Health

Cohen Children’s, CHOP share $8.5M sickle cell study

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Cohen Children’s Medical Center will share $8.5 million in funding for a study targeting children with sickle cell disease. The New Hyde Park-based Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a 202-bed hospital managed by the Northwell Health system, will share the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute award with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The institutions will focus on improving the quality of life for sickle cell youth as they transition…


First-ever ‘health systems marketplace’ comes to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // The tri-state region’s first “marketplace of health systems” has come to Long Island. New York City-based Brighton Health Plan Solutions – which allows members to shop for and compare health systems in depth, perchance to find the best single plan for each member’s particular needs – has partnered with Long Island Health Network, a network of nine Island-based hospitals and affiliated services. The alliance adds those hospitals and hundreds of specialized…


Opioid epidemic spurs new LI substance-abuse center

In a move aimed at combating what it called “the opioid epidemic sweeping the country,” the Northwell Health system has opened the doors of a new Long Island substance-abuse treatment center. The Garden City Treatment Center, located on Stewart Avenue in the Nassau County village, is managed by Zucker Hillside Hospital, which resides in Glen Oaks, just west of the Queens-Nassau border. But the focus of the 8,000-square-foot center, which officially opened this summer, is…


Study: Bust the burgers, go nuts for reflux

By GREGORY ZELLER // This just in from the Insult to Injury Department: Victims of acid reflux can defeat the dreaded disorder without choking down a lifetime of pharmaceuticals – simply by eliminating every single tasty thing on Earth, everywhere, forever. The slightly-less-dramatic version: A plant-based “Mediterranean-style diet” can provide the same medical benefits as popular pharmaceutical options for treating laryngopharyngeal reflux. So says the Journal of the American Medical Association, which on Thursday published…


Feds fund NYIT ‘skeletal repair’ research

A New York Institute of Technology professor has landed a sizeable federal grant to study the bone-healing possibilities of gene-generated “skeletal repair.” The National Institutes of Health has awarded $442,000 to life sciences professor Michael Hadjiargyrou, who will use the multi-year grant to study Mustn1, a newly discovered musculoskeletal-specific gene, and “determine its role in cartilage regeneration and skeletal repair,” according to NYIT. Hadjiargyrou’s research will also shed light on a new and as yet…


Southside Hospital welcomes Island’s first Baby Café

Long Island has welcomed its first Baby Café. Presenting free educational resources for pregnant or breastfeeding women and a place for those women to share their experiences with other moms, a Baby Café has opened inside the Northwell Health system’s Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Based on the precepts of the national nonprofit group Baby Café USA, the Island’s first official breastfeeding “café” – in essence, it’s more of a school – was made possible…


Heads scratched as Chem-Master gets the boot

By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech manufacturer with a 23-year history of servicing Stony Brook University researchers and startups is being evicted from the university’s Chemistry Building – and nobody seems entirely sure why. Chem-Master International, a producer of unique chemical compounds for research and commercial development, has operated inside the Chemistry Building since it launched in 1994, thanks to a “revocable permit” – special SUNY dispensation allowing nontraditional programs and outside entities to occupy…


St. Francis tops in hospitals, US News says

Roslyn’s St. Francis Hospital is the fifth-best hospital in New York State, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report, followed by NYU Winthrop Hospital at No. 6. U.S. News ranks hospitals on a number of measures, including patient survival and readmission rates, and patient experience and safety, among other categories. It’s newest rankings were announced Tuesday. North Shore University Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital were tied with Albany Medical Center…


NYU Langone Health doubles down in Huntington

By GREGORY ZELLER // Already knee-deep in word-class medical science, Long Island healthcare has been bolstered by the arrival of a nationally renowned cancer center. Brandishing the bold slogan “We can cure cancer in our lifetime,” NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated research and treatment center, is expanding its clinical and laboratory activities on Long Island with the opening of a state-of-the-art Huntington facility. Complementing existing Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center…


Digital dentistry program takes root at SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // Break out the intraoral scanners: Stony Brook University is sinking its teeth into a groundbreaking digital dentistry curriculum. The university’s School of Dental Medicine is one of five U.S. dental schools (there are only 66 total) selected to pilot a new digital dentistry program developed by the Chicago-based American College of Prosthodontists. Stony Brook joins dental schools at the University of Kentucky, Rutgers University in New Jersey, A.T. Still University in…


State green-lights LI med-marijuana dispensaries

New medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to Long Island. The New York State Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it has authorized five “registered organizations” – permitted by state statute to manufacture medical marijuana and manage up to four dispensaries each – to operate new dispensaries across the state. Several companies on the list plan to operate in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with as many as four new dispensaries about to crop up on…


Feinstein, Hofstra concussion study exposes a nerve

By GREGORY ZELLER // With concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continuing to make headlines on and off the playing field, Long Island researchers may be closing in on a unique treatment method. Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine have published the results of a nerve-stimulation study with broad-ranging implications for many neurological conditions, including severe TBIs. Published online by the international science journal Nature, the…


Child’s play: Northwell nabs top doc to lead pediatrics

Long Island’s top children’s hospital has a new pediatrics chief. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has tapped Sophia Jan as its new chief of pediatrics, the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system announced Monday. Jan – who also has been named medical director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children effort, part of the New York State Health Home Program – will be an “instrumental part of ensuring that the hospital delivers…


State to fund $75M med research center at SBU

Stony Brook University has been awarded a $75 million state grant to build a center to develop and commercialize medical devices and treatments. The 70,000-square-foot building, to be called I-DIME, for the Institute for Discovery and Innovation in Medicine & Engineering, will be built adjacent to university’s wireless technology and advanced energy centers. It is expected to open in 2021. The center was approved unanimously by the board of Empire State Development on Thursday. Judith…


And then there was one: Mather to join Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s last independent hospitals is beaming aboard Northwell Health’s mothership. The Board of Directors of Port Jefferson’s John T. Mather Memorial Hospital has signed a letter of intent to join the New Hyde Park-based health system, the hospital announced Thursday, angling it as “part of a long-term strategy to ensure advanced healthcare for Mather’s communities and the future growth of the hospital.” Noting “unprecedented changes occurring in the…