Media Coverage

Research by Husam A. Ghanim, PhD, research associate professor of medicine, shows that men with type 2 diabetes and suboptimal free testosterone levels experienced an increase in osteoblastic activity with a concomitant increase in bone turnover when assigned to 22 weeks of biweekly intramuscular testosterone injections.
In Good Health, Western New York’s health care newspaper, featured Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, in its “Meet Your Doctor” column. Sethi discussed the broad range of his research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and related diseases.
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is interviewed for a story about concerns over the safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are manufactured overseas. “I think that this realization has made us think a little bit about where we stand with our prescription medicines in our new global world and vulnerabilities that exist because of it,” he said. 
An article about medical innovations being developed in Western New York interviews Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery, about the Tigertriever, which can be manipulated while inside a blood vessel to change in size and dimensions, and Anthony D. Martinez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, who discussed the FibroScan machine, which uses diagnostic imaging that takes about 10 minutes and can replace a more invasive, expensive and risky liver biopsy.
An article details an arthritis drug called Enbrel that seems to significantly cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and the decision by the drug’s manufacturer to not develop the drug for this condition because the patent on it will soon expire and the company will not profit from pursuing it further. It reports that in 2016, Richard C. Chou, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, and colleagues published an analysis that showed that of 300-odd people with rheumatoid arthritis, those on Enbrel were about a third as likely to get Alzheimer’s as those on other treatments.
A story about $2.4 million in funding for studies at Buffalo’s VA Medical Center reports Jennifer K. Lang, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, will receive $1.4 million to study heart failure and myocardial infarction; and Bruce R. Troen, MD, professor of medicine and chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine, will receive $200,000 to study the impact of high-intensity interval training on older adults.
A new study suggests that teens with painful chronic illnesses may find YouTube can provide a support network. Young people with chronic pain “feel they cannot engage in the activities they previously enjoyed, or do not want to hold others back knowing they will need to do things more slowly or carefully,” said Alison M. Vargovich, PhD, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, who was not associated with the study. “As they turn down requests to participate in activities and outings, they become more isolated.” 
An article about three studies that showed that implantable cardiac devices are underused interviews Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine. “Device usage across both gender and race was strikingly low, despite medical records documenting patient eligibility for the therapy. The breadth of practice type, from academic medical centers to community hospitals, along with the sheer number of patients highlight the seriousness of the challenge,” she said.
An article reports Jennifer A. Meka, PhD, has been named the inaugural director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute, assistant dean of medical education and an assistant professor of medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education.
A team of UB biomedical engineers, cardiovascular specialists and neurosurgeons are working together to create and use custom-made models of the human vascular system. “We can take the same anatomy that we find in a patient, 3D print it and then perform these procedures whether to test a new device, test a new strategy or devise a treatment strategy for a particular patient,” said Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery. Vijay S. Iyer, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was also interviewed.
John A. Sellick Jr., DO, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was interviewed about the consequences of refusing to receive a flu shot. “This year the circulating strains of influenza virus appear to be well-matched with the vaccine strains, but we will not know the ultimate efficacy until the season is over,” he said.
An article about a new study that found the presence of fungi and bacteria in vape juice and e-cigarette cartridges interviews Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, who said the findings are “interesting, but not surprising.” The article notes that he would like to see further research elaborating on how the levels of endotoxin and glucan in e-cigarettes stack up against those in traditional cigarettes, which he says would give the results more context, adding, however, he agrees the current study’s findings are another reason for concern about e-cigarettes.
An article on research that showed that using cognitive-behavioral therapy delivered by phone or online leads to improvements in patient-reported outcomes in irritable bowel syndrome interviews Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, chief of behavioral medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic. “Patients with some of the most challenging, complex GI symptoms can achieve very real improvements in IBS symptoms that do not respond to standard conventional treatments,” he said.
A story about the various illnesses that are going around now that the weather is becoming more spring-like interviews Stanley A. Schwartz, MD, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of medicine and pediatrics. “The spring’s a funny time,” said Schwartz, chief of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology. “In the springtime there are a whole bunch of different viruses that become very prevalent. Most of them are harmless ... harmless in the sense that they're not going to kill you, but you may feel like you're going to die.”
An article spotlights the work of Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and his colleagues at the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York in Amherst.