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Dr. Anthony Fauci giving a presentation at Weill Cornell Medicine

Barely noticed scientific advances in the decades before the COVID-19 pandemic proved crucial to rapidly producing vaccines that—despite disappointing national uptake—are estimated to have prevented an additional 3.25 million American deaths from the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci M.D. ’66 said.

Deftly blending hope and skepticism from serving on the front lines of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci...

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A group of students celebrating after winning the $2000 prize during this year's Hackathon

Asthma is personal for Tyler Bershad.

“Like 26 million Americans, I have asthma,” said Bershad, an MBA candidate in business administration at Cornell Tech, during the 2023 Health Hackathon in February. “Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease in humans and, unfortunately, those who are most vulnerable are children.”

Bershad knows first-hand the reality that many pediatric asthma patients don’t always know how to communicate their symptoms to their parents or...

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White blood cells called neutrophils have an unappreciated role in eradicating solid tumors, according to a surprise discovery from a team led by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists.

In the study, published March 30 in Cell, the researchers investigated how a T cell-based immunotherapy was able to destroy melanoma tumors even though many of the tumor cells lacked the markers or “antigens” targeted by the T cells. They...

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A specific toxin-producing gut bacteria may be responsible for both triggering the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) and ongoing disease activity according to a new study led by a team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. The team is working with investigators from UC San Diego, UC Davis, the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell’s Ithaca campus and has a long-standing collaboration with scientists at The Rockefeller University.

The...

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NEW YORK (March 24, 2023)—Dr. Natalie Uy, a leading pediatric nephrologist, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, effective April 17.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides compassionate care for newborns, children and young adults with complex kidney diseases and urologic conditions. Services provided include dialysis and...

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Obesity may spur DNA damage in the breast tissue of women who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, possibly contributing to breast cancer development in this already high-risk group, according to new multi-institutional translational research led by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists.

The study, published in the Feb. 22 issue of Science Translational Medicine, suggests that weight management and medications...

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Video of Match Day 2023 at Weill Cornell Medicine

Chimsom Orakwue imagined life as a doctor for as long as she can remember. It is the thread that connected her childhood to high school to college and, four years ago, to Weill Cornell Medicine.

Now a graduating medical student, Orakwue on March 17 reached a milestone that brought her ever closer to attaining her goal: learning where she would...

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A transplanted pseudoislet made from CD63hi beta cells.

Multiple types of beta cells produce insulin in the pancreas, helping to balance blood sugar levels. Losing a particularly productive type of beta cell may contribute to the development of diabetes, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

In the study, published March 16 in Nature Cell Biology, Dr. James Lo, associate...

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students gathered around Dr. Anthony Fauci following his documentary screening at a medical institution

Video of Dr. Anthony Fauci M.D. ’66 Returns to Weill Cornell Medicine for 'American Masters’ Screening

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recalls his college summers working construction jobs around New York City, one memory stands out crystal clear: It was the summer before the start of medical school and he was on the team...

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The activity of a gene called CIART is a key factor in the establishment of the viral infection that causes COVID-19, according to a study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York University Grossman School of Medicine.

In the study, which appears March 13 in Nature Cell Biology, the researchers used multiple models of human organs, called organoids, to search for general host factors that influence...

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Financial disruption as a result of pandemic containment policies in the United States adversely influenced children’s mental health, according to a new study co-led by Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University investigators. Mitigating these economic effects may help protect children’s wellbeing if strict containment policies are needed in the future, according to the investigators.

The study,...

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3D printed scaffolding of a nipple

Weill Cornell Medicine investigators have developed a technique to help surgeons reconstruct more natural-looking nipples for patients who have undergone breast reconstruction after mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

In a study, published Mar. 8 in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Jason Spector...

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A United States Food and Drug Administration mandate to limit the dosage of acetaminophen in pills that combine acetaminophen and opioid medications is significantly associated with subsequent reductions in serious liver injury, according to a study led by investigators at the University of Alabama and Weill Cornell Medicine. The federal mandate was announced in 2011 and implemented in 2014. The results were reported...

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computer screen showing CT angiography

Compared with men, women continue to have a roughly 30-40 percent higher risk of dying following coronary artery bypass surgery, according to a large study led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The analysis showed that, without adjusting for differences in age and other health factors that influence risk, the female bypass patients had a 2.8 percent rate of death during or soon after surgery, compared with 1.7 percent for male...

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a man in a lab with goggles on

Weaknesses in the United States laboratory system, which were illuminated during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscore a need for policy changes to improve the country’s infectious disease response, according to a new analysis by a Weill Cornell Medicine investigator.

The analysis, published Mar. 6 in the March issue of Health Affairs, was co-authored by...

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The immune system of pregnant women with anxiety is biologically different from that of pregnant women without anxiety, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center investigators.

The study, published Sept. 14 in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, demonstrates that pregnant women with anxiety have higher...

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Digital illustration of lung cancer cells

A small but significant metabolic difference between human and mouse lung tumor cells, has been discovered by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers, explaining a discrepancy in previous study results, and pointing toward new strategies for developing cancer treatments.

The work, published Jan. 30 in Cancer...

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NEW YORK (Feb. 23, 2023) — Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman, a leading specialist in pediatric genetic medicine, has been named chief of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital, effective March 1.

The Division of Medical Genetics provides inpatient and outpatient consultation and medical care for children and...

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Patients of Various Ethnic and Racial Backgrounds In Hospital

Black and Hispanic patients were more likely than white patients to develop a wide array of lasting symptoms and conditions after a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to a new study led by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators.

The study, published in the Journal of General Medicine on Feb. 16, adds to a growing body of evidence demonstrating profound racial and ethnic disparities in the...

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a person blowing into a peak flow meter

A new screening tool identified roughly half of primary care patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) who could benefit from available treatments, according to a nationwide study led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine; NewYork-Presbyterian; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; National Jewish Health; the University of Minnesota and their colleagues. This performance — which they evaluated as a part of a larger, as-yet unfinished project — indicates that further...

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