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Horse Racing Playing Catch-Up on Jockey Concussion Protocol

June 6, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Perrine provides commentary on the risk of athletes continuing to play after a concussion.

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10 Best Selling Blackout Curtains to Help You Sleep Better this Summer

June 4, 2018

Dr. Daniel Barone gives tips on ways to get better sleep during the summer, given the long day lights hours of summer.  

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Should Start at 45, New Guidelines Say

May 30, 2018

Dr. Manish A. Shah provides commentary on The American Cancer Society’s new guidelines that recommend U.S. adults to begin colon cancer screening at age 45 instead of 50.

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Antidepressants Linked to the Obesity Epidemic: Study

May 25, 2018

Dr. James H. Kocsis comments on a new study, published in the British Medical Journal, which found that antidepressant medications attribute to weight gain.

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Closer Look at New Migraine Drug

May 22, 2018

Dr. Susan Broner discusses a new medication for migraines, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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At A Glance: Who’s News

May 15, 2018

Dr. Ruth Gotian will lead Weill Cornell Medicine's newly established Mentoring Academy, a leadership development program for the institution's faculty. Dr. Ruth Gotian will also be the chief learning officer of the department of anesthesiology.

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10 Innovations in Cancer Therapy

May 9, 2018

An article on the decline of U.S. cancer mortality due to better prevention, earlier detection, and improved genetic knowledge and treatment, mentions Dr. Theodore Schwartz’s study, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The study found that Cesium-131 brachytherapy implants result in less damage to healthy brain tissue than whole-brain radiation or highly focused radiosurgery.

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Is the Secret to Weight Loss in Your DNA?

May 8, 2018

Dr. Louis Aronne comments on DNA diet kits that supply dietary and fitness recommendations based on the user’s genetic information.

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A Collaboration to Keep Physicians at the Center of Healthcare

May 7, 2018

A research center in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine and The Physicians Foundation aims to ensure rules, regulations and requirements in medical practice are achieving the best outcome for patients. 

At A Glance: Business Plan Contest

May 4, 2018

Coverage announcing that the Weill Cornell Medicine BioVenture e-Lab will hold its second annual Biomedical Business Plan Challenge on May 9. Scientists will pitch business plans in a competition for $100,000 in funding and $35,000 in legal services to help them commercialize their ideas and technology.

WorldQuant Hedge Fund Deploys Scientists for Cancer Research

May 2, 2018

Dr. Christopher E. Mason led a research project at the annual Milken conference, which gathered microbial data to help create the first global map to track hot spots of resistance to antibiotics. The article also mentions the collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine and WorldQuant to accelerate research in the fields of computational biomedicine and genomics.

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Bypass Outcomes Better with Radial Artery vs Saphenous Vein

April 30, 2018

Dr. Mario Gaudino’s analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American Association Thoracic Surgery’s annual meeting, suggests that radial artery grafts are far superior to saphenous vein grafts for coronary artery bypass surgery.

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New York Today: The Real Reason You’re Sneezing

April 25, 2018

Dr. William Reisacher provides commentary on how later-in-life allergies can be linked to changes in the environment. 

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MLB Star’s Health Scare

April 23, 2018

Dr. Jared Knopman provides commentary on the severity of an athlete’s brain aneurism.  

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New Drug Combinations Improve Survival in Lung Cancer

April 16, 2018

Dr. Nasser K. Altorki provides commentary on two studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, which found that combining new immune-boosting cancer drugs with each other or with older drugs improved survival in patients with lung cancer, compared with traditional chemotherapy.

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Cancer Patients are Increasingly Being Treated Based on Their Inherited Genetics — and It’s Putting Doctors in a Difficult Position

April 14, 2018

Dr. David M. Nanus discusses the concerns with oncologists’ increasing reliance on genetic testing to help treat their patients with advanced forms of cancer.

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New York Today: Can Your Body Predict the Weather?

April 11, 2018

Dr. Jaspal Singh discusses the effects of everyday weather on our bodies and health for The New York Times’ daily column, “New York Today.”

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If You Can’t Climb Stairs Without Losing Your Breath, You Might Have Lung Disease

April 6, 2018

Dr. Fernando J. Martinez provides commentary on possible health ailments indicated by shortness of breath. 

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A Few More Words on Alzheimer's Prevention: Tap Water? Caviar? Twinkies?

April 6, 2018

Dr. Lisa Mosconi discusses how water consumption and diet can affect the brain, based on her recently published book. The article also mentions Dr. Mosconi has received a five-year grant from the NIH to study Alzheimer’s and women’s brains.

