Browsing: Health & Safety

Drowsy driving is serious and deadly. Approximately 6,000 deaths annually can be attributed to falling asleep at the wheel. Faculty from Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management have developed an educational and interactive website StopDrowsyDriving.org to help raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers associated with falling asleep at the wheel and reduce crashes and causalities on the roadways due to drowsy driving. In recognition of Drowsy Driving Awareness month, team members invite users to visit StopDrowsyDriving.org to complete a sleepiness assessment quiz and realize their risk for drowsy driving. Through the interactive, educational website users can learn how to make positive changes in their…

New York Sea Grant Director Bill Wise participated in a legislative briefing, “Using Science and Outreach to Assist State and Local Decision Makers in Disaster Preparedness and Public Safety,” on November 8 in Washington, DC, which was sponsored by Congressmen Lee Zeldin (NY) and Joe Courtney (CT). Wise and others on the panel conveyed the importance of the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) to Congressional leaders. Specifically, he discussed the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP), funded with $1.8 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This program was initiated after Superstorm Sandy to help understand the factors that influenced…

Join Daphne Perry, MPH, PHR, SHRM-CP, from the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, as she speaks about recognizing and addressing the early symptoms of dementia. Her lecture will focus on the difference between memory loss that has to do with aging and dementia, and the resources that can provide help for early diagnosis and intervention. The Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease is one of 10 centers in New York State, and the only one serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of…

A wall was erected outside of the Stony Brook Student Activities Center. It wasn’t large, or long, but it was made of black fabric. On the wall were small Post-It notes with messages of positivity and hope. One of the messages was a prominent “Don’t do it!” inscribed in bold lettering. In front of the wall were tables with pamphlets, stress balls, water bottles and bracelets. More noticeable, though, were the people that were in front of the wall. They waved neon-colored signs and chanted for people’s attention. Their signs read statistics and resources — “Suicide is the second leading…

Friday, November 17 This free conference for family and professional caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia will be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville on Friday, November 17, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The keynote speaker is Robin McIntyre, a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, who, along with her family, are the subject of a new book, The Inheritance, which tells the story of her family on the front lines of their battle against younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alan Steinberg, MD, and Michael Starr, LMSW, from the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease will be providing a breakout session…

More than 40 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications were collected at the Student Activities Center Kiosk on Wednesday, October 25, for Pharmaceutical Take Back Day. This event provided the campus community a safe, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired pharmaceuticals and/or excess medications, including over-the-counter medications. Medication past its prime can contaminate landfill soil and the water supply, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science in 2014. Also, proper disposal removes the potential for accidental exposure or intentional misuse according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The campus-wide collection effort was…

There were hugs and happy tears all around, when 23 Stony Brook Medicine staff members returned home on November 8 after more than two weeks of treating patients in Puerto Rico. Family and friends were waiting in the hospital lobby as the group bounded off the bus from Newark Airport. Holding up handmade “Welcome Home” signs, loved ones let loose with applause and cries of “I missed you!” and the more generic but equally heartfelt “Woo-hoo!” Puerto Rico has been crippled since Hurricane Maria slammed into the island. Some people were left homeless by the storm. Others searched in vain…

Volunteers and participants gathered outside the Melville Library’s Starbucks on October 18 to participate in a Hands-Only CPR (HOCPR) training session. By the end of the event, 263 people on Stony Brook University’s campus were trained. Coffee for Compressions, a new community engagement program, provides an opportunity for those nearby to learn about HOCPR training and test their chest compressions on a feedback manikin to earn a Starbucks gift card. Participants were required to do two minutes of two-inch-deep compressions to receive a two-dollar gift card. The event was so successful that 250 Starbucks gift cards, donated by Karen Acompora…

November is American Diabetes Month, and Stony Brook Medicine is hosting Diabetes Day — a free, hands-on, expert-driven event for faculty, staff and students — on Tuesday, November 14, from 10 am to 2 pm at Stony Brook University Hospital’s Cafeteria, Café Fresco. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and many already have pre-diabetes. Take steps now to prevent and manage this widespread disease. Hear from Stony Brook Medicine experts on what you can do now to prevent and manage this disease Discover new technologies that can help with blood sugar control Get expert advice and answers to your questions…

Celebrate the Stony Brook Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center’s designation as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Thursday, November 2, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm in the Galleria, Health Sciences Tower, Level 3. All are welcome to attend. Learn what this achievement means for the community. Hear from and mingle with Stony Brook leadership, patients, colleagues and others. A light buffet and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to danielle.pavelka@stonybrookmedicine.edu or call (631) 444-2032.

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