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Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

September 08, 2017
  Six tips to keep your children's teeth healthy as they head back to school. With kids gearing up to go back to school, now is the perfect time to kick off the school year with some good dental habits.
  1. Avoid anything sticky when packing your children’s lunch. While raisins and gummy "fruit snacks" might seem like a healthy option, these sugary foods will stay stuck to the teeth for unnecessarily long periods of time and can lead to cavities.
  2. Encourage the use of a straw when drinking fruit juice or a soda. This minimizes sugary or acidic liquid coming in contact with teeth.
  3. Limit snacks. When it comes to snacking, it’s not just about the kind of snack, but the frequency. One large snack is preferable to multiple small snacks throughout the day because it limits instances of acidic erosion.
  4. Invest in a mouth guard to help prevent oral injuries if your child is on a sports team. While getting a custom-fit mouth guard is ideal, a store bought mouth guard is better than nothing, especially for elementary and middle school kids whose teeth may still be changing.
  5. Brush twice a day—morning and night. It’s always recommended. Parents of children who are younger than 7 should help their kids brush—they have not yet developed the dexterity to adequately brush their teeth themselves.
  6. Schedule checkups. Always remember to see a dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months so problems can be dealt with when they're small—or, better yet, avoid dental problems all together!
NYMC Faculty: Melissa Levine, D.D.S., associate professor of dental medicine and director of pediatric dentistry

Acid Reflux May Respond Better To Diet Than Drugs

September 07, 2017

Reflux is one of the most common health complaints among Americans, and the drugs used to relieve it are among the nation's best-selling meds. Americans spend nearly $13 billion a year on both prescription and over-the-counter versions of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), the most popular anti-reflux medications. But it turns out that drugs aren't necessary for some forms of the digestive condition. In a new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, researchers found that for people with acid reflux that affects the throat, a Mediterranean diet—one rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes—was just as effective as PPIs in treating their symptoms.

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

Treating Reflux With Diet

September 07, 2017
  A small study has found that a plant-based diet is just as effective as proton pump inhibitors in treating laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. LPR is a disease in which stomach acid comes up into the throat to the level of the laryngopharynx. It is not the same as gastro-esophageal reflux, or GERD, which involves a backflow of stomach acid into the lower esophagus. The retrospective study, in JAMA Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, included 85 patients with an average age of 60 treated with the P.P.I.s Nexium and Dexilant, and 99 treated with alkaline water and the Mediterranean diet, a regimen low in meat and dairy, and rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits and vegetables. The study ran for six weeks.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
The New York Times

Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian

September 07, 2017
  A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests. The 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 (GERD) -- 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. Instead, they have symptoms like hoarseness, chronic sore throat, persistent coughing, excessive throat clearing and a feeling of a lump in the throat. Still, the problem is often treated with GERD drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs include prescription and over-the-counter drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, and they rank among the top-selling medications in the United States. PPIs do help some people with laryngopharyngeal reflux, said Zalvan. He's chief of otolaryngology at Northwell Health System's Phelps Hospital, in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

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

Why The Mediterranean Diet Is The Best Cure For Acid Reflux: Study Found Patients Who Ate Plenty Of Fish And Veg Had Fewer Symptoms And Avoided Side E

September 07, 2017
  Sticking to a Mediterranean diet is just as effective at controlling reflux as medicines prescribed to millions of people each year, research suggests. Patients who ate primarily fish, vegetables and whole grains - and drank alkaline-heavy water - reported a greater reduction in their symptoms than those on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the small study found.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
Daily Mail

Med Schools Adding Integrative Medicine Courses

September 05, 2017

“There are some extremely valid and extremely efficacious treatments that are still considered to be complementary, alternative and integrative that are not being taught to medical students," says Dr. Ronald Whitmont, clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at New York Medical College.


NYMC Faculty: Ronald D. Whitmont, M.D., clinical assistant professor of family & community medicine

U.S. News

Hyundai Hope On Wheels To Award 40 Research Grants During Nationwide Tour In Honor Of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 01, 2017

Hyundai Hope On Wheels®, a nonprofit organization supported by Hyundai Motor America and its more than 830 dealers, today launched its annual campaign in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, Hope On Wheels will award 40 research grants to children's hospitals across the country, adding $8.5 million in critical funds to the field of pediatric cancer research. Since joining the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998, Hyundai has funded over 840 research projects totaling more than $130 million.

Grant Winners – Hyundai Young Investigator Grant goes to New York Medical College

Fox 34

WCFR Sixth Anniversary & Fundraising Gala Honoree - Mario Nelson, M.D.

August 31, 2017
  Dr. Mario Nelson is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New York Medical College. He is also the director of the department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Westchester Medical Center University Hospital. He has published many articles and chapters in medical textbooks. He has been recognized for several years as Best Doctor in New York in the New York Magazine, and Top Doctor in Westchester in the Westchester Magazine.

NYMC Faculty:
 Mario Nelson, M.D., associate professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine
Nanuet Patch

Family Caregiving is NOT Cheaper Than Professional Care. Here’s Why!

August 31, 2017

Family caregivers lovingly offer their help free of charge, contributing their time, energy, and often their own well-being, and what they do and the sacrifices that they make truly make them heroes. Currently, nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents, according to a study conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Caregiving and the New York Medical College. The number of caregivers has more than tripled over the past 15 years.

