Health

Clots (or not) to be thankful for in HeartMate advance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Manhasset hospital is the first in the region to offer new hope to patients with advanced heart failure, in the form of a revolutionary implanted pump. North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital has become the first on Long Island equipped to implant the Heartmate 3, the newest generation of a left ventricular assist device developed by Illinois-based medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories. Built to provide full heart…


Northwell sings the praises of $15 million CHIOR

Heralding “an incubator for innovation,” Michael Dowling and the Northwell Health system have opened the doors of the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research. Dowling, president and CEO of the New Hyde Park-based health system, presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event in November, officially christening the 20,000-square-foot, $15 million Manhasset facility, part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Leveraging Northwell Health’s uniquely large and diverse patient population, the CHIOR is designed specifically to…


Island gets the lead out, with Albany’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // Four Long Island projects are included in a $20 million state funding package for municipal projects replacing residential water-service lines made from lead. Twenty-six individual projects – including jobs in Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead and Southold – are included in the statewide package, announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The pipe-replacement effort, part of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, targets service pipes containing lead, which…


NYU Winthrop’s blood-loss program a gain for civilians

By GREGORY ZELLER // Law enforcers, educators and other potential civilian responders to trauma situations are benefitting from an NYU Winthrop Hospital program built around a critical emergency skill. The literally named Stop the Bleed program is designed to educate anyone – civilian or otherwise – on field techniques for staunching blood loss. While certainly applicable to victims of automobile crashes or other accidents, Stop the Bleed is focused specifically on empowering citizens in a…


Northwell’s big week only starts with a vascular first

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s only Tuesday, but Northwell Health has already had a very busy week, featuring two new accreditations – including a first-of-its-kind vascular/endovascular honor – and a national post for a Northwell physician. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Monday that Harris Nagler, a urologist at Northwell Health’s Lake Success-based Smith Institute for Urology, has been named president of the American Urological Association’s Urology Care Foundation Board. Later Monday, Northwell Health…


NIH grant links LI researcher to top diabetes study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multiyear federal grant will plug a top Long Island researcher into medical science’s foremost diabetes study. Alan Jacobson, chief research officer at Mineola-based NYU Winthrop Hospital, has secured a $4.23 million stipend from the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term neurocognitive effects of type 1 diabetes. The five-year grant will help Jacobson better understand how the disease – which affects more than 1.25 million Americans, according to the…


Northwell opens post-op Cardiac Rehab Center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only heart-transplant program now has its own recovery center. Leveraging an expanded slate of cardiovascular services at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, including Long Island’s first and only heart-transplant program, the Northwell Health system officially cut the ribbon last week on its pioneering Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a $500,000 investment by the New Hyde Park-based health system, which stocked…


As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a potential health-system merger still under discussion, South Nassau Communities Hospital is plowing ahead with its ambitious infrastructure-modernization effort. The latest additions: two state-of-the-art surgical suites designed to accommodate larger surgical teams and the latest high-tech surgical gadgetry. The Oceanside hospital announced the completion of the $7 million surgical renovation this week, roughly one month after tying a bow on the first phase of its $60 million Emergency Department expansion….


Impressed Northwell expands use of breast ‘reflectors’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health has gone all-in on leading-edge technology designed to pinpoint tumors and effect better physiological and cosmetic results for breast cancer patients. On Tuesday, the last day of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the New Hyde Park-based health system announced that it’s now offering state-of-the-art breast-biopsies, lumpectomies and other breast-related procedures at more than a dozen regional hospitals and outpatient facilities featuring the new technology, called…


NYIT: Quick consequences of ‘fast’ American food

By GREGORY ZELLER // With all that Halloween candy about and 15 pounds worth of holiday season set to brutalize your belly, the New York Institute of Technology shares these cheerful tidings: The “average American diet” is basically a shortcut to diabetes. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury have gathered “compelling evidence” that exposure to a typical “western diet” – featuring relatively super-sized levels of fat and sugar – significantly increases…


Albany stamps out e-cigarette use in public places

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d better put that out, or turn it off, or otherwise knock it off: In New York, e-cigs are now illegal in the workplace and everywhere else smoking is prohibited. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, a circa-2003 law regulating smoking in restaurants, offices and other work and public places. Although “marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes,” the governor said,…


NIH triples up on Feinstein Institute brain specialist

Three brain-focused research projects at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will benefit from more than $1 million in federal funding. The Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D arm of the Northwell Health system, announced Thursday that the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative has allotted two stipends to support projects led by Feinstein Associate Professor Ashesh Mehta, Northwell’s director of epilepsy surgery and head of the institute’s Laboratory of Human Brain Mapping. Mehta’s work…


In Uniondale, Memorial Sloan Kettering is beaming

By GREGORY ZELLER // A leading cancer-research and treatment institution is making headway in the significant expansion of its Long Island footprint. The New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – which already maintains treatment facilities in Rockville Centre, Commack and Hauppauge – trumpeted Thursday the coming of its new 114,000-square-foot cancer-treatment center in Uniondale, adjacent to NYCB Live, the new moniker of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Construction of the freestanding, $140 million…


For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms…


Cancer-battling Einsteins sing “executioner’s” song

By GREGORY ZELLER // Clinical researchers are trumpeting a novel compound that causes cancer cells to self-destruct – without affecting healthy cells. A team of biochemistry-focused scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine announced its discovery in Monday’s issue of Cancer Cell, a peer-reviewed medical journal. According to the article, “Direct Activation of BAX by BTSA1 Overcomes Apoptosis Resistance in Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” their novel compounds essentially cause cancer cells to commit suicide by…