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2/22/2018 (Newsweek) Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Early-Onset Dementia: StudyPublished in The Lancet Public Health journal, the latest findings show that excessive drinkers were more likely to develop early-onset dementia. The link between alcohol and dementia risk is not new: A review of 72 studies on alcohol and cognitive function published in the International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction in 2016 concluded long-term heavy drinking causes brain damage. Psychiatrist Richard Rosenthal comments on the glaring discovery.
2/21/2018 (Nature) Teen spirit in the labBe prepared to shift expectations [when a teen works in your lab]. Because most high-schoolers lack research experience, it's impossible to predict how they'll handle their work, says Peter Tonge, a chemist at Stony Brook University in New York. Principal investigators and other mentors should watch the students' progress closely, so that they can adjust goals and demands accordingly. "Some of them have been fantastic," Tonge notes. "They turn out to be as independent as a well-trained undergraduate student." But those who struggle might need extra attention. "I feel sorry when I sense that someone's under a lot of pressure," he says.
2/21/2018 (LI News Radio) Dr. Eric Rashba, Director of Stony Brook's Heart Rhythm Center, LIVE on LI in the AM!
2/21/2018 (News 12) 911 First Responder Needs a Kidney911 First Responder John Coughlin's best hope is to find a kidney donor. Dr. Darras explains the transplant procedure.
2/22/2018 (STAT) Get ready for STAT Madness 2018And, last, but not least, here are the teams competing in STAT Madness 2018. Watch the competition unfold on social media via #statmadness2018 including Stony Brook University.
2/21/2018 (Kim Komando Syndicated Radio) 8 ways technology is hurting our bodiesThere can be side effects to our addiction to smartphones, video games, televisions, and computer monitors. These are some of the ways technology can impact our bodies:...Many people block out the world around them with headphones and earbuds. They may be listening to music on a commute or drowning out the sounds of a coffee shop. The trick is in dialing in a proper volume that won't cause hearing problems. "If you can hear the sound being delivered into a person's ear via headphones or earphones, it indicates the sound is too loud and over an extended period can lead to permanent hearing loss," says the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Keep an eye (and an ear) on the volume levels for music or videos when you're wearing headphones.
2/16/2018 (Newsweek) First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Fl Confirmed in China: What You Need To KnowThe first human case of H7N4 bird flu has been confirmed in China. The patient, a 68-year-old woman in the Jiangsu province, is in stable condition and health authorities believe she will make a full recovery...Dr. Bettina Fries, chief of Stony Brook Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, told Newsweek it's cause for great concern any time a bird flu virus causes disease in humans."There would not be any preexisting immunity since the virus is new for humans," Fries said.
2/18/2018 (Newsday) The Year of the Dog welcomed at Stony Brook Wang centerA Lunar New Year celebration hosted by Stony Brook University's Charles B. Wang Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, drew a wide-ranging crowd. The event, featuring a dinner, family-friendly crafts and a performance hosted by the Stony Brook Confucius Institute, drew about 400 people looking to celebrate the Year of the Dog.
2/19/2018 (Newsday) Students need lessons to identify fake news, journalism dean saysLessons in "news literacy" -- the ability to distinguish fake news from the real thing -- should be offered in classrooms throughout New York as a matter of public urgency, the founder of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism has told the state's education policymaking body.
2/16/2018 (Newsday) 'Stop the Bleed' training on upswing in LI schoolsLong Island teachers, school administrators and staff are learning to tie tourniquets and dress wounds as part of a federal initiative called "Stop the Bleed" -- with about 3,000 people in Suffolk County districts trained in the past 18 months alone...."As a father, as a human, as a trauma surgeon, it makes my stomach turn. The fact that I can sit here and rattle off the names of school after school where this has happened, that's awful," said Dr. James Vosswinkel, medical director of the Trauma Department at Stony Brook University Hospital. "Ideally, we would love to prevent all of these tragic situations from occurring. Since we can't prevent them, we are obligated to prepare ourselves for when they do happen."
2/16/2018 (The Guardian) Home truths: when relationships and housework collide - The Story podcastWe speak to Guardian readers who responded to a callout on the subject of household chores in romantic couples. We ask them who does what, whether it is a source of tension and how the negotiations impact on the rest of their relationship. We also speak to Prof Joanne Davila, a psychologist from Stony Brook University who specialises in romantic relationships and reveals how house chores have the potential to become a make-or-break issue for some couples.
2/15/2018 (Times Beacon Record) SBU's Daniel Mockler's research reaches pathology peakAt first, people didn't believe it. Now, it seems, they are eager to learn more. Working with a talented team that included postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students and doctors, Kenneth Shroyer, the chairman of the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University, noticed something odd about a protein that scientists thought played a supporting role, but that, as it turns out, may be much more of a villain in the cancer story.
2/14/2018 (News 12) Long Island Naturally: Enhanced External Counter PulsationEnhanced external counter pulsation is a non-invasive treatment for heart disease administered by Stony Brook Medicine, that some say is changing lives.
2/13/2018 (LI News Radio) Flu on Long IslandFlu on Long Island discussion with Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at SBU, Dr. Bettina Fries
2/14/2018 (The Telegraph) The science behind why falling in love is easier on holidayIs it even possible for travelers to form lasting relationships beyond holiday romances and fall in love? One American psychologist believes so and might have found the most efficient way to establish a deep connection with anyone, wherever you are in the world, in just under an hour. Dr Arthur Aron, research professor at New York's Stony Brook University, has been exploring the mysteries behind love and human interaction for around 50 years after he fell in love with his wife (fellow psychologist and researcher Dr Elaine Aron) in 1968.
2/14/2018 (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Wandering and dementia: What caregivers should knowPeople are at higher risk for wandering after a change in routine or a move. The extra excitement of relatives visiting at the holidays can also be a trigger. "Most people," said Paula Lester, a geriatrician at Stony Brook University Medical Center, "have minor episodes before they have major episodes."
2/11/2018 (Times Beacon Record) SBU's Lerner uses the theater for autism therapyA team of scientists from Vanderbilt University, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Stony Brook University recently received $3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health for four years to study how participation in a theater production can help people with autism spectrum disorders. Matthew Lerner. Photo by Graham Chedd from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science "Theater is a venue for learning and gaining skills," said Matthew Lerner, an assistant professor of psychology, psychiatry and pediatrics at the Department of Psychology at SBU who is leading the Long Island part of a study that will involve about 240 participants from age 10 through 16. "The process of putting on a play with others and being able to successfully produce and perform that has key benefits to learn and practice."More News