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NYSOMS joins MSSNY in Powerful Day of Advocacy

Touro in the News
March 15, 2016

On March 8, NYSOMS joined the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) in Albany for a combined DO Day/MSSNY Lobby Day that drew 70 osteopathic medical students from all three New York State campuses.

NYSOMS

Sepsis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Touro in the News
March 11, 2016

When the body gets an infection, the immune system normally works to fight it in order to make the body healthy again. Sometimes, though, the body overreacts. Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. It can cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.

"While any type of infection — bacterial, viral or fungal — can lead to sepsis, the most common varieties include pneumonia, abdominal infection (i.e. diverticulitis, appendicitis, or gall bladder infections), kidney and urinary tract infections, and primary bloodstream infections (bacteremia),”"said Dr. Niket Sonpal, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem Campus.

Live Science

Touro Harlem Students Travel To Albany For “Advocacy Day”

Touro in the News
March 09, 2016

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem students traveled to Albany to participate in the annual Medical Society of the State of New York Advocacy Day, where they met with legislators and advocated for a variety of issues important to medical students and doctors.

Harlem World

5 Hints You Could Be Lactose Intolerant

Touro in the News
March 03, 2016

You're madly in love with cheese, but your body? Not so much. In fact, every time you chow down on your fave fromage, the subsequent bloating and cramps make you wonder if your ass is about to explode. If strange symptoms are the status quo when you nosh on dairy, you could be dealing with lactose intolerance—an icky side effect that strikes when your small intestine doesn't produce enough of an enzyme (lactase) that helps your body digest milk sugar (lactose).

"Lactose intolerance is extremely common and can go undiagnosed for a long period of time," says gastroenterologist Niket Sonpal, M.D.

Women's Health

The Final Verdict on Eating Fish While You're Pregnant

Touro in the News
February 29, 2016

Once there's a bun in the oven, everything you eat and drink can influence your baby's development. And while some post-conception diet upgrades are obvious, such as ditching alcohol and upping your fruit and veggie intake, others aren't so cut and dry—especially when it comes to seafood.

"There's still a lot of concern over whether eating fish during pregnancy is safe," says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. You want to eat enough fish to score the health perks for your baby but not so much that the potential pollutants mess with his or her development. As for where to draw the line, though, scientists are still trying to figure that out.

Women's Health

‘A heart for reaching out’: Meet DOs and students working to reduce minority health disparities

Touro in the News
February 25, 2016

Building trust, understanding barriers to care and cultivating cultural competency can help meet needs of underserved patients.

For Smruti Desai, MPH, OMS III, working to address health disparities among minority populations is a crucial element of the whole-person care DOs are trained to provide.

“The core of the osteopathic philosophy is to treat body, mind and spirit, and that includes every struggle a person goes through on the path to health,” says Desai, who attends the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem.

The DO

‘MedAchievers’ discover possibilities in medical and science careers

Touro in the News
February 24, 2016

Harlem high school students gain hands-on experience in medicine during TouroCOM-Harlem’s medical specialties fair.

It isn’t every day that high school students get to observe how a drill is used during hip replacement surgery or examine differences between normal and malignant kidney tissue. A group of 50 high schoolers had the opportunity to do just that by engaging with interactive displays at a hands-on medical specialties fair hosted by Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-Harlem) earlier this month.

The DO

What it’s like to be put to the test by the Mariners’ medical staff

Touro in the News
February 24, 2016

Dr. Angela Cavanna, the Course Director of Clinical Systems at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown Campus, is one of the physicians who perform the Mariners’ mandatory physical.

The Seattle Times

Kenneth Steier: Weekend Healthy Chat Interview

Touro in the News
February 21, 2016

Dean Steier was featured in a Weekend Healthy Chat radio interview with Dr. Sara Little on WYNY (106.9), WDLC (107.7) and Wall Radio (1340 AM) where he speaks out about the background of the Touro College & University System as well as the creation and mission of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown.

WYNY (106.9), WDLC (107.7) and Wall Radio (1340 AM)

6 Myths About Shingles You Still Believe

Touro in the News
February 16, 2016

Have you seen the TV commercial for the shingles vaccine Zostavax? It shows a middle-aged man in an office with a dreadful looking rash on his face, wincing at meetings, and receiving the half-horrified, half-sympathetic attention of his colleagues.

If your immune system is compromised—due to having a condition like HIV or taking immune-suppressing medication to keep you from rejecting a transplanted organ—you're certainly at greater risk, says Niket Sonpal, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. Being under extreme stress may also play a role.

Prevention

Migraines: Causes, Symptoms & Relief

Touro in the News
February 12, 2016

A migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by over-excitability of specific areas of the brain, which usually results in an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. Migraines are not merely severe headaches, however; in fact, sometimes there is no head pain.

