Health

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…


Northwell adds orthopedic practice, surgical center

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a musculoskeletal coup for the Northwell Health system, Long Island’s largest private orthopedic practice has joined the region’s largest healthcare provider. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Wednesday that Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Associates LLP has come aboard, adding some 80 healthcare providers and eight Long Island offices – seven in Nassau County, one in Suffolk – to Northwell Health’s fold. The 80 providers are among 500 total Orlin…


South Nassau wraps up first phase of $60M expansion

Marked by the opening of a new 10-bed annex, the first phase of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s $60 million Emergency Department expansion is complete. Featuring “semi-private treatment bays” with flat-screen TVs and other medical and comfort-focused amenities, the annex fills a 4,500-square-foot renovated storage area inside the Oceanside hospital. Stocked with state-of-the-art monitor beds, additional cardiac monitors and “bedside laboratory testing capabilities,” it also includes a dedicated waiting area with free WiFi connectivity, according to…


Cardiac experts up-tick Northwell heart-surgery team

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two noted surgeons have been added to Northwell Health’s heart-transplant team. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced this week that Brian Lima and Syed Hussain, both cardiac surgeons specializing in heart transplants and other adult cardiac surgeries, have joined the heart transplant center at North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital. Lima has been named NSUH’s new director of heart transplantation surgery, while Hussain will play a “key…


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…