Health

SUNY requires COVID tests for homebound students

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State University of New York system has created an innovative safety net meant to catch COVID-positive students before they return home – and requiring individual schools to see to the needs of quarantined students, even when campuses are closed. On Tuesday, SUNY announced a new system-wide policy requiring all on-campus students – including residential students and commuters who take in-person classes, eat in dining halls or otherwise use campus facilities…

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Cross-continental pilot links LI docs, Alaskan schools

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based pediatrics practice is powering up a telemedicine program it claims can diagnose children, in real time, virtually anywhere – and it’s going about as far as you can go to prove it. All the way to Alaska, where PMP Anywhere – the new telemedicine program by Massapequa-based urgent-care clinic PM Pediatrics – will begin seeing patients next week. That is, the patients will be in Anchorage – but…


With FDA approval, Irish implant jolts pacemaker field

By GREGORY ZELLER // For Northwell Health cardiac patients, the packages don’t come much smaller, nor the benefits much bigger. Behold, the Micra AV – the world’s smallest atrioventricular synchrony-promoting pacemaker, based on a cutting-edge technology that virtually eliminates cutting and dances to a whole different beat. Atrioventricular synchrony, of course, tracks electrical activity between the upper and lower chambers of the heart (atrial electrical activity above, followed by ventricular activity below). Problems arise when…


Minimalism, to the max, in Northwell’s new cath labs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island hospitals – one in each county – are among three Northwell Health facilities to earn state approvals for next-level heart-procedure laboratories. Plainview Hospital, Port Jefferson’s Mather Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village have each earned New York State Department of Health approvals clearing the way for new cardiac catheterization laboratories. The labs will be stocked with X-ray-guided catheters, key to a range of minimally invasive heart procedures. The…


With Makos circling, feeling better about joint surgery

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just when you thought it was safe to check in for joint-replacement surgeries – actually, it’s a lot safer now, with these Makos swimming around. Innovation dives deeper at four Northwell Health Long Island hospitals, where the Mako device, a robotic assistant for total joint-replacement procedures, has surfaced. Manufactured by Michigan-based medical-device multinational Stryker, the interactive robotic arm gives human specialists new levels of surgical precision, helping to reduce recovery times…


Northwell gets personal with family-focused LI efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // In 21st century healthcare, pharmaceutical discoveries and spectacular med-tech breakthroughs constantly move the ball – but sometimes, the most important innovations are more personal. To that end, Northwell Health – where laboratories constantly bristle with high-tech experimentation – has announced two Long Island projects on more intimate levels, each focused on families and the particular needs of Island residents. On Wednesday, the New Hyde Park-based health system cut the virtual ribbon…


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…