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‘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

Can you actually cure your hiccups?

Touro in the News
January 18, 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 a little ol' thing called 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, 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.”

MSN New Zealand

‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better,’ Says Medical College Dean After Seeing Shen Yun

Touro in the News
January 15, 2016

It’s a city of artistic pioneers, a city of explosive cultural exchanges, a city of diversity and creativity. And perfectly exemplifying this spirit is Shen Yun Performing Arts, a refreshing performance offering audiences glimpses into authentic, traditional Chinese culture spanning five millennia of history and civilization.

It’s a cultural heritage that has largely been lost, because the Chinese Communist Party has attempted to stifle and destroy it with movements like the Cultural Revolution. But Shen Yun is bringing it back.

“In a place like New York City, to have this kind of talent, and to be culturally stimulated and energized, it doesn’t get any better,” exclaimed Jerry Cammarata, Chief Operating Officer and Dean of Student Affairs at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, after seeing a sold-out showing of Shen Yun at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on Jan. 15.

Epoch Times

Fil-Am writer Randy Gener receives award for ‘meritorious community service’

Touro in the News
January 07, 2016

Randy Gener, the prominent editor-writer-artist, who has been published in The New York Times, Village Voice, and American Theatre magazine, has earned a New York’s Nubian Union Legend Award at a “Chasing Stars” Holiday Gala in Greenwich Village.

The “Chasing Stars” Holiday Gala featured a host of clergy, celebrities and community leaders. Other honorees were Dr. William Gibbs of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn; China Flowers, fashion and media specialist; Prof. Richard Alston, renowned concert pianist; and Nadege Dady, Dean of Student Affairs at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem.

GMA Network

10 Cold and Flu Myths Debunked

Touro in the News
December 17, 2015

You’ve washed your hands and taken vitamin C, but you still managed to catch your office cubemate’s germs. Part of avoiding a cold or the flu is knowing the facts. Dr. Kenneth Steier, Dean of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown Campus, helps debunk 10 flu myths.

US News & World Report

Kourtney Kardashian: If You Def Want Scott Disick Back, Then End Justin Bieber Fling

Touro in the News
December 14, 2015

Kourtney Kardashian, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you having fun hookups with young hottie Justin Bieber, 21. However, if rekindling love with Scott Disick — even if for the sake of the kids — is on your To Do list at all, then say bye-bye to doing the Biebs.

Your Justin affair could send Scott either off the wagon again or into the arms of a whole bunch of other women. “It may send him into a tailspin, to start ‘using’ [drugs and alcohol] again. He doesn’t do well with emotional pain,” points out psychologist Jeff Gardere, PhD and assistant professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. “On the other hand, it could push him into winning Kourtney back.”

Hollywood Life
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