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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…


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…


No. 333: On science fiction, science facts, Dowling’s determined demeanor and a ‘smarter’ Long Island

Middle ground: Happy Wednesday, dear readers, and especially you, new newsletter subscribers Marguerite, Mike, Alena, David and Carrie. Welcome to the show. It’s Aug. 22 and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic progress. And it’s Flag Day in Russia. Do with that what you will. Take a Bao: It’s also the second-annual National Bao Day (true story), which is not a salute to the villain in the sci-fi novel “Quantum Acres” but is…


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…


With $500K bump, Northwell Playbacks it forward

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Westchester County startup focused on patient-engagement solutions has earned a chunky Northwell Health seed investment. Northwell Ventures, the investment arm of the New Hyde Park-based health system, has boosted Mount Kisco-based technology startup Playback Health Inc. to the tune of $500,000, part of what the health system termed “a targeted $1.25 million seed-round financing in software designed to improve communications between physicians and patients.” The investment will help the early-stage…


No. 327: On ‘Moby Dick,’ ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ shredded wheat and life on Mars

  August already? How did THAT happen? We’re as dumfounded as you, dear reader, but here we are – Aug. 1, 2018, about halfway through the summer and this exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Neck and neck: It’s also World Scout Scarf Day, when active and former Scouts around the world are encouraged to wear the trademark neckerchiefs (actual word) to promote Scouting’s history and spirit. For the record, some 170 countries around…


For Northwell employees, the drugs are in the mail

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Northwell Health employees, who can now receive their prescription medications through the mail. Vivo Health Pharmacy, a specialty drug dispensary operated by the New Hyde Park-based health system, on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative prescription-med mail-order program. While certain Northwell Health patients have enjoyed that benefit for some time, the new program makes mail-order prescriptions available to all Northwell Health employees. That’s a fairly substantial undertaking:…


No. 326: A newsletter for foodies! (Starring Mazars USA, Island Harvest, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Shake Shack)

Welcome to Friday: And the precipice of another well-earned summer weekend. It’s July 27 out there, dear readers, and if you had Macbeth, King of Scotland, getting whupped by Siward, Earl of Northumbria, near Firth of Forth on this date in 1054, you win. Two sides, same coin: Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day here in the United States, commemorating the signing of the Korean War Armistice on July 27, 1953. In North…


Collaboration cooks up unique ‘Food as Health’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Are What You Eat file comes a New York State first: a hospital-based initiative designed to comprehensively address hunger-related issues. The New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system and Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank have announced the launch of Food as Health, a unique effort to address “the full range of factors that can lead to food insecurity,” according to Northwell Health, including poverty, lack of nutritional awareness, difficulty…


No. 325: Prime time for Whole Foods, a big score for LI colleges and playing it safe with coyotes

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy (and sticky!) summer workweek. X factor: It’s July 25 out there, a big date for suspending the freedom of the press, eliminating legislators’ ability to amend laws and otherwise silencing political enemies. Of course, that’s a reference to France’s King Charles X, who signed the infamous July Ordinances on July 25, 1830 – a questionable move that led to massive social protests…


Nerve-stim startup Sanguistat shuffles its deck

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Connecticut-based biotech spun out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has assembled a powerful collection of advisors and directors, including corporate heavyweights and recognized global leaders in the burgeoning field of biolelectronic medicine. Sanguistat Inc., a 2016 clinical-stage medical-device startup, has named Feinstein Institute President and CEO Kevin Tracey as chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board, a role that will leverage the pioneer’s decades of groundbreaking bioelectronics research. The…


Feinstein prof snags $3.5M for bladder-cancer effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Institutes of Health is backing a Long Island-based researcher’s efforts to develop a first-of-its-kind care program for post-surgical bladder cancer patients. Michael Diefenbach, a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and a professor at Northwell Health’s Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has earned a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. The funds will be used…


No. 322: On P.T. Barnum, Sinatra, Julius Caesar and Han Solo – and why Stony Brook’s CEBIP is shaking with excitement

It’s Friday the 13th: And there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of, dear readers – in fact, it’s time to celebrate, with another productive week of socioeconomic innovation in the books and another weekend upon us. Triple play: As a bonus, this particular Friday the 13th also includes a very rare supermoon solar eclipse. With the moon as close as it will get to Earth this year and in its New Moon phase (meaning it’s…


No. 321: Integrating LI schools, fighting crime with TV, and why the sun shines so brightly on J. Kings

Half full: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another summery week of socioeconomic innovation reaches its midpoint. It’s July 11 out there – “7-Eleven Day,” according to the marketing geniuses behind the international convenience store chain, with participating locations marking the date with free Slurpees. Pop culture: It’s also World Population Day, a function of the United Nations Development Programme designed to raise awareness of global population issues. Among World Population Day’s touchstone…


Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…