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No. 502: TopDocs, bottom dollars and lines in the sand, on a good day to be a millionaire

  Place your bets: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island eagerly anticipates its Phase 1 reopening (not just yet) and we patiently muscle through another WFH workweek (marking, like, 850 in a row, though we may have lost count). For those keeping score, with Nassau and Suffolk about to eclipse 30 trace cases per 1,000 residents and regional COVID-19 hospital deaths dropping fast, the good money is on Phase 1 baby steps for…


At Northwell, the doctor will Zoom you now

By TERRY LYNAM // Even as the world focuses attention and resources on COVID-19, it is also crucial to take heed of other illnesses and injuries that may require medical attention. As we all work toward a new normal during these unprecedented times, the healthcare professionals at Northwell Health are doing everything possible to keep our communities and our colleagues safe. “We would never want to make patients feel as if they’re abandoned just because…


No. 496: In which gender barriers bust, childcare costs spiral and Hofstra pivots, with pride

  Rock on: It’s another work-from-home Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through a tough workweek marked by bitter national divisions, phased re-openings and no real endgame (yet) for the great 2020 pandemic. The good news is, a mile-wide planet-killer asteroid zooming through the Solar System at a breezy 19,000 miles per hour will narrowly miss Earth today. So, no worries there. Wish list: On that cheery note, welcome to April 29 – World Wish…


No. 495: Not the AI apocalypse we expected – plus whoops, coughs, space telescopes and past lives

  Week effort: And you’re finishing strong, dear reader, as we complete five more homebound workdays under COVID-19’s temporary reign and begin another locked-down weekend of spring cleaning, masked market runs and copious binge-watching. It’s April 24 out there – Concord Day in Niger, remembering the 1995 armistice between government officials and the organizers of the bloody Tuareg rebellion, and the big-hearted World Day for Laboratory Animals. Pigging out: It’s horrible, what they do to…


Tipping the leader meter, everyday heroes abound

By DAVID CHAUVIN // True leaders tend to reveal themselves in times of crisis. (Fraudulent leaders tend to be exposed as well – a story for another column, but see our federal government for proof.) Often during this trying episode, I think about the qualities I admire in leaders and, as we all do, I try to learn from them, and grow as a leader myself. Luckily, being a New Yorker, I don’t have look…


CSHL, partners track COVID-19 culprit to tricky NET

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research consortium with Long Island roots may have identified the culprit behind COVID-19’s worst cases. It’s been well-documented that a large majority of patients who contract SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, suffer only mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover. Much more documented: The novel coronavirus can kill, with severe COVID-19 infections leading to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, pulmonary inflammation, airway-blocking mucus secretions, blood clots and…


No. 489: Prehistoric monsters fly, Adelphi’s communications jam and the great 2020 pandemic hits the Hamptons

  A quiet weekend at home for a change: Just a little pandemic humor right there, dear readers, as we wrap up another WFH workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. Welcome to Friday, April 3 to be precise – National Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day (shouldn’t be too hard this year) and World Party Day (maybe not the best time). Sweet Burns: It’s also National Find a Rainbow Day, which is actually…


No. 488: A nasal passage, a naval plussage and the on-point Pandemic Primer – Island in a global storm

  Lockdown lowdown: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurdle our homebound humps – pardon the imagery – and slide into the second half of this latest coronavirus-shaped workweek. It’s April 1 out there – anniversary of the actual Last Supper, according to one historian, not to mention Edible Book Day, which (no fooling) is a real thing. Seriously: It appears this will be a down year for April Fool’s Day jocularity, with Google…


For Northwell 3D, the Q-tip of the innovation iceberg

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed nasal swab created by a multistate academic-industry collaboration is up to snuff, and has begun circulating through resources-strapped healthcare facilities. Northwell Health – partnering with the University of South Florida and Massachusetts-based additive-manufacturing expert Formlabs – has successfully tested prototype swabs meeting federal standards for COVID-19 testing. The swabs, comprised of “biocompatible autoclavable resins” from Formlabs’ stocks and based on initial designs out of USF’s 3D Clinical Applications Division,…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…


No. 485: Panther pride, equitable entrepreneurism and smarter self-diagnoses, in the palm of your hand

  The days, they are a blurrin’: And we’re just getting started, dear readers, as the global pandemic continues to take shape and the “new normal” – however impermanent it may be – finds its form. It’s Friday out there (trust us), March 20, and it’s a good time to note the words of author Steven Kotler, who believes innovation requires isolation, and French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who reminded us that “Hell is other people”…


All things being unequal, Hofstra’s Challenge lives on

By GREGORY ZELLER // Health equity – a concept freshly redefined by our times – takes center stage in this year’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge. Hofstra University’s long-running entrepreneurship competition is offering $50,000-plus in cash and business-resource prizes to early-stage enterprises addressing socialized healthcare problems in underserved Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley communities. This year’s “challenge topic” is “advancing health equity,” focused on innovative products and services that “improve the total health…


No. 484: We do the twist, the bump and the IDA shuffle – all from the comfort of home!

  It could be worse: A lot worse, dear readers, as we hunker down, suck it up and otherwise follow sage advice designed to save lives. It’s Wednesday out there, March 18 to be precise, and as everyone readjusts to the new normal, we acknowledge National Supreme Sacrifice Day – and remember there’s plenty of real estate between inconvenience and true sacrifice. Too close for comfort: Another natural for a coast-to-coast lockdown, today is also…


No choice: Northwell scrubs elective surgeries

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is scrubbing elective surgeries for the next month. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Monday began canceling nonessential surgeries and procedures in hospitals throughout the state, the latest victims of the global coronavirus pandemic. The ban does not include elective outpatient surgeries – or other invasive procedures, including endoscopies – performed in outpatient settings. These outpatient procedures will go on “when deemed clinically necessary,” according…


No. 483: In which life as we’ve known it is over, at least for a little while

  Scary as hell: They don’t call it Friday the 13th for nothing, dear readers, as your worst nightmares about plagues, recessions and sports-less weekends crash together in one horrifying global pandemic. Yes, it’s Friday, March 13, and no, it’s not that bad – we’re certainly navigating unprecedented waters as COVID-19 quite literally takes over the world, but it’s not really the end of all things. For example: Plenty of NASCAR and professional golf on…