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At A Glance: Who’s News

August 1, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Min as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Physician Organization, effective January 1, 2018. In addition, Weill Cornell Medicine announced the appointment of Dr. Adam Stracher as Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.

Sperm Counts Plummet in Western Men, Study Finds

July 31, 2017

Dr. Peter N. Schlegel discussed a study, published in Human Reproduction Update, which found that sperm counts in Western countries have decreased by half in recent years, suggesting a continuing and significant decline in male reproductive health.

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'Bad for Your Brain': CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football

July 29, 2017

Dr. Barry Kosofsky provided commentary on young children participating in contact football, in light of a recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which found that 110 out of 111 deceased N.F.L. players suffered from minor to severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Solid Meal Improves Esophageal Manometry Testing for Motility Disorders

July 18, 2017

Dr. Philip O. Katz wrote an editorial accompanying a study, published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, which found that esophageal manometry with a solid test meal instead of single water swallows better diagnoses esophageal motility disorders.

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As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common

July 17, 2017

Dr. Todd S. Cutler discussed rhabdomyolysis, a rare but life-threatening condition often caused by extreme exercise. His 2016 study, which analyzed the amount of emergency room visits for exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis, was also mentioned.

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McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say

July 16, 2017

Dr. Philip E. Stieg provided commentary on the expected recovery time from a minimally invasive craniotomy, following Senator John McCain’s surgery last week.

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At A Glance: Who’s News

July 14, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine announced the appointment of Dr. Hugh Hemmings, Jr. as senior associate dean for research and Dr. Todd Evans as associate dean for research.

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Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks More Common in Blacks: Study

July 10, 2017

Dr. Monika M. Safford’s latest study, published in Circulation, found that African-American adults are more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack. The findings indicated that the likelihood of a fatal first attack may stem from heart risk factors and the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and live.

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Before You Travel: Have You Gotten Recommended Vaccines?

July 4, 2017

Dr. Mirella Salvatore discusses the importance of scheduling a health consultation well in advance when traveling internationally to ensure your immunizations are effective and to allow time for additional doses if needed.

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Study This: Brain Games

June 29, 2017

Dr. Ashish Raj’s new study, published in PLoS Computational Biology, used mathematics and a form of magnetic resonance imaging to better understand how neurological disorders affect the connections between the brain’s deep white matter and its network of fibers.

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Pouchitis: What It Is and How To Cope With It

June 29, 2017

Dr. Meira Abramowitz discusses a painful condition that can affect people with ulcerative colitis who have had ileal pouch-anal anastomosis surgery.

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Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again for Parkinson’s

June 13, 2017

Dr. Claire Henchcliffe discusses advances and revisions made in the use of stem-cell transplants as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease during the annual International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting.

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Science May Be Able To Provide Sunless Tans

June 13, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Zippin provides commentary on a study, published in Cell Reports, which found a successful way of darkening the pigmentation of human skin cells by applying an enzyme called small-molecule salt-inducible kinases. The darkened pigmentation may protect against the type of UV damage that can lead to skin cancer.

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Can A Single Injection Conquer PTSD? The Army Wants To Find Out

June 12, 2017

An article about a study that examines the use of anesthetic injections to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder includes research by Dr. JoAnn Difede on the effectiveness of the most common psychological treatments for combat-related PTSD.

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Doctor: Not Worried About Trump’s Efforts To Cut Biomedical Research Funding? You Should Be.

May 12, 2017

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi pens an editorial on the importance of preserving federal funding for the National Institutes of Health and biomedical research budgets at other federal agencies.

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News All Morning: Seasonal Allergies

April 21, 2017

Dr. William Reisacher discusses the effects of major weather changes on common seasonal allergies. 

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Cystoscopy Plus Ultrasound Most Cost-Effective For Microscopic Hematuria Evaluation

April 17, 2017

Dr. Joshua A. Halpern’s new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that combining kidney ultrasound with cystoscopy appears to be the most cost-effective way to screen for cancers of the genitourinary tract in patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria.

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At A Glance: Who’s News

April 14, 2017

Dr. Joel Stein has been appointed chairman of the new Department of Rehabilitation at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. 

