Health

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…


Researchers eye genetic factors in schizophrenia drugs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new study by Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists suggests that a patient’s response to antipsychotic pharmaceuticals can be predicted by genetic predispositions. Schizophrenia – characterized by delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thoughts – is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Antipsychotic pharmaceuticals are a common treatment option, but such therapies are often “given without guidance from lab tests to show effectiveness, as is common in…


The future of heart surgery, in the palm of his hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University biomedical engineering professor has been tasked with optimizing a cutting-edge treatment that brings new hope to patients suffering from a serious heart disorder. Aortic stenosis, wherein the valves of the heart don’t fully open, has long been a bane of the cardiology community, which has historically resorted to risky open-heart valve-replacement surgery or simply deemed aortic stenosis patients inoperable. But in recent years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement…


Northwell backs California co.’s bloody good AI tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Impressed by what it’s seen so far, Northwell Health is betting heavily on an artificial intelligence-fueled digital-imaging technology that monitors blood loss during surgical procedures. California-based Gauss Surgical, an AI-driven healthcare technology company, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round led by the New Hyde Park-based health system and SoftBank Ventures Korea, the global early-stage venture-capital arm of SoftBank Group, a Japanese multinational holding conglomerate. The funding round…


At Stony Brook University Hospital, enter Sands man

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expert in high-risk medicine has been tapped as the new chief medical officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. Mark Sands, who most recently served as enterprise associate chief quality officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is SBUH’s new top doc, the hospital announced Monday. His appointment as chief medical officer officially kicks off Nov. 1. Sands – who earned his bachelor’s of science and medical degrees from Northwestern University and…


Huntington Hospital births comfy new baby center

By GREGORY ZELLER // After nine months of hard labor, Huntington Hospital has given birth to its newest specialized medical center. The hospital this week cut the cord (sorry, the ribbon) on its expanded Center for Mothers and Babies. Featuring 19 single-patient rooms – each with a comfy sleeper sofa and its own private bathroom, and each of those with its own shower stall – the center is chock-full of amenities for babies, new moms…


At Northwell, redefining the shape of things to come

By GREGORY ZELLER // A powerful new 3D printing system is providing Northwell Health doctors hyper-realistic surgical models, easing patients’ minds and saving millions of dollars in lost operating-room time. That’s the assessment from the New Hyde Park-based health system, which this week noted it has “doubled down” on 3D printing technologies provided by Massachusetts-based developer and manufacturer Formlabs. Specifically, Northwell Health – already a Formlabs customer – has incorporated the tech firm’s powerful Form…


Feinstein doc eyes telehealth for Hispanic diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not precisely the Telemundo of telemedicine, but a Long Island scientist will spend some $3 million of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s money exploring telehealth protocols for Hispanic diabetes patients. The PCORI, a government-funded (but non-government) Washington-based organization that supports and investigates various medical treatments, is backing Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor Renee Pekmezaris’ study of home telemonitoring for Hispanic-community patients living with type 2 diabetes, the most common…


Northwell team beats hypofractionation’s drum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Don’t Have to Cut to Cure file comes new research suggesting that a specific form of radiation therapy, previously thought to be ineffective against breast cancer, might in fact be a winning strategy against the dreaded disease. Researchers from Northwell Health’s Department of Radiation Medicine, part of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s multifaceted Cancer Center, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell’s R&D mothership, are adding…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai eye internal-med residencies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thirty physicians will receive specialty training in a new Internal Medicine Residency Program at South Nassau Communities Hospital. South Nassau has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the new residency program, which kicked off last month and is being run in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System. The New York City-based health system “provided the 30 graduate medical education slots for use at South Nassau,”…