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Friday, September 27, 2019

A new study led by researchers from NYU Long Island School of Medicine shows statins to be ineffective in patients with the autoimmune disease lupus.


Allison Reiss, MD, seen in a lab conducting research, led a study that showed statins to prevent cardiovascular disease are ineffective in patients with lupus.

As reported in the study, published online Aug. 21 in Medicina, a research team at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Biomedical Research Institute found that while statins typically slow the production of cholesterol, lupus patients are faced with a different dilemma: They do not typically overproduce cholesterol. Instead, the macrophages of lupus patients, like white blood cells, eat the cholesterol without appropriately processing and shedding it. This results in bloated cells overloaded with cholesterol, which, in turn, create fatty streaks that can lead to artery-narrowing plaque.


South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Breast Health has been granted a three-year, full re-accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Center earned its initial NAPBC accreditation in 2013 and was re-accredited in 2016. The hospital has also been awarded The Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval for disease-specific care for stroke, hip and knee replacement, heart failure, bariatric surgery, wound care, and end-stage renal disease.


The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announces a $100,000 grant to NYU Winthrop Hospital for a research project aimed at uncovering the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease and developing new treatments.


Allison Reiss, MD (center), accepts a $100,000 grant from Charles Fuschillo, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (on her right) and Bert Brodsky, founder (left). They are joined by NYU Winthrop physicians and Alzheimer’s research team members.

NYU Winthrop’s Allison Reiss, MD, and her team will conduct research to isolate and examine exosomes, small particles shed from every cell, including neurons in the brain. These extracellular pieces of neuron, or vesicles, carry genetic information regarding brain neurons and can be extracted from blood.

The innovative approach has evolved out of research Dr. Reiss’ team has been conducting for the past five years, much of it funded by a previous AFA grant. Dr. Reiss noted that in the past two decades, only a handful of medicines were approved to treat Alzheimer’s, while the vast majority of clinical trials — more than 120 — were halted.


More than 100 football players attending summer camp at Nassau Community College recently heard an illuminating talk regarding the threat of testicular cancer, which affects teens and younger men, particularly those between the ages of 15 and 35. Anthony Corcoran, MD, an NYU Winthrop Hospital urologic oncologist and expert in testicular cancer, explained to the athletes how this cancer is very curable if caught early but that few young men are aware of the need for regular self-examination.


Professor Dolores Edwards Sullivan with her son’s poster; Coach Ramsay; NYU Winthrop nurse navigator Ellen Dermody; Anthony Corcoran, MD; and Derrick Adil, social worker

The talk was orchestrated by Nassau Community College Adjunct Professor Dolores Edwards Sullivan, who recently lost her son Brian to testicular cancer. Brian loved football and was also a chef. In efforts to raise awareness about the risks of testicular cancer, Edwards Sullivan has initiated a foundation called Brian’s Kitchen in her son’s memory. Brian’s Kitchen will provide healthy snacks and nourishment to football players during the season, as it did at camp. In turn, with the help of Nassau Community Coach Jamel Ramsay, the camp athletes lent willing ears to hear Dr. Corcoran’s talk.

Close to 10,000 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed every year, and it is the second most common malignancy among 15- to 19-year-old males (leukemia is No. 1.) For unknown reasons, the incidence of testicular cancer has been increasing in the U.S. and many other countries for several decades.

Edwards Sullivan explained that when her son was diagnosed, his cancer had already advanced to stage IV, and it took his life within six months. She plans to reach out to many other Long Island coaches in efforts to raise awareness.


At a recent charity show at the Maguire Theater, SUNY Old Westbury, physicians discarded their hospital scrubs, donned ornate Indian costumes and jewelry, and danced all evening in a production by The Mudra Foundation, a nonprofit that uses arts for a cause.


Doctors Dance for a Cause supports CRY America.

The show, titled “Jeevan Tarang: Rhythms of Life,” turned out to be a roaring success, both for the art-loving audience as well as for the cause — CRY America — raising $5,000 in support of the organization’s mission.


The 2019 World Breastfeeding Week theme is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.” In support of the global event, St. Catherine of Siena joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Office of Women’s Services/The Suffolk County Breastfeeding Coalition, to support the 10th Annual Global BIG Latch On. A press conference, held Aug. 1 at the Dennison Building in Hauppauge, was attended by health organizations across the island, and as a designated Baby-Friendly Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena was proud to support the global event. In addition, on Aug. 2, St. Catherine of Siena was in attendance at several designated BIG Latch On sites across the island, including Brentwood, Greenlawn and South Setauket.


St. Catherine of Siena empowers mothers during World Breastfeeding Week.

The newly accredited NYU Long Island School of Medicine (NYU LISOM) opened its doors to its first class of students recently, welcoming a new generation of aspiring physicians in an inaugural White Coat Ceremony — an emotionally moving rite of passage for students entering medical schools the world over. Of note, this year’s ceremony marked the official kickoff of New York University’s flagship medical school on Long Island — a school offering full-tuition scholarships with an innovative, accelerated three-year curriculum exclusively devoted to training primary care physicians.


NYU Long Island School of Medicine first-year medical students are presented with a white lab coat at the inaugural White Coat Ceremony to mark the start of their medical education and training.

Lenox Hill Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for 2019-2020 in diabetes and endocrinology (9), ear, nose and throat (24), urology (32-tie), nephrology (38), cardiology and heart surgery (44-tie), and geriatrics (49) in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals edition. U.S. News also designated Lenox Hill as one of the top five hospitals in the state of New York.

Lenox Hill Hospital joins four other Northwell Health hospitals — North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Huntington Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital — in achieving top-50 ratings among medical centers that were analyzed across the country. In addition, Cohen Children’s Medical Center received national rankings in nine pediatric specialties in a separate U.S. News survey released recently on the nation’s best children’s hospitals.


NYU Winthrop Hospital achieved national rankings in six adult specialties for 2019-2020. The hospital was also ranked the No. 7 hospital in New York state, according to the latest results from U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings.

NYU Winthrop Hospital ranked nationally in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, and urology. In addition, NYU Winthrop ranked as “High Performing” in geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology and lung surgery.


NYU Langone Health announced the completion of a full-asset merger with NYU Winthrop Hospital, with which it has been affiliated since 2017. The partnership will expand, enhance and clinically integrate NYU Langone’s healthcare networks on Long Island, while building upon those of NYU Winthrop Hospital, which provides inpatient and outpatient medical care through its network of Long Island–based healthcare facilities.

In a phased approach, the merger with NYU Winthrop added approximately 70 ambulatory sites to NYU Langone’s healthcare network, including one inpatient location in Mineola, New York, which has served Long Islanders for more than 120 years.


South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked 20th among the 118 hospitals in the New York metropolitan area in U.S. News & World Report’s latest Best Hospitals rankings. The hospital’s Division of Urology was ranked 35th nationally. Several other specialties ranked “High Performing,” including diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and orthopedics, and South Nassau also was ranked “High Performing” for two procedures and conditions: COPD and cardiac procedures.

South Nassau is the Long Island flagship hospital of the world-renowned Mount Sinai Health System. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 nationally, up four spots from last year, and eight departments were ranked among the top 20 nationally in their specialties.