The Brooklyn Hospital Center in the News

The Brooklyn Hospital Center in the News


Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids HealthDay
February 12, 2014

Common infections, such as a cold or chickenpox, may increase the risk of stroke in children, according to several new studies. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of the department of pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in New York City states that children strokes are uncommon.  

Friday marks National Wear Red Day for heart disease awareness Brooklyn Bureau
February 8, 2014

National Wear Red Day was celebrated Friday to spread awareness about heart disease. Doctors at Brooklyn Hospital Center are warning people of the warning signs of an unhealthy heart.

InterCloud Announces New Managed Service Agreement With the Brooklyn Hospital Center AFN
January 31, 2014

InterCloud Systems Inc. ICLD, a single source provider of IT solutions through cloud platforms and professional services announced today that they have entered into a two year managed services agreement with the Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC). Bill Moran, the SVP/CIO of Brooklyn Hospital Center is quoted in the article.

Brooklyn police officers resuscitate unconscious baby ABC Eyewitness News
January 17, 2014 

Two New York City police officers saved the life of an unconscious baby at a bank in Brooklyn. Dr. Adebayo Adeyinka, a pediatric intensive care specialist at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, provided details on the baby's car while in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). 

Marketing of Unhealthy Foods Still Common in U.S. Schools  HealthDay
January 13,2014

There has been progress in cutting out the marketing of junk food to schoolchildren, but many American students are still exposed to in-school marketing of less-than-nutritious fare, a new study finds. Karen Congro, a registered dietitian and director of the Wellness for Life Program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses "food commercialism," the excessive marketing of junk food to kids in school and elsewhere.

Younger Adults Who've Had Shingles May Face Higher Stroke Risk  HealthDay
January 3, 2014 

According to a new study, people who've had shingles -- a viral infection also known as herpes zoster -- before age 40 may have a higher risk of stroke years later. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, says the research is inconclusive.

Older Women May Spend Two-Thirds of Their Day Sitting
December 17, 2013

Older women are physically inactive for about two-thirds of their waking hours, but that doesn't mean they're just sitting still. Many elderly people move about in short bursts of activity, an average of nine times an hour. The Brooklyn Hospital Center Chief of Geriatrics Yonette Davis, MD, provides tips on keeping active as you get older. 

Flu vaccine helps ward off serious child illness AFP
December 11, 2013

The flu vaccine prevents the virus more than half the time in children and can also ward off more serious sickness, said the findings of a major clinical trial Wednesday.Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is quoted on influenza vaccine.

Miss New York Amanda Mason visits Brooklyn Hospital Center
December 9, 2014

 Miss New York Amanda Mason visited Brooklyn Hospital Center today to cheer up sick children.

Celebrating World AIDS Day through film
December 6, 2013

 The film, “David is Dying,” a provocative drama written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Jackson journeys through the life of a tortured soul that constantly engages in self-destruction and self-sabotage. This film was followed by a Q&A with the film director, Dr. Leonard Berkowitz, chief of infectious diseases at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says HealthDay
December 2, 2013

The prevalence of a painful condition known as shingles is increasing in the United States, but new research says the chickenpox vaccine isn't to blame. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, recommends a one-time vaccine for anyone aged 60 or older.

4 Success Stories in the Fight Against AIDS in 2013
November 29, 2013 

It’s been 32 years since the first mysterious cases of what turned out to be acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS first began to appear. Since then, the epidemic has killed 25 million people (700,000 of those in the U.S.), but we've made substantial progress in diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Leonard Berkowitz, MD, medical director of the Program for AIDS Treatment and Health (PATH) and chief of infectious diseases at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about new drug therapies.

Quitting tips for Thursday's Great American Smokeout
November 20, 2013

Being mentally ready to quit smoking is the most important indicator for success, said Robert DiGregorio, senior director of pharmacy services at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and an expert in smoking cessation. For some people, graphic anti-smoking ads are a motivator. Others may decide to quit due to education and awareness about the effects of secondhand smoke on children. Still others quit because of the high cost of smoking.

Bringing Up Baby and Fretting About Vital Signs  Wall Street Journal
October 20, 2013

Almost anything you can put on a baby is cute. A hat. Sunglasses. A bib (especially the one that says, “Some moron put my cape on backwards!”). But now comes the Owlet Baby Monitor—a little electronic device strapped to a sock at bedtime. It measures your baby’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature and more. Read Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, on the pro's and con's of these devices.

Halloween Candy: Is It Worth It?  Fox News
October 18, 2013

They may be flavored with real fruit juice, but these chewy candies are mostly just corn syrup and hydrogenated oils—AKA sugar and fat. Because of that, one or two pieces isn't likely to satisfy your hunger. Karen Congro, RD, CDN, director of the Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, gives the skinny on Peppermint Patties, caramel apples and more.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner Undergoes Surgery to Remove Blood Clot  AFP
October 8, 2013

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on the surface of her brain less than three weeks before crucial mid-term legislative elections. Dr. Anders Cohen, head of neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, told AFP the procedure that Kirchner was to undergo was a common operation that can be done safely anywhere in the world.

Tom Hanks Has Type 2 Diabetes HealthDay
October 8, 2013

Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor, revealed Monday night that he has joined millions of Americans in a new role -- that of type 2 diabetic. Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, talks about long-term diabetes management strategies, including specifics on keeping a good diet.

Burger Mash-Ups Getting Fast Food Treatment  The Daily Meal
August 25, 2013

It's true, Burger King added the "French Fry Burger" to its dollar menu this September--one burger patty with four French fries on top. But is it all bad? TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro points out that French Fry Burgers could be a way of keeping moms and kids from ordering an entire side of fries.

U.S. Circumcision Rates Drop by 10 Percent: CDC  HealthDay
August 22, 2013 

Male circumcision rates in the United States declined 10 percent between 1979 and 2010, federal health officials reported Thursday. Over 32 years, the rate of newborn circumcision -- the surgical removal of foreskin from a penis -- performed in hospitals dropped from 64.5 percent to slightly more than 58 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, said that whether to circumcise an infant is really not a medical decision. Read more!

Coca-Cola Ad to Defend Artificial Sweeteners  USA Today
August 15, 2013 

TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro reacts to new Coca-Cola ads that claim the sweetener Aspertame is perfectly safe. Many studies confirm its safety but a growing number of physicians, nutritionists and researchers believe Aspertame may actually increase obesity in some users.

Experimental malaria vaccine "PfSPZ" impresses in early study  CBS News
August 9, 2013 

America sees very few malaria cases every year, but there's still no vaccine, which helps explain why about 660,000 people die annually from malaria. But scientists are hopeful an experimental shot called the "PfSPZ Vaccine" will be safe and effective against the mosquito-borne disease. TBHC's chair of pediatrics and infectious disease specialist Dr. Kenneth Bromberg comments on the development.

