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What we know — and don't know — about immunity to the coronavirus

May 01, 2020

Scientists still have a lot to learn about immunity to the coronavirus. The World Health Organization has said there currently isn't evidence to prove people can't get reinfected with the virus — and even if they do have some protection after recovering from the virus, it's unknown how long that may last. Labs are working on developing a vaccine but it will take time.

Faculty News: Robert G. Lahita, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine

CBS News

I went out looking for turkeys and found ticks!

April 30, 2020

Gary Wormser, M.D.Gary P. Wormser, M.D., the chief of infectious diseases at Westchester Medical Center and a professor at New York Medical College, is familiar with Dr. Ostfeld's theory. "That, combined with the nice weather, and people now beginning to get out in the nice weather, will undoubtedly bring people into contact with more ticks," he says.

Faculty News: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology, and vice chair of medicine for research and development

The Daily Sun

Top 5 Lessons Learned about Telehealth As We Face Our New Normal

April 30, 2020

BioIncWhile the need for safety and saving lives during this pandemic has increased our usage of telehealth, we are seeing that it's capability to address everyday medical needs will make it part of our lives for good. Telehealth has always been a viable solution within our healthcare system, but now, in our new normal, we look to telehealth not just for convenience, but for its safety and flexibility.

BioInc@NYMC News: Samant Virk, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of MediSprout, a BioInc client

Medical Economics

Women, Health, & Equity: Progress & Challenges from 1995 to Present – A UN CSW Parallel Event.

April 29, 2020

Padmini MurthyPlease join us on Thursday, May 14, 3:00 PM EST for AMWA’s first parallel event as an association affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication. This event was originally scheduled as part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and is now being presented virtually by Zoom webinar. 

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

AMWA

U.S. Picks Worst Possible Moment to Cut Funding to WHO.

April 28, 2020

Padmini MurthyThe interconnectivity of the world has never been more evident than at present as illustrated by the COVID crisis. As a professor, often I have told my graduate students in public health that we need a passport and visa for travel but not a disease as it can cross geographic boundaries easily and often undetected. This fact has been highlighted by the recent global onslaught of pandemics in the past decade.

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

AMWA

Coronavirus-testing red tape frustrates Westchester resident

March 11, 2020

White Plains Hospital said it set up the hotline to help identify potential Covid-19 cases in the community and has fielded 3,000 calls in its first week. Its screening process follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Health. It refers any person in need of immediate care to the Department of Health. 

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Crain’s New York Business

What Is the Cost of Getting Tested and Treated for the Coronavirus?

March 09, 2020

“It’s in our interest to have a uniform identification of [COVID-19] cases. This is about more than just personal healthcare, it’s about public health,” said Dr. Robert Amler, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and a former chief medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Healthline

Greenport Harbor Brewery Worker Is 1st Suffolk Coronavirus Case

March 09, 2020

PECONIC, NY — Suffolk County's first case of the new coronavirus is an employee at a popular Long Island brewery. The man, who is in his 40s and was reportedly treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital and then taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital works at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic, the business confirmed to Patch on Monday.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Patch

85 Cases Of New Coronavirus In The Hudson Valley: Cuomo

March 09, 2020

Cuomo said the number of cases of what's known officially as COVID-19 had risen as expected from 89 Saturday evening. The geographic breakdown as of 11:30 a.m. Sunday was Westchester - 82; New York City - 12; Nassau County - 5; Rockland County - 2 Saratoga County - 2; Suffolk County - 1; Ulster County - 1.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Patch

Coronavirus Cases Rise To 44 In NY, Officials Say

March 09, 2020

NEW YORK, NY — The number of new coronavirus cases in New York climbed from 33 to 44 on Friday afternoon, with new cases confirmed on Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Eight more cases were confirmed in Westchester County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, and the number of cases on Long Island increased from one to four, all in Nassau County. Cuomo said officials believe each of the eleven are linked to existing cases.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Patch

Coronavirus outbreak in US 'entering a new phase,' ex-CDC official says

March 09, 2020

“The outbreak is entering a new phase, from mostly travel-related cases to domestic transmission,” Dr. Robert Amler, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chief medical officer, told Fox News. “This puts our preventative measures to the test – how good a job can every one of us do to minimize the spread of the virus?”

