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County Executive Astorino, Board Chairman Kaplowitz Announce Historic Agreement for Biotech Center

April 06, 2017

Working closely with the private-sector and in a bi-partisan manner, County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz today announced that Westchester County is moving forward with plans to build a major bioscience and technology center on vacant land next to the Westchester Medical Center.

Westchestergov.com

Westchester Ready to Lead in Bioscience: View

April 06, 2017

It is hard to imagine a more powerful economic message than the one sent last Monday night when the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously to approve a 99-year lease of 60 acres of county-owned land adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla that will allow the creation of the $2.1 billion Westchester BioScience & Technology Center. This shining example of bipartisanship sent a resounding message: Westchester stands ready to build on the burgeoning bioscience cluster that has already taken root and to take a leadership role regionally and nationally in the high tech, high-growth life and bio sciences arena.

The Journal News

We Want A Federal Budget Where The Trade-Offs Support Life, Not Death

April 05, 2017

When I entered college, I took a course in introductory economics. Human wants are unlimited, I learned, but resources are limited. Therefore, we have to make choices about what we spend money on. That, I was told, was what economics was all about — how we make choices and allocate resources. My economics textbook illustrated the point by quoting from Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels who said: “We can do without butter, but, despite all our love of peace, not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns.” It was about trade-offs, my professor taught us. There is a trade-off between a nation’s investment in military and civilian goods. In simplistic terms, a nation has to choose between buying guns (invest in the military) or butter (invest in civilian goods). It is, of course, not that simple but as a 17- year-old, I got the point. A government budget has to balance priorities.

NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

Kevin MD

Alvin I. Goodman, M.D.

April 04, 2017

Nephrologist, distinguished Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, passed away on March 29, 2017. Dr. Goodman is survived by his wife of 60 years and five children: Nadine Goodman, Derek Goodman, Danielle Sayet, Leslie Monieson, and Reva Cotter, as well as 14 grandchildren, and one great- grandchild.

NYMC Mention: Alvin I. Goodman, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine

New York Times

Health Care Concerns in the Hudson Valley

April 02, 2017

NY Medical College chancellor and CEO talks good, bad and the changes that are needed

NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

FiOS 1

2Do This Week, April 2-8: Cultural Events Around Pittsburgh

April 02, 2017

Dublin born Dr. David Kronn. will speak about his photography collection at 6:30 p.m. in the Ace Ho­tel Ball­room, 120 S. Whit­field St., East Liberty (free and public). He is an amateur photographer and chief of med­i­cal ge­net­ics at Westchester Med­i­cal Center and as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of pa­thol­ogy and pe­di­at­rics at New York Med­i­cal Col­lege, Val­halla, N.Y. His collection is a prom­ised gift to the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Dub­lin. The talk is part of the an­nual Speaker Ser­ies of the PGH Photo Fair, which will be held April 29-30 at Car­ne­gie Mu­seum of Art in Oakland.

NYMC Faculty: David F. Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and pathology

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Modern Reproductive Technology: Medicine or Eugenics

April 02, 2017

New Scientist, a weekly international magazine, reported that a team of American scientists had produced the first three-parent baby through genetic engineering and in vitro fertilization. The scientists did their work in Mexico because the revolutionary technology using the DNA of three individuals to produce the baby is not legal in the United States. Some are greeting this latest break-through with great enthusiasm as a way to stop certain diseases. Others are expressing their grave concerns about the morality of such technology. 

Furthermore, altering embryos to be born free of disease is one step away from “designer babies.” In this case, parents have their future child altered before birth so that the child has the characteristics that the parents themselves want. Each technological advance of this kind brings us closer to Huxley’s Brave New World. As Stuart Newman, New York Medical College Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, has remarked, “The attempt to improve future people is not medicine… but a new form of eugenics.”

NYMC Faculty: Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine

CNA

Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 01, 2017

They say timing is everything, and that’s especially true when it comes to identifying and treating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This neurodevelopmental condition characterized by a broad variety, or “spectrum,” of presentations, including delays in communication and social interaction and atypical behaviors is often accompanied by general developmental delays. ASD affects one in 68 children, according to the latest estimates. With the right therapies, at the right time, every child can learn and grow, and move toward being the best he or she can be.

NYMC Faculty: Patricia O. Towle, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and pediatrics
Westchester Family

Allergy Season Begins

April 01, 2017

Spring has sprung! Flowers are starting to bloom, temperatures are rising and birds are chirping. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, “Ah, spring,” might soon turn into “Ah-choo, spring!” Seasonal allergies, sometimes called hay fever, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor plants release their spores. Trees, grasses and weeds are all releasing pollen into the air. These spores and pollen can cause congestion, cough and sneezing in people with seasonal allergies. If you are one of the over 30 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, we at AFC Urgent Care Yorktown have some tips that will help you stop sneezing this allergy season.