U.S. Obesity-Prevention Efforts Fall Short   HealthDay News
August 2, 2013

As the obesity epidemic continues among young and old alike, a new report finds the United States lagging behind other countries in evaluating and selecting the best programs and policies to curb the problem. Dr. Alan Saber, director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on the physical and economic impact of obesity in the United States.

Refinancing Debt to Stay Solvent: Q&A With The Brooklyn Hospital Center CFO Joe Guarracino  Becker's Hospital Review
May 23, 2013 

Earlier this year, Hospital Center CEO Joe Guarracino and his finance team helped to restructure $80 million of the hospital's debt to reduce its debt load by $25 million and cut $10 million from future payments. Read the full interview here.

Study: Older Whooping Cough Vaccine More Effective  HealthDay News
May 20, 2013 

The older vaccine for whooping cough that was phased out in the late 1990s is more effective than the current version of the vaccine, a new study contends. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center and chairman of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the older vaccine and its side effects.

Boston Marathon victims' injuries detailed by doctors   Newsday
April 16, 2013

Many physicians who treated children injured in the Boston Marathon bombings likened the wounds to those in war zones because of the blasts' potent percussive forces. TBHC's chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Anders Cohen, comments.

Teen's Death From Chickenpox Highlights Need for Vaccination, CDC Reports  HealthDay News
April 11, 2013

The death from chickenpox of an otherwise healthy 15-year-old Ohio girl should remind parents of the importance of vaccination against the disease, U.S. health officials reported recently. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of Vaccine Research at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, noted that varicella (severe chicken pox) can be deadly, even in seemingly normal individuals. 

Send in the Clowns: Brooklyn Hospital Pediatric Patients Visited by Circus Performers Carroll Gardens Patch
March 26, 2013

To commemorate its inaugural performances at Barclays Center, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey on Monday visited young pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. children watched performers from The Greatest Show On Earth juggle, cheer and perform pratfalls—all while donning red noses.  

'Cruise Ship Virus' Also Sickens 1 Million U.S. Kids Yearly  HealthDay News
March 20, 2013

Norovirus, the infamous stomach bug that's sickened countless cruise ship passengers, also wreaks havoc on land. Many children visit their doctor or an emergency room due to severe vomiting and diarrhea caused by norovirus. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, comments on recent norovirus report from the CDC.

CDC: 1 in 50 Poor, Straight Urban Americans Infected with HIV  HealthDay News
March 14, 2013

Low-income, urban communities have an HIV infection rate FIVE TIMES greater than the rest of the U.S. 2.3% or one in every 50 heterosexuals in these communities is infected with HIV. Janet Goldberg, Executive Director of TBHC's Program for AIDS Treatment & Health (PATH), explains the disparity.

Harper's Brain Cancer Likely Related to Previous Cancer  USA Today
March 6, 2013

Actress Valerie Harper, famous for her role as Rhoda on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spinoff, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Anders Cohen explains the diagnosis and its possible connection to Harper's 2009 battle with lung cancer.

Healthcare Act Prompts Race to Lessen Doctor-Patient Ratio  NY1 News
February 26, 2013

According to the federal government, a minimum of 50 primary care physicians are needed per 100,000 residents. New York City has a ratio of 99 doctors per 100,000 but the distribution is lopsided. Certain areas like the North Bronx have 34 per 100,000 while the Upper East Side has 261 per 100,000. TBHC's Dr. Natalie Langston-Davis, Medical Director of TGBHC's La Providencia Family Health Center, discusses the disparity and its impact on Emergency Room use.

Little-Known Respiratory Infection Sends Many Kids to Hospital  HealthDay News
February 13, 2013

Approximately twenty thousand kids under five are hospitalized each year due to human metapneumovirus (HMPV), but as yet there is no vaccine. HMPV is one of the most common causes of acute respiratory infections and shares many symptoms with the flu. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Director of the Vaccine Research Center, and Chairman of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses the virus's impact on children's hospital and emergency room visits.

Eating Schedule Could Affect One's Weight Loss, Study Says  NY1 News
February 5, 2013 

According to health experts, when people eat is as important to weight loss as what people eat. A new study published in the further supports this. Clinical Nutritionist Lacey LaBonte discusses a new 20-week study in the International Journal of Obesity that looked at more than 400 overweight and obese men and women in Spain.

Titanium Cranioplasty "Happy Part" of Malala's Recovery, Expert Says  CBS News
January 30, 2013 

Malala Yousufzai, the young Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, will be undergoing a titanium cranioplasty. This should be the last major surgery required by the fifteen-year-old, says Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Disney on Ice Characters Visit Children at the Brooklyn Hospital Center  Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch
January 23, 2013 

Characters from "Disney On Ice presents: Treasure Trove" paid a visit to The Brooklyn Hospital Center to spend time with the Center's young patients. Mickey and Minnie Mouse stopped by the Children’s Health Center and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit to pose for pictures and offer hugs to their fans both young and young at heart. 

Cases of Rare but Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds  HealthDay News
January 17, 2013 

Despite its name, Eastern equine encephalitis occurs in humans just as much as horses. The disease is still very rare, but it’s getting more common than ever before, in part because of global warming. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, discusses strategies for preventing the disease.

Just How Severe Is This Flu Season?  HealthDay News
January 16, 2013 

This year's flu season is much worse than recent years, but some regions of the country have it harder than others. New York state and Boston have declared states of emergency. Vaccine supplies are running out in spots, and some emergency departments are overwhelmed. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Institute, talks about the difficulty projecting exactly how bad this flu season will turn out and where the most cases will occur.

A Vaccine Eliminated A Deadly Killer Of Infants. So Why Do Some People Fear It?
January 15, 2013 

Pneumococcus bacterium, the bacteria behind pneumonia and meningitis, can be prevented with a vaccine called Prevnar. Some insist that Prevnar and other physicians cause more problems than they solve. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the hospital's Vaccine Research Institute, talks about the substantial positive impact of Prevnar and other vaccines on the health of children, far outweighing any risks of immunization.


CFO Joe Guarracino: Changing the CFO Role at The Brooklyn Hospital Center  Becker's Hospital Review
January 8, 2013 

Mr. Guarracino spoke last year at the Becker's Hospital Review Third Annual Meeting, and explained the challenges of managing a complex institution. Read the full article on

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Secures New Credit Facility, Reduces Debt By $25 Million  MSN Money
January 14, 2013

In two separate transactions, The Brooklyn Hospital Center has restructured and refinanced $80 million of debt, reducing its debt by $25 million and saving nearly $10 million in interest.  The transactions, which eliminated the last major hurdle remaining from The Brooklyn Hospital Center's 2007 Plan of Reorganization, leaves the hospital's balance sheet significantly stronger permitting it to pursue investments in infrastructure and other capital initiatives.

