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Montefiore Einstein administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to infants and children under 5 on June 21 — the first day it was available to that age group. This expansion is a critical step in the continued effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Montefiore Einstein researchers have been awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of COVID-19 on the brains of adults who had mild or asymptomatic infection. Using neuroimaging, cognitive and immunological tests, the investigators will examine if SARS-CoV-2 infection induces lasting changes in the brain and affects neurocognitive function. Learn more: https://montefioreeinsteinnow.org/update/2022-june-23/einstein-researchers-awarded-nih-grant-brain-covid-19
"Every single member of my family is fully vaccinated and boosted," said Dr. Elaine Schulte, Pediatrician, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Featured in the latest component of the New York State Department of Health's #VaxForKids initiative, led by Governor Kathy Hochul, Dr. Schulte joins pediatricians across NY to educate about COVID-19 vaccine safety and help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among children. New Yorkers can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby vaccination locations. Visit here to learn more and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for you or your child at Montefiore Einstein. Watch the video with Dr. Schulte
Omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may be both more transmissible and better able to evade the immune response than previous variants, although more data is needed. COVID-19 boosters can provide more protection than the COVID-19 vaccine alone, according to Dr. Kartik Chandran, Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Learn More
Montefiore-Einstein's Dr. Brenda Anosike, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, speaks to News 12 Bronx about what you can do to better protect yourself from getting infected with COVID-19 as the omicron variant surges, including updated mask recommendations. Learn more
Montefiore-Einstein researchers Dr. Jerry Chao, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and lead author, and senior author Dr. Michael Cabana, Physician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, have found that children and adolescents with obesity or diabetes infected with COVID-19 face a higher hospitalization risk. Learn more
A monumental day at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)! Montefiore-Einstein administered its first doses to eligible children, following the FDA and CDC’s approval and guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 – a critical step in efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Montefiore-Einstein’s Dr. Marjan Islam, Co-director of the COVID-19 Recovery (CORE) Clinic, recently joined the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC to share the latest in COVID-19 long-hauler symptoms.
Dr. Eric Meyerowitz, Infectious Disease Specialist for Montefiore Medical Group joined BronxNet TV "OPEN" to discuss the Delta variant and why we’re seeing so many variants.
Thank you to our frontline heroes who marched along the Canyon of Heroes representing Montefiore-Einstein in NYC’s Hometown Heroes ticker tape parade. We are proud to have supported this historical celebration honoring all essential workers who uplifted New Yorkers through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all our frontline heroes for your heroic bravery that saved New York.
Dr. Margaret Aldrich, Director, Pediatric Infection Control, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, recently joined BronxNet TV to discuss the latest information on vaccinating kids as the in-person school year approaches and to debunk some COVID-19 vaccine myths.
Montefiore-Einstein Psychologist, Dr. Ryan DeLapp, joins the “On Our Minds” podcast to discuss connections between inequality and mental health and best practices for enhancing our emotional wellbeing.
Kartik Chandran, PhD, Professor, Microbiology & Immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Scholar in Virology at Einstein, explains to MIT Technology Review that despite the many variants of COVID-19, the virus has not fundamentally changed, and stresses the importance of using the current effective vaccines to control the pandemic.
Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH, Chief, Academic General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, recently spoke with Kristen Dahlgren of NBC News about what parents should know about protecting young children now that older children are eligible for vaccinations and the CDC has issued new guidance on masks.
In an interview with Washington Post, Montefiore-Einstein’s Simon Rego, PsyD, Chief of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training at Montefiore, provided his insight on using avoidance to cope, and what you can do to ease your anxiety about life post-pandemic.
Montefiore-Einstein’s Betsy Herold, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vice Chair for Research at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, joins News 12 Bronx to discuss new research on kids' innate immune response, which helps them get over #COVID19 better than adults.
Interim Director of the Adult Behavioral Health Integration Program at Montefiore Medical Group, Dr. Herrick joined BronxNet to share how the Behavioral Health Integration Program (B-HIP) provides support to the community.
Montefiore-Einstein’s Dr. Jonathan M. Gursky; Dr. Alex Boro; and Dr. Sheri Escalante, along with the rest of the dedicated team from Montefiore-Einstein Neurology, recently published a research article in Neurology Clinical Practice titled, "Disparities in Access to Neurologic Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bronx Tale."
Montefiore received one of the nation's highest honors for treating behavioral needs in primary care settings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Our primary care providers are addressing behavioral health, including COVID-19-related depression and anxiety, and improving care access, experience and patient outcomes.
Montefiore-Einstein’s live-stream COVID-19 Remembrance Ceremony 2021: In honor of those lost and those who come together, every day, to heal New York. The ceremony is hosted by Dr. Philip O. Ozuah, President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine, and features performances by Jon Batiste, Orchestra of the Bronx, Every Voice Choirs and Sing Harlem from Mama Foundation for the Arts, with special guests, Montefiore-Einstein’s healthcare heroes.
The findings, published online in Nature Cancer, may lead to better care for cancer patients, who face a heightened risk of dying from COVID-19, and suggests that cancer patients should respond well to COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Philip O. Ozuah discusses healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, his goals for Montefiore Health System, and thoughts on Westchester with 914INC. magazine.
