Media Coverage

A story on long-term cancer survival rates quotes Kara M. Kelly, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. “The greatest improvements were seen in patients with cancers that are also more prevalent in children — and these improvements in childhood cancer have resulted from clinical trials,” she said.
Stories about the doubling of the price of insulin in recent years and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to cap insulin prices in the state quote Kathleen E. Bethin, MD, PhD, clinical professor of pediatrics, discussing diabetic patients who struggle to pay these prices. “The problem is the young people who are transitioning, who sometimes don’t have coverage, and they’re the ones who are probably hurting the most,” she said. 
A new FDA-approved drug that provides fast-acting insulin to children with Type 1 diabetes was developed thanks to contributions from researchers with UB, UBMD and Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Part of the reason this drug was developed was to have a better timeline of action that’s closer to natural insulin,” said Lucy D. Mastrandrea, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes. The stories also quote Kathleen E. Bethin, MD, PhD, clinical professor of pediatrics.
Research led by Steven E. Lipshultz, MD, A. Conger Goodyear professor and chair of pediatrics, shows that antiretroviral drugs may damage the hearts of infants that are exposed to HIV in utero but are not infected with the virus.
Dennis Z. Kuo, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, is quoted in a story on proposals to require all entering seventh-graders in New York State to receive the HPV vaccine. “I routinely recommend the vaccine,” Kuo said. “The vaccine prevents cancer.”
Multiple news outlets reported that UB has launched a behavior change and weight loss program for adults with prediabetes. Developed by internationally known obesity expert Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, the program has, in previous studies, resulted in participants losing an average of 20 pounds over six months.
USAgNet reports that in commemoration of World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month, SUNY Health urged New Yorkers to get screened for diabetes and learn more about managing the disease. The article notes that UB researchers are doing a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that gauges the effectiveness of the Healthy Habits Behavioral Program. The program, which was developed by Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, helps participants develop healthier eating and exercise habits in order to lose weight and prevent diabetes.
An item reported that James N. Jarvis, MD, professor of pediatrics, received the American College of Rheumatology’s master designation at the group’s annual meeting in Atlanta in November.
The BYU Radio program “Top of Mind With Julie Rose” — which airs nationally on SiriusXM Radio — interviewed community health and health behavior PhD graduate Kelseanna Hollis-Hansen, PhD, a former graduate research assistant in the Department of Pediatrics, was interviewed about her study that examined the negative effect opening new supermarkets in low-income communities had on fruit and vegetable consumption. “We can’t just exist on fruits and vegetables. We need access to protein and grains and other foods, so grocery stores should stay. We just need to find a way to make them healthier,” said Hollis-Hansen, a recent doctoral graduate of the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Buffalo Business First also did a Q&A with Hollis-Hansen.
A news story showing the protective effects of a mother's love highlights findings from two recently published studies, both of which reveal how maternal affection benefits the physical and mental health of infants and adolescents. The first study, by Jennifer Livingston, PhD, associate professor in the School of Nursing, shows that teens who see their mothers as warm and accepting are less likely to enter abusive relationships. The second, by Kai Ling Kong, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, found that mothers who are more engaged in active play with infants at high risk for childhood obesity may mitigate some obesity risk factors. The story notes that both studies originated with UB’s Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions and with the work of Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, its director.
Praveen K. Chandrasekharan, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is interviewed for an article about the controversies and successful results of kratom. Chandrasekharan said that he frankly does not know if the drug is safe or not. “I can only tell you that kratom needs more research to know its safety profile,” he said.
Susan S. Baker, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in articles on research that found strains of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumonia, which produces high levels of alcohol, in 60 percent of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a common disorder in which fat builds up in the liver. Baker, who was not involved in the study, said, “Other bacteria have been shown to make alcohol, so that… verifies what other researchers have seen. We’ve never really been able to induce the inflammation that you see [in people], but they were able to do that.”
Susan S. Baker, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in an article about the pursuit of better baby formulas. “As the understanding and the knowledge become more and more sophisticated, and we learn about new molecules and new things that are in breast milk, the goal would be to mimic that,” Baker says. But, she adds, ingredients should be added only if there’s evidence they’re beneficial.
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.