Giving Plavix Before Angioplasty May Cut Heart Attack Risk Health Day News
December 18, 2012 

Recent studies show that Plavix, a commonly used anti-clotting drug, lowers risk of heart attack after angioplaty and stenting. Generally, the sicker the patient, the more helpful the drug is a pre-treatment. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Interim Chief of Cardiology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, says that anti-clotting drugs like Plavix are often desirable, even though they may not reduce all-cause mortality in heart patients.

U.S. Lifestyles Thwarting Heart Health Progress  Health Day News
December 12, 2012 

Americans are quitting smoking and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but a new report warns that cardiovascular disease -- including heart disease and stroke -- still causes one American death every 40 seconds. Don't look to a pill to reverse the trend. We have to eat healthier and exercise more. Dr. Kenneth Ong, acting chief of Cardiology, discusses the value of these lifestyle changes.

Is Too Much Salt a Trigger for Childhood Obesity?  Time
December 10, 2012

Salt may not cause obesity in itself, but a recent study shows that salty junk food and sugary drinks often go together, leading to overweight and obese kids. Every gram of salt corresponds to 17 grams of sugary drinks among some children. Nutritionist Karen Congro suggests cooking more at home to help keep sodium intake in check. 

The Argument for Organic Food Lies Beyond the Nutrients
December 2012

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found little difference in the nutritional value of organic and conventional foods. While these conclusions were surprising and elicited headlines around the nation, the study pointed to another compelling reason to eat organic foods: reducing exposure to pesticides. AKaren Congro, RD, CDN, discusses the harmful effects of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, developmental and reproductive toxins, and antibiotics found in conventionally grown produce. 

Whooping Cough Vaccine Less Effective Over Time  Health Day News
November 27, 2012

Vaccination safeguards children against whooping cough, but its protective effect may lessen over time, new research finds. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg discusses a new study on pertussis (whooping cough) and the pros and cons of different vaccine manufacturing processes. 

Could an Aging Face Reflect an Unhealthy Heart?  Health Day News
November 6, 2012

Sometimes a receding hairline is just a receding hairline. But a recent Danish study found individuals with certain signs of aging have a much higher likelihood of developing heart disease over time. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chief of Cardiology, says the study may offer doctors an important clinical diagnostic tool, if applied carefully.

New Drug May Help Those Who Can't Take Statins  Health Day News
November 5, 2012 

An experimental drug may help patients who can't tolerate statins lower their cholesterol. Some patients on statins, such as Crestor or Lipitor, experience muscle problems, but the new drug does not cause this problem and may be equally effective. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chief of Cardiology, discusses the new drug, which is derived from human monoclonal antibodies.

Did Schooling Method Spread Mumps in Orthodox Jewish Communities?  Health Day News
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

Vaccines are safe and effective, but the protective effect of a vaccine can be overcome in the right situation. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Study Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses a mumps outrbreak that took place among a well immunized population.

Smoking, Diabetes Are Risk Factors for Poor Leg Circulation  Health Day News
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 

New research confirms that smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can all raise men's risk for poor circulation in the legs, otherwise known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Acting Chief of Cardiology Dr. Kenneth Ong comments on the high quality of this study.

Malala, 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by Taliban, can recover, UK doctors say  NBC News
October 15, 2012

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has every chance of making a "good recovery," according to British doctors in Central England where she was taken for her severe wounds. Chief of Neurosurgery Anders Cohen discusses her prognosis in this NBC News article.

Deadly meningitis outbreak grows  USA Today
October 7, 2012 

The number of people sickened by a nationwide meningitis outbreak rose to at least 91 patients in nine states, with seven deaths, health officials said, and potentially hundreds more could be affected. The outbreak of fungal meningitis has been tied to steroid shots used to treat back pain. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery, advises patients to wait until a CDC investigation is completed before getting steroid injections.

Stressful Job Might Be Tough on the Heart  HealthDay News
September 14, 2012 

Stressed out by a demanding job? It may be affecting your heart's health, research suggests. People whose jobs are very taxing but who also have little power to make workplace decisions are at greater risk for heart disease, according to a large new evidence review.Interim Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, the studies are still inconclusive and other factors such as cigarette smoking and obesity should remain the focus of prevention.

Sugary drinks over 16-ounces banned in New York City, Board of Health votes  CBS News
September 13, 2012 

Large sugary drinks are on their way out of New York City restaurants. New York City's Board of Health today passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. TBHC Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, supports the ban but says it must be paired with better obesity education. 

Pediatric Group Urges Flu Shot for Kids Aged 6 Months and Up  HealthDay News
September 10, 2012 

The leading pediatricians' group in the United States is again urging parents to get all children aged 6 months or over immunized in preparation for the coming flu season. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics, comments on flu shot recommendations released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

Cholesterol Screenings Up, But Certain Groups Still Lag: CDC  HealthDay News
September 6, 2012 

Screening for high blood cholesterol among U.S. adults increased significantly from 2005 to 2009, but younger Americans, less-educated adults and Hispanics are still less likely than others to undergo testing, according to a new study. Interim Chair of Cardiology, Dr. Kenneth Ong, noted the numbers were encouraging but we need more information on how many at-risk individuals are actually being treated.

Child's Use of Certain Asthma Drugs Could Shorten Adult Height   HealthDay News
September 3, 2012 

Young adults who used inhaled steroid drugs to treat their asthma when they were children are slightly shorter -- about half an inch -- than those who didn't use the drugs, a new study finds. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Chair of Pediatrics discusses the advantages of inhaled asthma medicine, despite the risk of not reaching full height potential.

2 Common Blood Pressure Meds Fare Equally in Preventing Heart Woes  HealthDay News
August 27, 2012 

In a review that compared two common heart drugs against each other, researchers found no difference between atenolol and metoprolol in terms of preventing stroke, heart attack or heart failure for patients with high blood pressure who were placed on the medications. Dr. Kenneth Ong, Acting Chair of Cardiology, comments on these bet blockers, both commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems.

Research Finds NYC Soda Ban Would Cut 63 Calories Per Fast Food Trip. CBS News
July 24, 2012

On the heels of a public debate on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on big sodas, new research finds if the ban were actually enacted,  calorie intake could go down. But according to Nutritionist Karen Congro, calorie count is only part of the issue. Sugary drinks affect how the body processes sugar, potentially leading to diabetes. 

Is Caffeinated Water the New Energy Drink?
July 16, 2012

Just like energy drinks and antioxidant-rich juices, like pomegranate, have exploded in popularity, the most recent drink du jour to hit the specialty beverage category by storm is caffeinated water. Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, talks about the pro's--but mostly con's--of consuming 70-120 milligrams of caffeine per bottle. 

