New Jersey Medical School In The News 2019


NJMS graduate beats childhood cancer, enters medical field

Patch - Joseph Ippolito had stage four neuroblastoma at five months old. His experience battling cancer inspired his pursuit in medicine.

Settlements from the opioid crisis may not be enough

Healio - Dr. Lewis Nelson maintains that more money and other resources are needed to contain and manage the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Livingston named as AAST's president-elect

Patch - Dr. Livingston, Professor and Chief, Trauma Division, to be named president elect of American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Bicycle-related injuries have increased significantly among older riders

Rutgers Today - In a new 10 year study, Dr. Corina Din-Lovinescu found that injuries increased by 54% among riders aged 55 to 64.

Supporting your child’s mental health issues

NJ Family – Dr. Cheryl Kennedy offers resources for parents of children with mental health disorders.

Doctors working on breakthrough for Lyme disease

CBS NY - Dr. Steven Schutzer describes research that could lead to a new Lyme disease vaccine.

What doctors should tell patients this flu season

Consultant 360 - Dr. David Cennimo records a podcast on how physicians can help patients combat the flu.

Why are people getting sick from vaping now?

NJ.com - Dr. Diane Calello delineates commercial nicotine liquids from illicit e-liquids.

Flu season 2019: What to expect and how to prepare

CNN - Dr. Cennimo shares how to stay healthy during flu season and when to get a flu shot.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Tap into Newark - NJMS, UH team up to inspire kids & promote heathy living in the Latinx community.

A new way to fight deadly fungal infections

Rutgers - Rutgers researchers are working on a deadly fungal vaccine that could save countless lives.

You can get sick at petting zoos - Here’s how to stay safe

NJ 101.5 - Visiting a petting zoo soon? Read these safety tips before you go.

Raising awareness for #WorldLungDay

RLS Media - NJMS marks September 25 as World Lung Day, an international day for lung health advocacy and action.

WABC-TV Town Hall replay

(Video) 6abc - In case you missed it, watch the recap of the town hall meeting on the opioid crisis, featuring Dr. Petros Levounis and Dr. Erin Zerbo.

NJMS welcomes renowned cardiologist

NJBIZ - NJMS & UH announce the hire of Dr. Emad Aziz, who will serve as a professor of medicine at NJMS; section chief at UH, & director of the Arrhythmia Institute.

TB associated with drug tolerance

Contagion Live - New research sheds light on a genetic factor that may lead to new treatments for TB.

Autism rates in the US are rising fastest amongst minorities

DailyMail UK - Dr. Walter Zahorodny shares his hypothesis of these results.

The Opioid Crisis: WABC-TV Town Hall replay

(Video) ABC7NY - In case you missed it, watch the video recap of the town hall meeting on the opioid crisis.

Measles will kill more kids, if we let it

NJ.com - Dr. Glenn Fennelly offers a medical perspective regarding the increase in measles across the NJ and NY area.

Has 23andMe removed anonymity for sperm donors?

Advisory.com - Dr. Peter McGovern discusses what the repercussions in the sperm donor industry may look like.

Understanding IBD-associated arthritis

Healio (Reg. Req.) - In this Q&A, Dr. Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos answers questions about complicated cases of inflammatory bowel disease-associated arthritis.

Raising awareness about internet addiction should be treated as seriously as substance use disorders (Op-ed)

Inquirer – Dr. Petros Levounis and Dr. James Sherer assert that internet addiction should be treated as seriously as substance use disorders.

Who is responsible for the opioid crisis?

ROI-NJ – Following recent judicial decisions, Dr. Lewis Nelson provides perspectives on pharmaceutical companies and the ongoing opioid addiction crisis in the US.

Study finds rising rates of autism among minority children

Disability Scoop – According to a new research study co-authored by Dr. Walter Zahorodny, between 2007 and 2013, autism rates increased 73% among Hispanics and 44% among black children ages 3 to 5.

How to protect against flesh-eating bacteria

Consumer Healthday - Vibrio bacteria can get into the body through contact with water or raw seafood or raw seafood juices. Dr. David Cennimo offers tips on how to stay safe.