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Fox News

SHSP Dean Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., & George W. Contreras, speaking to Dr. Oz about Coronavirus

March 09, 2020

Dr. Oz breaks down two different types of face masks: a surgical mask and a N95 mask. Dr. Robert Almer and professor George Contreras from New York Medical College walk us through the process of a face mask fitting and sensitivity test.

New York Medical College Leadership Mentions:
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice
George W. Contreras, M.P.H., M.S., M.E.P., CEM, FAcEM, assistant director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, assistant professor in the Institute of Public Health, and assistant director of the advanced certificate in emergency management

Dr. Oz

Jane C. Wright: The Woman Who Changed the Landscape of Oncology

March 08, 2020

Jane Cooke WrightIn a time when medicine and research were predominantly white and male, Jane and her family had challenged the preconceptions of what a scientist should be. Jane and her sister, Barbara, represented the third generation of Wright family medics; the tradition began with their grandfather, who, after being born into slavery, later graduated from Meharry Medical College as valedictorian of his class. Their father, Dr Louis Tompkins Wright, was one of the first African-American graduates of Harvard Medical School and founded the Harlem Hospital Cancer Research Foundation (HHCRF).

NYMC Alumni News: Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45, served as associate dean at NYMC from 1967 to 1975.

Technology Networks

Schools Grapple with Closures Over Coronavirus [POLL]

March 08, 2020

Friday, a Long Island man who lives in Uniondale tested positive for the virus and is in the hospital. The Uniondale School District said it had been in contact with Nassau County and state health officials and decided there was no reason to take any additional measures beyond what are already in place.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Patch

Governor Andrew Cuomo slams CDC and Trump over coronavirus test delays as New York cases jump to 105

March 08, 2020

At a press conference on Sunday morning, Cuomo announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York had jumped from 89 to 105 overnight after new test results came in. The governor said that officials are working hard to identify new cases but have been greatly hindered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying it is ‘outrageous and ludicrous’ that the agency has not authorized private labs to conduct automated tests.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

the amed post

9 Women From American History You Should Know, According to Historians

March 06, 2020

Jane Cooke WrightWith Women’s History Month underway and International Women’s Day approaching on March 8, classrooms and museums across the United States will be focusing on famous women who shaped the world we live in. But not everyone who did so has gotten the recognition she deserved. This week, TIME is telling the stories of women who might have earned the title Person of the Year — a century’s worth of the women who most shaped each year, for good or for ill.

NYMC Alumni News: Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45, served as associate dean at NYMC from 1967 to 1975.

Time

Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday; there's still time to prepare so you're not tired on Monday

March 06, 2020

BioIncIn case the world hasn’t thrown you enough curveballs of late (say, in the form of intensifying political tensions, or the escalating coronavirus crisis), here’s another: the time is changing. On Sunday, we’ll lose an hour as we “spring forward” for daylight saving time (DST).

BioInc@NYMC News: Samant Virk, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of MediSprout, a BioInc client

NBC News

How Long Can Coronavirus Live On Surfaces, And Does Disinfecting Work?

March 05, 2020

When it comes to the new coronavirus going around (aka COVID-19), good hygiene seems to be our best line of defence. Because the virus has only been on our radar for a couple of months, we don’t have a preventive vaccine yet, nor do we have an effective way to treat the respiratory illness the virus causes. And though researchers are getting close to putting potential vaccines to the test, it’ll likely be about a year before they’re ready for us.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

HuffPost

County Holds Meeting and Tour of the Biotechnology Incubator at New York Medical College

March 05, 2020

BioIncCounty Executive George Latimer recently facilitated a meeting and tour of the Biotechnology Incubator at New York Medical College with key members of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the NYC Department of Regional Planning. Bridget Gibbons, Director of Economic Development, and the rest of the Westchester County attendees presented on the County’s biosciences ecosystem including new lab space coming on line, research institutions focused on the biosciences, hospitals, institutions of higher education with relevant degree programs, the BioInc@NYMC and the Westchester County biosciences accelerator. Westchester County George Latimer also met with the group. The goal of the meeting was to update the NYC participants about the robust biosciences sector in Westchester County, to facilitate a strong partnership and promote regional growth.

BioInc@NYMC News:

Westchestergov.com

Coronavirus: Expert Offers Common-Sense Reasons Not To Panic

March 05, 2020

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — With 22 cases of the new coronavirus now confirmed in New York — 18 of them in Westchester — Patch interviewed a local expert to talk about the realities and the facts, to ask about the balance between alertness and panic.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice

Patch

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