Child Abuse Rises When Economy Sags: Risk Highest in Families Losing Their Homes  U.S. News & World Report
July 16, 2012 

Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of child abuse requiring hospital admission increased by 3 percent a year for every 1 percent increase in the 90-day mortgage-delinquency rate. The rate of traumatic brain injury suspected to be caused by child abuse increased 5 percent a year for every 1 percent increase in the mortgage-delinquency rate, according to the study. Dr. Stephen Ajl, Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care, discusses the need for resources and support systems in lower-income families. 

'Superbug' MRSA Making a Retreat in Communities  HealthDay News
July 3, 2012 

The number of infections occurring in community settings, such as gyms or schools, that are caused by the so-called "superbug" MRSA are declining, according to a study of more than 9 million active and non-active military personnel and their immediate families. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of the Vaccine Research Center, offers tips on avoiding the spread of MRSA.

How Florida Teen Survived Speer Gun Injury through the Brain  Fox News
June 19, 2012 

A Florida teenager is on the road to recovery after being impaled with a 3-foot long spear that cut through his skull and brain. Yasser Lopez, 16, was spear fishing with a friend June 8 when his friend accidentally shot him while loading the gun.  The spear entered Lopez’s skull above his right eye, penetrated his brain, and exited through the back of his head. Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief, Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, explains in detail exactly why his prognosis is so good.

American Kids Getting Fewer Prescription Drugs  HealthDay News
June 18, 2012

New research shows that the number of prescriptions written for children has dropped by 7 percent in recent years. Between 2002 and 2010, notable decreases occurred in antibiotic, cough/cold, allergy, pain and depression prescriptions. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Chairman of Pediatrics, comments on the decline and its potential impact on antibiotic resistance.

Sheryl Crow Diagnosed with Meningioma   USA Today
June 6, 2012

After suffering memory loss, singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a meningioma, the most common kind of benign brain tumor. Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, was interviewed by USA Today on Crow's condition.

Daily 'Dose' of Dark Chocolate Might Shield the Heart Yahoo News
June 1, 2012

There's more sweet news about chocolate and your health: A new study suggests that eating a bit of dark chocolate each day may cut the odds of heart attack and stroke in high-risk people. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, antioxidant substances known to have heart protective effects. Doctor Ken Ong, MD, Interim Chief of Cardiology discusses the research.

Sugary Drink Ban Stirs Up New York Wall Street Journal
May 31, 2012

As public-health officials praised New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of large-size drinks in restaurants and other locations Thursday, some academics and business groups called the plan an ineffective way to handle the obesity crisis and criticized it as government overreach. TBHC nutritionist Karen Congro discusses the pro's and con's of a soda ban 

Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say  HealthDay News 
May 24, 2012

Despite scary headlines by the score, most people don't have to fear that they'll be the next victim of the so-called flesh-eating bacteria disease. Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Center says that kids on sports teams and individuals with weakened immune systems are most at risk from this bacteria, though cases are very rare.

US Panel Gives Nod to New Obesity Drug  AFP
May 11, 2012

A panel of experts recently urged US regulators to approve what could be the first new anti-obesity drug on the market in more than a decade -- Lorcaserin, made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug has been shown to help less than half of patients lose 5% of their body weight, and it has to be taken indefinitely. Jacob Warman, MD, Chief of Endocrionology, talks about medical options for weight loss.

Is Combining Hysterectomy and a Tummy Tuck Safe?  HealthDay News 
May 11, 2012

New research suggests that combining two very different surgeries -- a hysterectomy and a tummy tuck -- is relatively safe, with no major complications seen in 65 women who had both procedures at the same time. But the rate of complications the researchers considered minor reached 32 percent. Dr. Angela Kerr, Chief of Gynecology, discusses different hysterectomy options.

Statins May Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat in Elderly   HealthDay News 
May 9, 2012 

The widely used class of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may help elderly patients with high blood pressure avoid developing atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality tied to stroke. More research is necessary, however, before statins should be presecribed for this purpose. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Interim Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong comments on recent research on statins and the prevention of irregular heartbeat in the elderly.

Survey: 1 in 3 Kids Hurt Playing Sports WebMD
April 24, 2012

About 1 in 3 kids who plays sports will need medical attention due to injuries sustained on the field or court, such as concussions, broken bones, and dehydration, a new survey shows. TBHC Chief of Neurosurgery Anders Cohen points out that a second concussion can be especially dangerous when it follows shortly after the initial injury. Allowing appropriate healing time is a must.

U.S. Women in Labor Longer Than They Were 50 Years Ago  U.S. News & World Report
March 30, 2012

American women today are spending about two hours more in labor during childbirth than 50 years ago, a new report says. The report's authors said several factors help explain the increase such as older maternal age and increased body mass index (BMI). Some aspects of delivery-room practice--like increased use of epidural injections--are also relevant. Dr. Michael Cabbad, chairman of obstetrics/gynecology and chief of maternal/fetal medicine, is quoted.

Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack  HealthDay News
March 28, 2012

A drink or two per day may help lower a man's odds of death in the two decades following a heart attack, a new study suggests. Men who drank about two alcoholic drinks (between 10 and about 30 grams of alcohol) per day over a long period of time had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 42 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, than nondrinkers, the study found. The amount of alcohol needed for women to have the same effect was lower. Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, MD, discusses the pro's and con's of consuming alcohol for health.

As White Rice Intake Rises, So May Your Risk for Diabetes  Yahoo News
March 16, 2012 

People who eat white rice on a regular basis have a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, a new international analysis contends. Registered dietitian Karen Congro, director of The Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, agreed with the findings. She added that rice, a simple carbohydrate, is a high glycemic food and thus can be responsible for high spikes in blood sugar.

FDA adds diabetes, memory loss warnings to statins  Reuters
February 28, 2012 

Health regulators are adding warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to say they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss. Changes to the safety information will appear on Pfizer Inc's Lipitor, AstraZeneca's Crestor and Merck & Co's Zocor. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Acting Chief of Cardiology Kenneth Ong, MD, does not recommend changing statin usage immediately based on this study.

Pediatricians Renew Call for HPV Vaccine for Boys  HealthDay News
February 27, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics renewed its call that all boys ages 11 and 12 receive the three-dose vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine has been available and recommended for girls and young women since 2006, because it's highly effective at preventing cervical cancer. Since then, other cancers thought to be caused by HPV have increased, including anal cancer and some head and neck cancers. Kenneth Bromberg, MD, chair of pediatrics and director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Center, discusses the public health implications of vaccinating boys as well as girls.

Bread Is Top Salt Culprit  New York Daily News
February 7, 2012

Trying to cut back on the salt? Back away from the bread. And drop that chicken breast while you’re at it. A new study by the feds says nine out of 10 Americans are getting too much sodium, and it’s coming from some surprising places. Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, talks about the many non-obvious places salt can end up in our diet.

