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Bill Gates calls coronavirus a 'once-in-a-century' pathogen and says it is 'more severe' than the 1957 influenza pandemic that killed more than 66,000

February 28, 2020

Philanthropist Bill Gates on Friday warned that the coronavirus is beginning to behave like a 'once-in-a-century' pathogen with the potential to kill more people than the 66,000 Americans who died in the 1957 influenza pandemic. 'The data so far suggest that the virus has a case fatality risk around 1 per cent,' Gates wrote. 'This rate would make it many times more severe than typical seasonal influenza, putting it somewhere between the 1957 influenza pandemic (0.6 per cent) and the 1918 influenza pandemic (2 per cent).'

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

Daily Mail

Women say they're washing their hands significantly more than men as the coronavirus spreads around the world

February 28, 2020

SHERLITA AMLER, M.D., M.S.Officials at the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree, and have said much the same in recent days and weeks. Regular handwashing is linked to all kinds of great health outcomes, like fewer norovirus cases, fewer deaths, and happier, more diarrhea-free trips to the bathroom down the road. It's also one of the best ways, health experts say, to keep yourself healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Sherlita Amler, M.D., M.S., clinical associate professor of pediatrics, adjunct professor of public health and senior fellow for Center for Disaster Medicine

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-women-are-washing-their-hands-significantly-more-than-men-2020-2

The Best Things for Cleaning Your Tongue, According to Dentists and Hygienists

February 27, 2020

Touro College of Dental MedicineSure, we all know that you should brush your teeth twice a day (and use floss and other tools to clean between them). But what the official word on tongue cleaning? Per the American Dental Association, there is no evidence it’ll keep away bad breath or fix halitosis, but they do say doing so can be “a great way to go the extra mile for your mouth.” We, of course, are all about going that extra mile. And, as dentist Dr. Mark Burhenne says, “I believe that more evidence is coming [on the efficacy of tongue cleaning], but for now, we have to place more weight in clinical knowledge and experience of many dentists who agree that scraping your tongue has value for oral health.”

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College News: Golda Erdfarb, D.D.S., associate professor of dental medicine, course director of dental anatomy and occlusion and course director of operative dentistry

The Strategist

Mask mania: US government is stockpiling 300 MILLION coronavirus face masks, stores sell out, eBay sees thousand-dollar listings and celebs cover-up -

February 27, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world, thousands of people are buying face masks to protect themselves. Some local stores in cities like New York, Houston and San Francisco have told DailyMail.com that supplies are running low and, while major retailers like CVS and Walgreens haven't yet run out online or at the national level, shortages are starting to crop up.

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

Daily Media

13 bogus claims about the coronavirus, including a fake coconut-oil cure and a false link to imported packages

February 27, 2020

The virus is now found on every continent, save frozen Antarctica, and the number of new infections being reported around the globe is soaring, even as transmission in China appears to slow down dramatically. There is no treatment or vaccine for the virus, which scientists think originated in bats and may have hopped into an intermediary host animal before infecting people.

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

Business Insider

Beijing’s city government issued 10 anti-coronavirus rules for workplaces

February 27, 2020

From Left to Right: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., Sherlita Amler, M.D., M.S.,As of Feb. 27, 2020, Covid-19 has infected more than 78,000 people in China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus is now spreading in other countries, including South Korea, Iran, and Italy. The total number of confirmed cases worldwide is over 82,000.

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

Quartz

7 Ways to Avoid Germs on a Plane

February 27, 2020

As a could-be medical pandemic, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)—the respiratory disease first detected in Wuhan, China, at the end of December, which now has more than 82,000 confirmed cases worldwide—has incited pandemonium globally, specifically among travelers.

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

Conda Nest Traveler

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

February 27, 2020

When it comes to the new coronavirus going around (aka COVID-19), good hygiene seems to be our best line of defense. 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

Making Telemedicine User-Friendly So Doctors and Patients Use it (Guest: Dr. Samant Virk)

February 27, 2020

BioIncIt seems like much of the world has gone digital except for the visit to the doctor’s office. The technology is there but for a variety of reasons, virtual visits have not taken off. The American Medical Association’s most recent national survey found that 15 percent of physicians have used telemedicine in clinical settings. Virk designed MediSprout to make it easier for doctors to connect with their patients virtually. The program is free to physicians and available to patients for a $4 fee per visit.

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

Heartland

People are racing to buy face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak, but they probably won't protect you from illness

February 26, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best precautions for the public are the standard, everyday ways to avoid all germs: wash your hands frequently, try not to touch your face, and avoid close contact with sick people.

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

Business Insider

Why Black America Should Consider Buying Surgical Masks for Coronavirus Now

February 26, 2020

Anyone planning to buy face masks to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus should purchase them now if they can. On Tuesday, an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention warned it is only a matter of time before the deadly disease makes it to the U.S., reported The Washington Post.

