Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine

Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


No. 423: Medical Scholars, STEAMy camps and LI’s hottest job-maker – and we can’t stop talking about Simón Bolívar

  Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another busy week of summertime socioeconomic innovation, here on Long Island and around the world. Speaking of world-rounding, there are so many readers to wish well on this 24th day of July – enjoy the Carnival of Awussu in Tunisia, Children’s Day in Vanuatu and Simón Bolívar Day in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia, marking the 1783 birth of El Libertador (more birthdays below). Young at heart:…


No. 418: On penguins, jokers, Gotham’s water supply and Caith crusaders

  Keep cool: Baby, it’s hot out there, but don’t sweat it – you’ve reached the end of this sunny first week of Summer 2019. Well done, dear reader. It’s June 28 out there – National Insurance Awareness Day and National Tapioca Day, both real – and Alboin, king of the Italian peninsula’s Lombards until his assassination on this date in 572 A.D., is still dead. Not tomorrow, Tau Day: In livelier news, June 28…


At the Zucker School, zipping along the underserved

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative pipeline program will funnel economically and socially disadvantaged collegians into the Zucker School of Medicine. Going by the zippy acronym ZPP, the Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program has named its first class of participants – eight “rising college sophomores,” each with an academic interest in healthcare and each facing difficult economic and social challenges, according to the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, which announced…


Feinstein stimulates talk of an arthritis breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // An encouraging new study out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research says noninvasive bioelectronic stimulation – administered through the outer ear – can effectively reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The potentially quantum leap for the treatment of RA and other inflammatory diseases was reported Tuesday in Bioelectronic Medicine, an open-access journal aggregating articles and data from across a dozen-plus basic and clinical disciplines, including biochemistry, neuroscience, bioengineering, artificial intelligence and…


Community wellness wins in Hofstra’s 2019 ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Roughly $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in an ambitious Hofstra University competition designed to improve health, wellness and socioeconomic conditions in underserved communities throughout Greater New York. The 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge is now accepting innovative proposals for “market-based products or services” that can improve wellness in communities stretching from Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, according to Hofstra. The theme for…


Newfangled ‘radio’ show brings Zucker School home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new radio show – take a moment to process, podcasters – is bringing the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to the airwaves. Premiering Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on WRHU (Radio Hofstra University, 88.7 on your FM dial and first in Hofstra’s hearts since 1959), “Well Said With Dr. Ira Nash” will feature a half-hour of weekly insights into health and wellness, with Nash – a…


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…


Experts engage at LI Metastatic Breast Cancer event

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gathering of top Long Island oncologists and other expert physicians will discuss the latest advances in the war against breast cancer this week at the Zucker School of Medicine. Northwell Health and the Susan G. Komen Greater New York City organization are joining with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to present the inaugural Long Island Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference, a daylong symposium slated for Saturday…


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…


No. 350: Digitizing real estate, battening down Long Island’s hatches and getting your Guptas straight

  Couldn’t have said it better: You’ve done it, intrepid reader – the end of another busy workweek is nigh and another autumn weekend looms. To set the mood, please enjoy 81 famous, semi-famous and not-famous-just-awesome Friday quotes. It’s Oct. 19 out there, marking the 2,220th anniversary (give or take) of the Second Punic War’s pivotal Battle of Zama, which was fought on this date (or thereabouts) in the year 202 BC (they think). Whenever…


No. 335: Phooey chop, King of Pop and a phone flop – and why is Hank Foley so big on blockchain, anyway?

Middle of the road: Welcome to the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek, dear reader. Your three-day holiday weekend is now clearly in sight. It’s already Aug. 29 out there, and not only is this week half over, but at midnight tomorrow night, 2018 will be two-thirds kaput. That’s fairly amazing. Best of luck: For those keeping score, Wednesday is the best day of the week for airplane travel, grocery shopping, weighing yourself, getting married…