Obesity Rates Plateau in U.S. Since 2000, CDC Report Finds  Bloomberg Businessweek
January 20, 2012 

The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. largely leveled off over the last decade, even as some individual groups, such as boys from ages 6 to 19, saw increases, according to government data. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Chief of Endocrinology, Dr. Jacob Warman, comments that video games and other indoor activities are part of the reason boys' obesity rates are gaining over girls the same age.

Candadian Ski Star Sarah Burke Remains Critical  The Salt Lake Tribune
January 19, 2012

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke remained comatose in critical condition at Salt Lake City’s University Hospital on Thursday, the day after having surgery to fix a torn artery in her neck that caused bleeding in her brain following a fall Tuesday in the superpipe at the Park City Mountain Resort. The Brooklyn Hospital Center Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Anders Cohen comments on her condition.

Paula Deen May Face Uphill Diabetes Fight  Health.Com
January 17, 2012

Celebrity chef Paula Deen likely faces an uphill battle in managing diabetes. Deen is famous for the fat-laden, calorie-heavy dishes she serves up on the Food Network and in her best-selling cookbooks. Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of Endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on 

Health Department: Whooping cough on the rise in New York C ity, poses threat to infants  NY Daily News
January 3, 2012

There’s been a three-fold increase in whooping cough cases in the city, and officials are urging anyone who cares for a baby to get vaccinated. No one has died in the latest outbreak, but whooping cough — a violent, chronic cough also known as pertussis — can be extremely dangerous to infants. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chair of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center, is quoted in this New York Daily News article.

U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones HealthDay News
December 13, 2011 

In the aftermath of a deadly crash in Missouri that killed two and injured 38, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a nationwide ban on drivers' use of cellphones and other personal electronic devices, except in emergencies. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's chair of Emergency Medicine, Lisandro Irizarry, MD, endorses the Safety Boards view, noting that all age groups are texting behind the wheel these days, vastly increasing their chances of ending up in the ER.

Put on Notice: NY Report Could Have Hospital Execs, Boards Looking over Their Shoulders  Modern Healthcare
December 5, 2011

A new report issued by the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT)  recommends the merger or downsizing of six acute-care hospitals in Brooklyn. The team, led by financial executive Stephen Berger, praised The Brooklyn Hospital Center's leadership team and recommended the hospital play a lead role in a merger of the The Brooklyn Hospital Center with Interfaith Medical Center and Wyckoff Medical Center. Agreeing with many of the recommendations in the report, including a suggestion that more for-profit hospitals be allowed to compete in the borough, Dr. Richard B. Becker, president and chairman of The Brooklyn Hospital Center, added that a more integrated health system in northern Brooklyn will have a direct benefit on the health and wellness of our population.

Veggies, Fruit May Lower Women's Stroke Risk  HealthDay News
December 1, 2011 

Diets rich in antioxidants from fruits, vegetables and whole grains appear to lower a woman's odds for a stroke, even if she has a prior history of heart disease, new research shows. The Swedish study appeared Dec. 1 in the journal Stroke. The Brooklyn Hospital Center nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, comments on the study, adding that antioxidants in the diet can have a positive effect on a variety of conditions, and there is no downside to including more of these foods in your diet.

New Research Questions Wisdom of Cutting Down on Salt  HealthDay News
November 9, 2011

Although cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, new research finds that it may also increase levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and other risk factors for heart disease. At this point, though, it's not entirely clear what the findings mean for long-term health, according to the study, which appeared online Nov. 9 in the American Journal of Hypertension. The Brooklyn Hospital Center nutritionist Karen Congro, RD, CDN, says that, beyond managing salt intake, people need to moderate their lifestyle with better mineral intake, more plant-based foods and more exercise in their daily lives.

Pediatrician Group Slams Delta Airlines For Running Video Made By Vaccine Skeptics   Forbes
November 7, 2011

Delta Airlines is “putting the lives of children at risk” by showing a video that downplays the importance of flu shots, according to a letter sent last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says that the advertisement “urges viewers to become informed about influenza and how to stay well during the flu season without resorting to the influenza vaccine.” Kenneth Bromberg, MD, director of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Vaccine Research Center, points out that immunizations are highly effective at reducing the risk of people dying from the flu.

U.S. Health Officials Support Vaccinating Boys Against HPV   U.S. News & World Report
October 25, 2011 

U.S. health authorities have recommended that young males be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that causes most cervical cancers, as well as anal cancer and some cancers of the throat and mouth.  Dr. Ken Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of the Hospital Center's Vaccine Resarch Center, comments on the recommendation.

Promising Malaria Vaccine May Save Children's Lives  U.S. News & World Report
October 18, 2011

In an important first, a new vaccine has been shown to cut the risk of malaria in young African children by about half, according to research announced Tuesday. Dr. Ken Bromberg, chair of Pediatrics and director of the Hospital Center's Vaccine Resarch Center, comments on the research, which is still underway but looks promising. Malaria kills some 800,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa every year.

TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat HealthDay News
October 14, 2011

Outbreaks among young people in Texas of the old foe tuberculosis -- often mistakenly dismissed as a long-ago health menace now confined to the pages of a Charles Dickens novel -- show that the respiratory disease is still easily contracted and remains a potential threat to Americans. Ken Bromberg, MD, chair of Pediatrics and the Vaccine Research Center of The Brooklyn Hospital Center, talks about the risks of contracting and transmitting the disease.

Doctors Treating Cases of "Text Neck"  ABC News
October 13, 2011

If you find yourself looking down to check out a text from a friend, you could be causing yourself a pain in the neck. We just can't stop texting! A quick message here, answer an email there, anymore, it's a downright pain in the neck! Chief of Neurosurgery and Back Surgery Dr. Anders Cohen spoks to ABC News about the growing phenomenon and how to treat it.

After Stroke, Crossed Legs a Welcome Sign  HealthDay News

October 7, 2011 

According to new research, the sooner people can cross their legs after having a stroke, the better their chances for recovery. "It looks simple but it's very complex," said Dr. Naveen Goyal, director of the Stroke Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. This movement, occurring within two weeks of a stroke, is a good sign that the brain is processing again.

More Kids Treated for Concussions in ERs: CDC  Healthday News
October 6, 2011

Over the past decade, the number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, increased 60 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chief of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery Dr. Anders Cohen warns the effects of concussions are cumulative; the second one will be worse than the first, especially if the first one hasn't had time to heal.

Problems from Preterm Birth May Return in Adulthood   HealthDay News

September 20, 2011

Children born premature (less than 37 weeks of pregnancy) have a higher likelihood of medical problems later in life, specifically from 1-5 years and then again from ages 18-36. Kenneth Bromberg, MD, chair of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, commented on a Swedish study of 675,000 children born between 1973 and 1979. The study found that premature children were more likely to have respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine problems, but not cancer, neurological disorders or accidents. The researchers found a strong inverse association between each week of pregnancy and the risk of death later in life.