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Fat’s Influence On Cancer

April 13, 2017

An article on studies presented during the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting highlights Dr. Andrew J. Dannenberg’s new study, published in Cancer Prevention Research. Dr. Dannenberg’s study found that women with a healthy body mass index may be at risk of developing breast cancer because of enlarged fat cells in their breast tissue that trigger an inflammatory process. 

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Award Season

April 13, 2017

Dr. Joshua Milner, chief of the Genetics and Pathogenesis of Allergy Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been awarded the second annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research. 

What Do Food Expiration Dates Really Mean?”

April 7, 2017

Rachel Lustgarten, RD, discusses guidelines to follow in order to safeguard against the expiration of food and produce.

Vitamin D Deficiency Tied To Early Markers Of Heart Disease In Overweight Kids

April 6, 2017

Dr. Marisa A. Censani’s latest study, presented during ENDO 2017, found that vitamin D deficiency was associated with early markers of cardiovascular disease in overweight and obese children and adolescents.

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A $12 Billion Startup You’ve Probably Never Heard Wants To Cure Baldness And Smooth Out Your Wrinkles

April 2, 2017

Dr. Shahin Rafii provides commentary on the effectiveness of treatments being developed by startup companies to regenerate hair, skin, bones, and joints. Dr. Rafii’s company, Angiocrine Sciences, which uses endothelial cells to repair tendons and treat lung diseases, is also mentioned.

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Graduate Schools Offer New Paths Into Health Care

March 15, 2017

Dr. Rainu Kaushal provides commentary on an increase in graduate programs being introduced to better prepare students to tackle health care's biggest challenges. The new dual-degree program offered by Weill Cornell Medicine and The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is mentioned. 

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Cancer Pill Gleevec Keeps Patients Alive and Well for a Decade

March 9, 2017

Dr. Richard T. Silver provides commentary on the results of a phase III trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that the cancer drug imatinib (Gleevec) helped more than 80% of patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia remain alive for almost 11 years.

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Study This: Debunked

March 7, 2017

A new study by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers, led by Dr. Hugh C. Hemmings Jr., published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that anesthesia induces unconsciousness by changing the function of proteins that reside on the surface of a thin membrane that forms a barrier around all cells. The findings debunk a century-old concept of how anesthesia works and may help guide the development of new agents associated with fewer side effects.

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Weill Cornell Health Symposium Attracts Large Audience In Palm Beach

March 6, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine hosted their annual Healthy Living Symposium and reception on the latest in preventive medicine to Palm Beach area residents. Dr. Augustine Choi moderated the panel and presentations were given by Drs. Robert S. Brown, Himisha Beltran and Leonard N. Girardi.

The RNA Code Comes Into Focus

February 23, 2017

Drs. Christopher E. Mason and Samie R. Jaffrey discuss the reality of RNA modification and the direction of the epitranscriptomics field.

New York Today: Winter Health Watch

February 15, 2017

Dr. Alexandra Sowa discusses how to stay healthy during the last stretch of the winter months.

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Companies Plan Tests of ‘Optogenetic Goggles’ To Restore Sight

February 15, 2017

Bionic Sight, a startup company founded by Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, has announced plans to start clinical trials to treat blindness by 2018. The cutting-edge treatment involves combining an emerging technology called optogenetics, a form of gene therapy, with high-tech goggles to stimulate the ganglion cells inside the eye.

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Weill Cornell Agrees to Pharma Alliance

February 15, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine has entered a three-year alliance German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim to research new treatment options for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The agreement will allow Weill Cornell’s Department of Genetic Medicine to combine its expertise with Boehringer Ingelheim’s ability to discover and develop new drugs for respiratory diseases.

12 Questions You Should Ask At Dinner

February 7, 2017

Dr. Gail M. Saltz provides commentary on research, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which suggests that routinely sitting down for family meals may be beneficial in helping bolster kids’ social skills while improving their eating habits. 

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You Won’t Believe What Baby-Making Science Could Soon Deliver

February 1, 2017

Dr. Zev Rosenwaks provides commentary on an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from donors’ skin cells. 

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Feil Family Donates $12.5 million to Weill Cornell Medicine

February 1, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine received a $12.5 million gift from the Feil family to establish the Feil Family Student Center. The 16,200 square foot student center will include space for instruction, study and collaboration, increasing the area dedicated to student activities by 75 percent. Raul J. Martinez-McFaline notes: “The direction we’re going in is a team-based approach, and this student center will really allow for that.”

