Browsing: Medicine: General

On January 20, a Bleeding Control Basic Course for the visually impaired and blind, developed with the help of the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Medicine, was held at the West Islip Fire Department. A group of 26 people with visual impairments including complete blindness received training through this first-of-its-kind modified course. The course was given to this particular audience in response to a phoned-in question on a radio program. While the Trauma Center was being interviewed on 103.9FM’s Eye on Crime Show on November 9, Third Eye Insight member Michael Jordan, a completely blind veteran, heard the conversation and called the…

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungal pathogen usually affecting immunocompromised patients, particularly AIDS and organ transplant patients, and is one that can be lethal. Current treatments against cryptococcosis are often not effective. Now a team of researchers, led by Stony Brook University scientists Mansa Munshi and Maurizio Del Poeta in the School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, have discovered a novel gene that helps understand the mechanism of survival of this pathogen in various host conditions. Their finding, published in Cell Reports, may help pave the way for more effective and innovative treatments against cryptococcosis. When C. neoformans survives in a host, disease results.…

The Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences – expected to enroll its first PharmD class in August 2018 – is now accepting student applications on PharmCAS. According to L. Douglas Ried, PhD, FAPhA, the Founding Dean of the School, students coming to Stony Brook will embark on a unique and affordable opportunity to be trained as future pharmacists in the state and nationwide. PharmCAS is the centralized service for applying to PharmD programs nationwide. The School has applied to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for pre-candidate status, a requirement for student recruitment. The School is able to recruit and…

Have a case of the sniffles, some body aches, developing a fever? Join the club — it’s going around. A particularly powerful strain of the influenza virus, or what is commonly known as the flu, is circulating through campus (and the rest of the country) this year, leading to increased hospitalizations, missed classes and a community susceptible to infections that can sideline people for days at a time. Stony Brook University health experts are responding. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. M.D., a specialist in infectious disease, recently sent out a strong reminder for everyone to get their free flu vaccine…

Allison Van Cott believes in the power of music to heal. “Music was my sanctuary growing up. As a teacher, I’ve taught that to my students. It’s not about going to Carnegie Hall: it’s about the feeling that music brings you,” Van Cott explains. Van Cott initially got into Stony Brook in the ‘80s on a piano audition. She hadn’t even done her SATs at the time. “Things were a little different,” she said, laughing. However, she didn’t stay at the University, choosing instead to teach piano lessons for children and to focus on raising her daughter. As a result,…

How Pre-med Transfer Student Fallon Gilbert ’20 Turned Uncertainty into Success Adjusting to a new school as a transfer student can be difficult — there is the daunting task of getting used to a new area, reintroducing yourself to a new social scene and making sure all of your credits carry over. It can be easy to feel like you don’t belong or to get lost in the shuffle. However, if you push past the anxiety of being in a new place, the rewards can be great. At least, that’s according to Fallon Gilbert ‘20, a pre-med student who transferred…

Dr. L. Douglas Ried, Dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) recently visited Washington, DC, to advocate for the School’s federal legislative priorities. Dean Ried met with Congressman Lee Zeldin and the health policy staff of Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Congressman Peter King and Congressman Tom Suozzi. Legislative priorities discussed included the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which would enable Medicare beneficiaries access to pharmacist-provided services under Medicare Part B by amending the Social Security Act. These services would be reimbursable under Medicare Part B if they are provided in medically…

Suffolk County reportedly has recorded the most car accidents caused by sleepy drivers in the state; Stony Brook University researchers are on a mission to help turn that around. The School of Health Technology & Management (SHTM) was recently awarded a General Highway Safety Grant to conduct research to put together insights, methods of prevention and a program to combat drowsy driving among college students. The research project timeline runs from October of last year through September 2018 and will involve data collection on sleep habits and drowsy driving behaviors among Stony Brook commuter students, the development of a research-informed…

Going inside a large medical scanner can be scary, especially when you’re a child. But what if children could perform a pretend scan themselves to learn what will happen beforehand? The Kitten Scanner, the newest addition to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, is a miniature play-version of a computer-aided tomography (CAT) scanner, designed to help ease the anxiety CAT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can cause. This special scanner is one of only three in the entire Northeast. Child Life Specialists help pediatric patients choose an elephant, chicken, alligator or robot, place it on the scanner bed, and slide the bed…

Opioid use and abuse is in the news virtually every day. But one area of concern that receives little press is opioid dependency among pregnant women. In a New York State summit held earlier this year, a number of key recommendations related to the opioid crisis and the care of pregnant women were developed. The summit was co-chaired by David Garry, DO, FACOG, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, an expert on the topic of opioid dependency in pregnant women. Like opioid use disorder in general, addiction in this group is a growing crisis. Babies delivered to mothers who…

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