Flu Killed 115 Children Last Season: CDC   HealthDay News

September 15, 2011

Children generally don't die from the flu or its complications. Still, U.S. health officials reported Thursday that 115 kids younger than 18 died from flu-related causes last year. Ken Bromberg, MD, chair of Pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, explains why vaccination is so important for children, their families and the community.

Manning Sidelined by Another Operation   The New York Times
September 8, 2011

The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Anders Cohen, explains the science behind Peyton Manning's recent neck operation, his second since late May. Peyton Manning, NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, had a single level anterior fusion requiring at least three months recovery time, almost certainly sidelining him for the entire season.

Venus out of Open with Illness   The New York Post
September 1, 2011

Chief of Rheumatology Stuart Green, MD, was asked by The New York Post to shed light on Venus Williams's recent diagnosis of Sjogren's Syndrome. While the disease caused Ms. Williams to exit this year's US Open, Dr. Green explains that her career can still continue with proper symptom management. There is no cure for Sjorgren's Syndrome.

Author Nina Crews Visits TBHC's Children's Health Center  NYMetroParents
August 10, 2011

Our Children's Health Center, a partner of not-profit organization Reach Out And Read, celebrated Early Literacy Week this year with a wonderful reading by author Nina Crews. Several Brooklyn Hospital Center patients and their siblings listened to Ms. Crews read from her classic One Hot Summer Day. Would you like to donate a new or gently used book to the Children's Health Center? If so, please contat Dr. Cynthia Katz or Dr. Lewis Krata at 718.250.8671. Cash donations for the purchase of new books are also gratefully accepted.


Got a Fatty Liver? It May be Written All Over Your Face
August 5, 2011 

New research out of the University of Missouri-Columbia claims inactivity paired with intake of high-caloric food has given rise to an epidemic: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). While liver disease has long been associated with excess alcohol, in a new turn of events, fatty liver is happening at a rapid rate—and it can happen in people who've never even touched a drop of the stuff. Karen Congro, R.D., a nutritionist and Director of the Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on the physical signs of a dysfunctional liver.




Heat-Linked Illnesses Strike Thousands Each Year  USA Today
July 27, 2011

When should you visit the ED for heat-related illness?  Emergency Medicine Chair Lisandro Irizarry gives advice on when to seek out Emergency services in hot summer weather.

Fast Food Menus for Kids Get Healthy Makeover; 19 Chains to Offer Healthier Options for Children NY Daily News
July 13, 2011

Kid's menus at fast food favorites are getting a makeover, swapping French fries for fresh fruits and other healthy options. The Brooklyn Hospital Center nutritionist Karen Congro, RD-CDN, shares her views on this important change in the fast food industry.

High-Dose Statins May Increase Diabetes Risk  HealthDay News
June 21, 2011

High-doses of cholesterol-lowering statins such as Zocor and Lipitor are often prescribed for heart disease patients. That's good news; high doses of statins can lower risk of cardiovascular events by 16%. But according to a recent study it can also raise the risk of Type II Diabetes by 12%. Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses the limitations of the study which generated this surprising finding.

What Gabrielle Giffords Can Expect When She Leaves Rehab  Time Magazine
June 13, 2011

Five months after suffering a massive brain injury, Gabrielle Gifford prepares to continue her physical, speech, occupational and cognitive rehabilitation in an outpatient setting. Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of spine and neurosurgery, talks about the differences between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Record Temperatures Posing Health Risks in U.S.
June 9, 2011

Dr. Lisandro Irizarry, chair of Emergency Medicine, provides information on the health effects of heat waves. He points out that the elderly, young children and infants, people with cardiac disease and those taking certain medications, especially antidepressants, are most at risk for a heat stroke.

Celebrate National Gardening Day without Injury; Doctors Report Patients Strains and Sprains  New York Daily News
June 6, 2011

Gardening is great exercise. An hour of pruning, planting and hoeing can burn more than 300 calories. But gardening can also be hard on you physically, especially if you're not in shape. Chair of Spine Surgery Dr. Anders Cohen is quoted in this Daily News article on the health effects of gardening.

CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline  HealthDay News
May 25, 2011

Pediatrics Chair and Director of the Vaccine Study Center, Kenneth Bromberg, MD, discusses recent CDC report on Bacterial Meningitis. Incidence of the disease has decreased dramatically in the period between 1997 and 2008. According to Dr. Bromberg, said it can be difficult to tease out the reasons why certain groups have higher rates of this and other infections.

Dutch "Iceman" Controls Body through Meditation  Associated Press

May 22, 2011

"Iceman" Wim Hof of the Netherlands can bathe in a tank of ice for almost 2 hours, swim half the length of a football field under a sheet of ice in the Arctic, and run a half-marathon in Finnish snow in subzero conditions (which got him into the Guinsess record books). How does he do it? In a word: meditation. The Brooklyn Hospital Center's chief of neurosurgery Dr. Anders Cohen discusses how some meditators can control the human body in ways never before thought possible. 

Mary Tyler Moore to Have Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor    USA Today
May 11, 2011

Dr. Anders Cohen is quoted on article about Mary Tyler Moore brain condition. "Sometimes tumor is removed before the patient becomes symptomatic if we're concerned about the rate of the growth," said Dr. Cohen, chief of neurosurgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City. "Symptoms are based on the location where it grows"

Pfizer's Vaccine Plan  Forbes
May 9, 2011

About 50,000 Americans die every year from pneumonia and pneumococcocus bacteria diseases. A new vaccine from Pfizer called Prevnar 13 may help reduce that number because it can be used more widely in adults than previous vaccines. Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, director of our Vaccine Research Center, comments on the Prevnar 13 study.

Study Questions Giving Babies Botanical Supplements, Teas  U.S. News
May 2, 2011

Dr. Louisdon Pierre, director of pediatric critical care, comments on a recent FDA study suggesting that botanical supplements and teas for infants is a surprisingly common practice. But Dr. Pierre and other experts warn that such products might not be safe for babies.

Armadillos Give Leprosy to humans in Southern US, Study Finds   U.S. News
April 27, 2011

Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Center, is quoted in recent article showing that armadillos carry the bactgerium that causes leprosy. Leprosy causes disfiguring skin lesions and peripheral nerve damage. The risk of contracting leprosy from an armadillo is extremely small.

When Docs Own MRIs, Back Pain Scans Increase HealthDay News
April 27, 2011

Dr. Anders Cohen, Chief of Neurosurgery, speaks out about the oversue of expecnsive MRI scans for diagnosis of lower backpan.  According to a new study, doctors are far more likely to refer patients complaining of lower back pain for an expensive MRI scan if they own or lease such imaging equipment.

