All faculty, staff, and students throughout the Mount Sinai Health System are expected to get an annual influenza vaccination, a request that has new urgency this year. For the first time, the New York State Department of Health is requiring that all hospital personnel either receive the influenza vaccination or wear masks in areas where there is potential for patient contact, including lobbies, corridors, elevators, and cafeterias, as well as in all typical patient-care areas. This new regulation will be in effect throughout the influenza season, which typically runs from December to late spring.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the use of marijuana, or cannabis, can negatively impact the developing brains of approximately one in four adolescents, according to researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the University of Montreal.
The study, published in the August 16, 2013, issue of Neuropharmacology, highlights that the younger the user of cannabis, the more susceptible he or she is to delinquency, lower educational attainment, difficulty in conforming to an adult role, and mental health issues.
The Graduate Program in Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai continues to expand its curriculum with new specialty tracks, an advanced certificate program, and a new name—it was formerly The Master of Public Health Program.
The public health program, which enrolls 60 new students each year, is part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Three new courses of study include Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Care Management, which complement the tracks that existed previously: Global Health, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Outcomes Research, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The courses are designed for students who want a strong foundation in community-based research, and experience in building population-based studies for disease prevention and health promotion.