It is important to note that there is a difference in the cause of migraines and the triggers for migraines. A cause is what makes a person susceptible to migraines, while a trigger is what may bring on a migraine. "Many patients know what will trigger a migraine in them," said Dr. Niket Sonpal, an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the department of biomedical sciences at the Touro College of Medicine in Harlem, New York​.

Live Science

Harlem students learn through Touro’s ‘MedAchieve’

Touro in the News
February 11, 2016

Fifty Harlem high schools students gathered at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine last week, where they viewed multiple medical procedures and gained hands-on experience through interactive displays at a fair designed to expose them to the world of science and medical careers.

Amsterdam News

Driving growth with EDs and MEDs

Touro in the News
February 11, 2016

In 2014, seeing the challenges ahead, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) launched the Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs industry cluster development initiative to highlight the importance of supporting area health care providers, colleges and universities by strengthening the alliances between these powerful entities through meaningful one-on-one dialogue, targeted educational forums and hands-on, local project development.

In early 2015, the first Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs roundtable was held at the newly opened Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown and included top executives in prestigious health care organizations and educational institutions.

Westfair Communications

Harlem’s Students Learn About Medicine In Harlem

Touro in the News
February 09, 2016

Fifty Harlem high schools students gathered at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) last week, where they viewed multiple medical procedures and gained hands-on experience through interactive displays at a fair designed to expose them to the world of science and medical careers.

Harlem World

Zika Virus: Nigeria Issues Travel Restrictions To Latin America

Touro in the News
February 08, 2016

Federal bureaucrats told reporters at a technical briefing Friday that four Canadians have contracted the Zika virus from traveling overseas - two in British Columbia, one in Alberta and another in Quebec - but said the risk of contracting the Zika remains very low in Canada.

"The major concern with Zika virus and pregnancy is possibly a link to a condition known as microcephaly", Niket Sonpal, M.D., associate clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City.

Cinema Blaze

Depression screening guidelines were 'overdue,' experts say

Touro in the News
February 03, 2016

Following the recently expanded guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which now recommends depression screening for all U.S. adults over the age of 18 as part of routine healthcare, including for pregnant and postpartum women, several experts told Healthcare Dive they agreed it was time.

A supporter from the primary care side is Dr. Harold Sirota, DO FACOFP, chairman of the Department of Primary Care at Touro College of Medicine in New York.

Healthcare Dive

What to know about the Zika virus

Touro in the News
January 28, 2016

The Zika virus is spreading like wildfire through the media, causing mass panic around the globe. But how much do we actually know about the condition?

Zika has been linked to major birth defects as the virus can be transmitted from mother to foetus, or even to newborns, although this is more rare.

"The major concern with Zika virus and pregnancy is possibly a link to a condition known as microcephaly," Niket Sonpal, M.D., associate clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City, states, according to shape.com. "With this condition, the baby's head is much smaller than expected, which can lead to many neurological problems."

TV3

A call for expanding residency slots: Medical school graduates may face a bleak future

Touro in the News
January 20, 2016

The United States is facing physician shortage in the not-so-distant-future. The Association of American Medical College found physician demand will surpass supply by approximately 46,000 to 90,000 physicians due to an aging population and increasing number of insured individuals.

Becker's ASC Review

Is There A Cure For Hiccups?

Touro in the News
January 19, 2016

There’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck with a persistent case of the hiccups. So what’s really going on?

Hiccups happen when your diaphragm – the sheet of muscle surrounding your lungs that’s responsible for respiration – contracts involuntarily. At the same time, your voice box contracts, too, causing that jump in your chest and producing that annoying hiccup sound.

“Hiccup bouts are usually caused by your stomach getting too inflated too quickly from overeating or even carbonated beverages,” says Niket Sonpal, assistant clinical professor of gastroenterology at Touro College of Medicine. “Other causes, such as excessive alcohol ingestion or emotional stress, can also precipitate hiccups.”

Women's Health South Africa

Can You Actually Cure Your Hiccups?

Touro in the News
January 19, 2016

“Hiccup bouts are usually caused by your stomach getting too inflated too quickly from overeating or even carbonated beverages,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor of gastroenterology at Touro College of Medicine. “Other causes, such as excessive alcohol ingestion or emotional stress, can also precipitate hiccups.”

For the most part, hiccups are totally normal and not cause for concern. However, “persistent hiccups lasting more than 48 hours may necessitate a thorough medical evaluation,” says Sonpal. Similarly, if you find yourself wrestling with regular bouts of hiccups for a month or more, it might be time to see the doc. Although rare, hiccups like this could be caused by a serious cardiovascular, neurologic, or gastrointestinal disorder—not something you want to play around with.

Health Medicine Network
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