Art Therapy Brightens Lives of Chronically Ill Children at Brooklyn Hospital  The New York Daily News
April 1, 2011

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is hoping a colorful new art program will help brighten the lives of chronically ill kids. Seated at a round table covered with bright origami paper last week, Sarah Giordani, 11, smiled as she folded the sheets into animal shapes, seeming to almost forget about the IV bag dripping medicine into her arm.

Risk of Danger May Linger for Trauma Survivors: Those Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities Face Highest risk, study finds   HealthDay News
March 11, 2011

People who've survived a trauma still face an increased risk of dying, even as long as three years after the initial injury, new research suggests. Those who are discharged from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility appear to face the highest risk of death, according to the study. People between 31 and 65 who are discharged to a skilled nursing facility after surviving a trauma face about twice the risk of dying, compared to someone of the same age who's discharged to home. 

Better Think Positive: Pessimism Can Block Therapy   Associated Press 
February 28, 2011

Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients' expectations of pain relief. He prefers to operate only on those who "grab you by the collar and say, `I can't take it Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients' expectations of pain relief. He prefers to anymore.'"

New brain research proves doctors like Cohen are onto something: Pessimism can override the effectiveness of even powerful treatments.

Get into shape before spring activities, doctor advises HealthDay News
February 14, 2011 

A checkup, improved strength and flexibility can help prevent injuries when starting a new sport. Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery, discusses how to manage preexisting sports injuries and prepare ahead of time for specific activities. 

Experts Issue Guidelines on Care of Clogged Neck Arteries  HealthDay News
February 1, 2011

There isn't sufficient evidence to recommend widespread screening or routine ultrasound tests to check for blocked neck arteries that could cause a stroke. That's one key finding from new guidelines on the care of the clogged arteries, released Jan. 31 by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and other groups.

105 Million in the U.S. Have Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes, CDC Says  HealthDay News

January 26, 2011 

Diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages and 79 million people have what doctors call "prediabetes," according to 2011 estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doctors question TSA's use of pat downs, body scans CNN

November 23, 2010

Dr. Gina Villani, the head of oncology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, says the extra scrutiny raises concerns for cancer patients, who could have metallic dishes for chemo placed under their skin, external catheters or other necessary medical devices on their bodies.

Depressed? It may boost your diabetes risk CNN/
November 22, 2010

Dr Jacob Warman, Chief of Endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses the link between depression and diabetes.

Kids Seeing More Fast Food Ads CBS Newspath
November 8, 2010

Karen Congro, RN CDN, director of the Wellness for Life Program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, talks about the health risks of eating fast food.

AIG CEO succession looks cloudy after cancer shock Reuters
October 26, 2010

Dr Gina Villani, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, comments on cancer treatment.

Depression Screening Urged for New Mothers WIVY-4
October 25, 2010 

Dr Steven Adjl comments on Pediatricians screening new moms for depression.

Low-Carb Diets Heavy on Meat May Raise Health Risks Healthday
September 6, 2010

Karen Congro, director of the Wellness for Life Program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City talks about the health risks of a low-carb diet based on meats.

Mouse Study May Help Explain Fish Oil's Benefits Healthday
September 3, 2010

Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses new research into the benefits of fish oil.

Birthrate is Lowest in a Century NYtimes
August 27, 2010

Dr. Michael Cabbad, chief of maternal health at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses the drop in birthrate from 2008.

10 Alternative Therapies for Back Pain

Anders Cohen, MD, chief of neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, notes that about 85% of people don't need back surgery, and discusses alternative methods of providing relief from pain.

FDA panel says Avandia should stay, but with restrictions LA Times
July 15, 2010

Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center speakes about use of the diabetes drug Avandia.

1 in 5 Parents Missed Work for H1N1 School Closings: Survey Businessweek
July 14, 2010 

Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and the director of the Vaccine Research Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about school closings and their effectiveness at curbing the outbreak of H1N1 

Relentless Heat Threatens your Health Healthday

July 7, 2010 

Dr. Benson Yeh, an emergency physician and chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the symptoms of Hyperthermia

City Responds to Heat Wave With ‘Water on the Go Brooklyn Daily Eagle
July 6, 2010

Dr. Benson Yeh, ER physician at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses necessary precautions everyone should take during the current heat wave.

Nadal uses soccer to prep for Wimbledon semifinal CBS Sports
July 1, 2010

Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and a former doctor for the U.S. Open comments on the implications of Raphael Nadal's joint problems.

Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Family Residency Plan Recognized by Academy Brooklyn Eagle
June 29, 2010 

The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) Family Medical Residency Program has been named one of 10 winners of the 2010 American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP) Pfizer Immunization Awards.

Drug Helps Tackle Type 2 Diabetes in New Way, Study Says HealthDay
June 14, 2010

Dr Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, talks about some of the potential side effects of new Type 2 diabetes medication.

Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention HealthDay
June 14, 2010

Dr. Jacob Warman, chief of endocrinology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about how white rice can lead to an increase in blood sugar more rapidly.

The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Celebrates Silver Anniversay Founder's Ball With Evening Of Compassion, Elegance and Fun Brooklyn Downtown Star
June 09, 2010

The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation celebrated its Founder’s Ball with a Silver Anniversary Gala at Stage Six of Steiner’s Studios, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The event raised $750,000, including $250,000 from St. George’s University, to be allocated for several ambitious projects at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) such as a renovation of the hospital’s Emergency Department, which receives approximately 70,000 patient visits each year.

Are Generic Drugs as Good as Brand Name Drugs? The Patient
June 2010 

Robert V. Digregorio, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacotherapy Services at the  Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the difference between generic and brand name drugs and why you may receive generic drugs in hospitals.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Free, Monthly Diabetes Club Teaches Skills and Offers Support NewsRx
June 2010 

The Department of Family Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has joined forces with the community to combat diabetes, a chronic disabling condition, that is epidemic in the borough. To help, the department is offering a free Diabetes Club that meets on the last Friday of each month to teach participants about nutrition, exercise, and the skills necessary to successfully manage the disease.

Brooklyn Hospital Center Receives Award for Stroke-Related Care Brooklyn Daily Eagle
May 17, 2010

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle notes that The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.

Back Trouble? Blue Dye Shot May Offer Long-Lasting Pain Relief

Anders Cohen, MD, the chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the ability for long-lasting lower back pain relief from injecting dyes.

FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers BusinessWeek
April 08, 2010

Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center speaks about the possible dangers of triclosan in soaps compared to other chemicals in daily use.

How Hormones Affect Your Weight

Jacob Warman, M.D., chief of endocrinology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center speaks about hormonal issues that can affect weight.

No Need To Spring Into Warm-Weather Exercise Routine NY1
April 7, 2010

Dr. Anders Cohen, head of Neurosurgery at TBHC, talks about the importance of preventing injury while getting back into regular exercise.

