Terry Lynam

No. 539: On Pooh, Holmes, deep-space ‘splosions and all-you-can-eat dessert

  Vote note: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we begin, please head over to Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island contest and pull the virtual lever for Innovate Long Island, part of an impressive field battling to be crowned Best Long Island Blog. We want it, we deserve it, but we can’t get it without you – find us in the Arts…


A century later, 1918 pandemic’s lessons resonate

By TERRY LYNAM // Given COVID-19’s unprecedented nature and global impact, many analysts and health officials have drawn parallels to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infected one-third of the world’s population – an estimated 500 million – and killed about 50 million, including 675,000 in the United States. Although the flu and COVID-19 are caused by starkly different viruses, understanding how the H1N1 virus spread…


No. 529: On loop-de-loops, safe bets and SUNY’s status – and Capt. Bligh’s revenge 

    Roll with it: Here we go, dear readers – the third and final leg of already legendary 2020, complete with an ongoing pandemic, history’s most important presidential election (maybe) and, we hope, oodles of ingenious innovation. Let’s rock. By the numbers: It’s Wednesday, Sept. 9 – a.k.a. 9/9, which will have special significance to Sudoku players and, naturally, makes this International Sudoku Day. Hungry? You’re in luck – it’s also National Steak Au…


A ‘common sense’ call for nursing home visitations

By TERRY LYNAM // We buried my 91-year-old father-in-law on Aug. 21 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, one day after his wake, where most of his family saw him for the first time in five-and-a-half months. Because he was in an assisted-living facility, a hospital and a nursing home during that time, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from receiving visitors. He survived COVID-19, but spent the final 161 days of his life in isolation,…


No. 518: In which pipers pipe, pilots soar and Lazarus rises – and an LI biotech cures COVID (maybe)

  Onward and upward: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as the national pandemic, the coast-to-coast heat wave and our universal drive toward socioeconomic greatness all press on, undaunted. DeFina point: It’s July 22 out there, and before we dive in, a nod to reader Michael DeFina, who wrote to let us know our recent rundown of new outdoor gaming investments at Jones Beach confused the history of the state park’s Boardwalk Café with that of…


For employers, Direct answers to important questions

By TERRY LYNAM // Working in the medical field, you become accustomed to certain things in your social life. It’s a running joke that doctors are often asked to diagnose their friends and family or “take a look at something” during casual get-togethers. Now we’re hearing a new question: What will our world look like after the pandemic? It may feel like we’re finally on that other side. We have reached Phase Four on Long…


No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…


Citing precedent, healthcare will be ready next time

By TERRY LYNAM // As New York State begins to reopen, it’s important to take a step back and assess what we’ve been through, and how we move ahead. The impact of COVID-19 is more than just unprecedented. The virus has fundamentally altered society, office structure, economies, infrastructure and healthcare. Companies and cultural institutions are working toward establishing what the “new normal” will look like to keep everyone safe. COVID-19 and the ways in which…


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. 480: On coronavirus, coronavirus and coronavirus – and introducing our 2020 Master of Innovation

  Don’t worry, we washed our hands: Put ’er there, dear readers, and welcome to Wednesday, as we hurtle the hump of this latest busy (and blessedly spring-like) winter workweek. It’s March 4 out there – St. Casimir’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania, and National Pound Cake Day, celebrating the world’s most versatile cake. Strong language: It’s also National Grammar Day, a celebration of proper written and verbal grammar, desperately needed…


Technology will always pace healthcare (and it should)

By TERRY LYNAM // Healthcare has always been at the forefront of technological development; robotics and artificial intelligence are no exception. Science fiction may spur images of sentient robots living seamlessly among us, but the reality is also remarkable, in unexpected ways. At Northwell Health, AI is revolutionizing not only the practice of medicine but also good health far beyond hospital walls, enabling providers to analyze healthcare data through complex algorithms. When coupled with advanced…


No. 472: On videogames, infectious diseases and historic blizzards (and the return of Capt. Picard)

  Center piece: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the middle of another busy workweek – and the exact midpoint of the blessedly mild (at least in these parts) Winter of 2020. That makes it Feb. 5 out there, giving you plenty of interesting options – it’s National Chocolate Fondue Day, Western Monarch Day (celebrating the butterfly, not the royals) and National Shower With a Friend Day (which isn’t as exciting as it…


As population ages, geriatrics eyes some young blood

By TERRY LYNAM // By the year 2050, there will be as many people in their eighties as teenagers. People are living longer and living healthier, and it’s amazing. It’s also scary: This phenomenon will fundamentally change the country’s healthcare industry. No matter how healthy our lifestyles, age inevitably takes over. Enter geriatric care, the process of planning and coordinating care for the elderly, with services and professionals dedicated to helping patients maintain independence and…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…