Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

5/16/20
Manoj J. Mammen, MD, associate professor of medicine and a critical care physician at Buffalo General Medical Center, is quoted in an article about an effort among WNY hospitals to use antibodies to treat some COVID-19 patients.
5/8/20
Researchers — including Sanjay Sethi, MD; Ruogang Zhao, PhD; Albert H. Titus, PhD; and Chi Zhou, PhD — are developing a system that has the potential to turn resuscitators into devices that, like mechanical ventilators, help patients breathe without the assistance of another person. Sethi is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Zhao is an associate professor of biomedical engineering; Titus is a professor and chair of biomedical engineering; and Zhou is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
5/5/20
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has launched the local program of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. Researchers put out the call for people who have recovered from COVID-19. Experts believe if plasma from these survivors is administered to a currently infected person, these antibodies could help aid in recovery. “Those antibodies can hopefully control the virus, and those are in the plasma, so before we had antibiotics these things were tried and succeeded in certain situations,” says Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Sethi is coordinating the program with Timothy F. Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and director of UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
4/23/20
A story on a program in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to treat COVID-19 patients with the plasma of those who have recovered from the disease said that UB has received interest from more than 300 potential donors. The story quotes Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, who said that the treatment will take some time before it’s known if it is effective in patients.
4/22/20
The state health department has been testing people for COVID-19 to get a better picture of how many people have been infected by the virus. “This is a challenging time, but then you have to step up to the challenge, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do,” says Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Sethi explains that antibodies found in the blood are the natural way our bodies fight the virus. “They’re supposed to neutralize or kill the virus, so that’s the normal response or the way the body deals with an infection, and theoretically those antibodies should be able to protect you or prevent reinfection,” he says.
4/8/20
Jamie N. Nadler, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and a Buffalo General Medical Center critical care physician, is quoted in a story on experimental treatments for COVID-19. Some experimental treatments will start with critically ill patients until doctors know more about their effectiveness. “If we’re finding them successful, then we want to start rolling them out to more moderately ill patients to prevent their decline sooner,” Nadler said.
3/25/20
A Buffalo News story on New York State’s need for ventilators interviews Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who explained what ventilators do. “They assist the lungs to get air in and out. You can control the volume of air, what rate it goes in, how much oxygen you add to it,” Sethi said.
3/23/20
Sanjay Sethi, MD, answers COVID-19-related questions about testing, the measures medical professionals are taking to protect themselves while treating COVID-19 patients, and the length of the contagious period. He also provides insight into whether it’s helpful to have an up-to-date pneumonia vaccine and whether smoking has an effect on the body’s ability to fight the virus. Sethi is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
12/9/19
Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, is quoted in an article about taking prednisone. “People who have conditions aggravated by the side effects of prednisone may be at risk,” he said. “This includes people with diabetes, since prednisone can increase blood sugar levels, and mood disorders, since the drug can cause difficulty sleeping, irritability and, rarely, psychosis.”
11/26/19
A story on legislation restricting the sale of flavored vaping products quotes Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Some retailers claim the regulation will in essence restrict the sale of an effective smoking-cessation method, resulting in more people smoking traditional cigarettes, but Sethi says such a claim may not be true. “Vaping tobacco has been shown to lead to smoking. Therefore, the idea that increased vaping regulation will lead to more smoking may not be true,” he said.
10/21/19
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.
10/4/19
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.
6/23/19
In Good Health, Western New York’s health care newspaper, featured Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, in its “Meet Your Doctor” column. Sethi discussed the broad range of his research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and related diseases.
4/24/19
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.