Are New Drugs For Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns

January 24, 2017

Dr. Robert S. Brown provides commentary on a study, published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which found that drugs approved in recent years that can cure hepatitis C may have severe side effects, including liver failure.

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Weill Cornell Medicine Appoints Augustine Choi as New Dean

January 17, 2017

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, an internationally renowned physician-scientist in the field of lung disease, has been named the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University’s provost for medical affairs. Dean Choi has served as the interim dean since last June and notes that it is a “big job, an impactful job. I’m here for the challenge.”

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When Should You Be Screened? Important Cancer Tests You Shouldn’t Miss

January 5, 2017

Dr. Felice H. Schnoll-Sussman appears as a guest on The Today Show to discuss the importance of cancer screening at milestone ages. 

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30 Under 30

January 3, 2017

Kevin O’Rourke, an MD-PhD candidate at Weill Cornell Medicine was chosen as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for his research studying colorectal cancer. His study, published in Cell in 2015, found that a gene called APC caused colorectal cancer in mice. 

How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender

January 1, 2017

Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley discusses her research in androgen physiology and how science can help families navigate rare genetic conditions.

12 Reasons Why You’re Always Tired

December 30, 2016

Dr. Daniel Barone discusses common habits which can negatively impact the quality of sleep.

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7 Warning Signs Of A Brain Tumor You Should Know

December 22, 2016

Dr. Theodore H. Schwartz provides commentary on the warning signs of a brain tumor, which include seizures, clumsiness, and changes in memory and vision. 

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De Blasio To Give Life Sciences Industry $500 Million Boost

December 13, 2016

Dr. Harold E. Varmus is mentioned as the co-chair of a new Life Sciences Advisory Council formed as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to invest $500 million over 10 years in New York City’s life sciences sector.

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Are statins a key to preventing Alzheimer's disease?

December 12, 2016

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson provides commentary on a study, published in JAMA Neurology, which found that regular use of statins, a class of drugs used to reduce low-density lipoprotein, is associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s. 

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Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Depression?

December 9, 2016

Dr. Conor Liston discusses his new study, published in Nature Medicine, which found that depression can be grouped into different subtypes as defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain seen on functional MRI (fMRI).

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To Talk Again

December 8, 2016

Dr. Nicholas D. Schiff and Daniel Thengone’s study, published in Science Translational Medicine, recounts the success of a woman with a severe brain injury who recovered the ability to communicate using her left eye. This is the first time that scientists have documented the restoration of communication of a minimally conscious patient.

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VIDEO: R-CHOP remains standard of care in DLBCL

December 6, 2016

Dr. John P. Leonard discusses his phase 3 multicenter study at the ASH Annual Meeting, which found that dose-adjusted R-EPOCH chemotherapy did not appear superior to standard chemoimmunotherapy for the treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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Infant Deaths During Home Birth Often Tied To Delivery Problems

November 2, 2016

Dr. Amos Grunebaum’s new study, published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine, found when U.S. babies die during home births, the cause is most often labor and delivery complications, birth defects or infections, with the death rate for midwife-attended home births to be almost 13 fatalities for every 10,000 deliveries. 

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A biotech hub in New York? A powerhouse trio wants to make it happen.

November 1, 2016

Bridge Medicines, a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University, launched in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. and healthcare investment firms Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management. 

Researchers Tackle Metastatic Breast Cancer

October 21, 2016

Dr. Linda T. Vahdat discusses improving survival rates for metastatic breast cancer and her clinical trial, which found that tetrathiomolybdate, a copper depletion compound, was able to stop the spread of metastatic tumors in high risk breast cancer patients.

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Making the Case for Studying Factors Associated With Clearance and Relapse

October 19, 2016

Joan Weill and Dr. Barry Kosofsky appear as guests on CNBC to discuss the Women’s Health Symposium and preventative care for concussions amongst athletes based on research conducted at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Gregory A. Petsko’s Alzheimer’s research and participation with the Women’s Health Symposium is highlighted.

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Cold Caps Help Breast Cancer Patients Save Their Hair

October 19, 2016

Dr. Tessa Cigler discusses the effectiveness of cold-caps, a device used to prevent hair loss in patients with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy.

