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Discovering the Genetic Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19

Who might have a genetic predisposition for contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 and be at increased risk for complications? Why have patients have experienced a broad range of COVID-19 severity (five percent require intensive care; the mortality rate is one to three percent; and about a third of patients were asymptomatic)? Weill Cornell Medicine geneticists are beginning to find out, as they uncover the genetic mechanisms underlying these questions in a research study with the National... Read More

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The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

Although late-stage colorectal cancer can be lethal, it is preventable. That’s the subject of an online lecture, “The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening,” from Andrea Betesh, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Should You Be Double Masking?

The Reasons Why Wearing Two Masks May be Advised, Plus Which Masks Offer More Protection

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Podcast: Toe Walking

Dara Jones, M.D. discusses toe walking and what parents can do if they notice it in their children. She reviews how it is diagnosed and the treatment options that are available for kids.

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Treating Ankyloglossia (Tongue-tie) in Children

Solving an infant condition called tongue tie—known medically as ankyloglossia—is straightforward when caught early. It’s a common condition in which the band of tissue under the tongue, known as the frenulum, is too tightly anchored to the floor of the mouth. The extra tissue restricts the tongue’s range of motion and cause significant breastfeeding discomfort and challenges for mother and child.

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Why You Should Be Wearing Better Face Masks

It isn’t just about wearing any old mask. It’s about wearing effective masks. That’s the message that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to send, as it continues to update its guidance on how to reduce the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Altaf M. Pirmohamed, MD

How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Altaf M. Pirmohamed, MD, assistant attending physician at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and NewYork-Presbyterian and assistant professor of clinical medicine at WCM, offers ways for patients to take charge of their cardiovascular health and overall quality of life.

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Podcast: Management of Chronic Pain after Spine Surgery

In this episode of Back to Health, Daniel Pak, M.D., discusses the management of chronic pain after spine surgery. He shares essential pain management strategies that will be important for patients. He highlights the multimodal approach used at Weill Cornell Medicine that can ease post-surgical pain while reducing the usage of opioids during recovery.

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What Parents Should Know About Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Tonsil and adenoid surgeries are the most common surgical procedures performed on children in the United States. That’s been true for about the last 20 years, says Vikash K Modi, MD, Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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What to Know About Complex Airway Procedures for Kids

When infant snoring crosses into “noisy breathing”—high-pitched, squeaky sounds, and choking while feeding—it’s time for a trip to the pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist, says Steven Rosenblatt, MD.