Media Coverage

Research led by Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, found that while a commonly used imaging linear contrast agent, gadodiamide, does accumulate in the brain early in the disease, there is no discernible clinical impact. “This study is one of the first to investigate the longitudinal association between well-established clinical and MRI outcomes of disease severity and gadolinium deposition,” he said. “The findings from this study should be incorporated into a risk-versus-benefit analysis when determining the need for GBCA administration in individual MS patients.”
Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, is interviewed for a story about parenting tips on feeding children. “We are born with a predisposition to accept sweet and reject bitter tastes, but children’s food preferences are malleable from there,” she said…. “There is nothing wrong with having macaroni and cheese or pizza once in a while, but the idea that kids can only accept foods like this is not giving them enough credit.”
SciShow, a YouTube channel with over 5 million subscribers, published a video describing the latest research by Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences. SciShow reports that Tseng’s team identified the first fossil evidence of hyenas in the Arctic during an ice age — two fossils that had been tucked away in a Canadian museum for decades.
An article looking at suicide prevention in the wake of three very public local incidents interviews Yogesh D. Bakhai, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, who said he wouldn’t be surprised if none of those involved had ever seen a psychiatrist or mental health counselor. Bakhai said that while difficult to detect, those contemplating suicide often leave clues in their language or behavior that they are struggling with life.
A new virtual reality program is being used to enhance Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students’ education. “Very recently, virtual reality has become much more prominent in society, and it’s still in its infancy stage, so we’re taking a look at the possibility of virtual reality being used to facilitate cadaver anatomy teaching in the laboratory session and outside of the laboratory session,” said Stuart D. Inglis, PhD, instructor of pathology and anatomical sciences.
Research by Husam A. Ghanim, PhD, research associate professor of medicine, shows that men with type 2 diabetes and suboptimal free testosterone levels experienced an increase in osteoblastic activity with a concomitant increase in bone turnover when assigned to 22 weeks of biweekly intramuscular testosterone injections.
An article about President Trump’s June 24 executive order directing Health and Human Services to require hospitals to disclose prices upfront and the difficulties the measure faces interviews Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy and clinical professor of medicine, who explained some of the executive order’s potential barriers. “Transparency is sorely overdue, but not as simple and one-size-fits-all as Trump implies. A lot of what patients pay at hospitals is related to their insurance. These prices vary based on who is the insurer and who purchased the insurance plan,” she said. “There is a lot that is aspirational here, but there is very little on how it will happen.”
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.
Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is interviewed for a story about concerns over the safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are manufactured overseas. “I think that this realization has made us think a little bit about where we stand with our prescription medicines in our new global world and vulnerabilities that exist because of it,” he said. 
Research by Jessica A. Kulak, PhD, a former postdoctoral fellow in UB’s Primary Care Research Institute, and Kim Strong Griswold, MD, professor of family medicine and psychiatry, suggests that shifts in illicit substance use among American youth will compel primary care physicians to monitor new products and how they are used. 
An article about medical innovations being developed in Western New York interviews Adnan Siddiqui, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery, about the Tigertriever, which can be manipulated while inside a blood vessel to change in size and dimensions, and Anthony D. Martinez, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, who discussed the FibroScan machine, which uses diagnostic imaging that takes about 10 minutes and can replace a more invasive, expensive and risky liver biopsy.
An article details an arthritis drug called Enbrel that seems to significantly cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and the decision by the drug’s manufacturer to not develop the drug for this condition because the patent on it will soon expire and the company will not profit from pursuing it further. It reports that in 2016, Richard C. Chou, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology, and colleagues published an analysis that showed that of 300-odd people with rheumatoid arthritis, those on Enbrel were about a third as likely to get Alzheimer’s as those on other treatments.
Research by Jonathan F. Lovell, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering, shows that roasted barley performs as well as a convention contrast agent and may aid with photoacoustic computed tomography of the swallowing and gut processes, a finding that could lead to improved diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract and swallowing disorders.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, talks about the new Jacobs School building and its impact on medical education at UB. The combination of a technology-rich building and the medical campus location helps UB to recruit more medical school candidates, he said, adding, “We are finding that when students get our offer letters, they come here.” 
An article about how knowing what to expect after surgery can reduce patients’ need for opioids interviews Richard D. Blondell, MD, professor of family medicine and vice chairman of addiction medicine, who said that overprescribing can increase the risk of opioid misuse and addiction by patients, and also increases the chance that unused pills will be diverted – misused by other family members or stolen and given to other people. “Surgeons have an important role in helping to keep prescription opioids from being diverted to the illicit marketplace,” he said.