Dr. Louisdon Pierre, MD  Appears on Charlie Rose Discussing his Recent Experiences in Haiti
February 23, 2010

Dr. Louisdon Pierre appeared on The Charlie Rose Show alongside Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Dr. Dean Lorich of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Pierre spoke about the conditions in Haiti and his own experience providing emergency medical care alongside other TBHC personnel.

Patricia A. Winston, R.N., M.S., Named Chief Nurse Officer At The Brooklyn Hospital Center NewsRX

Patricia A. Winston, R.N., M.S. has been named Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) at The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Doctors Haunted by Haitians They Couldn’t Help NY Times
February 12, 2010

Dr. Louisdon Pierre, director of pediatric intensive care at tbhc  and Dr. Stephen Carryl, the chairman of surgery talk of their experiences and feelings as part of the first medical team arriving in Haiti after the recent massive Earthquake.

Doctors say personal stereos may cause fetal damage NY Post
February 9, 2010


Dr. David Cabbad, a pediatrician at TBHC warns against the potential hazards of deliberate exposure to music in utero.

Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble HealthDay
January 20, 2010

Karen Congro, RD and director of the Wellness for Life Program at TBHC talks about the benefits of even a small change in the amount of salt consumed.

Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil BusinessWeek
January 18, 2010

Karen Congro, a registered dietician and director of the Wellness for Life Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center talks about the negative health effects of corn-based oil. A recent study shows that most French fries served in U.S. restaurants are immersed in corn-based oil before they're fried.

U.S Obesity Rate High, But Stops Rising CBS News
January 13, 2010

Karen Congro, RD CDN, talks of lifestyle changes to treat obesity.

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Karen Congro, RD, CDN, a nutritionist at The Brooklyn Hospital Center discussed the NY City Department of Health’s efforts to cut salt in packaged and restaurant foods by 25 percent over the next five years. “The amount of salt in packaged foods in astronomical,” says Ms. Congro. “This is a serious problem because the use of salt can lead to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, high risk of stroke, kidney stones and bone loss. As things stand now, it’s virtually impossible to stay on a low-salt diet if you eat packaged foods or dine out frequently. Even baked goods tend to be high in salt; the sweetness covers the salty taste. There are many reasons to cut down on salt intake, and it’s possible to add flavor to foods by using spices and herbs instead of salt.”

"Needle Biopsy Works Well in Diagnosing Breast Cancer" HealthDay
December 15, 2009

Dr. Karen Stanford, a surgeon at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, explains that an "open" surgical biopsy can be done using either general or local anesthesia.

"New Diabetes Drug Details at The Brooklyn Hospital Center" NY Post
December 10, 2009


This week, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a report detailing 183 new medicines which are currently in human clinical trials and awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a record number of potentially life-changing drugs.

"Good Samaritans Complete Training Course at The Brooklyn Hospital Center" NewsRX
December 2, 2009

The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s (TBHC) Pastoral Care Department conferred Pastoral Care Volunteer Certificates on 21 members of the community who successfully completed a six-week training program.

"BROOKLYN HOSPITAL CENTER Marks World AIDS Day With Weeklong Information Fair." Brooklyn Eagle
November 24, 2009

The Brooklyn Hospital Center will hold a weeklong information fair from today through Tuesday, Dec. 1 to recognize World AIDS day.

"My 10-Day Ordeal With the Swine Flu" HealthDay
November 12, 2009

Dr. Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Research Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center discusses the flu symptoms of a HealthDay reporter.

"The Case for Cell Safety" New York Post


November 7, 2009

Anders Cohen, DO, Chief of Neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, discusses claims of a link between cellphone use and cancer.

"Injectable Vaccines More Effective for Adult Flu Than Nasal Sprays" HealthDay
September 23, 2009

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of TBHC's Vaccine Research Center, discusses injectable vaccines and nasal sprays.

"Swine Flu Upsets Rituals of Greeting" The New York Times
September 3, 2009

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Center at TBHC, discusses the potential risk of spreading H1N1 via handshake.

"Somehow, it seems Jaycee raised two 'normal' daughters" The Christian Science Monitor
September 3, 2009

Stephen Ajl, MD, a pediatrician at TBHC and Medical Director of the Jane Barker Brooklyn Children's Advocacy Center, comments on the health of the daughters of kidnapping victim Jaycee Lee Dugard.

"New Simulation Center At The Brooklyn Hospital Center Trains Residents On High-Tech Computer-Controlled Mannequins" Hospital Newspaper

Article discussing TBHC's new state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory.

"Swine Flu Vaccine Delay Manageable, Experts Say" HealthDay

August 20, 2009

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Center at TBHC, comments on the necessity of the Swine Flu vaccine.

"Studies: New Osteoporosis Drug Cuts Fracture Risk" Southern California Public Radio
August 12, 2009

Jacob Warman, MD, Chief of Endocrinology at TBHC, discusses the potential of drug denosumab as a prevention for Osteoporosis.

"Morris Goodman's Inspirational Rise From Paralysis" Investor's Business Daily
August 12, 2009

Anders Cohen, DO, Chief of Neurosurgery at TBHC, discusses the will to recover in surgery and post-operative therapy.

"Pregnant Women and Swine Flu Shots" The Osgood File
July 30, 2009 (Audio)

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Center at TBHC, comments on the intermingling of two different flus this year.

"Scientists Find Way to Make 'Good' Brown Fat" HealthDay
July 29, 2009

Jacob Warman, MD, Chief of Endocrinology at TBHC, discusses the benefits of brown fat in lowering obesity.

"Swine Flu Comeback" CNBC
July 23, 2009 (Video)

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Vaccine Research Center at TBHC, discusses the presence of swine flu among kids at summer camp.

"Test May Predict Moms Who Will Deliver Prematurely"  HealthDay
July 21, 2009

Michael Cabbad, MD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Maternal/Fetal Medicine at TBHC, discusses the complications and incidence of preterm delivery in the U.S. and other countries.

"Slightly Underactive Thyroid May Be a Plus"  HealthDay
June 12, 2009

Jacob Warman, MD, chief of endocrinology at TBHC, discusses the risks of Hypothyroidism.

"Report Gives U.S. Good Grades for Swine Flu Response"  HealthDay
June 4, 2009

Kenneth Bromberg, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at TBHC, discusses the U.S. response to Swine Flu.

"Ginger Found to Help Nausea in Chemotherapy Patients" CBS Newspath
May 25, 2009 (video)

Gina Villani, MD, Chief of Hemotoloy and Oncology at TBHC, discusses ginger as a treatment for chemo related nausea.

"J. Richard Ludgin, M.D. Named CMO at the Brooklyn Hospital Center" Life Science Weekly
May 1, 2009

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