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The Perfect Storm: 4 Reasons Winter Can Be Bad For Your Heart

December 11, 2017

running through the snow The winter season, with its cold inclement weather, can put a strain on your heart, especially if you’re one of the over 15 million Americans with coronary artery disease. Understanding why cold weather is so hard on your heart can help you avoid the dangers and stay healthy.

1. Plummeting Temperatures
2. Cold Weather and Physical Activity 
3. Shorter Days, More Darkness
4. Holidays and Your Heart

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

The Oz Blog

Gum Disease Bacteria Linked To Esophageal Cancer

December 10, 2017

a closeup of someone's mouth white flossingGum disease has already been linked in numerous studies to a heightened risk of the number one killer, heart disease. However, Dr. Anthony Starpoli, associate director of esophageal endotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, an expert in esophageal cancer, reviewed the new findings and stressed that researchers have yet to prove a causal link to esophageal tumors.

NYMC Faculty: Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of medicine

Inquisitr

Doctors: Wave of Viruses, Not Only Flu, Are Sweeping Long Island

December 09, 2017

Deborah M. Friedman, M.D. headshot

“Epidemic is a scary word,” Leonardi said. The word, however, doesn’t frighten Dr. Deborah Friedman, a specialist in pediatric intensive care and a professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College in Westchester County. Friedman also is a spokeswoman for a consortium of hospital labs that monitor RSV statewide. She said the viral infection has reached epidemic levels elsewhere in New York, and because viruses are unpredictable, it is anyone’s guess where the infectious agent will next cause outbreaks.

“The epidemic at the current time is in New York City. Of course, these things change quickly. So we can assume that the epidemic will be spreading,” said Friedman, who is part of RSVAlert. The service relies on information from 23 laboratories throughout the state known as the Core Based Statistical Group. No Long Island hospitals are in the consortium.

NYMC Faculty: Deborah M. Friedman, M.D., professor of pediatrics

Newsday

Work Directing Clinical Lab

December 08, 2017

John H. Wolk, M.D., headshotCareMount Medical in Chappaqua has announced the appointment of Dr. John Wolk as its new clinical laboratory director. Wolk will be responsible for managing the overall quality of diagnostic laboratory tests across CareMount Medical’s 19 lab sites in the Hudson Valley. He had been chief of microbiological services at the Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research in Valhalla.

NYMC faculty: John H. Wolk, M.D., assistant professor of pathology

Westfair Online

Touro Dental College Opens Clinic in New York

December 05, 2017

a picture of a dental clinicThe Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College in Hawthorne has opened Touro Dental Health, a 32,000-square-foot facility where students will be trained and patients from the lower Hudson Valley, Westchester County, and the metropolitan New York City area will receive comprehensive and affordable care beginning in January. “We are thrilled to be opening the state-of-the-art facility, which will serve as the advanced educational training platform for our students as they immerse themselves in clinical dentistry,” said Alan Kadish, MD, president of the Touro College and University System. “The opening of Touro Dental Health is an important milestone for both the school and the community.”

NYMC Mentions: Alan Kadish, M.D., president, Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of TouroCDM, and Edward Farkas, D.D.S., vice dean for administrative affairs, TouroCDM

Dentistry Today

Touro College Dental Clinic Begins Accepting Appointments

December 04, 2017

Touro College of Dental Medicine’s dental clinic in Hawthorne is now accepting patient appointments. The 32,000-square-foot oral health facility at 19 Skyline Drive will begin treating patients in January 2018. “Opening an oral health care facility of this magnitude and quality will ensure access to care for underserved populations and others in the community who seek quality, low-cost dental care,” said Ronnie Myers, dean of Touro’s College of Dental Medicine.

NYMC Mentions: Alan Kadish, M.D., president, and Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of TouroCDM

Westfair Online

CIRS Publishes Research on Healthcare in Region

December 04, 2017

Albert B. Lowenfels, M.D. headshotIn recent years, the countries of the Gulf have witnessed massive transformations in infrastructure, rapid economic growth, and significant population changes. But how has this impacted the healthcare provided in these nations has been discussed in a new publication by Georgetown University in Qatar’s premier research institute, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf Cooperation Council States is the first book to examine the challenges facing the healthcare sector in the Gulf region. The book was edited by NYMC Faculty Ravinder Mamtani, M.D., adjunct professor of family and community medicine and adjunct associate professor of medicine, and Albert B. Lowenfels, M.D., (pictured) professor emeritus of surgery.