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Essential Tremor Treatment: Charlie Rose

October 17, 2016

Dr. Michael G. Kaplitt appears as a guest on the Charlie Rose Show to discuss the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to alleviate the symptoms of essential tremors. His patient, Alex Lebenthal, who has had essential tremor since the age of 3, recently underwent the procedure and is now able to do things she never thought possible, such as drink coffee with one hand and write her name.

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High Blood Pressure In Middle Age Sets The Stage For Cognitive Decline Later On, Study Finds

October 10, 2016

Dr. Costantino Iadecola discusses his new report in association with the American Heart Association, which found that high blood pressure during middle age is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline later on. “Hypertension is the worst thing that could happen to the brain. Less blood gets to the brain, because the vessels become thicker and less able to deliver the blood that the brain needs to function,” Dr. Iadecola said.

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Study Examines Vaccine That Could Help End Cocaine Addiction

October 3, 2016

Dr. Ronald G. Crystal appears on NY1 to discuss the cocaine vaccine he developed, which has advanced to clinical trials for testing in humans.

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Depressed? Do What You Love

October 1, 2016

Dr. George S. Alexopoulos provides commentary on a study, published in The Lancet, which found that both cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral-activation therapy were equally effective treatments for depression.

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Cancer Care: The Next Generation

September 18, 2016

Drs. Silvia C. Formenti, David M. Nanus, and Gail J. Roboz are featured as part of ABC 7’s half hour special presentation on cancer research conducted at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Former NYPD Officer Becoming Doctor, All Despite a Learning Disability

August 31, 2016

A former New York City police officer is taking on a new challenge, and it's no small one. He's becoming a doctor, and has done it all while dealing with a learning disability.

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These Bacteria Are All Over Your Wallet And Smartphone

May 21, 2016

If you want to avoid bacteria, you might be better off paying with plastic than dollar bills.

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Veracyte Presents Promising Data on Genomic Test to Accurately Diagnose IPF

May 20, 2016

Veracyte, Inc. presented new data indicating that its in-development genomic test, the Envisia classifier, has the potential to diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), distinguishing it from other interstitial lung diseases (ILD), and reduce the need for invasive diagnostic surgeries. 

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Sleep and Brain Cleansing—Fresh Insights into Regulation and Disruption

May 20, 2016

Throughout the arc of human history, sleep has been a mysterious process that has captured the imaginations of both artists and scientists. Researchers are slowly deciphering how sleep restores us, and how its woeful absence makes us ill.

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Can Virtual Reality Cure My (Really Weird) Phobia?

May 19, 2016

JoAnn Difede, PhD, director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies at WCM, weighs in on the causes of an unusual phobia.

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Review: Twin Books on the Genome, Far From Identical

May 19, 2016

Twins born minutes apart may be eerily similar or just as eerily different. Even if they are not identical, they share yards of genetic material, and yet one turns out large and one small, one strong and one weak, one a poet and the other a mumbler.

We see these disparities in people all the time. And now we see them in a pair of books on the gene, published on the same day. Sharing yards of genetic material, both works aim to explain the power and mystery of the human genome, yet could not be more different.

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Jakafi Represents the Present- and the Future- in Myelofibrosis

May 19, 2016
Though patients with myelofibrosis still do not have a large number of therapy options, the approval and success of Jakafi is bringing optimism to those treating this population. 
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You Will Not Believe What This NYC Startup is Doing with Toothpaste

May 19, 2016

Continuing coverage of Dr. William R. Reisacher’s development of Allerdent, the toothpaste that gradually desensitizes a person to allergens similar to an allergy shot.

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VIDEO: Wide Array of Therapeutic Options in Myeloma a ‘Wonderful Problem’ for Hematologists

May 19, 2016

Dr. Adriana Rossi discusses the “revolutionary” advances being witnessed in terms of clinical approaches for the treatment of multiple myeloma. “Every year we’re really making huge progress — not only in understanding the pathophysiology of the disease but actually translating that into new therapies,” Dr. Rossi stated.

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End-of-life talks aid in Latino advance care planning

May 19, 2016

Communication about end-of-life care can improve how likely Latino patients with terminal cancer are to sign a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, helping to close the gap with white patients, according to research by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists.

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