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 Moguldom Nation

Can an N95 Mask Actually Protect You from the Coronavirus?

February 26, 2020

They're definitely not foolproof. By wearing a paper surgical face mask, you'll mostly just be doing everyone around you a solid, rather than protecting yourself, says Robert Amler, M.D., Dean of New York Medical College's School of Health Sciences and former chief medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Face masks, like those used in surgery, are not designed to protect people who wear them, but instead keep their own droplets, when they cough or [spit], from landing on others," he explains.

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

Shape

Shocking animation shows how the new coronavirus has outpaced SARS, MERS and Ebola to sicken more than 81,000 people worldwide

February 26, 2020

New video animation shows how the coronavirus outbreak has outpaced the SARS, MERS, Ebola and swine flu epidemics. Made by production company Abacaba, and uploaded to YouTube on February 12, the clip compares how quickly each disease spread once cases were reported. At first, the coronavirus outbreak spread slower than Ebola, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and swine flu. But, by Day 41 of their respective outbreaks, 243 were ill from Ebola, 182 were sickened by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), 520 had come down with swine flu, and 3,600 were infected with SARS.

New York 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

Daily Mail

Men's beards could render face masks useless — one surprisingly comprehensive graphic from the CDC reveals why 'walrus' is fine but 'mutton chops' won

February 25, 2020

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A.In 2017, the CDC shared a somewhat inadvertently entertaining graphic that explains style-by-style the types of facial hair work under a mask, and the ones that don't. It is relevant today as the public looks to take preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

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

Business Insider

Combating The Coronavirus With Telemedicine

February 25, 2020

BioIncThe new coronavirus (COVID-19), recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) an international public health emergency, is hitting closer to home. The virus has infected tens of thousands and continues to spread globally, prompting U.S. healthcare providers—many who are already stretched thin during the busy flu season—to question how they will accommodate a potential spike in visit volume while protecting their patients and themselves.

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

Health IT Outcomes

Do You Experience Pain When You're Ovulating? Here's What You Need To Know

February 25, 2020

Camille A. Clare, M.D., M.P.H. '11 headshotWomen experience symptoms that mean they are ovulating, like shifts in their basal body temperature, tenderness of their breasts, and an increased sex drive. Some, however, might also deal with ovulation pain, also known as mittelschmerz.

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

Smart Parenting

Itching During Pregnancy? It Might Signal a Bigger Problem

February 21, 2020

Cholestasis slows or stops the flow of bile from the liver. Normally, the gallbladder, a small organ under the liver, releases bile into the small intestine to help break down and absorb fats during digestion. When the flow of bile is impeded, bile acids can build up in the liver and leak into the bloodstream.

NYMC Faculty News: Jonathan K. Mays, M.D., clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

The New York Times

Does Diversity and Inclusion Training Work?

February 20, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.A few years ago, when I used to work in real estate finance and development, my colleagues and clients oftentimes thought I was either anorexic or an alcoholic. Because I keep kosher, I have a pretty restrictive diet. In order to be able to meet with anyone, wherever they may want, I would often sit in lunch or dinner meetings and enjoy either a Diet Coke or a Heineken. I would casually sip my drink, acting as if it were normal not to order anything else, while everyone at the table enjoyed the different options on the menu. It is difficult to explain what keeping kosher entails so I didn’t like to voluntarily explain it, and, though people were genuinely interested when they asked about it, the conversation rarely came up. My behavior was often simply chalked up as a personal idiosyncrasy, an eating disorder or a functional dependence disorder.

NYMC Faculty News: Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

SHRM Executive Network

Ethiopian mission gives Hudson Valley doctors chance to teach, heal those in nee

February 19, 2020

Manoj T. Abraham, MD, FACS headshotOver the course of a week, from Jan. 19-25, the medical group operated on 24 patients, many of whom required multiple procedures. Most of the procedures were to treat cleft lip and palates and Abraham, the lead surgeon on the trip, estimates roughly 50 procedures were performed in all.

NYMC Faculty Mentions:
Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., clinical associate professor of otolaryngology
Augustine L. Moscatello, M.D., chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and professor of clinical otolaryngology

Poughkeepsie Journal

Jewish identity is so much more than a person’s biology

February 17, 2020

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.The idea of a Jewish gene is not necessarily new, but it has become more popular and more concerning in recent years. For example, today, direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies, like 23andMe and Ancestry.com, identify people with certain genetic markers as being a percentage Jewish, leaving those customers who have previously considered themselves as anything but Jewish wondering what this report means.

NYMC Faculty News: Rabbi Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program

KevinMD

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