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3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…

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New tech deal gives legs to remote telehealth

Northwell Health is once again stepping up its telemonitoring game. The Northwell Health Home Care Network has announced an agreement with a New Jersey health-tech firm that will provide patients with Bluetooth-enabled tablets for videoconferencing with their doctors – and even transmitting internal vital signs. The announcement comes just one month after Northwell Ventures, the New Hyde Park-based health system’s venture-capital branch, announced an undisclosed investment in Virginia-based telehealth solution provider Avizia Inc. Through the…


Taking the diabetes fight to the people

A philanthropic Long Island organization and one of the region’s largest hospitals are teaming up to create an innovative diabetes self-management program. The Melville-based Long Island Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 to South Nassau Community Hospital, which the Oceanside healthcare hub will use to create and share the new diabetes-management protocol through its Family Medicine Center. The program will teach patients with “poorly controlled diabetes” about the “lifestyle changes necessary to manage the condition” and…


Feinstein’s unexpected postpartum blessing

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has contributed to a potential breakthrough involving postpartum depression, a serious condition affecting hundreds of thousands of new mothers. Kristina Deligiannidis, an associate professor at the Feinstein Institute and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, joined colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on a study that indicates synthetic oxytocin – a common medication administered during…


Northwell nabs seasoned exec for community effort

The former head of the nation’s largest public health system has taken a key role at New York State’s largest private healthcare provider. Ram Raju, former CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Corp., has been appointed senior vice president and community health-investment officer for the Northwell Health system. The senior VP will focus primarily on collaborations with outside community-based organizations, the health system said in a statement. Based in Manhattan, HHC is a public…


Chembio HIV-syphilis test OK’d for Europe, Caribbean

Chembio Diagnostics has been approved to sell its combination test for HIV and syphilis in most of Europe and the Caribbean. The single-use test kits offer rapid detection of antibodies to HIV types 1 and 2 and syphilis Treponema pallidum using whole blood from a finger stick, venous whole blood, serum or plasma. The test requires a tiny blood sample, provides results in as little as 15 minutes and has shelf life of up to 2 years….


Northwell goes feet-first in new orthopaedic office

Northwell Health celebrated the opening of its newest and most expansive orthopaedic institute this week. The Northwell Health Physician Partners Orthopaedic Institute at Huntington was officially opened with a Jan. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot practice specializes in general orthopaedic surgery as well as foot and ankle surgeries, according to the New Hyde Park-based health system, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer. The $1.5 million institute – the health system’s 11th…