Health

South Nassau, Mount Sinai Health System talk merger

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A potential alliance between a nearly century-old Long Island hospital and one of New York’s largest health systems is in the works. The directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital have entered “a period of exclusive negotiations” with the Mount Sinai Health System that could create “an alignment of medical services, management and governance” between the 455-bed Oceanside hospital and the New York City-based healthcare giant, South Nassau said Wednesday. Over a…


New healthcare podcast gets a leg up

The latest healthcare innovations, explored largely from the patient’s perspective, are the thrust of a new podcast series from Northwell Health. The New Hyde Park-based health system this week launched “Health Story,” its new audio exploration of health trends, with an inaugural episode featuring Pennsylvania resident Dan Lasko. Lasko, a former U.S. Marine, lost his left leg below the knee in 2004 in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan. This year, he received a…


Northwell looks north with Syracuse affiliation

Northwell Health has picked up another one. The Board of Directors at Crouse Hospital, the backbone of a two-hospital, 3,300-employee health system based in Syracuse, has approved a clinical affiliation with the New Hyde Park-based healthcare giant. The alliance adds an upstate strategic partner to a health system that already ranks as New York State’s busiest medical services provider and, with more than 61,000 staffers, the state’s largest private employer. Crouse Hospital, the last independent…


Pediatric kidney transplant a first for Cohen Children’s

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has completed its first-ever pediatric kidney transplant operation. Matthew Francis, a 14-year-old from Rockaway Beach, was diagnosed in 2012 with focal segmental glomerulosis, a disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. The illness causes severe scarring, disrupts kidney functions and, left untreated, can eventually lead to organ failure. Earlier this month, Matthew underwent a life-saving procedure at New Hyde Park-based Cohen’s Children – making him the first pediatric kidney-transplant recipient at…


Feinstein, TheraSource target sepsis, with NIH’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a little help from the besieged National Institutes of Health, a pillar of Long Island-based scientific research and one of its shining biotech spinoffs are taking the fight to a modern-medicine scourge responsible for some 500,000 U.S. deaths each year. The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D division of the Northwell Health system, and Manhasset-based TheraSource LLC, a circa-2004 biopharma spun out of the Feinstein Institute, announced this week…


New partnership spotlights Northwell orthopedics

Northwell Health has signed a strategic affiliation agreement with the Rothman Institute, one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute will be working with the Pennsylvania-based Rothman Institute to develop “centers of excellence for orthopedic care” around Greater New York, according to a statement from Northwell Health. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Rothman Institute – founded in 1970 by physician Richard Rothman – is known internationally as a preeminent orthopedic and musculoskeletal…


It’s artery-hardening work, but NYIT is up to the task

Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology are closing in on a new way of measuring atherosclerosis – a hardening of the arteries that serves as an early warning of deadly heart diseases. In concert with an individual’s metabolic profile and traditional risk factors such as race, age and gender, atherosclerosis has long been seen as a strong indicator of coronary artery disease. But to date, there’s been no simple way of diagnosing atherosclerosis…


Cohen children’s launches space-age MRI suite

A $10 million donation from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York will send the youngest patients at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center into space. The gift from the 50-year-old philanthropic organization, which has doled out nearly $90 million in charitable donations over its half-century of work, is the backbone of the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the fourth floor of the medical center’s new six-story Cohen Children’s…


Feinstein researchers eye brain-tumor breakthrough

A common medication used to treat parasitic infections could leapfrog to the top of medical science’s brain-cancer arsenal. Pure scientific research funded by federal grants has led to this potential oncological breakthrough by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research-and-development division of the Northwell Health system. Marc Symons, a professor in the Feinstein Institute’s Karches Center for Oncology Research, is exploring the use of mebendazole – a medication commonly used to treat pinworms –…


‘Smarter’ male enhancement starts in Hauppauge

By GREGORY ZELLER // When it comes to male enhancement, two heads are better than one. That’s the rationale behind Impress! for Men, a thinking man’s nutritional supplement produced by Michigan-based MaxLabs US that aims to go where no male-enhancer has gone before: not just the space between the legs, but the space between the ears. To get there, MaxLabs US has recruited Hauppauge manufacturer Bactolac Pharmaceutical Inc., selected from “dozens of manufacturers” in a…


For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


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…


State nourishes regional breastfeeding efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will pump millions into the Northwell Health system specifically to promote, protect and support breastfeeding networks in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million over the next five years from the New York State Department of Health, one of six recipients – along with programs in New York City and upstate – to be funded through the state breastfeeding initiative. The idea is to…


Don Monti Foundation backs cancer ‘navigator’

Not every healthcare innovation involves a radical pharmaceutical or breakthrough technology. In a next-level advancement of purely human proportions, the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation will underwrite a $95,000-a-year “cancer patient navigator” position at Huntington Hospital. The services-centric navigator will guide cancer patients through the “complexities of the healthcare system,” according to Northwell Health, including appointment scheduling and compliance with sometimes-confusing care protocols. The goal is to help each cancer patient get the best possible…


Researchers zoom in on schizophrenia biomarkers

A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientist will focus next-level imaging techniques on schizophrenia and other brain disorders, thanks to a hefty federal grant. Research scientist Anil Malhotra – a professor in the Feinstein Institute’s Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine – has been awarded a five-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify biomarkers specific to schizophrenia and treatment-resistant psychosis. The biomarkers…