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Digital depiction of how COVID-19 affects neurons in the brain
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The image illustrates three distinct structures uncovered across thousands of cancer genomes: a rift (rigma) in the wall, recurrent towers (pyrgo), and a dramatic tornado (typhoon) shape a complex and turbulent landscape.
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The amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus, or “viral load,” in cancer patients and in the general inpatient population upon hospital admission may predict their risk of dying of the infection, according to a study led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The findings provide new insights into the relationship between viral load and the risk of severe illness in both populations and may help guide treatment decisions.

The researchers, whose ...

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The COVID-19 pandemic will potentially lead to greater disparities in cancer care and outcomes among Black and Hispanic New Yorkers, according to a viewpoint article published in JAMA Oncology on Aug. 13 by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators. The authors write that higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection among Blacks and Hispanics will lead to delays...

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A study by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian aims to answer one of COVID-19’s biggest mysteries: why do some people become severely ill, while others have no symptoms? The multidisciplinary team will seek to identify underlying genetic and immune factors that contribute to these varying outcomes to help guide the development of precision prevention and treatment efforts.

The ...

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With the need for wide scale COVID-19 testing to allow societies reopen safely, a group from Weill Cornell Medicine and other academic medical centers and research organizations have announced the launch of a global competition for low-cost, high-quality and scalable COVID-19 tests, called the COVID-19 XPRIZE, in a ...

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Weill Cornell Medicine has awarded eight grants of $100,000 each to faculty for a variety of research projects on COVID-19, funded by the institution’s Board of Overseers and additional donors. The grants will support studies aimed at understanding fundamental aspects of the disease, the body’s immune response and social determinants of health that affect COVID-19 outcomes...

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Weill Cornell Medicine investigators have received a total of $3.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the effectiveness of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to develop models that can aid in clinical decision making in the treatment of the virus.

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Two papers from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators make recommendations on addressing health disparities related to COVID-19 and broader social factors that impact patient health.

Disparities in Broadband Internet Access Highlighted by COVID-19 a Public Health Issue

Disparities in access to reliable broadband internet during the COVID-19 pandemic reflect a broader public health issue, according to an ...

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A preclinical model of a common type of breast cancer provides new insight into why an immunotherapy known as checkpoint inhibition has not yet been effective against the...

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The risks of stroke and heart failure in an individual increase as the number of social determinants of health increase, according to two new studies by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The social factors that affect health include race, education level, annual household income and neighborhood poverty.

The conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age, referred to in the studies as social determinants of health or...

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Dr. Kristen Marks, an associate professor of medicine in the ...

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The greatly increased risk of cancer and cancer mortality with aging may be due in part to the buildup in the body of a key cancer-promoting molecule, according to new preclinical research from...

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The prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States population this spring may have been 80 times greater than official reports, according to the estimates of a study published June 22 in Science Translational Medicine. The investigators used influenza-like illness (ILI) outpatient surveillance data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New...

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Dr. Bishoy Faltas in lab with crossed arms

By Emily Smith

Each year, 80,000 people in the United States are newly diagnosed with bladder cancer, and more than 17,000 lose their lives due to the disease. It ranks as the fourth most common type...

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In recognition of its decades-long commitment to advancing diversity within medical education, Weill Cornell Medicine’s ...

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Dr. Fred Pelzman

Dr. Fred Pelzman. Credit: Ashley Jones

A veteran primary care physician, internist Dr. Fred Pelzman can count on one hand the times he’s stayed home sick in his quarter-century career. But they pale in comparison to his most recent illness—a bout of COVID-19 that laid him low for nearly two weeks in mid-March, just as the pandemic was escalating in New York City. Dr. Pelzman—the medical director of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, an associate professor of...

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Tiny packets called extracellular vesicles and particles (EVPs), released by cancer and immune cells, contain specific proteins that may serve as reliable biomarkers for diagnosing...

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Weill Cornell Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for COVID-19 research. The two-...

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Are You Registered to Vote?

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Do not let others decide for you. Your vote is your voice. Register to vote today.

To register to vote you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be 18 years old on election day;
  • Be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

New York State offers online voter registration. To register online, visit New York State's "Register to Vote" page...

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By Heather Salerno

LGBTQ individuals...

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Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators examined patient data to determine how obesity and inflammatory bowel disease affect SARS-CoV-2 infection...

