Media Coverage

A television broadcast quoted Mark D. Hicar, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, discussing acute flaccid myelitis, an extremely rare condition affecting young children. He noted that while in most cases, the paralysis is only temporary, “a significant number, potentially about a quarter of patients, their worst paralysis is with them for life, unfortunately.”
A study by Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, shows that the best way to encourage children to eat healthy foods is to continue to offer them an assortment of healthy foods even if they initially refuse to eat them. It  notes that healthy eating must begin during pregnancy since the flavor of the foods that a mother eats “reach the child in utero.” 
An article about new standardized prescribing guidelines adopted last summer by local emergency department doctors dealing with opioid addiction interviews Robert F. McCormack, MD, professor and chair of emergency medicine, who said expanded relationships between the hospitals and clinics has been key. “The truly unique part here is the warm handoff,” McCormack said. “We had enough consensus to say yes, this is the right thing to do, and people bought into that. The idea is this wasn’t putting new services out there; this was coordinating competing services.” Joshua J. Lynch, DO, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Gale R. Burstein, MD, Erie County commissioner of public health and clinical professor of pediatrics, were also interviewed in the article.
Dennis Z. Kuo, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, appeared in a video on Voice of America about the benefits of breastfeeding vs. infant formula following recent news that the U.S. opposed a World Health Organization resolution urging countries to encourage breastfeeding. “I appreciate that formulas do get better and better but I’ve noticed that even our colleagues in the formula industry acknowledge that breast milk is the gold standard,” he said.
Melinda S. Cameron, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, served as a panelist for WBFO’s Racial Equity Project. 
An article on a new study shows that obesity has not decreased for any age group of children features an interview with Xiaozhong Wen, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine. Wen, who was not involved in the study, said he thinks people have the tools needed to reverse the obesity trend among children. “It’s not an easy job,” he said. “I think if we work together, we should be able to find a solution — soon, I hope.”
A new study suggests that parents and children who live in communities with high obesity rates are more likely to become overweight themselves than families living in communities where more people are a healthy weight. Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics and chief of behavioral medicine, said that parents can still do a lot to minimize the risk of obesity within their own family. “Model healthy behaviors, which may involve changing parent behaviors,” he said.
A new study suggests that living in a community with more obesity may be a risk factor for its individual residents to become overweight or obese. An accompanying editorial by Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics, and Xiaozhong, Wen, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, highlights the important clinical and public health implications of the findings. “The idea of obesity being contagious provides a very useful analogy for pediatricians to recognize the association of the social environment with obesity (through social networks and/or social norms). It provides a stimulus to action to learn how to deactivate the ‘virus,’ preventing transmission to future generations,” they write.
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted in articles about the benefits of continuing to offer healthy foods to picky kids. “This method of simply repeating the child’s exposure to healthy foods has a robust evidence base behind it,” Anzman-Frasca said. “There are many studies with preschoolers who start out not liking red peppers or squash, for example, but after five to six sessions where these foods are repeatedly offered, they end up liking them.” Anzman-Frasca is the lead author of new research that reviewed more than 40 peer-reviewed studies on how infants and young children develop preferences for healthy foods, especially vegetables and fruits.
Stanley A. Schwartz, MD, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of medicine and pediatrics and division chief of allergy, immunology and rheumatology, is interviewed on the role that pollution plays in the high rates of asthma among minority residents in Buffalo.  Schwartz said that as Rust Belt cities like Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo lost manufacturing jobs, some neighborhoods crumbled. “So, air pollution, lack of good sanitary conditions in inner cities all contribute to why you many see a disparity. And who lives in the inner city? Usually it’s underserved minority individuals, so that goes hand in glove.”
An article interviews a nurse who has worked at Children’s Hospital for 45 years about the medical milestones that have accompanied her career, including the development of Infasurf, created at an Amherst startup company led by Edmund A. Egan, II, MD, professor of pediatrics.
A new study by Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, has shown that placemats can be used to encourage children to eat healthier food in restaurants. "Making healthy options appealing and easy to choose offers the potential to increase children's acceptance of them in restaurants,” she said.
Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the Hoebel Prize for Creativity by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an award that honors members for an exceptional level of creativity and excellence in research on ingestive behavior.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that children ages 6 years and older should be screened for obesity by health care providers. The task force suggested clinicians refer children who are screened as overweight or obese to a comprehensive, intensive behavioral intervention for weight control following screening of BMI measurement. Teresa Quattrin, MD, UB Distinguished Professor and chair of pediatrics, suggested that the intervention-based recommendation is largely unattainable due to lack of insurance coverage for such care.
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, is among the researchers on a study that showed that room sharing between babies and mothers beyond the first four months is associated with less sleep for babies and unsafe sleeping practices.