A study led by Montefiore-Einstein’s Dr. Emad Nader Eskandar shows there’s a higher risk for in-hospital mortality independent of COVID-19 disease severity for hospitalized COVID-19 patients with altered mental status or stroke upon admission.
Dr. Zingman, Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine, Montefiore-Einstein discusses the health system's efforts to ensure communities hit hardest by COVID-19 - people of color, health care workers, and people over 65 - are included in the AstraZeneca vaccine trial. Watch the full segment here.
An infant diagnosed with COVID‑19 showed signs of reversible heart injury and heart failure, according to a new case report by lead author Dr. Madhu Sharma, a pediatric cardiologist at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.
Montefiore-Einstein’s Ulrich P. Jorde, MD, Vice Chief, Division of Cardiology, senior author of the study shares principal finding that statin use was associated with a dramatically reduced risk of death from COVID‑19 in hospitalized patients with diabetes.
Betsy Herold, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vice Chair for Pediatric Research at Montefiore and Einstein, speaks to the NY Times about her new research that may help explain why COVID‑19 affects kids less severely.
The FDA has approved the antiviral drug remdesivir (brand name: Veklury), for the treatment of hospitalized #COVID19 patients. “The approval of Veklury marks an important milestone in efforts to help address the pandemic by offering an effective treatment that helps patients recover faster,” said Montefiore-Einstein's Barry Zingman, MD, Director, Infectious Diseases, Moses Division, Montefiore Health System about the new approval.
We are open for elective surgeries and procedures. For everyone’s safety, we have designated treatment areas for non-COVID-19 patients, and we have gone beyond industry standards to implement the most rigorous COVID-SAFE Care protocols currently available. Now more than ever, it’s important to not put your healthcare needs on hold.
Out-of-hospital heart attacks in NYC nearly tripled during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic—peaking on April 6, 2020 with 305 cases, an almost 10x increase from the same day in 2019—according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology by Dr. David Prezant of Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and FDNY.
Montefiore’s Chief Psychologist, Dr. Simon Rego discusses the psychological impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and having a lack of “social rhythm reinforcers” like school, social events or the gym.
In Dr. Ozuah’s NYT op-ed, he writes: “I see rare hope that these twin disasters disproportionately hurting minorities — one a brand-new virus and the other a virus as old as the country itself — could finally prove the true strength of our shared humanity.”
Dr. Teresa Hsu-Walklet, Supervising Psychologist, Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, spoke to Bronx Times about how COVID-19 has affected children and parents. She says families should seek the treatment and support needed.
Dr. H. Michael Ushay of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore tells NY1 that Montefiore-Einstein has seen 37 Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) patients, most of whom have been discharged, and the most reassuring aspect of the illness is how well children respond to treatment.
Montefiore-Einstein's Dr. Nir Barzilai tells the NY Times that while vulnerability to COVID-19 increases at around age 55, older adults can slow or reverse their declining immune defenses with an improved diet and exercise regimen.
Dr. Nadine Choueiter of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore speaks to NBC New York about rare cases of Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) related to COVID-19 and the importance of identifying symptoms so it can be treated.
Music therapy is helping to heal patients and staff at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore during COVID-19. Annalissa Vicencio, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist, uses music to bring wellness and enhance the lives of patients, their families and her colleagues as well.
The Department of Pediatrics at Montefiore-Einstein conducted the largest single-center U.S. study researching how children are affected by COVID-19. While most children infected with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, a small number experience a severe response.
Montefiore-Einstein's Dr. Barry Zingman, Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine, Montefiore-Einstein joined JakeTapper on CNN to share early findings on the remdesivir trial he's leading.
New York Times' Nicholas Kristof tells the compelling story of Montefiore's ER Doctor Andres Maldonado who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and brought to the ICU after treating patients on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Can blood taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19 treat the virus? Montefiore-Einstein is teaming up with NYU Langone to study how COVID-19 survivors can aid current COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma may be the answer.
Montefiore-Einstein, one of the locations participating in the remdesivir clinical trial, has enrolled 91 patients in the study to test its effectiveness in treating #COVID19. Dr. Barry Zingman, Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine, discusses promising early findings of remdesivir trial with NBC.
Doctors from Montefiore Health System applied for an emergency grant to purchase essential items such as diapers, wipes and formula for patient care packages. News 12 The Bronx highlights our #Monteheroes' efforts to get critical items directly to mothers and their babies in need amid the #COVID19 crisis.
Nicholas Kristof of the NYT tells the story of COVID-19 through the lens of humanity, as told to him by Montefiore heroes. He reports from the frontline on the stark reality of suffering, while showing the compassion, courage and heroism that brings light to this unprecedented time.
Why do men infected by COVID-19 generally show more severe symptoms and why are they are more likely than women to die from the virus? Researchers at Montefiore-Einstein showed for the first time that men clear the virus from their bodies slower than women. The explanation: a potential male-only “reservoir” for coronavirus.
Montefiore heroes read aloud an inspirational letter from their boss Dr. Scott Melvin, Vice Chair of Clinical Surgery. Filled with words of wisdom and hope, this motivational rally is defined by perseverance and bravery, during a moment in time we'll never forget.