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Acid reflux? Try going vegetarian

November 10, 2017
a plate of Mediterranean food - wrap and a cup of soup   A new study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical center who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux. It’s a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it’s distinct from the much better-known gastroesophageal reflux disease—or what most people call heartburn. People with laryngopharyngeal reflux usually don’t have heartburn, explained Dr. Craig Zalvan, the lead researcher on the new study.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
Health Beat

7 Reasons Your Heart Attack Risk Is Highest in the Winter

November 08, 2017
A man shoveling snow   It’s bad enough that any physical activity leaves your heart pounding, but adding new tasks into the mix raises your risk even more. For example, you don’t need to worry about shoveling show during the summer, but the chore puts an extra strain on your body. Your heart is already working overtime to keep you toasty while you shovel, and the strain of lifting heavy snow makes it pump even harder, says William Frishman, MD, MACP, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and chairman of the medicine department at New York Medical College. Adding to the risk, it might be harder to recognize what’s happening. “They think their chest hurts because they’re shoveling—the muscle aches because they’re shoveling—and they keep going,” says Dr. Frishman. Keep your heart safe by paying a kid in your neighborhood to shovel your driveway. Kids’ hearts aren’t as susceptible to heart disease, so the extra work won’t put them at risk, says Dr. Frishman. If you do have to deal with your own shoveling, take breaks, especially if you experience, chest pain, shortness of breath, or sweating. 

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 Reader's Digest

Running brings life, first place finishes to nonverbal twins with autism

November 08, 2017
twins Alex and Jamie Schneider, 27, with a severe form of autism run a marathon   Research from Achilles International and New York Medical College shows that being active seems to provide great benefits to those with autism.

They saw statistically significant improvements in endurance, social awareness, cognition, communication, and motivation, and fewer restrictive and repetitive behaviors among those who ran and walked for 20 minutes twice per week… The research shows what exercise also reduces: aggression, self injury, and motor stereotypies, which describes the repetitive behaviors—body rocking and hand flapping—that some people with autism engage in. 
Fansided

IDDSI—Next Steps, Tools & Tips for Smooth Implementation

November 07, 2017
  Conservative estimates suggest more than 560 million people worldwide live with swallowing disorders—dysphagia. Many of those people eat specially prepared foods and liquids that are safer and easier to swallow. In recent years, a number of countries developed standardized terminology for texture-modified foods and thickened liquids to improve care and safety. However, the various published national standards only added to the confusion globally, mainly because of their varied terminology, labels, number and levels of food texture, and liquid thickness. Patient safety is affected as a result.

NYMC Faculty: Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, associate professor of speech-language pathology and director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology
The Asha Leader Glob

St. Joseph's Launches New Brand Around Exciting Change and Development

November 06, 2017
  New brand updates every component of the St. Joseph’s organization – while emphasizing the unique culture driven by an incredibly passionate team of people. PATERSON, NJ, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 - St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, one of New Jersey’s leading hospital and healthcare services networks, today launched a new branding initiative that includes new names, a new logo and a new tagline. “As we transition to expanded levels of interactions and methods of care, the new brand represents the many exciting changes taking place across our organization,” says Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “Every aspect of St. Joseph’s is advancing into a new era of healthcare delivery, and the new logo and new names better reflect our expansion and growth as an integrated network of world-class care.”

NYMC Affiliate: St. Joseph's Health
The Paramus Post

Innovation Needed to Fight Opioid Crisis

November 03, 2017
  Most people become addicted after taking opioids prescribed by doctors and dentists to treat pain, panelists noted. Health care providers need to develop alternative ways to treat pain, said panelist Holly Boisen, a registered nurse and systems project manager at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin. For example, massage has proven to be an effective alternative pain treatment for some patients, she said. Providing music has also been helpful in mitigating the pain of some patients, added Dr. Mark Rosenberg

NYMC Faculty: Mark S. Rosenberg, D.O., assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine
U.S. News and World Reprots

Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders: Nov. 14 & 16

November 03, 2017
  The Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders is intended to further the mission of The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center by laying the foundations to encourage students to become Upstanders rather than bystanders. Seventh grade students from invited middle schools will be attending the Third Annual Middle School Institute on November 14-15, 2017 at New York Medical College. A keynote presentation establishes the focus of the program: the importance of confronting prejudice and discrimination. Small group workshops examine the two central themes through activities and discussions. Then, students in their own school groups with their teacher meet to develop two activities to use in their school reflecting the themes of Respecting the Individual and How to Be an Upstander.
The Inside Press

The Top 5 Reasons Millennials Can Be Optimistic

November 03, 2017
a group of four students walking out of 40 Sunshine Cottage Road  

We live in an age when terror lurks, disasters seem to be pervasive and people posting on social media would have us believe the world is ending or going mad. And yet, as we gear up for Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to focus on the good in our lives and why millennials and others have so many reasons to be optimistic, even as a tumultuous 2017 winds down. This article lists Dr. Kadish's top 5 reasons. 

NYMC Mention: Alan Kadish, M.D., president

Huff Post

Honoring a World-Renowned Expert

November 02, 2017
  World experts in tick-borne diseases from as far away as Slovenia gathered at New York Medical College in Valhalla on Oct. 18 to exchange the latest scientific information and honored a peer, Ira Schwartz. He is stepping down from his role as chairman of the college’s department of microbiology and immunology.

