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6 Reasons Why Your Poop Smells So Bad

August 23, 2016

Anyone who's had to bust out air freshener after a number two session knows that some visits to the throne can be more potent than others. While it's no secret that poop is supposed to smell bad, a next-level nasty aroma could be a sign that something's off with your digestive system. Look into one or more of these possible culprits:

You Eat a Lot of Meat
When you eat foods that are high in sulfur—such as meats, dairy, garlic, and cruciferous veggies (think: broccoli, cabbage, kale)—your gut works overtime to digest them and produces a larger amount of the gasses that make your poop smell. "Even with normal digestion, these foods will lend an eggy aroma to stool," says Anish Sheth, M.D., author of What's Your Poo Telling You? Translation: Avoid sulfur-rich foods on a first date.

You're Lactose Intolerant
If things get explosive every time you dig into your fave ice cream, you could be lactose intolerant. "Lactase is an enzyme that breaks lactose down to make it easier for your body to digest," explains Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. "If you lack the lactase enzyme or produce an insufficient amount, bacteria in your large intestine causes the undigested lactose to ferment and produce foul-smelling gas and stools." Put the kibosh on the discomfort (and aroma) by cutting back on dairy products, switching to lactose-free options, or popping lactase enzyme tablets (such as Lactaid) just before a meal or snack.

Doctor suicide is an epidemic in US

August 23, 2016

Some 400 physicians in the United States annually commit suicide and with that startling statistic in mind, Touro medical college in Middletown, Monday, participated in the National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician/Medical Student Suicide.

A number of stress factors can contribute to what doctors call an epidemic among their colleagues.

Johnson Zhang, a second year medical student at Touro, and president of the Student Government Association, told fellow students there are many pressures on medical students.

“We all know it is very difficult as medical students and graduate students,” Zhang said. “There are many demands, more so than ‘regular people’; I refer to it as ‘adulting’. There are a lot of hours we have to contribute, not only to handling financial situations, family burdens, but also many study hours. It is very important to recognize all these many stressors, but also find ways to relieve them.”

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus Now That It’s Basically Here in the U.S.

August 01, 2016

While the spread of the Zika virus this summer has been terrifying, we were at least comforted by the fact that the disease-carrying mosquitos hadn’t arrived in the U.S. That is, until now: On Friday, July 29, Florida health officials said there's a high likelihood that four cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the state were transmitted locally. Eeek.

In order to confirm this, Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine, says health officials will have to “carefully go over the patients' recent travel history, sexual exposures, and essentially recreate the last several weeks to months of their lives in order to narrow down the route by which they were exposed.”

4 Steps to Calculate Exactly How Much Sleep You Really Need

July 29, 2016

Scoring enough shuteye is a constant battle—from drinking one coffee too many to stressing when you should be snoozing, it's no wonder more of us don't curl up under our desks for a nap-turned-coma. It doesn't help that most of us have no idea how much sleep we should really be getting since the optimal amount varies from person to person.

Some of the factors that shape how much sleep we need are out of our hands, such as our age and gender, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York. But thanks to a few easy steps, you can stay at the top of your game by honing in on the exact amount of sleep your body needs.

Warwick Valley High Graduate receives prestigious fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center

July 13, 2016

Dr. Abigail Woglom-Meigh, a 2001 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, has successfully completed her residency in anesthesia with St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.

On Aug. 1, she will begin a one-year fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, filling one of two prestigious positions sought after by more than 2,000 applicants.

Woglom-Meigh earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem in 2012.

Harlem Mentor And Touro College Student Chosen For Prestigious Welch Scholars Grant

July 12, 2016

Christine Choi, D.O. candidate at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been selected to receive a 2016 Welch Scholars Grant from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). One second-year student from each of the AOA’s member schools is eligible to receive the prestigious grant, which is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, strong commitment to osteopathic medicine and financial need.

Ms. Choi has shined in her studies and in her extracurricular activities. She serves as chief medical student at Englewood Hospital, where she provides input and support for scheduling rotations and mediating communication between doctors and students. Previously, she took a leadership role in the school’s chapter of the honor society, planning and hosting mock anatomy exams and setting up a diagnosis case study club. She also chaired the strategic planning of a student-run clinic at TouroCOM, and gave campus tours for medical school applicants.

