Many parents believe that their children must be kept in an environment that is as clean as possible, but some research suggests that being exposed to what many would call unclean conditions is good for a child's immune system. Research has indicated that children who are kept in very clean environments have a higher rate of hay fever, asthma and a wide range of other conditions. This is what is called the hygiene hypothesis.
"I believe that there is a role in the development of a child's immunity exposure to various germs and a vast microbiome diversity," said Dr. Niket Sonpal, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem Campus.
After spending 12 years as a Broadway actor, Clark Johnsen, OMS II, says his favorite part of showbiz was being part of the theater community, which he describes as extraordinarily open, curious and accepting.
“Being around theater people helped make me more curious about what makes people tick and what motivates their behavior, which has been a great asset to bring into my medical education,” he says.
Johnsen now attends the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York (TouroCOM-Harlem), where he’s president of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy. In this edited interview, he tells the story of his journey to osteopathic medical school and shares advice for other nontraditional med students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.