Health hotline activated for lead exposure questions

NJ BIZ - New Jersey state officials have launched a 24/7 health hotline for residents concerned about lead levels in water.

Newark 'won't be the last' city to deal with lead in water

(Video) MedPage Today - As the Newark water crisis continues, watch as Dr. Diane Calello provides medical expertise about lead toxicity.

Bleach is not a cure for cancer or autism

Healthline - The FDA is warning consumers against purchasing products labeled as medical treatments for cancer, autism, and other conditions. Learn more about these “cures” and how to choose safe health products.

Insight from Dr. Calello on the Newark water crisis

Fios1News - Dr. Diane Calello talks about the short and long-term effects of lead contamination in water.

(Video) NJMS welcomes new class with white coat ceremony

NJTV – Three incoming students are featured as they begin their medical school journey.

Medical experts based in Newark advise against panic

NJ Spotlight – Hear from a poison control expert on how to handle the water crisis.

Optimal vitamin D levels may vary for different people

Rutgers Today - Rutgers researchers report new developments in the understanding of vitamin D action and treatment.

From Newark, to Cornell, then White Coat

Tap Into – Incoming medical student, Antoine-Saint Victor has always said, “I want to be the family doctor.” Last week, he began to live that dream.

Recovery can be a long road for survivors of mass shootings

KYW News Radio - Dr. Petros Levounis offers insight into the recovery process for survivors of a mass shooting or other tragic event.

Dr. Robert Gorman wins noteworthy award

NJ BIZ - The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) recently presented Dr. Robert Gorman with the Chair Award.

Dr. Stephanie Bonne and other doctors share their thoughts on gun violence

CBS Sunday Morning – [VIDEO] In an effort to address gun violence, NJMS trauma surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Bonne and colleagues join together to find public health solutions to firearm-related deaths.

The health effects of eating raw cookie dough

Gillette News Record - Eating raw cookie dough is a recipe for disaster, says Dr. Bruce Ruck. Find out why this time-honored tradition may be trouble.

Advancement in chronic kidney disease treatments

Med Page Today - Dr. Joshua Kaplan shares an editorial about new research on effective ways to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

How to choose a birth control pill

Life Hacker – Not everything on the internet is true. Especially if it’s about birth control pills. Dr. Kristyn Brandi clarifies misinformation and provides medical expertise on the various formulations of birth control pills.

Women in surgery

AAMC – Dr. Stephanie Bonne offers insight regarding the lack of women in the surgical field.

What does ‘Getting your tubes tied’ mean?

Everyday Health – For some, tubal ligation remains misunderstood. Dr. Kristyn Brandi answers frequently asked questions about this permanent contraception method.

Concerns over kratom continue to rise

Pain News Network – Should kratom be regulated as a prescription drug, or continue being sold as a dietary supplement? Dr. Lewis Nelson lends his expertise to this ongoing debate.

Does social media influence attitudes about cosmetic surgery

Mashable - NJMS resident, Amishav Bresler, and Dr. Boris Paskhover weigh in on the complicated relationship between social media filters and patients seeking cosmetic enhancements through surgery.

Tips for Summer Safety in NJ

NJ Poison Information and Education System - With July in full swing, the New Jersey Poison Control Center offers tips from on how to stay safe in the sweltering summer heat.

7 causes of bellyaches during pregnancy

NJ Family - NJMS faculty physicians describe common reasons for pregnancy stomach pains, including pulling sensations, contractions, and preeclampsia.

Low income areas and naloxone availability [VIDEO]

Jersey Matters - Watch as Dr. Diane Calello discusses possible remedies to fixing the naloxone pricing disparity and inaccessibility in low income areas.

Within the next few years, tests may finally be able to measure Lyme disease directly

“The good news is the technology is there. The knowledge is there. It’s just a matter of putting them together,” says Dr. David Schutzer.

Motorized scooter head injuries on the rise

“Children use motorized scooters marketed as toys, but in reality, certain models can reach speeds of almost 30 miles per hour,” said Amishav Bresler, NJMS resident.

Is radiation from airport body scanners dangerous?

Radiation is a general term for different kinds of moving electromagnetic energy. Developing a better understanding of the difference clarifies misgivings travelers may have.