NYMC Faculty: Rajesh Gupta, M.D., clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine

The Examiner

Postpartum Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment

March 31, 2017

The birth of a child is generally a joyous occasion. Many new moms are thrilled that so many precious moments are yet to come. Milestones like walking and talking, birthdays and graduations and family fun. But, for some mothers, the moments and days and weeks after giving birth aren’t always filled with joy. In fact, five to ten percent of all women who give birth suffer from postpartum depression.

NYMC Faculty: Stephen J. Ferrando, M.D., professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences

Westchester Family

Trump's Cuts To Health Research Would Damage NY's Economy And Cost Lives

March 31, 2017

When I took introductory economics in college, I learned that human wants are unlimited but resources are not, and therefore we have to make choices about what we spend money on. That, I was told, was what economics was all about. My textbook drove home the point by invoking the "guns versus butter" economic model. In simplistic terms, a nation has to choose between investing in the military or civilian goods. It is, of course, more complicated than that, but as a 17-year-old I got the point. A government has to balance priorities. President Donald Trump's budget request to Congress calls for about a 20% reduction in funding for the National Institutes of Health and similar deep cuts to the research budgets of other agencies. It would cut $54 billion in domestic spending to add the same amount in military spending.

NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

Crain’s New York Business

AMWA Leaders at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

March 31, 2017

AMWA leaders joined leaders of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) delegation to the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held March 12-24, 2017. The CSW opened with Consultation day and keynote address by Dr. Mabel Blanco, Woman of Distinction Awardee and poetry readings by acclaimed poet Rupi Kaur. The MWIA session, Women Doctors:  Economic Empowerment and Social Determinants of Health featured presentation by leaders from Nigeria, Canada, the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Academy Award Winning Actress Patricia Arquette and Olympic Gold Medalist and Fifa World Cup Champion Abby Wambach delivered empowering speeches at the launch of the UN Women Equal Pay Platform of Champions to help end the gender pay gap.

NYMC Faculty: Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of health policy and management and global health director and clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine 

AMWA

NYMC Professors Active Outside the Classroom

March 31, 2017

For professors at New York Medical College, there’s more to advancing the art, science and practice of medicine than just classroom teaching. 

Marie T. Ascher, the Lillian Hetrick Huber endowed director of the Health Sciences Library and assistant professor of family and community medicine, was elected to serve as a director of the Medical Library Association for a three-year term.

John T. Fallon III, chairman of the department of pathology and professor of medicine, received the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Fallon also gave a presentation on myocarditis, a condition in which there is inflammation of the heart muscle. It often is caused by viral, bacterial or fungal infections.

Michael Nesheiwat, distinguished visiting professor in the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP), who also happens to be the health commissioner of Putnam County, got together with 45 field staff members of the Putnam County Department of Health to pose for a special photo marking the agency’s 50th anniversary. Several of the staff members are SHSP alumni.

NYMC Faculty:

John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and medicine
Marie T. Ascher, Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director Health Sciences Library
Michael J. Nesheiwa, M.D., distinguished visiting professor of School of Health Sciences and Practice
Taliya Farooq, M.D., instructor of pathology
Faisal Saeed, M.D., instructor of pathology
Humayun K. Islam, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical pathology and clinical medicine
Minghao Zhong, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical pathology
Esther Chaewon Yoon, M.D., instructor of pathology
Supriya S. Jain, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and radiology

Westfair Online

Sapience Therapeutics ST-36 Receives Orphan Drug Designation from FDA

March 30, 2017

Sapience Therapeutics Inc., a Scarsdale-based biotechnology company that develops therapeutics to address difficult-to-treat cancers, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the company’s leading candidate, protein-based therapeutic ST-36, orphan drug designation for the treatment of glioma.

NYMC Mention: Sapience Therapeutics Inc., is a client of BioInc@NYMC

The Business Journal

Avila to Receive Special Award for Leadership

March 30, 2017

Dr. Avila was named Orange County’s ninth Commissioner of Health in May of 2013. As the County’s Chief Public Health Officer, Avila manages a $67 million budget, while monitoring the health and welfare of approximately 380,000 residents. He oversees the Orange County Medical Reserves and serves as the Medical Director for Orange County Emergency Medical Services. Avila holds an academic position as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Institute of Public Health of the New York Medical College in Westchester County and has been appointed by the New York State Bar President to the Mass Disaster Response Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

NYMC Faculty: Eli N. Avila, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., FCLM, distinguished visiting professor in the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Hudson Valley News Network

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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