NYMC Faculty: Ira Schwartz, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology
Westfair Online

An Astronomer’s View of Street Lighting

November 01, 2017
  When the Northridge earthquake cut power in Los Angeles in January 1994, the Griffith Observatory received phone calls from concerned citizens asking about a mysterious cloud overhead that they had never seen before. The Milky Way, our galaxy, had probably not been visible from downtown LA for half a century.

It’s estimated that more than two-thirds of the people in the world cannot see the Milky Way from their homes. We light up our environment for safety, to allow us to move about at night, and to decorate our homes and businesses. But this light is also obliterating the stars–a source of inspiration and information for diverse cultures across the centuries.

NYMC Faculty: Lawrence L. Faltz, M.D., clinical professor of medicine
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

CABG Patients’ Outcomes Diverge Based on Insurance Status

November 01, 2017
  “It would be disingenuous to deny that health care disparities are part of the fabric of contemporary life in our country, as the gap between the poor and the wealthy has developed into a chasm,” said Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD, professor and chair emeritus of anesthesiology, New York Medical College, in Valhalla. “Clearly, the social determinants of health are real and not easily mitigated,” she told Anesthesiology News.

NYMC Faculty: Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology News

Voicing a New Approach to Acid Reflux

October 30, 2017
Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., headshot   Dr. Craig Zalvan — chief of otolaryngology and medical director at the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and an associate professor of otolaryngology at New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla — says he has become “a specialist within a subspecialty.” He and his colleagues at New York Medical College recently released a new study, published in September in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which indicates this particular type of acid reflux may respond better to diet than drugs.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
WAG Magazine

Doctors of Distinction Celebrates Best in Westchester Medicine

October 27, 2017
Doctors of Distinction Winners 2017   NYMC Mentions:
Rifat Latifi, M.D., professor of surgery
Ashutosh Kaul, M.D., professor of surgery
Annebeth Litt, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine
Michael Tarr, SOM Class of 2018

 

Westfair Online

Opinion: Trump’s executive order will have limited impact on insurance market

October 27, 2017
  On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to improve competition in Obamacare markets. Section 1a of the Executive Order seeks to “to facilitate the purchase of insurance across State lines.” While many analyses of Section 1a of the executive order cite doom and gloom for health plans, four tenuous contingencies all must take place in order for the executive order to have more than a limited impact on the individual health insurance market during the current presidential term.

NYMC Faculty: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy and management
Modern Medicine Network

‘Strike Force 40’ Hits a Home Run For Puerto Rico

October 27, 2017
  When Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, it turned a paradise into a barren countryside with no electricity, clean water or medical supplies for the thousands of inhabitants trying to survive. State Sen. Terrence Murphy saw the suffering and resolve of the Puerto Rican people and pledged to help them.

NYMC Mentions: 

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Michael J. Reilly, Dr.PH. ’10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters
Westchester Rising

Mobile Dental Van Serves Disabled in Westchester

October 25, 2017
  The Valhalla-based organization provides an array of social and medical services for the disabled. Since 2005, WIHD has operated a fully-equipped and staffed dental van that visits 15 different Hudson Valley agencies caring for intellectually disabled children and adults. The 35-foot Winnebego serves 40 to 50 patients a week, providing everything from teeth cleaning to X-rays to cavity filling to extractions. "It's a service that saves these agencies the time, manpower and expense of taking their residents to a dentist's office," said Dr. Patricia Seagriff, director of dental services for WIHD. "The van is equipped with everything we need to provide full dental services."

NYMC Mentions: 
Patricia Seagriff-Curtin, D.D.S., assistant professor of clinical dental medicine and assistant professor of clinical public health
Susan W. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy and management and director of the Center on Disability and Health
The Journal News

Here and Now

October 20, 2017
  At 10 a.m., Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairsMichael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. '10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters, Sen. Terrence Murphy and medical professionals provide details of their recent storm relief mission to Puerto Rico, New York Medical College, Dining Annex, 19 Skyline Dr., Hawthorne.

 

State of Politics

Westchester's Bio-terrorism and Disaster Training Facility

October 19, 2017
  The newest addition to New York Medical College’s Valhalla campus is an unassuming brown-brick building that, as of October, is capable of playing host to disaster drills that range from simulated meth labs and war zones to emergencies created by Mother Nature.

NYMC Mentions: 
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

Michael J. Reilly, Dr.Ph. ’10, M.P.H., director of Center for Disaster Medicine, associate professor of environmental health science, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, and director of Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

Westchester Magazine

Delta Omega Selects Students to Present at 2017 APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

October 19, 2017
  The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health sponsors an annual Student Poster Session through the Academic Public Health Caucus during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition each year. This year, 28 students nominated by local chapters of Delta Omega from CEPH-accredited Schools and Programs of Public Health were selected to present their scholarship and research at the APHA meeting

NYMC Student: Musarrat Rahman, M.P.H. student in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Delta Alpha member  
ASPPH

Scary New Evidence Suggests Air Pollution Can Harm Babies in Utero

October 17, 2017
  Many newborns whose moms breathed dirty air showed an ominous biological sign, a new study found. While the telomere-length finding is new, children’s vulnerability to air pollution has been well documented, said Dr. Heather Brumberg. Breathing dirty air may increase a child’s risk of developing ailments including allergies, asthma, neurological diseases, and obesity, she said. “There are tons of multi-system effects [of air pollution] on children growing up.” 

NYMC Faculty: Heather L. Brumerg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

 

Mother Jones