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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…


No 379: Tuning in at Hofstra, soaring high at JFK and music by John Williams (plus: a new origin story for the universe)

  Finishing touch: And down the stretch we come, dear readers, with the end of another busy workweek and the promised land of another well-earned weekend coming up fast. It’s Friday out there, Feb. 8 to be precise, and good luck to all our readers in India preparing to pop the question on this romantic Propose Day 2019. The pickings are slim (Scout’s honor): Here in the States, it’s National Opera Day (just two years…


Tracey, global team unearth new bioelectronic clue

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research team featuring one of Long Island’s great innovators has uncovered a potential key to fighting viral infections – a bioelectronic-medicine breakthrough with wide-ranging implications for a multitude of patients and conditions. Feinstein Institute for Medical Research President and CEO Kevin Tracey, a global electronic nerve-stimulation and bioelectronic medicine pioneer, joined with scientists from Canada, Europe and Asia to research and announce the new findings, detailed in an article…


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…


No. 377: Loosing fateful lightning, reshaping SBU’s innovation ecosystem and (sadly) remembering the Islanders fisherman

  That happened fast: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and welcome to February – one month down already! It’s Feb. 1 out there, which means a) Tom Brady is gearing up somewhere for another ill-gained Super Bowl, and b) It’s National Freedom Day in the United States, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that later became the slavery-busting 13th Amendment. Not coincidentally: It’s also the start of U.S. Black History Month, so designated by…


No. 376: The mahatma, the pharmacist, and life in the home of the economically influential immigrant

  Middle class: It’s the third day of the week – fourth if you’re a Quaker – and whether you dig “Woden” or “Odin,” welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting run of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 30 out there, and before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Hannah, Jessica, Kenneth, Liu, Vivian, Tom, Edmon, Micki, Scott, Deanette, Justin and Raj. Goodness, they’re piling up fast these days! Enjoy the…


And don’t come back: AI eyes Northwell readmissions

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is hoping a new software solution can drive down hospital readmissions. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health announced Tuesday that is will integrate “predictive artificial intelligence software” into its Electronic Medical Records at 15 hospitals – including several on Long Island – in a preemptive attempt to reduce patient readmissions by computing next-level “risk and recommendation outputs.” The AI solution comes from Georgia-based Jvion Inc., maker…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…


Study: Northwell’s anti-pathogen UV tech is A-OK

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York City startup backed by Northwell Health’s new business-development division may be on the verge of eliminating infectious pathogens from hospitals. An ultraviolet disinfection technology deployed by biotech startup PurpleSun – officially, the “focused multivactor ultraviolet device” – dramatically lowers the risk of hospital-acquired infections by eliminating 97.7 percent of pathogens in operating rooms, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study…


No. 371: On Hollywood Whisky, organic sweeteners, zero-calorie chocolate and other tasty matters

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the first full workweek of 2019 is just about in the books, and a very welcomed weekend is upon us. It’s Jan. 11 out there, and yes, Grand Canyon National Park – which today celebrates the 111th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt declaring the canyon a national monument – is open, despite the partial federal government shutdown. Code maker: Today is also an important anniversary for…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


No. 369: Ringing in 2019 with stocks, Bonds and Mormons, plus a little taste of France in Great Neck

  Eleven pipers piping: And a drumroll (or 12) as the days of Christmas fade and the New Year settles in. Welcome, dear reader, to the end of the first week of 2019 and the beginning of a brand-new chapter of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Jan. 4 out there – Independence Day in Myanmar, Day of the Martyrs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and World Braille Day everywhere, celebrating the tactile reading and writing…


Top psychologist to lead new behavioral-health center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A highly credentialed expert in the psychological and social risk factors influencing cardiovascular disease will head the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s new behavioral-health center. Karina Davidson, most recently a vice-dean at Columbia University and chief academic officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital, will lead the Manhattan-based center, which will explore how behavior affects management of chronic cardiovascular diseases. Linking behavioral and cardiovascular health is second nature to Davidson, whose research…


NIH gets behind new Feinstein Institute sepsis study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A five-year National Institutes of Health grant will pack the protein into a new Long Island sepsis study. Monowar Aziz, an assistant professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will apply the $1.68 million award to his work examining protein’s role in inflammation and injury in due to sepsis, a body-wide immune system reaction to infection. Sepsis is a sinister opponent, causing nearly half-a-million U.S. deaths annually and leaving…


No. 363: The Master of Innovation prognosticates, Dowling writes it down and DG Sotheby’s techs up (once again)

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, intrepid innovators – the sun sets on another busy workweek and rises on another well-earned weekend. Nicely played. Changeable skies: It’s Dec. 7 out there, a date that will live in infamy, as FDR famously said, and that obviously includes some terrible things done with airplanes. But this date also brings us International Civil Aviation Day, an annual celebration of aviation’s uniquely cooperative history and big-time contributions to…