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Certain patterns of injury may help doctors distinguish physical elder abuse, which is rarely reported, from unintentional falls, according to new research from emergency medicine specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian.

In the study, published July 23 in Annals of Emergency Medicine, the researchers compared 78...

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A common ear, nose, and throat (ENT) office procedure that involves examining a patient’s throat, known as a laryngoscopy, does not produce aerosol droplets any more than...

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Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian clinicians shared strategies that have been implemented at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to meet the unprecedented need for critical care and recovery from COVID-19 in two recently published papers.

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Two studies from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators suggest that maternal-to-child transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is rare; however, one study found that complications after birth occurred for some mothers infected with the virus. 

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Barbara Milbauer enjoying Central Park while wearing a face mask

Photos by Ashley Jones
Words by Tori Mumtaz

Until very recently, face masks were seldom seen in the United States outside of doctors’ offices, operating rooms and...

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Home health care workers faced increased risks to their physical, mental and financial well-being while providing essential care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and Cornell University.

The study, ...

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By Heather Salerno

Editor's note: This story was reported prior to this summer's demonstrations in support of racial justice.

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One method for coronary artery bypass surgery is linked to a significantly lower risk of death, heart attack, or the need for a new surgery compared to the most...

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Weill Cornell Medicine is honoring 15 faculty members, trainees, students and staff this year for their outstanding service and leadership in promoting diversity at the academic medical institution.

The annual Diversity Awards honor exemplary contributions through research, clinical care, community service and advocacy to improve the health of populations that historically have had unequal access to care. They also recognize excellence in mentorship and fostering an...

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Clinicians and investigators from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian offer guidance on protecting older adults and building a stronger partnership between the medical and public health systems in two recently published papers on COVID-19.

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Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have published...

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The National Institutes of Health National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has awarded Weill Cornell Medicine investigators $4.2 million to compare quality of life outcomes in...

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CT-scan of brain of a stroke patient

COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of stroke than patients with influenza, according to a study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. But stroke risk with...

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Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, a professor of medicine in the ...

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An induced, pluripotent-generated, 8-week-old human cerebral organoid

A new technique that involves growing brain tumors in a miniature laboratory model of the human brain recreated the complex genetics of the...

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With COVID-19 limiting resources and presenting logistical challenges for elective treatments, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian clinicians offer guidance on treating cancer in four recently published papers.

Framework Suggests How to Safely Provide Care to Patients with Cancer of the Nervous System

An article published April 9...

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The hormonal shifts that occur with menopause can increase the risk of brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Brain imaging research indicates that Alzheimer’s disease starts with changes in the brain years, if not decades, before people develop clinical symptoms. In the United States, about 67 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Scientists wanted to determine whether women’s brains...

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When COVID-19 first appeared in NYC hospitals, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian physicians and scientists documented early observations of clinical and pathological characteristics in two publications.

Letter-to-the-Editor Describes Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 in New York City

Much of what was initially known about patients hospitalized with COVID-19 came from case studies in China. In a ...

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To make demonstrations to eradicate racism as safe as possible, we offer you the following advice to minimize the risk for spreading the coronavirus while you exert your right to free speech.

1. Keep as much Physical Distance as possible.

2. Keep 6 feet apart when you bend the knee, lie down or sit.

3. Wear a mask at all times

4. Avoid touching others. Give air hugs.

5. Carry hand sanitizer. Perform hand hygiene if you touch anyone. If you do not have hand...

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Dr. Kevin Holcomb

Dr. Kevin Holcomb, a prominent gynecologic oncologist with a longstanding commitment to...

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Elderly man in nursing home while in quarantine.

Epidemiological models of COVID-19 that are used to guide policies on social distancing measures should take into account the special dynamics of the coronavirus’s spread in nursing homes and other...

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Critical care physicians, infectious disease specialists and pulmonologists from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian have published ...

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Dr. Jim Hu, the Ronald P. Lynch Professor of Urologic Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded more than $7 million in funding...

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An intensive, one-year, lifestyle-modification treatment for type 2 diabetes patients, featuring a low-calorie diet and physical exercise, resulted in a large average weight loss, and remission of diabetes for most patients, in a clinical trial led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.

In the study, whose results appear in the June issue of...

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As the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic begins to subside in parts of the United States, doctors around the country and especially in hard-hit New York City are reporting cases of an apparently related inflammatory syndrome. Initially termed “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome” and subsequently renamed “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children” (MIS-C) by the CDC, the new disorder already has affected ...

