Media Coverage

MD Magazine published a question-and-answer interview with Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, about the potential benefits of aclidinium bromide in patients with COPD.
A report on a study on the high school sports most likely to result in concussions and the effect of legislation on mandatory removal of players with signs of concussions interviews John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics and director of the UB Concussion Management Clinic. “It’s been shown in college athletics that that introduction of the mandatory removal and then a return-to-play progression has really reduced the rate of recurrent concussions,” said Leddy, who was not involved in the study. “I think that's what's happening here in high school sports — that shows, I think, the legislation is having impact.”
The Buffalo News and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal report on a new partnership for stroke imaging between Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and doctors from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as UB Neurosurgery takes charge of the stroke care program at the hospital. “The treatment of stroke has changed in our lifetime. The key has been imaging,” said Kenneth V. Snyder, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery, who is part of the hospital’s treatment team.
Reports on a new scientific statement by Steven A. Lipshultz, MD, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and chair of pediatrics, and colleagues about cardiomyopathies in children provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities. “This statement is designed to give medical professionals an overview of what we currently know about cardiomyopathies in children. Although we are able to provide effective treatments in many cases, research is urgently needed to better understand the causes of the diseases so we can help children with cardiomyopathies live their best lives,” Lipshultz said.
Articles about a new report from the American Heart Association that aims to raise awareness about cardiomyopathy in children and urges that more research be conducted to find better treatments interviews Steven E. Lipshultz, MD, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and chair of pediatrics, who chaired the statement’s writing committee. “Everybody wants clinical practice guidelines, but this field hasn’t done enough clinical trials to be able to say, ‘There’s really strong evidence that, if you see this, you should use this medicine, or you should treat in that way,’” he said.
An editorial that calls the Buffalo African American Health Equity Task Force “a force for good” notes that the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is among the group’s high-level supporters.
A number of news stories reported on a new digital method of classifying diabetic neuropathy developed by Pinaki Sarder, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, and Brandon Ginley, a student in the computational cell biology, anatomy and pathology doctoral program.
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.
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, professor of neurology, was quoted in a story that highlighted recent research related to vitamin D intake. Several studies have shown that people with multiple sclerosis are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D compared with healthy controls and that deficiency is both a risk factor for MS and for relapse, according to Weinstock-Guttman. “People with MS also have a higher risk of osteoporosis, primarily related to their physical disability, although there may be other contributing factors,” she said.
10/2/19 reports that UB researchers will study the nutrition practices of emergency medical service workers. The study will examine the on- and off-duty eating habits of EMS providers. The goal is to shed light on the chronic health conditions among EMS compared to the public. Brian Clemency, DO, associate professor of emergency medicine and director of the EMS fellowship in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and David P. Hostler III, PhD, professor and chair of exercise and nutrition sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Professions and  clinical professor of emergency medicine in the Jacobs School, are co-authors of the study. The story was also picked up by EMS1.
Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry is quoted in an article about the difficulty in developing drugs to treat depression. Many approved drug treatments affect neurotransmitters, but that impact doesn’t mean that’s definitely how the drugs work for depression. “There are 20 to 30 things that antidepressants are known to do,” says Dubovsky. “There is some debate about which of those are most relevant to the treatment of depression.”
News accounts detailed the state Department of Health announcing that it will launch the Buffalo Medication Assisted Treatment and Emergency Referrals, or Buffalo MATTERS, program across New York, and interview Joshua J. Lynch, DO, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, who developed the program with others in the Department of Medicine. “If somebody comes in with chest pain, we would never just blow them off and send them home,” he said. “That’s what we used do that for patients with opioid-use disorder. I think we’ve wholeheartedly now realized in the medical community that this is a potentially life-threatening chronic disease.”
Stories about new research that found that the risks outweigh the benefits for people who are taking low-dose aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke interviews John M. Canty Jr., SUNY Distinguished Professor and Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. “No one under the age of 40 should be on aspirin unless there are very unique circumstances,” Canty said.
A story about common reasons for relationship failure mentions a 2013 study by Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of UB’s Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, that found about 50 percent of married couples with differing alcohol habits were divorced before their tenth anniversary.
An article on the website of the National Science Foundation reports on the work of a trio of researchers in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences — professor Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, and assistant professors Ewa K. Stachowiak, PhD, and Yongho Bae, PhD — and Josep M. Jornet, PhD, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering, that showed that tiny brain implants can wirelessly control FGFR1 — a gene that plays a key role in how humans grow from embryos to adults — in lab-grown tissue. “The potential of optogenomic interfaces is enormous,” Jornet said. “It could drastically reduce the need for medicinal drugs and other therapies for certain illnesses. It could also change how humans interact with machines.”