Health

Memorial Sloan Kettering debuts new MSK Nassau

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new chapter in Long Island’s fight against cancer is beginning, even as the book closes on a longtime regional treatment facility. New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Thursday cut the ribbon of MSK Nassau, an ultramodern, $180 million outpatient cancer-treatment facility located on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. Slated to officially open for business Monday, the 2-story, 114,000-square-foot center replaces MSK’s 22-year-old Rockville Centre facility, which is shutting…


Schools, hospital unite on teen mental-health issues

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an era of unprecedented social pressures, one Long Island school district is teaming up with a local hospital to provide critical mental-health services for students. Amityville-based South Oaks Hospital, part of the Northwell Health system, has partnered with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to offer mental-health services to more than 5,000 students in grades seven through 12. Through the program, South Oaks Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Sharon…


Among 9/11 responders, SBU sees PTSD-dementia link

By GREGORY ZELLER // The heroes of 9/11 continue to confront danger, according to a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that sees a potential connection between PTSD and dementia. With cases of post-traumatic stress disorder frequent among the first responders who dealt with the devastating terrorist attacks 18 years ago, a pilot study by Stony Brook Medicine’s World Trade Center Health and Wellness Program “suggests that there may be a link between chronic…


With Northwell’s new joint jobs, it’s hip to be home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A need for speed – and revolutionary, multidisciplinary approaches to pre-op education and post-op recovery – have Northwell Health kicking joint-replacement patients to the curb. Relax, it’s all good: The staff at the Manhasset-based North Shore University Hospital is indeed discharging certain joint-replacement surgical patients on the same day as their operations, but it’s part of a groundbreaking protocol designed to promote ambulatory procedures. That’s better for everyone involved, starting with…


Tracey, global team unearth new bioelectronic clue

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research team featuring one of Long Island’s great innovators has uncovered a potential key to fighting viral infections – a bioelectronic-medicine breakthrough with wide-ranging implications for a multitude of patients and conditions. Feinstein Institute for Medical Research President and CEO Kevin Tracey, a global electronic nerve-stimulation and bioelectronic medicine pioneer, joined with scientists from Canada, Europe and Asia to research and announce the new findings, detailed in an article…


South Nassau smartens up with Mudra lecture series

By GREGORY ZELLER // Strengthening its hand as a teaching hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital will host an annual medical-education lecture series focused on research and innovation. The Mudra Foundation: Art for a Cause, which raises funds for nonprofit educational groups through dance and music programming, has agreed to underwrite the annual lecture series, which is designed specifically to further medical education at the Oceanside-based hospital. The inaugural lecture, “Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: An Introduction…


And don’t come back: AI eyes Northwell readmissions

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is hoping a new software solution can drive down hospital readmissions. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health announced Tuesday that is will integrate “predictive artificial intelligence software” into its Electronic Medical Records at 15 hospitals – including several on Long Island – in a preemptive attempt to reduce patient readmissions by computing next-level “risk and recommendation outputs.” The AI solution comes from Georgia-based Jvion Inc., maker…


Study: Northwell’s anti-pathogen UV tech is A-OK

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York City startup backed by Northwell Health’s new business-development division may be on the verge of eliminating infectious pathogens from hospitals. An ultraviolet disinfection technology deployed by biotech startup PurpleSun – officially, the “focused multivactor ultraviolet device” – dramatically lowers the risk of hospital-acquired infections by eliminating 97.7 percent of pathogens in operating rooms, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


With clock ticking, SBU’s Mobile Stroke Unit gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fueled by a flood of dire statistics, powered by cutting-edge science and a ready team of medical professionals, the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Mobile Stroke Units are set to roll. Stony Brook University’s freshly reminted medical school will deploy its first MSU in March – the specially equipped ambulance will carry state-of-the-art CT scanners, telemedicine hookups with expert neurologists and a full complement of medics and nurses – with a second…


NIH gets behind new Feinstein Institute sepsis study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A five-year National Institutes of Health grant will pack the protein into a new Long Island sepsis study. Monowar Aziz, an assistant professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will apply the $1.68 million award to his work examining protein’s role in inflammation and injury in due to sepsis, a body-wide immune system reaction to infection. Sepsis is a sinister opponent, causing nearly half-a-million U.S. deaths annually and leaving…


On the right path in Feinstein Parkinson’s pursuit

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new gene therapy can literally rewire the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients – and may rewrite the book on treatment of the nation’s second most-common neurodegenerative disease. A team of scientists from the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has published findings indicating that AAV2-GAD, an emerging Parkinson’s gene therapy, creates new circuits in the brain promoting improved motor skills – setting up AAV2-GAD for a critical final found of…


Biomed effort takes hard look at vascular calcification

By GREGORY ZELLER // Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are hoping to break a common link between chronic kidney disease and heart disease. Armed with a fresh National Institutes of Health grant, the NYIT research team – led by Olga Savinova, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM – will take a closer look at vascular calcification, in which calcium salts jam up blood vessels and cause arteries to lose their elasticity….


NIH to Feinstein: Stick out that chest (bioelectrically)

By GREGORY ZELLER // With new treatments for obesity, heart failure and a host of other conditions in sight, a Feinstein Institute researcher will zero in on specific abdominal targets in a new “precision bioelectronic medicine” study. North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center Chief of Gastroenterology Larry Miller, who also directs the Gastroenterology Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has received a $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant…


Feinstein researchers eye chronic post-storm despair

By GREGORY ZELLER // A team of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research investigators is digging deep into the mental toll natural disasters take on survivors. The team – led by Rebecca Schwartz, an associate investigator at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D division of the Northwell Health system – presented its findings during a roundtable discussion at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, held this week in California. According to the research, exposure to natural…