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No. 489: Prehistoric monsters fly, Adelphi’s communications jam and the great 2020 pandemic hits the Hamptons

  A quiet weekend at home for a change: Just a little pandemic humor right there, dear readers, as we wrap up another WFH workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. Welcome to Friday, April 3 to be precise – National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day (shouldn’t be too hard this year) and World Party Day (maybe not the best time). Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


For Northwell 3D, the Q-tip of the innovation iceberg

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed nasal swab created by a multistate academic-industry collaboration is up to snuff, and has begun circulating through resources-strapped healthcare facilities. Northwell Health – partnering with the University of South Florida and Massachusetts-based additive-manufacturing expert Formlabs – has successfully tested prototype swabs meeting federal standards for COVID-19 testing. The swabs, comprised of “biocompatible autoclavable resins” from Formlabs’ stocks and based on initial designs out of USF’s 3D Clinical Applications Division,…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…


No. 485: Panther pride, equitable entrepreneurism and smarter self-diagnoses, in the palm of your hand

  The days, they are a blurrin’: And we’re just getting started, dear readers, as the global pandemic continues to take shape and the “new normal” – however impermanent it may be – finds its form. It’s Friday out there (trust us), March 20, and it’s a good time to note the words of author Steven Kotler, who believes innovation requires isolation, and French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who reminded us that “Hell is other people”…


All things being unequal, Hofstra’s Challenge lives on

By GREGORY ZELLER // Health equity – a concept freshly redefined by our times – takes center stage in this year’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge. Hofstra University’s long-running entrepreneurship competition is offering $50,000-plus in cash and business-resource prizes to early-stage enterprises addressing socialized healthcare problems in underserved Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley communities. This year’s “challenge topic” is “advancing health equity,” focused on innovative products and services that “improve the total health…


No. 484: We do the twist, the bump and the IDA shuffle – all from the comfort of home!

  It could be worse: A lot worse, dear readers, as we hunker down, suck it up and otherwise follow sage advice designed to save lives. It’s Wednesday out there, March 18 to be precise, and as everyone readjusts to the new normal, we acknowledge National Supreme Sacrifice Day – and remember there’s plenty of real estate between inconvenience and true sacrifice. Too close for comfort: Another natural for a coast-to-coast lockdown, today is also…


No choice: Northwell scrubs elective surgeries

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is scrubbing elective surgeries for the next month. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Monday began canceling nonessential surgeries and procedures in hospitals throughout the state, the latest victims of the global coronavirus pandemic. The ban does not include elective outpatient surgeries – or other invasive procedures, including endoscopies – performed in outpatient settings. These outpatient procedures will go on “when deemed clinically necessary,” according…


No. 483: In which life as we’ve known it is over, at least for a little while

  Scary as hell: They don’t call it Friday the 13th for nothing, dear readers, as your worst nightmares about plagues, recessions and sports-less weekends crash together in one horrifying global pandemic. Yes, it’s Friday, March 13, and no, it’s not that bad – we’re certainly navigating unprecedented waters as COVID-19 quite literally takes over the world, but it’s not really the end of all things. For example: Plenty of NASCAR and professional golf on…


Now testing, Northwell eyes COVID-19 acceleration

By GREGORY ZELLER // The coronavirus is moving fast – but so is Northwell Health, which hopes to shake off federal shackles and step up the pace on COVID-19 testing. The New Hyde Park-based health system already has, actually: Via an emergency-use authorization approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Northwell Health Labs on Wednesday began semi-automated testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus – and the semi-automated testing is…


No. 482: On the meaningfully diverse, the Uber forgetful and CPR’s most heartfelt replays

  Shift change: Push that lever, dear readers, as we reach the fulcrum point and gear up for the latter half of this latest busy workweek. Apples and overlords: It’s Wednesday, March 11 – Moshoeshoe Day in Lesotho (celebrating the birthdate of the mountaintop African nation’s founding father) and National Johnny Appleseed Day in the United States (which doesn’t mark pioneering agriculturist John Chapman’s birthday, but the start of planting season). It’s also National Funeral…


For better cardiac outcomes, they want their MTV

By GREGORY ZELLER // For those who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting, the odds are not good – less than 8 percent survive, according to the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. To improve their odds once they reach the hospital, researchers at Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital and the Feinstein Institutes have taken a decidedly backwards step – if not in terms of medical science, certainly in terms of video technology. With…


Staying healthy and safe as coronavirus, panic spread

By ROBERT GLATTER // As anxiety intensifies, ditch the mad dash for a coronavirus mask, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you get sick. The novel coronavirus is top-of-mind for many New Yorkers, as 13 cases have been confirmed in the state (as of March 5) and the total number of cases in the nation surpassed 100 this week. But while the global outbreak may make you feel overwhelmed and in danger, it’s…


No. 480: On coronavirus, coronavirus and coronavirus – and introducing our 2020 Master of Innovation

  Don’t worry, we washed our hands: Put ’er there, dear readers, and welcome to Wednesday, as we hurtle the hump of this latest busy (and blessedly spring-like) winter workweek. It’s March 4 out there – St. Casimir’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania, and National Pound Cake Day, celebrating the world’s most versatile cake. Strong language: It’s also National Grammar Day, a celebration of proper written and verbal grammar, desperately needed…


Northwell to begin COVID-19 testing within the week

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing past responses to swine flu and Ebola virus outbreaks, New York State’s largest healthcare system will begin testing for the dreaded novel coronavirus within days. That according to Dwayne Breining, Northwell Health’s executive director of laboratory services, and a high-powered collection of lawmakers and healthcare experts gathered Monday at the Lake Success-based Northwell Center for Advanced Medicine. Their message: With the U.S. Food & Drug Administration greenlighting new diagnostic technologies…