Middletown wins $10 million state prize

July 07, 2016

MIDDLETOWN – The City of Middletown is the winner of the Mid-Hudson Valley region’s downtown revitalization competition, bringing with the designation a check for $10 million...

“They have a lot of building blocks in place already,” Cuomo said. “The city, itself, invested over $60 million in infrastructure. You have Touro College coming in. You have the expansion of the community college. You have the Clemson Brewery. You have over 1 million square feet of available space. So we think there’s a very high likelihood of success here. Plus, the leadership proved themselves very capable. So we think the money is actually going to have a dramatic impact.”

NYCOMEC Research Director Invited to IAMSE Faculty Development Course & Dr. Steier Appointed Executive Dean for TouroCOM in New York

July 07, 2016

NYCOMEC and TouroCOM - Middletown Campus Research Director, Dr. David Yens, Invited to IAMSE Faculty Development Course & Dr. Steier Appointed Executive Dean for TouroCOM in New York

‘She’ll make a difference’

June 29, 2016

Jean Shiraki says growing up on Kauai inspired her to become a doctor.

“On Kauai, people come together and help each other,” she said. “That idea of a close, tight-knit community is embodied in a physician.”

Shiraki, who attended Island School from kindergarten to eighth grade, traveled to New York City to fulfill her dream of being a doctor.

She graduated June 12 from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. But her medical aspirations reach further than an examination room.

Shiraki hopes to make a difference in people’s lives by effecting change on the legislative level by crafting policy that would have a positive impact on the people who are often overlooked because they cannot afford treatment.

“Policy is my way of reaching out to the community,” she said. “There’s a bigger picture of the medical world, and bigger issues than learning anatomy.”

11 Signs You Might Have An Iron Deficiency & How To Fix The Problem

June 23, 2016

I love donating blood, so when I went to donate recently and was turned away due to low levels of iron, I was unpleasantly surprised. When I got home I looked into the signs you might have an iron deficiency, and realized nearly all of them were issues I had personally be dealing with. The symptoms were all around me, but I had been avoiding them, which — in retrospect — was a very silly move on my part.

A final — and very telling — sign you might have an iron deficiency is if you’re finding yourself craving odd things, like dirt, ice, or clay. Niket Sonpal, M.D., an internist and assistant professor of clinical medicine in the department of biomedical sciences at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York, told SELF this is because people with low levels of iron may develop pica — a syndrome that causes people to want to eat things that aren’t food.

TouroCOM-Harlem grads honored with state service award

June 16, 2016

Jemima Akinsanya, DO, is passionate about mentoring underrepresented minority students who are interested in careers in medicine, health and science. Jean Shiraki, DO, has used her policy expertise to plan health fairs and provide leadership in national and state medical societies, focusing on issues that affect minority communities.

Both physicians, who just graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, were recently honored with the Community Service Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Touro Medical Grads Receive NY State Service Award

June 16, 2016

Jemima Akinsanya and Jean Shiraki, two recent graduates of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2016, received the Community Service Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York at commencement ceremonies held recently at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

“They have provided outstanding service to the community, selflessly and with great skill,” said TouroCOM Executive Dean Robert Goldberg in calling the student doctors up to receive the award.

Drs. Akinsanya and Shiraki pursued different paths, but both dedicated themselves tirelessly, forgoing study time and social events to further causes they believed in. Akinsanya focused on helping underrepresented minorities gain a foothold in medicine and mentoring youth in Harlem who might one day want to pursue a career in health or science.

High-Intensity Statins Are No More Effective Than Regular Statin Therapy

June 09, 2016

Patients who were on lower-dose statins did just as well at lowering their cholesterol as those who were on moderate- to high-intensity statin medications, according to a new study presented here at Touro College Research Day. The results call into question newer recommendations that advocated for more aggressive treatment of cholesterol.

Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus at 230 West 125th Street in Harlem.

In 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association issued controversial new guidelines recommending moderate- to high-intensity doses of statins to more aggressively lower low density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol. “It was controversial because essentially it resulted in 12.8 million more people being placed on these statin drugs,” says the study’s lead author Martha Rumore, PharmD, Associate Professor of Social, Behavioral & Administrative Pharmacy at the Touro College of Pharmacy.

