Health

Northwell Telepsychiatry Hub provides online lifeline

By GREGORY ZELLER // Remote, around-the-clock consultations for mental-health patients in crisis are now beaming around Greater New York, thanks to Northwell Health. Trumpeting an “innovative, secure online videoconferencing platform” built to connect psychiatrists to patients “when they need them most,” the health system this week debuted its new Emergency Telepsychiatry Hub inside its Lenox Health Greenwich Village facility. From that Manhattan location, the 770-square-foot center – featuring nine video workstations and a staff that…

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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…


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 –…


With clock ticking, SBU’s Mobile Stroke Unit gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fueled by a flood of dire statistics, powered by cutting-edge science and a ready team of medical professionals, the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Mobile Stroke Units are set to roll. Stony Brook University’s freshly reminted medical school will deploy its first MSU in March – the specially equipped ambulance will carry state-of-the-art CT scanners, telemedicine hookups with expert neurologists and a full complement of medics and nurses – with a second…


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…


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…


Biomed effort takes hard look at vascular calcification

By GREGORY ZELLER // Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are hoping to break a common link between chronic kidney disease and heart disease. Armed with a fresh National Institutes of Health grant, the NYIT research team – led by Olga Savinova, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM – will take a closer look at vascular calcification, in which calcium salts jam up blood vessels and cause arteries to lose their elasticity….