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Health Hackathon 2024

The 2024 Health Hackathon brought together 185 students with diverse backgrounds from Cornell and 26 other universities—in just 36 hours, they addressed critical safety challenges facing patients today.

The competition, held in person from March 8-10 and organized by Weill Cornell Medicine’s Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC) and...

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Individuals with physical health concerns made up the largest and fastest growing of five subgroups of individuals who died by suicide in the United States over roughly twenty years, according to an analysis led by Weill Cornell Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong and University of Kentucky investigators.

The study, published...

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Dr. Samie Jaffrey

A team led by Dr. Samie Jaffrey, the Greenberg-Starr Professor of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a three-year, $1.65 million grant for RNA research under a biotechnology-development program run by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The competitive Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology program funds cutting...

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For younger Black patients living in rural parts of the Southeastern United States, peer coaching is more effective than traditional clinical care in controlling high blood pressure, according to a new study led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The investigators learned that for people under age 60 who have persistently uncontrolled hypertension, the benefits of working with a peer health coach were equivalent to what would be expected from taking a low...

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Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have performed the most comprehensive analysis to date of cancer of the ureters or the urine-collection cavities in the kidney, known as upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC).  The study, which compared the characteristics of primary and metastatic tumors, provides new insights into the biology of these aggressive cancers and potential ways to treat them.

In the...

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Video of Match Day 2024 at Weill Cornell Medicine

Branden Sosa was halfway through his undergraduate degree at Hunter College when he had to take time off from school—his mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. For a year and a half, he worked at Hospital for Special Surgery as an office manager to support his family.

“It was through that experience I grew to love orthopedics and research...

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newborn gut bacteria

Weill Cornell Medicine investigators discovered that unique bacteria colonize the gut shortly after birth and make the neurotransmitter serotonin to educate gut immune cells. This prevents allergic reactions to food and the bacteria themselves during early development.

The preclinical study, published in Science Immunology on Mar. 15, showed that bacteria abundant in the guts of newborns produce serotonin, which...

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nursing home care

Specialized nursing facility clinicians, or SNFists, may decrease the likelihood of nursing home residents experiencing stressful hospitalizations and improve the quality of life in their last days, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open on Mar. 15, examined how SNFists uniquely impacted the care of nursing home residents in their last 90 days,...

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Lewis Grossman

Rampant mistrust of medical science during the COVID-19 pandemic represents the rule, not the exception, of public perception of mainstream medicine over the last two centuries, said Lewis A. Grossman, a distinguished professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law, in a lecture at Weill Cornell Medicine on March 13. 

“In October 2023, the Pew Research Center found that only 25 percent of U.S. adults say they have great...

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HIV care in Tanzania

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine have shown that three months of social worker follow-up support to people hospitalized with HIV in Tanzania had health benefits at low cost. The protocol shortened the time it took participants to attend an HIV clinic and to start on antiretroviral therapy after discharge.

However, the study published in JAMA on Mar. 6 found that the care benefits didn’t translate...

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Christine Ye traces her passion for medicine back to seventh grade, when she joined a medical mission to Haiti and saw first-hand how access to health care can create stark disparities.

“I remember thinking, ‘This issue could have been solved with a vitamin supplement, or a bandaid, or neosporin—something simple,’” said Ye, 26, from Valley Stream, N.Y. “New York is such a different world, but even within New York there are disparities. That just stuck with me; seeing the injustice in...

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chronic kidney disease

A new study found that retinoic acid receptors (RARa) in the proximal tubules of the kidney play a crucial role in limiting the damaging effects of kidney injury that often lead to kidney failure. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine have developed a preclinical model that showed a condition like chronic kidney disease develops when RARa in proximal tubules stop working.

Currently, there are few drugs on the market, so patients with prolonged, untreated kidney disease must undergo...

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Bruce Ratner, a familiar figure in the New York scene, is known for his work as a major property developer, including helping revive downtown Brooklyn’s economy, and as a former commissioner of consumer affairs. What most people don’t know is he is a strident advocate for the advancement of innovative cancer diagnostics. 

At the 2024 Startup Symposium & InvestConnect Conference, held Feb. 28 at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Belfer Research Building, Ratner, now a co-author of a new book...

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Weill Cornell Medicine is part of an international team that has been awarded funding of up to $25 million over five years by Cancer Grand Challenges to study the causes of cancer inequities.

Cancer Grand Challenges is a global funding initiative co-founded by the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK that aims to address key challenges in cancer biology and patient care.

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male breast cancer

Male breast cancer has distinct alterations in the tumor genome that may suggest potential treatment targets, according to a study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. They have conducted the first whole genome sequencing analysis of male breast cancer, which looked at the complete DNA landscape of tumor samples from 10 patients.

This is an important step in viewing breast cancer in men, which represents less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases each year, as a unique disease...

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Patients who have drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have a similar microbiological response to bedaquiline-based second-line medications as patients with drug-sensitive TB taking first-line regimens, according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and GHESKIO in Haiti. Second-line medications are those that are given when one or more of the drugs given first for the disease are not effective. The research could have implications for...

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gene signature non-small cell lung cancer


A new study identified a set of 140 genes that may help predict enhanced disease-free survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with a combination of immunotherapy and low-dose radiation. The results, published in Cell Medicine Reports on Feb. 23, suggested that this “gene signature” could be used to identify a subclass of lung tumors that is more likely to be eradicated...

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eating disorder

Individuals with eating disorders who have low income are frequently misdiagnosed and lack adequate access to appropriate therapy, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Their...

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Although it is one of the oldest medications used to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and an effective treatment for an associated arthritis condition called spondyloarthritis (SpA), sulfasalazine’s mechanism of action has been unclear. Now researchers at the Jill Roberts Center for IBD and the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in IBD at Weill Cornell Medicine and...

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Dr. Juan Pascual

NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2023)—Dr. Juan Pascual, a leading pediatric neurologist, has been appointed chief of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, effective March 1.

 In his new role, Dr. Pascual will oversee the child and neonatal neurology divisions with a focus on increasing access to high-quality care, expanding scientific research, and recruiting and developing...

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