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America’s Top Cancer Official Has a Plan to Fix One of the Biggest Limits to Finding New Cancer Treatments

March 26, 2018

Dr. Norman Sharpless, the National Cancer Institute Director of the National Institutes of Health, gave a presentation at Weill Cornell Medicine in which he discussed the future of cancer treatments. The presentation was part of the NCI Director’s visit to the Meyer Cancer Center, where he met with cancer center leadership and toured the labs. 

40 Under 40, Class of 2018

March 23, 2018

Du Cheng, an MD-PhD candidate in the Class of 2018, was selected as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40. Dr. Olaf Andersen comments on Du Cheng’s entrepreneurial efforts, applauding his fearlessness.

IVF Testing Spurs a Debate over ‘Mosaic’ Embryos

March 21, 2018

An article on the usage of “mosaic” embryos containing normal and abnormal cells, mentions Dr. Glenn L. Schattman’s editorial, which found that embryos with up to 50% of abnormal cells implanted at the same rate as those that tested as normal. Dr. Schattman’s editorial accompanied a study, published in Fertility and Sterility in January, which evaluated how many mosaic embryos resulted in the births of healthy babies.

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Laboratory News: Like Father, Like Son

March 21, 2018

Dr. Anthony Hollenberg discusses his research and goals as the new chairman of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian.

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9 Reasons You Should Return to Work after a Stroke

March 19, 2018

Dr. Matthew E. Fink comments on the benefits and potential drawbacks of returning to work after suffering a minor stroke.

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At A Glance: Who’s News

March 15, 2018

Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University announce the opening of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, a center which will explore why health outcomes vary among different demographic groups by conducting research in New York communities. Dr. Monika M. Safford and Dr. Avery August are co-directors of the center.

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Fecal Transplant Increasingly Seen As an Option to Treat a Nasty Superbug

March 13, 2018

Dr. Randy Longman discusses the effectiveness of a fecal transplant to treat a bacterial infection caused by the germ, Clostridium difficile, as well as a range of other ailments including IBD.

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Lupus: Everything You Need to Know About the Disease, What Causes It, and How to Treat It

March 13, 2018

Dr. Virginia Pascual provides commentary on lupus in children and discusses the potential causes and treatments for the condition.

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

March 6, 2018

Dr. Selina Chen-Kiang discusses her ongoing cancer research as part of a satellite media tour on ‘women in science’ with Dr. Gwen Nichols, Chief Medical Officer at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Studying Consequences of Concussions

February 28, 2018

Dr. Kenneth R. Perrine discusses a clinical trial underway at Weill Cornell Medicine to better diagnose severe brain damage, which includes a retired boxer.

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Making Rounds

February 28, 2018

Weill Cornell Medicine announced that Dr. Vijay Sankaran, a physician-scientist from Harvard, has been awarded the third annual Gale and Ira Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research.

Blacks in U.S. Lose Quality of Life Due To Fewer Knee Replacements

February 22, 2018

Dr. Said Ibrahim provides commentary on a study, published on Arthritis Care and Research, which found disparity rates of knee replacement surgery among black and white men and women in the U.S.

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7 Cervical Cancer Symptoms You Should Absolutely Never Ignore

February 20, 2018

Dr. Eloise Chapman-Davis provides commentary on the risk factors and symptoms of cervical cancer.

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These May Be The Most Germ-Ridden Places in Your Office

February 15, 2018

Dr. Christopher E. Mason appears on CBS This Morning to swab some common workplace areas where viruses and bacteria – including the flu – might be hiding. He discusses the hot-spot areas where you might find the most microbes and influenza such as door handles, the kitchen sink, and elevator buttons.

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Making Personalized Medicine a Reality for More Patients with Cancer

February 10, 2018

Dr. Olivier Elemento discusses his vision as the new Director of the Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine. Dr. Elemento detailed his plans to continue expanding the Institute’s whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing to advance scientific knowledge and create personalized therapy for patients with cancer.

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A Threat to Immigration, A Threat to Care

February 6, 2018

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi authors an op-ed on how stricter immigration controls and rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will affect patients, medical education, and biomedical research in the United States.

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Feeling Sick-ish, I Went to a Drip Bar for an Immunity Boost. Here's What Happened.

February 5, 2018

Dr. Chiti Parikh discusses the benefits and possible adverse side effects of receiving vitamin infusions via intravenous drip.

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Flu Increases the Risk of Heart Attack

January 25, 2018

Dr. Erica C. Jones provides commentary on a new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which suggests that the risk of heart attack is six times greater than normal when people are ill with the flu.

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Staten Island Native, Broadway Actress Tells Story of Crohn's Disease Battle

January 24, 2018

Analise Scarpaci, a young patient under the care of Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, discusses how the treatment she received at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian allowed her to pursue her dreams of becoming a Broadway actress. Analise’s story was highlighted during the annual Cabaret benefit dinner.

