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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

HealthDay

Federal Grant To Help Medical College Study Ovarian Aging

February 12, 2017

A federal grant is headed to New York Medical College in Westchester County to study a facet of women’s reproductive health.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Safe Sledding Tips: How to Enjoy it While We've Got It

February 10, 2017

Sledding is a fun wintertime activity for families, however those exhilarating slides down neighborhood hills send more than 20,000 children to emergency rooms each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When sledding, children should wear a helmet, go down the hill feet first, not face first, dress warm, avoid hills with trees and avoid sledding at night,” said Dennis Mao, M.D, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Faculty Member: Dennis Mao, M.D, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine

Patch.com

Lowey Announces $71,137 For New York Medical College

February 10, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

Faculty Member: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy
NYMC Student: Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate

Congresswoman Nita Lowey

Federal Grant To Fund NYMC Study Of DNA In Ovarian Aging

February 08, 2017

The National Institute on Aging is granting the New York Medical College in White Plains $71,137 to study DNA repair in ovarian aging. “Reproductive aging is a significant public health issue affecting a major segment of the female population and our lab is leading the research in this area,” said Dr. Kutluk Oktay, the mentor in the search being performed by Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Basic Medical Sciences at New York Medical College and the principal investigator for the project.

Faculty Member: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, and cell biology and anatomy
NYMC Student: Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, Ph.D. candidate

MidHudsonNews.com

Brain Differences Hint at Why Autism is More Common in Males

February 08, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

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

HealthDay

Weather: Warm Wednesday, then Thursday snowstorm: Health advice

February 07, 2017

Some people think drastic changes in weather patterns can cause people to become sick. But Dr. Leanne Forman, Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at NYMC, said that's a myth. “When changes like that happen, you don’t catch things like the cold,” she said. “That’s really just because people are staying inside in the winter and you’re more likely to catch a virus or pick up bacteria.”

Faculty Member: Leanne Forman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine

The Journal News

Newly Separated, Conjoined Twins Celebrate First Birthday

February 06, 2017

Conjoined twins Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho had been physically attached to one another their entire life, but today the two little girls were able to celebrate their shared first birthday at the Westchester Medical Center as physically separate human beings. “It’s wonderful to see them doing so well so soon after surgery,” said Dr. Whitney McBride who, along with Dr. Samir Pandya, guided the WMA surgical teams that expertly individualized the girls’ lives during the course of the successful 21-hour separation surgery – the first of its kind performed at Westchester Medical. “They’re recovering very nicely; better than I think we could hope for. They’re both bright-eyed, smiley and happy kids. Their family is really enjoying their time with them, and its been an exciting journey for everyone involved.”

Faculty Members: 
Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery
Samir Pandya, M.D.,  assistant professor of surgery

HVNN.com

7 February Business Events in the County: Biotech Industry Forum

February 06, 2017

Biotech Industry Forum: BioInc@NYMC, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., and The Innovation Alliance will be hosting a forum talking about New York’s biomedical technology industry at New York Medical College in Valhalla on February 17. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of New York’s biomedical technology community, policymakers and business leaders will be leading a discussion that is included in the forum. Experts will also talk about how to grow and support innovation in New York.

Westchester Magazine

Childhood Cancer Survivors and Later Sexual Health

February 06, 2017

Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests. However, the study also found that most adult survivors of childhood cancer report having satisfying sexual and romantic lives. "As positive as it is to see this, we still should be closely monitoring sexual health in adults who did have cancer treatment as children, especially those needing high-dose neurotoxic [brain-harming] treatments," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who reviewed the new findings.

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

WebMD

Immigrants Heal Us

February 06, 2017

A democratic president concludes his eight years in office. He is the author of several respected books and, as one might expect from an Ivy Leaguer, gives thoughtful speeches.

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

 

UB University Business

Twins Separated in Marathon 21-Hour Surgery Last Month Celebrate Their First Birthday

February 06, 2017

These previously conjoined twins are celebrating their first birthday in another huge milestone after their 21-hour separation surgery in January. “They are recovering very nicely. Better than I think we could hope for,” Pediatric surgeon, Whitney McBride told Today.com. “They are both bright eyes, smiley and happy kids.”

Faculty Member: Whitney McBride, M.D., associate professor of clinical surgery

MSN

21 Medical Pioneers to Celebrate This Black History Month

February 03, 2017

Jane Cooke Wright, M.D. ’45, first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society, was a pioneering cancer researcher and accomplished surgeon. Her work is largely responsible for elevating chemotherapy from a last-ditch effort at treating cancer patients to a viable treatment option. She completed her residency at Harlem (N.Y.) Hospital, where she later served as chief resident. In 1964, working as part of a team at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Wright developed a nonsurgical method using a catheter system to deliver heavy doses of anticancer drugs to previously hard-to-reach tumor areas in the kidneys, spleen and elsewhere. Dr. Wright served as associate dean and head of cancer chemotherapy department at New York Medical College in New York City in 1967 to 1975.

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

Becker's Hospital Review

Ari Markenson Joins Winston & Strawn

February 02, 2017

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce that Ari J. Markenson has joined the firm as a partner in the Health Care Practice of the New York office.

Faculty Member: Ari J. Markenson, J.D., M.P.H., lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Lawdragon

Artist Archie Rand Speaks at the JCC

February 01, 2017

Photography talks: The fifth edition of the PGH Photo Fair is featuring David Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics. Afree public talk will be given at 6:30 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Ballroom, 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. April 5: Dr. David Kronn. a Dublin-born collector, is also 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.

Faculty Member:
David Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette