Media Coverage

2/20/19
Dennis Z. Kuo, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, was interviewed about a new six-in-one vaccine for children and whether it makes the immunization process easier for parents and children. “I think that any time you have another combination vaccine it makes the process easier because we do give a number of vaccines … so if you can reduce the number of shots we give it definitely helps,” he said.
2/19/19
An article about efforts by the police department in Stockton, California, one of the nation’s most dangerous cities, to help officers learn how to talk about their feelings and better cope with the stress of the job reports a UB study found that between 9 and 19 percent of officers nationally are at risk for PTSD. The article notes Janet L. Shucard, PhD, associate professor of clinical neurology, and her team “hypothesize that PTSD impairs the attention and response control processes that are necessary for rapid and accurate decision-making.”
2/19/19
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology, is quoted in an article about a company that is seeking a fast-track designation from the FDA for a cannabis-based pharmaceutical candidate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. “Cannabis appears to be beneficial for spasticity and additional symptoms in MS patients,” she said.
2/19/19
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.
2/16/19
Research by Zhen Yan, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of physiology and biophysics, suggests it may eventually be possible to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients by focusing on gene changes caused by influences other than DNA sequences. “An epigenetic approach can correct a network of genes, which will collectively restore cells to their normal state and restore the complex brain function,” she said.
2/16/19
John B. Ortolani, MD, assistant professor of surgery, is interviewed for an article about genetic testing and what it can tell individuals about their future health risks. Ortolani said a thorough family health history can help genetic counselors decide if testing is warranted and, should a positive test for mutations result, if specialists need to set up more frequent health screenings.
2/15/19
A story about the death four years ago of former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Steve Montador, who was diagnosed after his passing with CTE, the neurodegenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, interviews John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics and director of UB’s Concussion Management Clinic, who coauthored a study that called into question the role of contact sports in CTE. “When we tested them formally and compared them to control athletes, we found no significant evidence of cognitive differences,” he said. “Clearly this is not a phenomenon that you’re inevitably going to get. CTE is real. It happens to some players. The problem we have right now is that based on our current science, we don’t know who is at risk for it.”
2/15/19
A study by John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics, and Barry S. Willer, PhD, professor of psychiatry, published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that adolescents who followed a supervised, sub-symptom threshold aerobic exercise program after sustaining a sport-related concussion recovered more quickly than adolescents with concussion who did simple stretches. “We think exercise actually restores control to the autonomic nervous system, which is clearly affected by concussion,” Leddy said.
2/14/19
A new study by John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics and director of UB’s Concussion Management Clinic, and Barry S. Willer, PhD, professor of psychiatry, found that teens who suffer a sports-related concussion are likely to improve more quickly if they start aerobic exercise within a few days under the guidance of a health care specialist. “The data provide preliminary evidence that a primary benefit of early subthreshold exercise treatment is a reduced incidence of delayed recovery (greater than 30 days), which is potentially a very important result,” the authors write.
2/14/19
Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry, comments on the November shooting at a Florida yoga studio that left two women dead and five others injured. He noted that while most mass murderers don’t have a history of domestic violence, it’s common for people who commit a violent crime to have a violent past. “Someone who’s violent in one area is more likely to be violent in another area,” he said.
2/11/19
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.
2/9/19
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.
1/18/19
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.”
1/18/19
New research by Steven Lipshultz, MD, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, showed that exposure to a common drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder isn’t likely to increase cardiovascular risk in healthy children, according to a new study involving primates. “The findings are very reassuring in that even high-dose chronic MPH stimulant therapy did not result in any evidence of abnormal structures or function in the hearts of the monkeys,” he said.
1/18/19
John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics and director of the UB’s Concussion Management Clinic, is quoted in several articles about EyeBOX, a noninvasive tool created to help in the diagnosis of concussion. Leddy said the device could offer a solution by providing researchers with an objective oculomotor assessment tool.