Media Coverage

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.
A roundup of appointments, resignations and other items notes that Jennifer A. Meka, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has been named the inaugural director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute and assistant dean of medical education.
In a video at the Lisbon meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, discussed the study that used the Apple Watch to detect atrial fibrillation. “It was a good start in terms of using wearable technology to check on the health of the general population and then to follow through on the results," she said.
An article about the impact the partial government shutdown is having on broad segments of society interviews Anthony D. Martinez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and an addiction medicine specialist, who has been able to help about 95 patients by prescribing suboxone to help wean them off opioids. The article notes that the federal government mandates that doctors prescribe the drug to no more than 100 patients unless they apply for a waiver that allows them to treat up to 275 people, but with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration shut down, waivers aren’t being processed.
New research suggests that lupus is linked to the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the intestines. “The results showed that lupus patients have gut microbiome patterns different from healthy individuals, and these changes correlated with disease activity,” said Jessy J. Alexander, PhD, research professor of medicine.
A perspective piece written by Andrew H. Talal, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, describes a study that reported that low testosterone persists in men even after hepatitis C virus is cleared. “The study highlights the important relationships between common viral infections and male hypogonadism,” he wrote.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the virus strains in circulation “This year the circulating strains of influenza virus appear to be well-matched with the vaccine strains,” said John A. Seliick Jr., DO, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.
Articles focusing on next-generation leaders in the News’ annual Prospectus special section feature a number of individuals with UB connections, including: Anthony D. Martinez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and medical director of hepatology at Erie County Medical Center.
An article in the Buffalo News’ special Prospectus section details that health care is the region’s largest employer and discusses health care trends in 2019. The article highlights UB’s Center for Successful Aging, described as “an effort that involves almost 50 researchers from 19 UB departments and a dozen schools within the university. The aim this year is to work more closely with community centers, civic organizations and other schools.”​ Also mentioned is Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine, who with his team are now studying how drugs developed for Type 2 diabetes patients can help those with Type 1 diabetes.
Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, discussed new technologies embedded in watches and other wearables shown at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. “I’ve made diagnoses on patients by looking at these [recordings] a few days later,” she said. “All you have to do is have the symptoms last long enough for a patient to turn on an app and make a 30-second recording.”
An article about EyeBOX, a noninvasive tool created to help in the diagnosis of concussion, quotes John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics and medical director of UB’s Concussion Management Clinic. “Looking beyond this milestone, EyeBox has the potential to aid in the diagnosis of other neurological conditions and may benefit researchers developing therapies for TBI and concussion,” he said.
Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, discussed recently published results of a landmark NIH clinical trial that evaluated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a method for relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, common misconceptions of CBT, and how a gastroenterologist can approach patients who are candidates for CBT.
An article about whether doctors are being unfairly criticized for their role in the opioid crisis interviews Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy. "Without access to legal prescriptions, they are forced to go to street dealers for their pills,” said Nielsen, also clinical professor of medicine. “As we reduced the number of opioids out there, chronic pain patients become medical refugees. People are dying.”
An article about why so many adults are reluctant to get a flu shot despite scientific evidence that shows the benefits of the vaccine interviews Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases. “Historically, adults do poorly with vaccines,” he said. “The other thing is that there is a fair amount of misinformation out there.” A related article about why people should get a flu shot every year features answers by local and national experts, including Russo. “Whenever you take any medication, there’s a small but finite chance you can have an adverse reaction to it,” he said, “but it’s very rare with the flu vaccine.”