Elder Law Journal

Safety Tips as Hudson Valley Families Head Back to School

August 30, 2017
  As the summer draws to a close, parents and children in the Hudson Valley are turning their thoughts and preparations to the start of the new school year. Amidst the back to school shopping and gathering of school supplies, experts at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network along with MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, are urging parents to remember the most important back to school focus – their children’s physical and emotional preparedness for the year ahead.

NYMC Faculty:
Rebekka Jo Levis, D.O., assistant professor of pediatrics 
Poughkeepsie Journal

Top 5 Ways to Get Ready for Fall Semester

August 28, 2017

Summer is waning, and college students across America are gearing up for the new semester. While many will stress over course schedules, dorm arrangements and textbook costs, it’s worthwhile to take a breather and remind yourself of some of your big picture goals as a college student. Here’s a to-do list for those who want to make the most of the coming semester:

  1. Open Your Mind
  2. Make Connections and Find a Mentor
  3. Find Community Service Opportunities
  4. Go On a Digital Diet
  5. Develop Resilience

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

Huffington Post

7th Annual PCRF Dribble for the Cure

August 28, 2017
  Did you know that PCRF funds most of our program’s research at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and New York Medical College? Since 1982, PCRF has worked to find a cure to pediatric cancer with help from donors like you.

NYMC Faculty: 
Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy
Hamlet Hub

Are stem cells really the fountain of youth?

August 27, 2017
  There are many claims that stem cells possess anti-aging properties and other secrets to youth and regeneration. However, there has not been much scientific proof demonstrating these touted abilities. Dr Paul Lucas, an assistant professor of orthopaedics and pathology from the New York Medical College in the United States, notes that the words “stem cells” are thrown around far too casually, and that many people assume that they are a single type of cell. “The definition of ‘stem cell’ is an operational definition.

NYMC Faculty: Paul A. Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, pathology and research associate professor of surgery
Star 2

2017 AAP Award Winners

August 25, 2017
  Outstanding Achievement Award Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence/Council on Community Pediatrics Shetal I. Shah, M.D., FAAP He is clinical professor of pediatrics and neonatology in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. Dr. Shah is a member of the executive committee for AAP New York Chapter 2 and the Sections on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Tobacco Control.

NYMC Faculty: Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics
AAP News

Obituary: Joseph B. Walsh, M.D.

August 25, 2017
  It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague Dr. Joseph B. Walsh. Dr. Walsh, a leading medical and surgical retinal specialist, served for 25 years as Professor and Chair of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai's Department of Ophthalmology before retiring from his position as Chair in 2013. His research and clinical expertise were widely represented in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks

NYMC Mention: Joseph B. Walsh, M.D., professor emeritus of ophthalmology, served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology from 1988 to 2012.
The New York Times

The "August Blues" Are a Real Thing and They Explain Why You're Grumpy Right Now

August 24, 2017
  It's no July (you know — barbecues, federal holidays, "Despacito" on repeat), but August still has plenty of sunshine, long days, and hot weather to enjoy. So why does the last month of summer sometimes feel like a complete drag? It turns out experiencing anxiety and depression is pretty common in August, according to Stephen Ferrando, director of psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center.

NYMC Faculty:
Stephen J. Ferrando, M.D., Har Esh Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

10 Medical Schools With the Most Applicants

August 23, 2017
  The majority of U.S. medical schools on U.S. News and World Report's list of medical schools with the most applications received more than 10,000 applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Four of the schools on U.S News and World Report's list were also among the medical schools with the lowest acceptance rates for the fall 2016 class at less than 3 percent, the report states. Roughly 53,029 prospective students applied to medical school for the 2016-2017 school year, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. New York Medical College is one of the 10 U.S. medical schools that received the most applications in fall 2016.
Becker’s Hospital Review

Is Indoor Cycling Really Dangerous? Here's What the Experts Say

August 23, 2017
  Recently, a study came out that made indoor cycling lovers everywhere stop cold in their Shimanos. You may have seen the headlines splashed across the news: “Why Intense Workouts Are Leading to a Life-Threatening Condition, “Exercise Dangers: How Spinning Can Take a Nasty Turn.” The research, which was published in The American Journal of Medicine, examined three cases of rhabdomyolysis that set in after the subjects (two women and one man) took their first Spin class.

NYMC Faculty: Maureen E. Brogan, M.D., associate professor of medicine

NYMC in Valhalla Awarded Research Grant from Federal Government

August 22, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $503,938 research grant to New York Medical College in Valhalla to support the work and research of Dr. Sachin Gupte, as announced by Congresswoman Nita Lowey on August 1. Gupte is an associate professor of pharmacology at NYMC, and studies vascular disease and heart failure. His lab is working to understand the relationship between metabolic adaptation and cardiovascular function through various techniques as they look for new ways to treat vascular and heart related diseases and deficiencies.

NYMC Faculty: Sachin Gupte, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology


Westchester Magazine

Could you be taking an antidepressant and not know it?

August 22, 2017

A shocking, just-out CDC study has found that in the 15 years between 1999 and 2014, the numbers of Americans taking antidepressants has zoomed up a whopping 65 percent. That boils down to 1 in 8 people over the age of 12 in the U.S.

NYMC Faculty:
Ami S. Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Health Sciences Institute