touro College and University System provost for biomedical research, Touro College of Dental Medicine professor of dental medicine, and NYMC professor of pharmacology and microbiology and immunology
Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

The Business Journal

Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know

March 20, 2017

On March 20, D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., right, dean of the School of Medicine, moderated a panel presentation, Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know, co-presented with the American Heart Association (AHA). The speakers provided an overview of heart disease in the U.S., noting especially its prevalence among women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., with more women dying of cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer, according to the AHA. 

NYMC Mention: D. Douglas Miller M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine

Patch.com (all editions)

School of Medicine students celebrate new residencies on 'Match Day'

March 17, 2017

Nathaniel Rawicki ended up matching with New York Medical College in Westchester, NY. He said it's the perfect fit for him. "It's a huge weight off my shoulders," Rawicki said. "It's a place that I really wanted to go to, and that's a very competitive position, so I was very happy to have it."

ABC 7

Westchester Health Care Providers Alarmed by GOP Plan Why You Should Rethink Your Spinning Obsession

March 17, 2017

Spinning might look about the same as outdoor cycling or riding a stationary bike, but in many ways, it's a far more intense workout—and one of the easiest to overdo. First, there aren't many (if any) breaks in spin class. “When you’re biking outside, you have to be aware of road dangers like water and cars, so you have to slow down at times,” says Dr. Maureen Brogan, an assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College who has conducted research into spinning. Especially if you’re a novice road rider, it’s going to take some time before you’re comfortable enough on two wheels to really push yourself hard for long distances. That’s not the case on a spinning bike, where newbies can hop on and ride hard from the start.

NYMC Faculty: Maureen E. Brogan, M.D., associate professor of medicine

Time Health

'Match Day' Held at New York Medical College

March 17, 2017

SOM Match Day

News 12

Westchester Health Care Providers Alarmed by GOP Plan

March 16, 2017

After House Republicans rolled out their plan to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act with a bill titled the American Health Care Act, responses from the health care community ranged from cautious optimism to downright disgust. Since its introduction, the GOP’s plan has faced opposition from health care groups including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association and the American Hospital Association.



NYMC Faculty:
Robert G. Lerner, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Gino C. Bottino, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
Lindsay C. Farrell, M.B.A., President and CEO of Open Door Family Medical Centers and Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Westfair Online

A Dangerous Rise In Anti-Semitism: The Past Is Present

March 14, 2017

Daily reports of anti-Semitism in different areas of the U.S. are alarming many in the Jewish community and beyond. Last year, there were 600 hate crimes against Jews on American college campuses and more than 130 such instances, including Swastikas painted on doorways, slurs, and physical assaults, have occurred since the beginning of 2017 less than three months ago.

NYMC Mention: Alan Kadish, M.D., president

The Huffington Post

Blood Test Might Someday Distinguish Early Depression, Schizophrenia

March 14, 2017

It's often difficult for doctors to tell the difference between depression and schizophrenia, especially early on. Now, researchers say they're on the trail of a blood test that might be able to do just that. Dr. Ami Baxi agreed with Krakower that "although this method will not capture everybody with depression or schizophrenia, it is a step towards earlier and more accurate diagnosis with potential for targeted treatment options."

NYMC Faculty: Ami S. Baxi M.D., instructor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences

HealthDay

Cups of Redemption

March 13, 2017

One is obligated to drink four cups of wine at the Pesach Seder in a manner that is demonstrative of being free (BT Pesachim 108b).  The Jerusalem Talmud (JT Pesachim 10a) provides a number of reasons for why we drink specifically four cups of wine.

NYMC Faculty: Ira Bedzow, M.A., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

Torah Musings

Dr. Shetal Shah and Dr. Heather Brumberg: Two Pediatricians Look at Medicaid "Reform"

March 10, 2017

At a time when national healthcare can change with a tweet, politicians seeking to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare") are proposing to weaken our children’s healthcare safety net. President Trump aims to convert Medicaid to a block grant system which gives states a fixed dollar limit to fund their entire Medicaid program. Features of this plan also appear in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposal, “A Better Way.” Auditions for potential replacements of healthcare reform have also included these provisions.

NYMC Faculty: Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics and Heather L. Brumberg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

Tulsa World