N.J. will offer naloxone for free at pharmacies on June 18

Dozens of pharmacies across the state will offer the overdose-reversing drug for free and without an individual prescription.

Motorized scooter head injuries on the rise

“Children use motorized scooters marketed as toys, but in reality, certain models can reach speeds of almost 30 miles per hour,” said Amishav Bresler, NJMS resident.

Is radiation from airport body scanners dangerous?

Radiation is a general term for different kinds of moving electromagnetic energy. Developing a better understanding of the difference clarifies misgivings travelers may have.

N.J. will offer naloxone for free at pharmacies on June 18

Dozens of pharmacies across the state will offer the overdose-reversing drug for free and without an individual prescription.

Pediatric Poisonings: Substances, Symptoms, and Causes

In this podcast, Dr. Diane Calello talks about common types and causes of poisonings in toddlers, children, and adolescents, including drugs, medications, and social media challenges.

Resiliency and well-being alone are not solutions to burnout

Watch as Dr. Rashi Aggarwal lends insight and context to burnout amongst physicians, medical school students, and the general population.

NJMS Alum advises current and graduating student

In the first installation of NJMS Connect, a new video series presented by the medical school, Dr. Torian Easterling shares advice about medical school, residency, and professional careers.

Suicide attempts have doubled amongst preteens in NJ

Intentional overdose attempts for children between ages 9 and 12 is nearly double what it was in 2015. Almost 80% were young females.

Ohio doctor charged with killing 25 patients in fentanyl overdoses

Dr. Lewis Nelson gives his expert viewpoint on the nationally renowned case involving an Ohio doctor charged with killing his patients.

Two Debilitating Illnesses Couldn’t Stop This Student

Jill Konowich, a 2019 graduate, battled two different excruciatingly painful diseases while working toward achieve her dream of successfully completing medical school.

The Affect of Radiation After Chernobyl

Dr. Lewis Nelson states in the article, “It's like walking into a giant, powerful X-ray machine shooting radiation everywhere.”

Five People in NJ Die from an Outbreak of Legionnaires’disease

Dr. Debra Chew lends her expertise on what residents in NJ should be aware of in light of the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’disease.

Opioid Overdose: Naloxone Is Only Half the Battle

In this podcast, an NJMS expert discusses the key components of treating opioid overdose and opioid use disorder in the emergency department and beyond.

Newark residents near the airport may be at risk for measles

According to a new study, Essex County may be home to the next measles outbreak.

Why brain training may help you form stronger memories

Dr. Cheryl Kennedy further explains the correlation between dopamine and creating new memories.

For some trauma doctors, clash with NRA proves therapeutic

Dr. Stephanie Bonne and physicians around the country develop network to show the impact of gun violence on trauma surgeons.

LGBTQA+ Activist Makes a Difference at NJMS

Marc Berenson, graduating fourth year student, recounts his journey through medical school which includes redesigning the LGBTQA+ curriculum.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs maternal health bills

Dr. Lisa Gittens-Williams explains the importance of better maternal health support during Governor Murphy's bill signing event.

N.J. may be first state to require opioid warning labels

It is always wise to inform patients about medication, says Dr. Lewis Nelson, but education may not be enough to stop addictio.n

Examining NJ's rates of autism and educational services

How are educational systems in NJ responding to the increase of the prevelance of autism? Dr. Walter Zahorodny provides insight.

Medication-Assisted Treatment and opioid addiction

Dr. Erin Zerbo provides expertise on medication-assisted treatment and other treatment programs to help patients with opioid addiction.

Areas that need naloxone the most are least likely to have it available

Live in a lower income area? Narcan may not be available for you.

Two Minute Autism Check

Doctors May Now Be Able to Diagnose Autism In Just Two Minutes

Here’s what could happen if measles continues to spread in N.J.

If measles continues to spread in NJ, how bad could it get?

For children, depression increases hospital use and mortality, study finds

Examining healthcare costs for children with depression and other illness.

Addicted to Facebook? User base up 8 percent

Despite recent privacy risk concerns, Facebook’s user base is up eight percent. Dr. Petros Levounis says the human mind does note easily detach from the digital world.

Legalizing marijuana could have health implications for society

In this op-ed, Dr. Lewis Nelson considers the public health implications of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Are vaccines safe? Doctors discuss 7 common misconceptions

Dr. Glenn Fennelly and several experts clarify several common misconceptions about vaccines.

NJMS Student to give commencement speech

First-year medical student, Julia Carter, will serve as the speaker for Penn State Hazleton’s commencement.

Addressing Barriers to Surgical Care in Rural Ghana

NJMS experts are working to bridge the gap in medical advances between the United States and Ghana.

Nearly 70 Doctors in NJ sign letter urging vaccines

As the number of reported measles cases increase in New York and New Jersey, doctors sign a petition urging patients to get vaccinations.

Dispelling Myths: Organ Donation and Transplantation

Dr. Guarrera and Dr. Pyrsopoulos shed light on common misperceptions about organ donation and transplantation.

Diagnosing and Managing PTSD Primary Care

Dr. Rashi Aggarwal discuses screening tools and treatment for diagnosing and managing PTSD.

NYC ordered mandatory vaccinations. Will NJ?

New York City officials declared a public health emergency, ordering mandatory vaccinations. Dr. David Cennimo contributes to the ongoing discussions about the measles outbreak in New Jersey.

Abortion remains a major campaign topic

Dr. Kristyn Brandi says the medically inaccurate and incendiary terms used are a tactic to spread misinformation and fear.

Autism rate climbed 43 percent in New Jersey

In collaboration with the CDC, Dr. Walter Zahorodny finds significant increase in the percentage of 4-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder in New Jersey.

High-Intensity Interval Training May Cause Injury

In a new study, Dr. Joseph Ippolito finds amateurs and athletes who perform high-intensity workouts without supervision are at increased risk for injury.

Reporting on and Responding to Measles Outbreaks

NJMS and NJ Dept. of Health experts explain the public health protocol for investigating a measles outbreak.

Court battles, lawsuits and the ongoing opioid crisis

In light of Purdue Pharma’s recent settlement with the state of Oklahoma, Dr. Lewis Nelson offers medical perspective on the opioid epidemic.

NJMS chosen for new opioid treatment center

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has been selected by the State to create a Medicaid Centers of Excellence for opioid treatment.

Measles and mumps are still spreading. Should you be worried?

With NJ and several border states reporting outbreaks, Drs. Glenn Fennelly and David Cennimo discuss the impact of highly contagious viruses.

NJMS Students Launched Hotline for Burnout

While fourth-year students, Ragha Suresh, MD, and Varsha Radhakrishnan, MD, started the NJMS Peer Wellness Program, which includes a peer counseling phone line with an emphasis on connecting callers with peers who are familiar with the strains of medical school.

Expert Provide Insights on Measles

Dr. Glenn Fennelly teams up with Dr. Tina Tan from the NJ Dept. of Health for an in-depth conversation about issues of vaccination, individual state laws, exemption definitions, and the role clinicians and public health officials play in measles outbreaks.

Marijuana Vote Still Uncertain in NJ

Experts with NJMS contribute valuable medical perspectives to the ongoing debate about legalizing marijuana for retail and recreational use in New Jersey.

$1 Million Funding for HIV/Aids Treatment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Rutgers NJMS over a million dollars in federal funding to support treatments to individuals with HIV/AIDS.

‘All Natural’ ≠ Safe or Effective

Dr. Diane Calello shares her insights on how dietary supplements are not always as effective or safe as they seem.

Your Periods Are Trying To Tell You

From different flows to various cycle lengths, Dr. Kristyn Brandi discusses about menstrual cycles and what they are trying to tell you.

First-Year Students To Learn About ACEs Science

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are one of the many courses first-year students are required to take at Rutgers NJMS.

DNA Data Privacy Concerns

News 12 New Jersey - FamilyTreeDNA has confirmed sharing their customer’s data with the FBI. Dr. Beth Pletcher speaks more on the topic of data privacy.

Discussion of Opioid Crisis in NJ

New Jersey Now - A panel of experts, including Dr. Lewis Nelson, talk about the impact of the opioid crisis in New Jersey, and discuss plans for combating this epidemic. [VIDEO]

“Late-Term Abortions”

Insider - Dr. Kristyn Brandi provides in-depth insight on “late-term abortions” and the emotional effects they have on pregnant women.

Varied Outcomes in Facial Trauma Lawsuits

Futurity - A recent study, coauthored by Dr. Boris Paskhover, has found that the regional locations of a court may affect the outcome of facial trauma lawsuits.

NJMS Medical Student in ‘Survivor’

Bethesda Magazine - First-year medical student, Julia Carter, is featured in the 38th season cast of ’Survivor’ and talks about how her own personal experiences had inspired her to join the show.

Anti-Diarrhea Overdoses on the Rise

The Fix - Researchers have found that the number of Ioperamide overdoses has increased at an alarming rate over the course of five years. Dr. Diane Calello lends her expertise on the subject. (181 characters)

TamRx Technology

Crain’s Cleveland Business - A new biotech company is developing new technology that could potentially block tumor growth and stimulate the immune system to fight various cancer forms.

Debate on Marijuana Access

NJ Spotlight - The possible legalization of recreational marijuana in NJ is drawing concerns from health professionals. Medical experts, including Dr. Lewis Nelson, discuss the implications of legalization.

Bone Loss in Joint Implants

NJBIZ - Dr. William Gause and fellow researchers have discovered the long-sought reason that many people with joint replacements experience harmful inflammation and bone loss.

Opioid Addiction Eligible for Marijuana Program

The Inquirer - New Jersey has included opioid addiction on the list of illnesses that qualify for the medical marijuana program. Along with this, two opioid treatment centers of excellence are being developed, with one at NJMS.

Effects of Ecstacy

NorthJersey.com – Dr. Diane Calello talks about the effects and symptoms of ecstasy after the death of a man who was in emotional distress.

Diversion Tactics

Asbury Park Press – A controversial practice of diverting ambulances to different hospital locations has caused concerns among some communities. Learn more about why this may be problematic.

Achoo! Is it a cold or flu?

Today – Dr. David Cennimo details the differences between cold and flu symptoms and discusses how to tell them apart.

Transparency Policy for Procedures

MarketWatch – While patients can now see the prices of certain medical procedures, there is debate on whether quantity of cost is valued more than quality of life.

Nationwide Injunction

Salon – Understanding the impact and implications of the nationwide injunction on employer provided no-cost birth control coverage. Physicians, including Dr. Kristyn Brandi, speak more on the topic.

Science Behind Selfies

Wired - Did you know that the distance you take your selfie can distort how you look? In this video, Dr. Boris Paskhover explains the perception of selfie photos.

The Fight Against Withdrawl

NJ.com - A recent report shows that people with opioid addiction have been using anti-diarrhea medication to combat the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Diane Calello discusses the risks of misusing medication.

Restriction on Miscarriage Medicine

NPR - While mifepristone can help facilitate miscarriages, accessibility to this medication is often difficult. Experts, including Dr. Kristyn Brandi, share their thoughts on the topic.

Standing Up Against Gun Violence

The Daily Targum - Dr. Stephanie Bonne discusses how gun violence and medicine go hand in hand after the NRA tweets that doctors should ‘stay in their lane’.

#DryJanuary- A Break From Booze

CNBC – Have you heard of #DryJanuary? It’s a month-long challenge to abstain from alcohol. According to experts, when taking a break from drinking, individuals experience improvements in health and...

Have You Taken the Plunge?

Press of Atlantic City - In conjunction with annual Polar Bear Plunge events, physicians discuss how icy temperatures effect the body. Dr. Andrew Berman warns about the risks of diving into cold water, including hyperventilation.

Integrative Approach to Healthcare

NJ Spotlight - Dr. Justin Sambol and other healthcare administrators examine the outcomes and benefits to patients of creating integrated healthcare networks.

Measles and More

NJ.com – With the recent outbreak in New Jersey, second-year medical student, Neil C. Bhavsar, suggests state policy vaccination reform and the public health impact of measles in this op-ed piece.

Fact or Fiction

STAT - Is it possible to be affected by Fentanyl through passive exposure? Dr. Lewis Nelson demystifies this phenomenon in his latest op-ed.