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Week of November 7, 2016

Active city kids
A Dark Side to Exercise for Urban Children
New York City kids who are physically active every day have greater exposure to black carbon, a traffic-related pollutant, than those who are less active.
Fibrosis in the liver
Scientists Reverse Fatty Liver Fibrosis in Mice 
Researchers have identified a liver cell protein that turns a relatively benign liver condition into a serious disease and shown that silencing the protein can reverse it.
Happy man surrounded by kratom leaves
Kratom: Health Risk or Harm Reduction?
Should the DEA consider the plant a safer alternative to opioids or a high-risk substance? Silvia Martins, PhD, says a regulatory middle ground is needed.

CUMC in the News

Video Feature

Eric Kandel and Charlie Rose
Eric Kandel on PBS’s “Charlie Rose”
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, MD, discusses his latest book, “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures.” 


Columbia University will observe Election Day as a holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in offices and laboratories.
Have you made your benefits selections for 2017? The last day of open enrollment is Friday, Nov. 18. Learn more by exploring HR’s online resources here
Free flu vaccination is available to faculty and staff through Workforce Health & Safety; click here to view dates, times, and locations. Students enrolled in the Student Health Service (SHS) may receive free flu vaccination at 60 Haven Ave. For more information about the flu vaccination program, check the FAQs or contact CUMC Human Resources or the SHS

Learn about the science of the flu shot from Mailman experts here.

Photo of the Week

Gregg Stone and Magic Johnson
Columbia cardiologist Gregg Stone, MD, poses with basketball hero and public health advocate Magic Johnson at the TCT2016 (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) conference. Dr. Stone invited Mr. Johnson to speak to a crowd of 5,000 doctors about being an HIV advocate and the health challenges of underserved urban communities.

Submit a photo of the week by email and find more community photos on our Instagram feed @ColumbiaMed.

Featured Events

“In Praise of Folly”: Global Mental Health Award for Innovation in the Arts
11/9/16, 4-5:30 p.m., Hellman Auditorium at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Dr., first floor  More »

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities: “You Are Your Environment: How Architecture Shapes Us” with Amale Andraos, MArch

11/10/16, 4:30 p.m., Wu Auditorium at the Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Ave., second floor  More »

Brain Insight Lecture: “Can Children Save the Lives of Their Parents in the Throes of Stroke?” with Olajide Williams, MD

11/10/16, 6:30-8 p.m., CU Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, third floor lecture hall  More »

For more events, please visit the CUMC calendar.
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