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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

Patients with Chronic Headaches Benefit from Interdisciplinary Care at Westchester Medical Center

March 03, 2017

NYMC faculty represent a variety of specialties collaborate to pinpoint the causes of, and provide patients lasting relief from, chronic headaches. The most common type of chronic headache is migraine, a condition characterized by pounding headaches. What precipitates migraines remains unclear, although overexcited nerve endings may play a role, as may heredity. Possible triggers include certain foods and beverages, stress, lack of sleep, sensory stimuli — such as strong odors and bright lights — compressed nerves, and, for women, hormonal changes related to menstruation, birth control and menopause.

NYMC Faculty: 
Kaveh Alizadeh, M.D., clinical associate professor of surgery
Nitin Kumar Sekhri, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology
Jin Li M.D., Ph.D., clinical associate professor of neurology
Gary Rogg M.D., assistant professor of medicine

MD News

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

March 02, 2017

Children exposed to a widely used group of insecticides may be at increased risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study. The insecticides are called pyrethroids. They're used on crops but can also be found in some mosquito repellents and in products used to treat head lice, scabies and fleas, the French research team explained.

NYMC Faculty: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Sioux City Journal

Searching For The Perfect House While At Home In Westchester

March 01, 2017

Dr. D. Douglas Miller has a design for life that works very well, weaving together his many talents and interests into an almost seamless tapestry that he finds gratifying. A widely-recognized cardiologist and scientist, he has a strong clinical, educational, business and research background and uses them to advantage in his posts as dean of the New York Medical College School of Medicine (NYMC) and chief scientific officer of BioInc@NYMC, a biotechnology incubator that offers shared resources and space to promising entrepreneurs and start-ups in the Hudson Valley.

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

WAG Magazine

Through Our Readers' Eyes

February 28, 2017

Experts gather at BioInc at New York Medical College in Valhalla on Friday, February 17th to talk growing and supporting innovation, federal patent legislation, and the impact patent-holders have on U.S. economy.

NYMC Mentions: Randi D. Schwartz, M.B.A., director, BioInc@NYMC and associate dean for academic administration, School of Medicine

The Journal News

NYMC Students and Faculty Active Off Campus

February 24, 2017

New York Medical College said that students and a faculty member have been involved in projects off the college’s Valhalla campus. Stuart A. Newman, professor of cell biology and anatomy, traveled to the West Coast where he made a presentation during a workshop about “The Science of Genome Editing: Possibilities, Realistic Prospects and Principles of Approach.” It was at the University of California, Berkeley last month. The workshop was organized by Jennifer A. Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley who is the co-inventor of the CRISPR technique. CRISPR is a technique for editing human genes. It has been used to cut and paste the genes of a key type of immune cell in experiments to protect the body from diseases ranging from diabetes to HIV and cancer. 

NYMC Mentions: 
Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy
Surbhi Arora, M.P.H. candidate
MegAnn McGinnis, M.P.H. candidate
Julia Gleichman, M.D. candidate
Lydia Bunker, M.D. candidate
Mashfiq Hasan, M.D. candidate
Justine Anderson, M.D. candidate
Crystal Dupont, M.D. candidate
Uzoamaka Aguboku, M.D. candidate

The Business Journal