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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

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

A Secret No More, Bioinc@NYMC Plots Its Future Growth

February 23, 2017

To Dr. D. Douglas Miller, the secret is out on BioInc@NYMC. Now, he said, New York Medical College’s biotech incubator has to find ways to build on its early growth. Miller is the chief scientific officer of the incubator, a public-private partnership on New York Medical College’s Grasslands campus in Valhalla, where he is also dean of the School of Medicine.Launched in 2014 and financed with a mix of county, state and federal funds, the incubator has grown to 10 companies that utilize its administrative and lab space and employ a total of 34 workers. That number includes 13 researchers from the Dutch tech giant Royal Philips, which announced in December it would lease space in the incubator for its genomic research.‌

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

The Business Journal

Broken Heart Syndrome: Q&A With D. Douglas Miller, MD

February 23, 2017

Cardiology Advisor recently interviewed D. Douglas Miller, MD, CM, MBA, about the risks, treatments, and clinical outcomes for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

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

Cardiology Advisor

Champions for Children Award Recipients Announced

February 22, 2017

The Child Care Council of Westchester (CCCW) announces the 2017 recipients of its Champions for Children Awards: Dr. Jennifer Canter, CCCW Board member Cecilia McKenney of Frontier Communications; and the Ossining Union Free School District.

NYMC Faculty: Jennifer Canter, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical pediatrics


CRISPR Will Never Be Good Enough To Improve People

February 22, 2017

The CRISPR/Cas9 (CRISPR) technique has been used to modify genes in animals, plants and fungi, organisms different from and more complex than the bacteria in which the molecular components originally evolved. It has undergone several refinements since its introduction, each iteration proving more accurate, with fewer off-target effects. The Stanford University bioethicist Hank Greely contemplates using CRISPR to touch up human embryos that have been produced by in vitro fertilization and prescreened for overall suitability by gene sequencing. George Church, a Harvard University genetic technologist and entrepreneur, advocates a more aggressive program of CRISPR-mediated genetic improvements to future generations.

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

The Huffington Post

Westchester-Based Sapience Therapeutics Takes Aim At Deadly Cancers

February 22, 2017

A drug that could help treat one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer is moving closer to reality due to work by Westchester-based Sapience Therapeutics Inc.

The Business Journal

Hidden Away For Seven Decades: The Identification And Interment Of Ashes From The Dachau Concentration Camp

February 22, 2017

The first Nazi concentration camp opened in Dachau, Germany in 1933, and was in operation until 1945. It is estimated that 200,000 to 228,000 prisoners passed through the camp during this 12-year period, and more than 40,000 died. When Allied forces approached Dachau there were 30,000 prisoners in the main camp, and about the same number in satellite work camps. On April 29, 1945 the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the camp after a brief battle with the guards. At the time of liberation about one-third of the prisoners were Jewish.

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

The Pharos (Alpha Omega Alpha)

Governor's Regional Council Concept Has Proven Effective

February 22, 2017

In 2011, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo first took office, he developed a new way for the state to attract businesses and grow the economy. He believed we could make better economic decisions at the local and regional level. Governor Cuomo created ten Regional Economic Development Council (REDCs) and asked us to chair the council for the Mid-Hudson Region, which we have proudly done for the past six years.

Poughkeepsie Journal

Clock Ticking When It Comes to Tick-Borne Illnesses New and Old

February 21, 2017

A fever. A headache. Nausea. Body Aches. Confusion. And often a telltale bull’s-eye rash.

More often than not, patients do not even know they have been bitten by ticks. “Seventy percent of Lyme patients have no recollection of a tick bite,” said Dr. Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine, “but all have a recollection of potential tick exposure,” most often a hike through the woods or other outdoor and off-road adventure, even those in your own front lawn.

Faculty Member: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine

Scarsdale Inquirer

Tweets of the Week: Match Day Looms and It's Making Aspiring HCPs Nervous

February 20, 2017

Med students take to Twitter for last-minute advice to relieve stress. MedPage editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere. With Match Day coming in less than a month, medical students are blowing off steam on Twitter (#MATCH2017)

NYMC Mention: NYMC SOM Match Day 2017

MedPage Today

Zvi Loewy, Touro College of Pharmacy – Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

February 16, 2017

Could a treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms already be available? Zvi Loewy Ph.D., adjunct professor of  microbiology and immunology, takes a look at a somewhat unlikely source for relief.

Faculty Member: Zvi Loewy Ph.D., adjunct professor of  microbiology and immunology

Academic Minute

Physician Spotlight: David A. Straker, DO

February 16, 2017

A specialist, David Straker, D.O., adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discusses the mind/skin connection and addresses the influence of prescription medications.

Faculty Member: David Straker, D.O., adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Practical Dermatology

Hey Fellas, Depression Can Strike New Dads, Too

February 16, 2017

Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms. Ami Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, agreed that "this study should emphasize the importance of paternal well-being during and after pregnancy," and the importance of keeping expectant and new dads stress-free and healthy.

Faculty Member
: Ami Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences