New Jersey Medical School In The News 2018

#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 – 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.

Less is More

AJMC - A study taken place in the Infectious Disease Practice at NJMS shows that single-tablet regimens have higher rates of virologic suppression than multiple-tablet in people with HIV.

Accelerator in Heart Disease

MDLinx - Researchers, including Dr. Renata Pasqualini, have recently identified an autoantibody that causes an acceleration in cardiovascular disease.

Countless Contraceptive Choices

CNN - In a recent study by the CDC, nearly 2/3 of U.S. women use contraception. Dr. Kristyn Brandi goes over the most common birth control methods, including female sterilization and birth control pills.

New Abortion Rules May Harm Patients At Risk - Drs. Lauren Barlog and Natalie Roche pen an op-ed about abortion and how new rules may potentially harm N.J.'s at risk patients.

A Recipe for Disaster

Patch - Cookies are a popular baked holiday treat but eating raw cookie dough can lead to serious health complications. According to Dr. Bruce Ruck, consumption is a "potential recipe for food poisoning."

The Future of Fertility

Glamour - Predicting fertility is an imperfect science. However, physicians and researchers are using science to better predict fertility outcomes. Dr. Nataki Douglas provides insights on the subject.

Device Shows Balance Improvement

U.S. Medicine - About 300,000 veterans suffer from Gulf War Illness. Dr. Jorge M. Serrador and colleagues developed a device to treat symptoms, including memory impairment, insomnia and more.

Diversity in Medicine

NPR - Has diversity in U.S. medical schools increased over the last 15 years? Well, it's complicated. Professionals, including Dr. John Paul Sanchez, are weighing in on the pace of student diversity in medical schools.

New Abortion Rules May Harm Patients At Risk - Drs. Lauren Barlog and Natalie Roche pen an op-ed about abortion and how new rules may potentially harm N.J.'s at risk patients.

Virtual Gaming, Real Disorders

Vox - While video games are a place to escape reality, they sometimes bring real-life complications. Dr. Petros Levounis separates fact from fiction in this comprehensive article.

Are IUDs Causing Serious Neurological Side Effects?

Rewire.News - Hundreds of lawsuit claim that a popular IUD, the Mirena interuterine device, caused serious neurological side effects. Experts, including Dr. Kristyn Brandi, are providing insight and suggest more research is needed.

Going Above and Beyond for Newark

The Positive Community – In the Health issue, Dean Robert L. Johnson, shares insights on his career at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and his commitment of providing quality health care to the city of Newark.

Negative Impact of Diabetes on TB

Healio – Recent NJMS graduate, Charles F. Kreisel, and colleagues publish study suggesting patients who have diabetes diagnosed with tuberculosis are at a higher risk of showing advanced symptoms than people who are not diabetic.

11 Key Questions About Measles – Can you get measles if you have been vaccinated? How contagious is the measles virus? Do I need a booster measles vaccine? Dr. Glenn Fennelly and other physicians answer these and other frequently asked questions about measles.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Threat? - In an op-ed piece, Rutgers NJMS trauma surgeon makes the case for gun violence to be considered a public health issue.

Dangerous Doses

NJ 101.5 - Experts from the New Jersey Poison Center discuss the dangers of taking more than the recommended dose of cold medications.

Measles Cases Continue to Rise

NJ 101.5 - State officials have confirmed more cases of measles in New Jersey. NJMS physicians lend their expertise on identifying symptoms and what to do if one suspects they were exposed to the disease.

Dangerous Doses

NJ 101.5 - Experts from the New Jersey Poison Center discuss the dangers of taking more than the recommended dose of cold medications.

New Balance Improvement Device

Could this be a breakthrough in treating Gulf War Syndrome experienced by veterans? Dr. Jorge Serrador’s vestibular function research leads to a promising new discovery.

Infinite Possibilities

Rutgers NJMS Clinical Research Center will be hosting In Conversation: Infinite Possibilities in support of Trans Awareness Week. The event will include a keynote address given by trans supermodel Tracey “Africa” Norman.

Transforming Lives

USA TODAY - Did you know that more than 3 million of the nation’s population have gender dysphoria? Dr. Jonathan Keith from Rutgers NJMS explains how transgender surgery is a life-changing experience for patients in this USA TODAY article.

The Future of Medical School

Did you know many universities with medical schools offer alternatives to the traditional application process? Learn about the BA/MD program with Rutgers-New Brunswick and the New Jersey Medical School.

How Language May Effect Healthcare

Due in part to language barriers, Latinx patients may have difficulty accessing healthcare. Dr. Kristyn Brandi suggests that healthcare providers learn the language of the patients they serve.

Roundtable Podcast on Opioids

Experts, including Dr. Petros Levounis, discuss the different views of long-term recovery from opioid addiction in a roundtable discussion. Listen to the podcast for the full conversation.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Is Standard for Cervical Cancer. But Is It Effective?

A recent study showed that cervical cancer patients who received minimally invasive surgery had dramatically lower survival rates than patients who received open surgery. Experts, including Dr. Noah Goldman, are weighing in on this shocking discovery.

Adenovirus Affecting Children

State officials have confirmed that several children have died due to adenovirus, an illness similar to the flu. In this news article, Dr. David Cennimo provides more insight on this rare case.

Paralyzing Condition

Acute flaccid myelitis is a rare condition that can cause muscle paralysis has been on the rise recently and is causing concerns.

Halloween Candy Caution

Parents are advised to check their children’s #candy this Halloween because they could potentially be marijuana edibles. Experts, including Dr. Bruce Ruck, provide tips on how to identify these drug-laced candies.

3D Structures for Kidney Stones

Dr. Tibor Rohacs publishes: Structural insights on TRPV5 gating by endogenous modulators.

Detecting Lyme

Researchers, including Drs. Michael Jaker and Steven Schutzer, from Rutgers NJMS have developed new tests that are able to detect Lyme Disease quicker than current methods.

Cervical Carcinogenesis Identifiers

Drs. Theresa Li-Yun Chang and Mark Einstein are the 2018 Cancer Research Grant recipients from the Mary Kay Foundation. The grant will help their study on women with cervical cancer and identify the specific immune functions.

Paralyzing Condition

A rare condition that can cause muscle paralysis has been on the rise recently and is causing concerns. Experts, including Dr. David Cennimo, provide more insight on this condition.

Tackling Epidemic Through Education

Rutgers NJMS recently announced its latest program, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship. This one-year program will educate physicians on the multiple ways of tackling the opioid crisis.

Detecting Lyme

Researchers, including Drs. Michael Jaker and Steven Schutzer, from Rutgers NJMS have developed new tests that are able to detect Lyme Disease quicker than current methods.

Preparing Future Docs

Medical schools in NJ are working to provide future physicians with the proper #education on addiction and related treatments.

Partnership with Medical Examiner’s Office

Physicians from Rutgers NJMS will lead the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office. This is the first relationship of its kind in the state.

$1.6 Million in Cancer Research Grants

Investigators received over a million dollars in funds for cancer research and were mentored by #physicians from several medical schools, including Rutgers NJMS.

A Love-Hate Relationship with Selfies

"People care about how the world perceives them”, says Dr. Boris Paskhover, on the relationship people have with selfies.

When Opioids Are Necessary

A new study shows that opioids may be prescribed when not needed and provides insight on how to decide when they are.

New Sleep Apnea Screening Tool

Researchers have developed a new tool that can help screen for sleep apnea in patients with epilepsy.

Preparing for Flu Season

Experts from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School discuss the upcoming flu season and the best practices to stay healthy.

Nasal FluMist is Back: Should You Get It?

Dr. David Cennimo helps explain what you need to know, how it works and who should get it.

K2 Concerns

Synthetic cannabinoids causes concern in Pennsylvania correctional facilities or was it a case of mass psychogenic illness?

Combating Opioids in NJ

Dr. Zerbo participated in recent round table discussion on significant gaps in treatment and recovery services in NJ.

Green Light on Medicinal Marijuana

Missed our Grand Rounds on medicinal marijuana presented by Shereef Elnahal and the New Jersey Department of Health? Check out this NJTV News clip for highlights and interviews from the event!

Dragon's Breath

Experts from the NJ Poison Control Center warn that a popular frozen #dessert, ‘#Dragon’sBreath’, can cause internal harm due to #nitrogen.

Proof That Sleeping Habits Affect Grades

According to recent studies, poor #sleeping habits can cause a negative impact on #schoolgrades.

DDIY; Don't Do it Yourself

While #YouTube videos might provide some insightful tips, the majority of them are deceiving. In a new study, Dr. Boris Paskhover and researchers from Rutgers NJMS reveal how the videos provide misleading information and...

Kissing Bugs

CBS New York - Kissing bugs may sound cute, but they are most certainly not. Dr. Vivian Bellofatto from Rutgers NJMS talks to CBS New York about the harm these bugs may cause.

Fighting the Opioid Crisis

The DEA brings together #Newark community leaders to fight the #opioidepidemic.

Dangerous Blood Cells

A recent study by Drs. Valentina Guerrini, Maria Laura Gennaro, and other researchers from Rutgers NJMS show how harmful white blood cells form during tuberculosis.

New Chairman for Department of Neurosurgery

Rutgers NJMS welcomes Dr. Anil Nanda as the newly appointed joint chair for the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Nanda has gained international recognition for...


Toxic Mushrooms

The Star Ledger - Calls related to mushroom poisonings have been on the rise recently. Experts are urging the public to be cautious and to report any possible poisonings.

TB Bacterial Factors

Healio - Drs. Roberto Colangeli, David Alland, and colleagues have identified bacterial factors that predict relapse after tuberculosis therapy.

Snapchat Dysmorphia

What is “Snapchat dysmorphia”? It is the latest phenomenon in plastic surgery where patients want to look like the filtered versions of themselves. Dr. Boris Paskhover lends his...


Positive for Poppy

Did you know that poppy seeds can test positive for opioids? Poppy seeds contain morphine and they can trigger a drug test. Dr. Lewis Nelson shares more on the topic.


Chemical Concerns

The amount of chemicals in pools can help keep them clean, but too much can cause serious damage to your health. Dr. Diane Calello shares tips on how to safely handle pool chemicals.


Recovery Courts Changing Lives

A recent conference about recovery courts is aiming to provide the proper help to people with addictions. Dr. Erin Zerbo, assistant psychiatry professor at Rutgers NJMS, provides insight on addictions and more.

10,000 Patients Join in Medical Marijuana Program

Since the start of NJ Governor Murphy’s Administration, 10,000 patients have joined the Dept. of Health’s Medicinal Marijuana program. Grand round lectures explaining more about the program are being held in medical schools across the state, including Rutgers NJMS.

Opioid Education

NJ lawmakers are proposing to create opioid education courses for students in grades 7-12. Dr. Diane Calello from Rutgers NJMS talks more on the topic with CBS New York.

Gender Affirmation Surgeries

Heathline - Dr. Jonathan Keith from Rutgers NJMS sits down with Healthline to discuss the rising number for gender affirmation surgeries. Learn more.

New Tests for Lyme Disease - Physicians from Rutgers NJMS have developed new tests that could help diagnose Lyme disease earlier. Read more about the new methods in this article by

NJ Tobacco Control

NJ101.5 - Researchers from Rutgers NJMS will conduct a study on the accessibility of tobacco products to young adults.

Addicted to Gaming

ABC News - Gaming Disorder has been recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization, WHO. Dr. Petros Levounis, Rutgers NJMS, lends his expertise with Good Morning America on “gaming disorder” and how it affects mental health.

NJMS Performs First Phalloplasty in NJ - Dr. Jonathan Keith and experts with the Rutgers Center for Transgender Health performed the first phalloplasty in New Jersey on a transgender man.

Prescribing Opioids

New York Times - In an effort to curb the opioid crisis, experts have created new guidelines. The recommendations show the medication, including maximum numbers of opioid-containing medication, for the 20 most common medical practices.

Chlorine Gas

LiveScience - When it comes to swimming, chlorine is usually found in the forms of either powder or liquid. Most recently, however, a cloud of chlorine gas had affected over 30 people in a California neighborhood pool. Dr. Diane Calello from the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers NJMS shares her knowledge on the topic.




Star Ledger - Students from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School teamed up to pen an op-ed piece about gun violence.


Treatment for Alcoholic Liver Disease

Healio - Patients with alcoholic liver disease may now receive ‘optimal’ treatment through a plasma transfer system. Dr. Nikolaos T. Pyrsopoulos shares his expertise. (PC: CFCF)


Harm Reduction

Buzzfeed News - Teens are learning more about drug prevention, including practices that aim to reduce the negative effects of drug usage. In this interview, Dr. Lewis Nelson discusses drug use and harm reduction.


Legalized Recreational Marijuana

My Central Jersey - The legalization of marijuana for recreational use could cause potential health risks to NJ’s residents. Dr. Diane Calello, New Jersey Poison Control Center, discusses possible risks with other states that have already legalized recreational marijuana


‘Embalmed Alive’

Live Science - Patient dies after doctors use formaldehyde in IV drip. Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of Emergency Medicine, provides input in this article. (PC: Shutterstock)


E.coli Outbreak

CBS New York - Health officials are trying to determine where the E.coli outbreak had occurred in New Jersey after eight cases were reported. Dr. Rajendra Kapila, explains more about E.coli. (PC: NIAID)


Why People Should Carry Naloxone

Press of Atlantic City - The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory recommending that more people carry naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Dr. Lewis Nelson and Dr. Erin Zerbo, discuss more on the drug and its use.


Virus Outbreak - Dr. David Cennimo discusses human adenovirus virus, a respiratory illness with symptoms strikingly similar to the flu.


Teen's First GYN Appointment

NJ Family - Preparing your daughter for her first appointment with a gynecologist. Dr. Lauren Barlog answers frequently asked questions.


TB Case Study

Contagion Live - Dr. Lee Reichman demystifying tuberculosis in recognition of World TB Day. The disease remains a significant public health issue worldwide.


Update on Prince’s Toxicology Report

TIME - Dr. Lewis Nelson, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses the recent toxicology report of Prince and fentanyl levels in this Time Magazine article


Rutgers Grant Creates Affordable Class Material

Daily Targum - Dr. Petros Levounis, Open and Affordable Textbooks Program award recipient, said this process helped students save money and acquire new skills.


Bug-Spray-Laced Drugs

Live Science - Certain street drugs in Indianapolis may be laced with bug spray. Chair of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, provides insight on the topic.


Alternative Treatments for Bacteria

Ravalli Republic - Researchers from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School work with Rocky Mountain Laboratory scientists in finding a variant immunotherapy that would strengthen a patient’s immune system.


Dangerous Fungus

Newsday - Dr. David S. Perlin, executive director and professor of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, welcomes new approaches to potentially deadly fungal infections.


Ex-Russian Spy and Daughter Attacked With Nerve Agent

Live Science - It's still a mystery as to what sickened former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter at a shopping mall outside London on Sunday, March 4. Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says a fast-acting poison is likely the culprit.


Finding a Test for Marijuana

NJ Spotlight - Marijuana usage while driving has become an increasing concern for both doctors and police. Dr. Lewis Nelson from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School offers expertise on the issue.


Properly Diagnosing Personality Disorders

U.S. World & News Report - Did you know that an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population has a personality disorder? Dr. Petros Levounis, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses more about this topic.


WHO Updates Latent TB Guidelines

Healio - New WHO updates for latent TB aim to prioritize patient care. Dr. Lee Reichman discusses expanding testing and treatment options for TB.


International Women’s Day Highlights Science

Forbes - Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, offers thoughts on mentorships and women pursuing advanced degrees.


Rutgers NJMS First in U.S. to Teach MATs

NJ Spotlight - Over 180 Rutgers NJMS students will be in the first class trained in MATs to address opioid epidemic.


How to Defeat Gaming Disorder

U.S. World News & Report - Dr. Petros Levounis discusses gaming disorder, a behavioral addiction to play video games, and how to identify and treat the addiction.


International Women’s Day Highlights Science

Forbes - Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, offers thoughts on mentorships and women pursuing advanced degrees.


How to Defeat Gaming Disorder

U.S. World News & Report - Dr. Petros Levounis discusses gaming disorder, a behavioral addiction to play video games, and how to identify and treat the addiction.


Opioid Makers Gave $10 million to Drug Advocacy Groups

NBC News - Dr. Lewis Nelson, Chair and Professor of Emergency Medical at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, talks to NBC News about the latest update on the opioid epidemic.


Canton Mother Joins Fight Against Opioids After Son’s Death

The Seattle Times - After losing her son to an opioid overdose, a mom talks about the treatment drug, Naxolone. Dr. Lewis Nelson from Rutgers NJMS discusses the effects of the drug and emphasizes the proper treatment to recovery.


Eagles parade could be a powder keg for flu in state where 91 have died, experts warn

The state calls the flu outbreak widespread, and experts worry that packed trains and buses are a serious concern.


New Drug Therapy Could Lead to More Effective Treatment for Millions With Asthma

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School researchers identified a new treatment that could lead to more effective drug therapy for millions of individuals with asthma and other respiratory disorders such as chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD).


A 2-minute survey to diagnose autism in toddlers

A 10-question survey developed by researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School has a nearly 90 percent success rate at diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children 3 years and younger.


Efforts to curb opioid misuse must preserve patient access to medically-necessary opioids

Over the past several years, increased attention has been paid to the use of opioids to treat chronic pain in America.


“This Year’s Flu Season” – Star Ledger

The dreaded H3N2 is in full force in New Jersey, with one person already killed from a flu-related illness.


Training Future Doctors to Deal with Opioid Addiction - NJTV

Rutgers Medical School rolls out new curriculum to combat opioid epidemic.


"Eating Tide Pods is Not Safe" New York Times

An improbable and dangerous idea promoted on the internet has become a cause for genuine concern, the authorities said.


“Training Future Doctors on Opioid Front” – NJ101.5

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School revamps its curriculum to better equip future physicians to deal with the growing opioid crisis.