Health

‘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…


Hofstra helps healthcare startups meet their matches

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nassau University Medical Center hosted a healthcare summit on Wednesday that put up-and-coming healthcare entrepreneurs in front of two important audiences. The innovators, all participants in Hofstra University’s federally funded Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, met with decision-makers from large-scale health systems and Long Island residents – the people most likely to need their products – in a “Customer Discovery Day” conference designed specifically to inform the entrepreneurs during their early-stage formations….


Nurse-a-Palooza ’19: Island goes all-in on RNs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Summer of the Nurse continues on Long Island. Just days after the Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies referenced a $2.75 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant in its plan to train and funnel nurses into “underserved communities,” the Island nursing community is innovating again. First up is the RN NextStep Joint Agreement, signed Wednesday by Farmingdale State College and Suffolk County Community College….


Hofstra-Northwell nursing school lands new HHS grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // A chunky seven-digit federal grant will help Hofstra University and the Northwell Health system pump professional nurses into the neighborhoods that need them most. The Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies has landed a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant earmarked specifically to “create a nursing pipeline to underserved communities,” according to a joint statement from the university and the health system. The $2.75 million grant,…


All’s wellness as Northwell, Canyon Ranch saddle up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a new strategic alliance is set to educate Northwell Health clinicians on how to care for themselves – the makings of a wellness-outreach effort that could benefit the entire health system, patients included. Northwell Health this week announced a collaboration with “premier integrative wellness brand” Canyon Ranch designed to fulfill a “common goal” shared by the two “mission-based organizations,” according to the health system: the creation…


At Manhasset hospital, they’re a liver to their people

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s first adult liver-transplant program has been green-stamped by state health officials. The Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases, housed inside North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, will begin prioritizing surgical candidates later this month, now that the New York State Department of Health has approved Northwell Health’s new liver-transplant program. The program “opens access to critically ill patients in an underserved area that stretches from Suffolk and Nassau…


And baby makes 30, as ASC adds new fertility clinic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Of all the specialty areas packed inside the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care facility, this one might produce the happiest results. Stony Brook Medicine has officially cut the ribbon – or perhaps cut the cord – on Island Fertility, a state-of-the-art reproductive endocrinology and fertility center that’s taken its place among roughly 30 other centers and practice areas inhabiting the Commack facility. Island Fertility is designed to provide in vitro fertilization,…


Chembio’s dengue field test earns Brazilian nod

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another critical Brazilian regulatory approval to Chembio Diagnostics’ portfolio. The Medford-based point-of-care diagnostics specialist announced this its week the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, Brazil’s federal health-regulatory agency, has approved Chembio’s DPP Dengue System. The test allows “simultaneous and discrete” detection of antibodies against all four dengue serotypes, covering both active infection by dengue virus and prior exposure to the virus – critical measures for both treatment and surveillance of…


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…


‘Core’ facility adds depth, Roche tech to lab network

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two decades of steady laboratory-science advances has resulted in 101,000 square feet of unprecedented diagnostic innovation. Northwell Health and New York City Health + Hospitals this week cut the ribbon on their new $59 million Core Lab, a fully automated diagnostic-testing facility located inside Northwell’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success. Stocked with cutting-edge tech by Roche Diagnostics, the diagnostics division of global healthcare innovator Hoffmann-La Roche, the Core Lab…


Memorial Sloan Kettering debuts new MSK Nassau

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new chapter in Long Island’s fight against cancer is beginning, even as the book closes on a longtime regional treatment facility. New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Thursday cut the ribbon of MSK Nassau, an ultramodern, $180 million outpatient cancer-treatment facility located on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale. Slated to officially open for business Monday, the 2-story, 114,000-square-foot center replaces MSK’s 22-year-old Rockville Centre facility, which is shutting…


Schools, hospital unite on teen mental-health issues

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an era of unprecedented social pressures, one Long Island school district is teaming up with a local hospital to provide critical mental-health services for students. Amityville-based South Oaks Hospital, part of the Northwell Health system, has partnered with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to offer mental-health services to more than 5,000 students in grades seven through 12. Through the program, South Oaks Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Sharon…


Among 9/11 responders, SBU sees PTSD-dementia link

By GREGORY ZELLER // The heroes of 9/11 continue to confront danger, according to a new study by Stony Brook University researchers that sees a potential connection between PTSD and dementia. With cases of post-traumatic stress disorder frequent among the first responders who dealt with the devastating terrorist attacks 18 years ago, a pilot study by Stony Brook Medicine’s World Trade Center Health and Wellness Program “suggests that there may be a link between chronic…