Health

At Renaissance School, a closer look at depression

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression. Combining experts in psychological health, pharmacological sciences and next-generation scanning technologies, the team hopes to better understand how inflammation in the brain is related to the leading worldwide disorder and its myriad forms – and it now has a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to…

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LI interests unite for new community-health survey

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cancer and substance abuse are foremost on Long Islanders’ minds, at least when it comes to the health of their communities. So says the latest breakdown of the Community Health Assessment Survey, an ongoing analysis by the Long Island Health Collaborative designed to collect and digest Islanders’ health concerns, about both themselves and the communities they live in. The most recent study, which compares data gathered between January and June of…


IPS has an apoptosis for destruction, and that’s cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chilling news from Intelligent Product Solutions, which has reshaped a body re-shaper that slices with hot lasers and soothes with cooled air. That’s the general gist of the eon FR, a “non-contact aesthetic device” that cuts away abdominal fat cells with laser energy while cooling the patient’s target areas with blasts of cold air. The product, which earned FDA clearance in June, comes from Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, a circa-2016, Florida-based medical-device…


For more convenient blood testing, gonna LabFly now

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “concierge healthcare app” will allow patients of the Northwell Health system to schedule blood draws at home, and to digitally track the subsequent blood testing. By skipping the clinic, doctor’s office and private laboratory, LabFly – a first-of-its-kind in the nation mobile app – offers patients “a convenient and private alternative,” according to Northwell Health, and an easy opportunity to follow through on their healthcare protocols. The app was…


‘Early’ $2M grant cheers ambitious depression study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seven-digit federal grant will help a Stony Brook University researcher develop new treatment protocols for adolescents suffering from depression. More than just “feeling sad” because it’s raining or the Mets were finally eliminated, clinical depression – a.k.a. major depressive disorder – is a common but serious condition with sometimes severe symptoms that affect how the afflicted feel, think, eat, sleep, work and otherwise function day-to-day. And more than a healthcare…


SBU microRNA tech sparks $10M anticancer startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University-developed technology, a Massachusetts-based startup and an eight-figure investment from China could pave a path toward groundbreaking cancer therapeutics. Through an agreement with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, a microRNA-manipulating technology developed by SBU biochemist Jingfang Ju has been licensed to Curamir Therapeutics, a startup launched in August on a $10 million stake from Hong Kong-based international innovation financer Delos Capital. Terms of…


NYU Winthrop’s pet project is all heart (and fur)

By GREGORY ZELLER // The newest therapists at NYU Winthrop Hospital don’t have advanced degrees. Or any degrees. You’re lucky if they have pedigrees. But they are, indisputably, love doctors – poodles and doodles and other furry friends gifted with big hearts and healing hands (or at least therapeutic paws). The Mineola-based affiliate of the NYU Langone Health system is barking loudly about WAGS, for Winthrop’s Animals Give Support, a new pet-therapy program designed to…