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Do Beards Keep Men Warmer in Winter?

January 24, 2018

Dr. Anthony M. Rossi provides commentary on thermoregulation and whether beards keep men warmer during the winter time.

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Quirks & Quarks: Hacking the Immune System to Fight Cocaine Addiction

January 20, 2018

Dr. Ronald G. Crystal spoke to Canadian Broadcast Corporation Radio to discuss the cocaine vaccine he developed, which has advanced to human clinical trials.

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New Study Examines Possible Menopause-Alzheimer's Link

January 17, 2018

Dr. Lisa Mosconi discussing her latest study, published in PLoS One, which found that menopause causes metabolic changes in the brain that may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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New York Today: Messy Weather and Flu Facts

January 17, 2018

Dr. Mirella Salvatore discusses the current flu season and why New Yorkers are especially susceptible. 

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Making Rounds

January 16, 2018

Drs. Iliyan Iliev and Irina Leonardi’s new study, published in Science, found that certain types of immune cells play a key role in innate and adaptive immune responses to intestinal fungi in mice.

Even Without Nudging Blood Pressure Up, High-Salt Diet Hobbles The Brain

January 15, 2018

Dr. Costantino Iadecola’s new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that a high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and causes dementia in pre-clinical settings. The study is the first to unveil a gut-brain connection linking high dietary salt intake to neurovascular and cognitive impairment.

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Drugmakers Working on This Liver Disease Struggle to Find Patients for Trials

December 27, 2017

Dr. Robert S. Brown provides commentary on the challenges faced by drugmakers in developing therapies to treat the liver disease known as NASH, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

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When It Comes To Research, Ailments In Children Take A Back Seat

December 23, 2017

Dr. Virginia Pascual pens an editorial on the lack of pediatric research and how it can be addressed. “The Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health is bringing together the best physician-scientists with a laser focus on childhood diseases. It is developing advanced methods of studying diseases in children, using big data and computational biology,” writes Dr. Pascual.

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How To Keep Your Sugar Intake In Check This Holiday Season

December 22, 2017

Dr. Rekha Kumar appears on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the reasons behind sugar cravings and how to limit cravings during the holiday season.

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The Ultimate Guide to Treating Dry, Itchy Winter Skin

December 20, 2017

Dr. Marie Leger provides commentary on preventing and treating dry skin during the winter months. 

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The Future of Precision Medical Care for Rheumatic Disease

December 5, 2017

Dr. Virginia Pascual discusses her presentation at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting about precision medical care for rheumatic diseases, as well as advancements in biomarker identification in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). 

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Brain Organoids Get Cancer, Too, Opening A New Frontier In Personalized Medicine

December 1, 2017

Dr. Howard A. Fine discusses the creation of “mini-brains” in his laboratory to study the development and treatment of brain tumors, such as glioblastoma. Dr. Fine is one of the few scientists using the organoids to research brain cancer in hopes of personalizing glioblastoma care to an unprecedented degree. 

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Ask Well: What Causes Bell’s Palsy?

December 1, 2017

Dr. Joseph Safdieh discusses the current theories and supporting research behind what causes Bell’s palsy.

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At A Glance: Who’s News

November 6, 2017

Dr. Anthony Hollenberg, a physician-scientist specializing in endocrinology, has been appointed chairman of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and physician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective February 1.

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Making Rounds

November 3, 2017

Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald, an international leader in infectious diseases, has been named the new director of the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medicine. He replaces the center's founding director, Dr. Warren Johnson, who will focus on training and mentoring junior faculty and fellows.

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35th Annual Women’s Health Symposium Luncheon

November 2, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine, in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian, hosted the 35th Annual Women’s Health Symposium benefiting The Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center, moderated by Dr. Orli Etingin.

Why Do Women Get Alzheimer’s Disease Twice As Often As Men?

November 1, 2017

Dr. Richard S. Isaacson discusses why women are at higher risk than men to get Alzheimer’s disease and his upcoming new study about developing effective treatments against the disease. The segment kicks off NBC’s series “Brain Power,” which will air during November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

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Op-Ed It's getting clearer — the diet-cancer connection points to sugar and carbs

October 27, 2017

An opinion article on the connection between diet and cancer highlights Dr. Lewis Cantley’s research on the link between sugar-heavy diets, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

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How What You Eat Affects Your Sleep

October 19, 2017

Dr. Ana C. Krieger discusses the importance of a healthy, nutrient-rich diet to a restful nighttime sleep.

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Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility

October 16, 2017

Dr. Zev Rosenwaks provides commentary on a new study, published in JAMA, which found little correlation between a woman’s “ovarian reserve” test and her chances of conceiving naturally.

