Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

10/4/19
In stories about vaping-related illnesses, Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chair of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, said these illnesses are showing up in people, for the most part, who are vaping marijuana and black market products. “It can be really challenging to support these patients and find the right, specific treatment for them,” he said.
6/23/19
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.
4/24/19
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.
2/6/19
Sanjay Sethi, MD — professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine — advises on what happens to the body when a person stops smoking. “In terms of some of the risks, heart attacks and cardiac complications of smoking, those go down soon after quitting,” he explains. "Your risk for lung cancer goes down after you quit smoking, but it takes almost 15 years," he adds. He also says a person will cough less, their lungs will be less prone to infections and pneumonia, they may experience withdrawals, cardiac benefits happen fairly rapidly and the risk for other cancers will slowly decline. 
8/27/18
A story on WKBW-TV back-to-school tips to help children get a good night’s sleep includes suggestions from M. Jeffery Mador, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, to make sure they’re well rested and ready for school.
6/7/18
A story on WBFO-FM about the benefits of the meditation practice of mindfulness interviews Archana Mishra, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, who practices mindfulness. “Mindfulness is something that helps you become a better human being,” she said. “It reduces anxiety and stress and that’s been proven … by true scientific methods.”
1/7/18
Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has led a trial demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in lung function for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The results show the improvement is “achieved by the combination of aclidinium and formoterol compared to single LAMA bronchodilators tiotropium and aclidinium, with comparable safety,” he says.
11/3/17
Eric Ten Brock, MD, professor of medicine, speaks about the changes to a person’s health that daylight savings time can bring about. “There have been studies that demonstrate increased risk of strokes and acute myocardial infarction that day and the next day,” says Ten Brock, who specializes in sleep medicine. "Over 40 percent of adults in this country are chronically sleep-deprived. And to lose one more hour is sort of a stress test and can exacerbate that problem so that people are often more tired.” The biannual time changes have also been liked to an increased risk of depression and mood changes.
2/18/16
In a review of patient records, Jad Kebbe, MD, found that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder admitted to the intensive care unit and treated with mechanical ventilation had higher sedation requirements. “Their care should incorporate proper awareness of their PTSD, with particular attention to their sedation regimen,” said Kebbe, a fellow in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
12/8/14
Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, discusses the best predictors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations.
10/10/14
The low-tech Lung Flute improves quality of life for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with chronic bronchitis, a new study led by Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, confirms.
7/17/14
Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, who has researched the lung flute, says this new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease uses sound waves to help clear mucus.
4/4/14
Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair of medicine, says the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus — future home of the University at Buffalo's new medical school — is attractive to students who are looking to decide where they are going to practice in the future. Ali A. El Solh, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and interim chief of staff at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, comments that tele-health is growing, especially in rural areas.
3/4/14
Along with his colleagues, Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, has revealed that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease experience more respiratory symptoms when their lungs are colonized by bacteria, even without an acute exacerbation.
12/24/13
Expertscape ranked two UB experts in the Department of Medicine among the best in their fields: Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair, was recognized for research in implantable defibrillators; Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine — as well as UB — ranked high for expertise in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.