The Peninsula Qatar's Daily Newspaper

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: The Numbers That Really Matter

December 04, 2017

William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotUnder the new guidelines, nearly half of all Americans will have high blood pressure. Under the old guidelines, only 1 in 3 American adults, or 33 percent of the population, were considered to have high blood pressure, which was defined as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). The new guidelines define high blood pressure as 130/80 mmHg. These new guidelines, which appeared in an article published in November 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, were developed with nine other health professional organizations to hopefully more accurately identify those at risk for serious health issues. “One good thing about the new guidelines is that they remind people that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for premature heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, heart failure, and even dementia,” says William Frishman, MD, chair of medicine at New York Medical College and director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. “By following the new guidelines, we’ll see fewer negative health outcomes from high blood pressure.”

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

 

Everyday Health

Q&A: Expert Explores the Link Between Natural Disasters, Stress and Heart Disease

December 03, 2017
William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotBetween global hurricanes and the California wildfires, the number of natural disasters has been high in 2017. Recent research suggests a correlation between natural disasters and increased rates of MI. Cardiology Today recently discussed the link between natural disasters and cardiac health with William H. Frishman, MD, MPH, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and the Rosenthal Professor and chairman of the department of medicine at New York Medical College.
 
NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology

 

Healio

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

December 01, 2017

Expanded Cardiology Offerings in Dutchess County (page 3)
Syed H.M. Naqvi, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine

The Westchester Warriors: Fighting for Pediatric Cancer Patients (page 4)
Pictured: Mitchell Cairo, M.D., center, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology and cell biology and anatomy, associate chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

She Hasn’t Got Time for the Pain (page 8)
Yigal Samocha, M.D., clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery

Saved by Teamwork (page 10)
Justin G. Santarelli. M.D.. assistant professor of neurosurgery

Brotherly Love (page 12)
Robyn G. Matloff, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics
Gregory R. Veillette, M.D., assistant professor of surgery
Thomas Diflo, M.D., professor of surgery

Nourishing Newborns (page 16)
Boriana Parvez, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics
Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics
Heather L. Brumberg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

A Grueling Workout Unmasked This Fitness Trainer’s Hidden Cardiac Condition (page 18)
Sei Iwai, M.D., professor of medicine

Just the Facts: Hand Hygiene (page 20)
Sheila M. Nolan, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics

Just the Facts: Are you a Compulsive Hoarder (page 21)
Alexander C. Lerman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Gum Disease Tied to Yet Another Deadly Illness

December 01, 2017

a closeup of someone's mouth white flossingAdd one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. “What is not clear is whether the presence of these bacteria or the resultant periodontal disease is primarily responsible for the development of cancer,” said Dr. Anthony Starpoli, associate director of esophageal endotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Still, Starpoli believes specialists should “consider a proper evaluation of the oral cavity as well as the remainder of the digestive tract in the hope of early diagnosis of esophageal cancer.”

NYMC Faculty: Anthony A Starpoli, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of medicine

The Health Cast

Kittleson Joins Medical College

December 01, 2017

Mark J. Kittleson. Ph.D. headshotMark J. Kittleson, has joined the faculty of New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice as professor and chair of the newly realigned Department of Public Health. The department covers areas of study, including behavioral health sciences, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, environmental health science, epidemiology, global health, health care administration, health education, health policy and management, and industrial hygiene.

NYMC Faculty: Mark J. Kittleson, Ph.D., professor and chair of Department of Public Health 

 

Westfair Online

Touro College Of Dental Medicine Opens New State-Of-The-Art Dental Health Facility

November 30, 2017

ADA Touro AnnouncementA brand-new 32,000-square-foot oral-health facility opened in Hawthorne, NY. The facility will be known as Touro Dental Health, the educational training facility of the Touro College of Dental Medicine (TouroCDM) at New York Medical College. “Touro College of Dental Medicine has had an outstanding start. We are thrilled to be opening the state-of-the-art facility which will serve as the advanced educational training platform for our students as they immerse themselves in clinical dentistry,” said Alan Kadish, MD, president of Touro College and University System. “The opening of Touro Dental Health is an important milestone for both the school and the community.” Located on the campus of New York Medical College, in an iconic steel-and-glass building at 19 Skyline Drive in Hawthorne, NY, this former IBM Research facility has been transformed into a modern dental-treatment center that will educate the students and bring comprehensive, affordable care to the residents of the lower Hudson Valley, Westchester County, and the metropolitan New York City area.