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Joanna Gao on bridge

The prospect of residency typically brings jitters to newly minted doctors as they prepare to start the next phase of their medical training, and the level and scope of their patient care responsibilities increases...

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In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic gained a visible foothold in New York City and...

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EEG wave in human brain.

Neurologists traditionally have expected that patients who remain in coma after cardiac arrest have almost no chance of making a meaningful recovery if they fail to emerge from coma within a week. But a new study from...

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Dr. Monika Safford standing by table

Dr. Monika Safford, chief of the ...

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As doctors face the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 with a very limited arsenal of treatments, physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian have rapidly mobilized to test candidate drugs in clinical trials. These carefully designed studies are critical to determining whether a drug is truly effective and that positive outcomes are not a result of chance.

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Multiexposure background of COVID-19 infected blood sample and background of blood cells and pulse signal. Credit: Shutterstock
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Although COVID-19 is a threat to everyone, people of color have been hit especially hard by the virus — what has been called a “pandemic within the pandemic.” African Americans and Hispanics in particular represent a disproportionate percentage of the deaths in many cities and...

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Dr. Carl Nathan

The COVID-19 pandemic is a striking reminder that viruses scorn borders. Disease-causing bacteria ignore borders, too—but with a difference. While scientists are still seeking to discover antiviral drugs, since the end...

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Mild Cases (Home) 

COVID-19 almost always starts with relatively mild, flu-like symptoms that can be treated at home. People who have these symptoms usually do not need...

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Among the confounding aspects of the novel coronavirus is the wide range of disease severity patients experience. While a minority of COVID-19 patients require hospitalization, the effects of infection for these people are dramatic and in some cases life threatening 

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Dr. Nathaniel Hubert writing on whiteboard.

Mathematical modeling by Weill Cornell Medicine is helping to guide New York State and New York City leaders as they make decisions that could affect the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using a tool he created called the Cornell COVID Caseload Calculator C5VDr....

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With the COVID-19 pandemic coinciding with the start of spring, you may be wondering when your respiratory symptoms indicate allergies – or something more serious. Dr. William Reisacher, associate professor and director of allergy services in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, and an associate attending otolaryngologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, explains how to identify the warning signs of COVID-19 that may be a...

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Most Americans and all New Yorkers are under orders to leave home only to get essential supplies like food, gas, medication, or for medical services. Here’s how to navigate some common issues and stay safe when on errands: 

Limit trips, shop during off-peak times, and keep your distance 

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Governments and public health officials have recommended drastic restrictions on travel and movement in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Although unfamiliar to most of us, public health experts say such restrictions are critical to slowing the virus’s spread, which could otherwise ...

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Students visiting the BioBus examine contained samples from various labs to explore new organisms and ecosystems on Big Red STEM Day, hosted Feb. 25 at Weill Cornell Medicine. All photos: StudioBrooke

Ajten Jasarova, a junior at Astor...

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Millions of elders are abused - and there are millions of non-abusing family, friends and neighbors valiantly seeking to protect them. They are often the first to respond, providing a wide range of emotional and practical assistance. They might hear abuse through adjacent apartment walls - and if they reside with the victim, they are also living with the abuse. These concerned people may witness the decline in the victim's health, notice their distress, or even become the target of the abuse...

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'Webside' manner

Doctor providing consultation via telemedicine

Bronx resident Andrea Ablack and her family are longtime patients of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Not only do they come to the hospital for routine care, but she was born there—as were her four sisters—and she gave birth to her own daughter there four years ago. So when the 28-year-old childcare worker stopped by the emergency department for treatment of some flu-like symptoms in early March, she thought she knew what to expect—including the fact that because her...

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Deborah Estrin

Dr. Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her innovative work using mobile devices and data to address social challenges.

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Monika Ryczek and Tony Valencia, students from High School for Environmental Studies in Manhattan, participate in Big Red STEM Day Feb. 27 at Weill Cornell Medicine. Monika and Tony attended a workshop led by graduate students from Cornell Tech in which they programmed technology to act as a personal reminder.

Getting high school students to stay inside on a warm, sunny afternoon to work on science might sound like an impossible task, but on Feb. 27 dozens of students from public high schools across New York City happily did just that.

A total of 90 teens participated in Big Red STEM Day, a Weill Cornell Medicine-led initiative designed to inspire high school students from communities underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to pursue STEM-related education...

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