Media Coverage

A story about $2.4 million in funding for studies at Buffalo’s VA Medical Center reports Jennifer K. Lang, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, will receive $1.4 million to study heart failure and myocardial infarction; and Bruce R. Troen, MD, professor of medicine and chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine, will receive $200,000 to study the impact of high-intensity interval training on older adults.
A new study suggests that teens with painful chronic illnesses may find YouTube can provide a support network. Young people with chronic pain “feel they cannot engage in the activities they previously enjoyed, or do not want to hold others back knowing they will need to do things more slowly or carefully,” said Alison M. Vargovich, PhD, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, who was not associated with the study. “As they turn down requests to participate in activities and outings, they become more isolated.” 
A team of UB biomedical engineers, cardiovascular specialists and neurosurgeons are working together to create and use custom-made models of the human vascular system. “We can take the same anatomy that we find in a patient, 3D print it and then perform these procedures whether to test a new device, test a new strategy or devise a treatment strategy for a particular patient,” said Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery. Vijay S. Iyer, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was also interviewed.
John A. Sellick Jr., DO, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was interviewed about the consequences of refusing to receive a flu shot. “This year the circulating strains of influenza virus appear to be well-matched with the vaccine strains, but we will not know the ultimate efficacy until the season is over,” he said.
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.
An article on research that showed that using cognitive-behavioral therapy delivered by phone or online leads to improvements in patient-reported outcomes in irritable bowel syndrome interviews Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, professor of medicine, chief of behavioral medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic. “Patients with some of the most challenging, complex GI symptoms can achieve very real improvements in IBS symptoms that do not respond to standard conventional treatments,” he said.
A story about the various illnesses that are going around now that the weather is becoming more spring-like interviews Stanley A. Schwartz, MD, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of medicine and pediatrics. “The spring’s a funny time,” said Schwartz, chief of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology. “In the springtime there are a whole bunch of different viruses that become very prevalent. Most of them are harmless ... harmless in the sense that they're not going to kill you, but you may feel like you're going to die.”
An article spotlights the work of Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and his colleagues at the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York in Amherst.
A roundup of appointments, resignations and other items notes that Jennifer A. Meka, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has been named the inaugural director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute and assistant dean of medical education.
In a video at the Lisbon meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, Anne B. Curtis, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, discussed the study that used the Apple Watch to detect atrial fibrillation. “It was a good start in terms of using wearable technology to check on the health of the general population and then to follow through on the results," she said.
An article about the impact the partial government shutdown is having on broad segments of society interviews Anthony D. Martinez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and an addiction medicine specialist, who has been able to help about 95 patients by prescribing suboxone to help wean them off opioids. The article notes that the federal government mandates that doctors prescribe the drug to no more than 100 patients unless they apply for a waiver that allows them to treat up to 275 people, but with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration shut down, waivers aren’t being processed.
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.
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.
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.
An article in the Buffalo News’ special Prospectus section details that health care is the region’s largest employer and discusses health care trends in 2019. The article highlights UB’s Center for Successful Aging, described as “an effort that involves almost 50 researchers from 19 UB departments and a dozen schools within the university. The aim this year is to work more closely with community centers, civic organizations and other schools.”​ Also mentioned is Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine, who with his team are now studying how drugs developed for Type 2 diabetes patients can help those with Type 1 diabetes.