NYMC Mentions: Alan Kadish, M.D., president, Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of TouroCDM, and Edward Farkas, D.D.S., vice dean for administrative affairs, TouroCDM

5 Towns Jewish Times

Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Featured on Cover of Hudson Valley Magazine)

November 30, 2017

Manoj T. Abraham, MD, FACS headshotAs a dual board-certified ENT and facial plastic surgeon, Manoj T. Abraham, MD, FACS, focuses on the form, as well as the function of ears and noses. An honors graduate of Cornell University Medical College, he completed residency at NYU Medical Center, and completed fellowship training at UCLA and Santa Barbara. With current practices in Poughkeepsie, Westchester County, and New York City, Dr. Abraham is associate director of otolaryngology at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

NYMC Faculty: Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S., clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology

 

Hudson Valley Magazine

Members Appointed to New Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

November 28, 2017

Gary Wormser, M.D. headshotThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the appointment of 14 members to the new Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. The Working Group will hold its inaugural public meetings on Dec. 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Working Group was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. Members will review all HHS efforts related to tick-borne diseases to provide expertise and help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, examine research priorities and identify unmet needs. The Working Group expects to issue its first report to the HHS Secretary and Congress by December 2018.

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

Infection Control Today Online

What’s the Impact of the New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure?

November 28, 2017

William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotThe new guidelines will give more people an official diagnosis of hypertension, which could increase prescriptions and healthcare costs. “The guidelines emphasize the fundamental and critical nature of physical activity and nutrition for both prevention and treatment for hypertension,” Dr. William H. Frishman, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College of Touro College and University, told Healthline.William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology

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

HealthLine

How a Goodness Breath Flow Changed All from Good to Excellent

November 27, 2017

Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., headshotHEALING POWER OF BREATH: Everybody from yoga world knows the significance of breathing practice on a human body and its health benefits, as many controlled studies show. For example – Ujaji Breathing – Oceanic Breath: This classic pranayama practice, known for its soft, soothing sound similar to breaking ocean waves, can further enhance the relaxation response of slow breathing, says Patricia Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath. Her theory is that the vibrations in the larynx stimulate sensory receptors that signal the vagus nerve to induce a calming effect.

NYMC Faculty: Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Living Harmony

Katonah Doctor Honored For Global Health Efforts

November 27, 2017

Rifat Latifi, M.D. headshotWhile many physicians travel around the globe to treat patients in underdeveloped nations, few like Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department Surgery and Chief of Trauma and General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), can say they are responsible for bringing advanced medicine to those countries in a more permanent form. Dr. Latifi was recently honored by the Westchester County Business Journal with a Doctors of Distinction award in the No Land Too Far category, recognizing his efforts to bring advanced medicine to people around the world.

NYMC Faculty: Rifat Latifi, M.D., professor of surgery

Bedford Patch

Open Enrollment: 7 Ways Trump’s Actions Could Impact Uninsured Rate

November 26, 2017
  Shortening the enrollment period: The open-enrollment period was reduced from three months to 45 days. It begins November 1 and ends December 15. “The shorter enrollment period could reduce enrollees’ abilities to optimize their plan selection or make a plan selection because this takes time and research,” says Adam E. Block, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management, School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. “In the past, many enrollees signed up during the December holidays. They will no longer have this opportunity unless they reside in one of the few states that has extended the enrollment period.”

NYMC Faculty: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy and management
Managed Healthcare

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Raises $100,000 to Benefit College-Bound Students at The 12th Annual Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Gala

November 24, 2017

Camille A. Clare, M.D., M.P.H. '11 headshotGolden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill held its 12th Annual Excellence Awards Gala on Nov. 10, 2017. More than 300 attendees - among them leaders in business, nonprofit, education, and other fields. The eight community leaders who were honored at the event were recognized for their selflessness, ingenuity and commitment to their communities. One of the honorees is Dr. Camille A. Clare, Champion of Education Award, who has received numerous awards for excellence in medical student teaching, and is a dedicated clinician, researcher and educator with a particular focus on healthcare disparities in the Caribbean and African diaspora.

NYMC Faculty: Camille A. Clare, M.D., M.P.H. '11, associate dean of diversity and inclusion in the School of Medicine and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

WVALways.com