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Birth Control For Men: Gene Editing Lets Scientists Turn Off Sperm Production

October 12, 2017

Dr. Peter N. Schlegel provides commentary on a new study, published in Nature Communications, which found that shutting off a pathway using CRISPR gene editing stops sperm production in mice.

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Can you really lose weight eating gobs of butter on the keto diet?

October 10, 2017

Dr. Rekha Kumar provides commentary on some concerns about the ketogenic diet.

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Neuro-oncologist Howard Fine wins $6 million NIH Director's Pioneer Award

October 9, 2017

Dr. Howard A. Fine has been awarded a five-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for brain cancer research. Established in 2004, NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, part of the NIH Common Fund, will provide nearly $1.2 million annually for five years to a single principal investigator who has demonstrated exceptional creativity and is pursuing a bold new research strategy against a major biomedical challenge.

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At A Glance: Advancing Science

October 6, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Center received a $45.3 million renewal of its funding from the National Institutes of Health through 2022. The center, which supports translating research into treatments for patients, is a consortium that includes participation from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, CUNY Hunter College and Animal Medical Center.

Tech Tackles Concussions By Looking At Your Eyes

September 26, 2017

Dr. Marc J. Dinkin provides commentary on a new technology to diagnose concussions, called EyeGuide.

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Treatment Restores Signs of Awareness in Brain-Injured Man

September 25, 2017

Dr. Nicholas Schiff provides commentary on a new study, published in the journal Current Biology, which details that electrically stimulating the vagus nerve helped in restoring some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who had not shown any awareness in 15 years.

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Mastectomy Study Confirms ‘Jolie Effect’

September 25, 2017

Dr. Art Sedrakyan’s new study, published in Health Services Research, found that actress Angelina Jolie’s 2013 announcement detailing her decision to undergo a mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer likely inspired more women in English-speaking countries to do the same.

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Cellular Tango: How Immune and Nerve Cells Work Together to Fight Gut Infection

September 15, 2017

Drs. David Artis and Christoph Klose’s new study, published in Nature, found that nerve cells in the gut play a crucial role in the body’s ability to marshal an immune response to infection.

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Making Rounds

September 15, 2017

Dr. Olivier Elemento has been named director of the Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. He will also lead joint precision medicine efforts at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Genetic Screening of Parents and Embryos Spreads as Costs Fall

September 12, 2017

Dr. Owen Davis explains the reasons behind prevalence of genetic screening as part of prenatal care.

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Weill Cornell Gets $11.3M For Prostate Cancer Research

September 7, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine has announced a five-year, $11.3 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant, awarded by the National Cancer Institute. The grant funding will be used to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

7 Signs of Ovarian Cancer You Might Be Ignoring

September 5, 2017

Dr. Kevin Holcomb discusses symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of early detection. “Ovarian cancer whispers, so you have to listen closely,” says Dr. Holcomb.

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Brain Injury and the Civil Right We Don’t Think About

August 24, 2017

Dr. Joseph J. Fins authors an editorial in the New York Times discussing segregation experienced by minimally conscious patients.

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Research Trials in NYC May Change Course of Brain Tumor Treatment

August 23, 2017

Dr. Howard Fine discusses the creation of “mini-brains” in his laboratory, which are being used to better study the development of brain tumors, such as glioblastoma. "The one thing I know about this disease, is we can't keep doing the same thing. Until our patients are cured of this disease, I'm not satisfied," Dr. Fine said.

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Maraviroc-Containing HIV PrEP Regimens Safe, Well Tolerated

August 22, 2017

Dr. Roy M. Gulick’s new study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, finds that maraviroc-containing regimens appear to be safe and well tolerated, compared with tenofovir-emtricitabine (TDF-FTC), for preventing HIV infection in women. 

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U.S. Study Revives Argument Over Mammogram Screening

August 21, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth K. Arleo’s new study, published in Cancer, finds that annual mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer.

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The Science of How Your Feelings Affect Your Face

August 21, 2017

Dr. Richard Granstein discusses the field of psychodermatology and the current research behind the effect of emotions on skin ailments.

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What’s Harder Than Making Copycat Biotech Drugs? Selling Them

August 15, 2017

Dr. Susan M. Goodman provides commentary on a new class of medicines called biosimilars, which can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

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CO2 Laser Treatment May Help Relieve Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms

August 10, 2017

Dr. Margaret M. Polaneczky discusses a laser treatment for postmenopausal women.

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Lung Cancer: How to Protect Yourself From Blood Clots

August 9, 2017

Dr. Maria T. DeSancho discusses new health risks associated with a cancer diagnosis.

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Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

August 7, 2017

Dr. Geeta Sharma explains an exercise program she evaluated and helped standardize to help women strengthen their core abdominal muscles after childbirth. 

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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. 


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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