Touro College Grads Advised By NYC Health+ Hospitals CEO

June 08, 2016

At a festive gathering at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater last week, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its sixth class, conferring diplomas upon 123 candidates for the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree. The hall was packed with the graduates’ families and friends for the jubilant ceremony, at which the new doctors were reminded by their keynote speaker that medicine is changing rapidly and they must “adapt…adapt…adapt…”

“If you are adaptable, if you are flexible, if you remain open to learning new skills, new methods, new approaches to the practice of medicine, then you will succeed,” Ramanathan Raju, M.D., president and CEO of NYC Health+ Hospitals told the graduates. “Because medicine is in a constant state of creative flux.”

Reddit Users Diagnosed This Mom-to-Be with an Umbilical Hernia

June 07, 2016

In the latest case of the internet coming to the rescue, Reddit users saved one pregnant woman from what could have been a serious complication after her husband uploaded a video of her “belly button trick” to the site. User “Rebelrockstar” posted a video of his wife (who is reportedly a doctor herself) pushing her belly button out into a gross-looking bulge, reports The Daily Mail.

After a fellow Reddit user said the balloon-like protrusion looked like a hernia, the couple got it checked out. And it turns out the internet was right—that “belly button trick” was actually an umbilical hernia, which occurs when part of the intestine pokes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. Gross and dangerous.

So should you be worried that this could happen to you if you’re preggo? Not necessarily. This type of hernia is pretty uncommon, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. In fact, umbilical hernias account for less than 15 percent of all hernia cases, he says. They’re more likely to happen to women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, like the mama in this particular Reddit case.

Why Are Doctors Prescribing Antidepressants for Conditions Other Than Depression?

May 25, 2016

Antidepressants play a crucial role in treating depression. But according to a new study published in JAMA, almost half of the antidepressant prescriptions written every year are being used to treat conditions other than depression.

So are antidepressants, which help balance the chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain, some sort of cure-all drug?

“In my practice and experience, we have found that antidepressants help with a lot of conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, bulimia, and even anxiety,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City.

This Woman's Vegan Diet May Have Played a Role in Her Death on Mount Everest

May 23, 2016

Making it to the top of Mount Everest is no small feat—thousands of experienced climbers have tried and failed. And unfortunately, hundreds have lost their lives on the white whale of the climbing world. Just this Saturday, 34-year-old Maria Strydom of Australia died after developing high-altitude pulmonary edema—an extreme form of altitude sickness—which caused fluid to build up in her brain.

“Altitude sickness can affect anyone,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York. “It’s an equal opportunity offender. But oxygen-carrying capacity is something that vegans can be affected by.”

Proposed consolidation among health insurers could be hazardous to the nation's health

May 21, 2016

By Dr. Robert B. Goldberg and Roy Grant

Consolidation—the acquisition of one competing business entity by another—is an ongoing issue in the health insurance and hospital markets. After consolidation, it's common that fewer choices and provider networks are available.

There is concern about the health impact of consolidation; however, there has been far more study of hospital mergers than insurance consolidation. Studies have shown that all too frequently after hospital deals, prices are higher, quality of care deteriorates and savings are not passed along to consumers.

The Adderall Workout

May 20, 2016

George, 34, works as a marketing consultant and tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He was never really one for fitness — “I was sort of a fat ass,” he says — until he met Adderall, which helped him deal with the stress, and drown out the distractions, of launching a Bitcoin debit-card service. He believes he legitimately has ADHD, at least probably, but what he loves most about Adderall isn’t how it helps him think. It’s how it makes him look.

“Amphetamines are known to improve physical endurance and mental aptitude because they allow an increase in catecholamines [hormones produced by the adrenal glands] as part of their mechanism of action,” says Dr. Maria Pino, a toxicologist and pharmacology professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. “But they are also known to cause vasoconstriction, or increased blood pressure, and increased heart rate. So they can be dangerous.”

The Healthiest BMI Is Actually "Overweight," Says New Study

May 16, 2016

It's no secret that Body Mass Index (BMI) is a somewhat controversial measure of health. Calculated using only your height and weight, it classifies us as underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. But it's not always an accurate prediction of how healthy you are---since BMI doesn't touch on cardiovascular fitness or body composition, it's not unheard of for a professional athlete (especially one with a ton of muscle weight) or someone who can crush a triathlon to technically qualify as "overweight" or even "obese." 

And as far as the second finding, take that with a grain of salt before you try to put on a few pounds to up your BMI to 27, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. Being in the obese category is never healthy, he says.

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