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Rustic Thankgiving or holiday Dinner

You’ve probably heard about “holiday weight gain,” which happens in that dreaded period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, when people expect to gain five to seven pounds. Even health professionals get in on the act. Many of my patients at the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore have come Read More

Handwritten patient education materials and those created by Einstein students

Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine traveled to Soroti, Uganda, as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI), to treat diabetes in a part of the world where 693,200 cases of diabetes were reported in 2014. This is the latest in our series of posts detailing the students’ experiences Read More

Patient mammogram examination

The American Cancer Society (ACS), an advocacy organization that has fairly recently (and very positively) taken a more appropriate, evidence-based approach to cancer screening, recently revised its mammography recommendations. While it still recommends more mammograms than the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (which doesn’t recommend starting until age 50, and then screening only every other Read More

Fresh plant remedies in a new york botanica

Here’s a question for you: What do botany and healthcare have in common? The answer is: Plants. It is unlikely that a medical student today will be taught about William Withering, or foxglove, even though the same student will probably learn that digoxin is a cardiac glycoside medicine for heart failure. Just two hundred years Read More

A child deep in sleep

Nearly every week there is a new report about how sleep affects child development. Poor-quality and insufficient sleep in early childhood are linked to social-emotional and cognitive problems, poorer school achievement and children being overweight. One of the biggest challenges I face as a nonclinician who conducts clinical translational research involving pediatric sleep is how Read More

The bacterium, Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that will be studied as part of NIH's Human Microbiome Project

One day, a visit to your doctor’s office might include not only shots and prescriptions for drugs, but also a pill with a consortium of friendly microbes designed to improve your health. Sound unusual? Well, here’s some background: The numerous microbial communities inhabiting the human body (the microbiota) collectively form complex ecosystems within our bodies—for Read More