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Lina Obeid, Renowned Award-Winning SBU Scientist

Times Beacon Record

An award-winning scientist, grandmother, aunt, mother and wife, Dr. Lina Obeid, died Nov. 29 at the age of 64 after a recurrence of lung cancer. Born in New York and raised in Lebanon, Obeid was a State University of New York distinguished professor of medicine and the dean of research at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, where she conducted research on cancer and aging. In 2015, she was named as one of The Village Times Herald’s People of the Year along with her husband Dr. Yusuf Hannun.

Where Should the World Focus Its Ocean Conservation Efforts?

Hakai Magazine

Countries around the world have committed to protecting 10 percent of the planet’s coastal and marine areas by 2020 as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. But it is not always easy for countries to agree on where the protected areas should be so they have the biggest conservation impact.

“The world has agreed to make ocean protection a priority, but how can we make sure it is effective?” asks Ellen Pikitch, who studies ocean conservation at Stony Brook University in New York. “The diplomats say they need guidance.”

Pikitch and her colleagues were asked to create a map to help guide discussions about which areas are most in need of protection. They collected 10 different maps identifying priority areas for conservation made by various UN agencies and conservation groups and overlaid them to see where the organizations agreed and checked which are already part of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Levittown family reaches out for support as 7-month-old battles rare genetic disease

News 12

Gabrielle Braffeo  says daughter Brooke suffered from 40 seizures a day prior to them meeting Dr. Louis Manganas of Stony Brooke Medicine.

Stephanie Kelton, Modern Monetary Theory Evangelist


MMT argues that in any country with its own currency, budget deficits don’t matter unless they cause inflation. The government can pay for what it needs by simply printing more money—no reason to borrow by issuing bonds. Stony Brook Professor Stephanie Kelton has promoted MMT for years in academic papers and at conferences and as an adviser to Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee as well as to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaigns. But it was her war of words with Nobel Prize-winning

U.S. authorities confiscate migrant kids’ medications at the southern border


Doctors on Long Island say two migrant children showed up at their hospital in seriously ill condition at least in part because their asthma medication had been taken away by immigration authorities at the southern border. The families of the children “indicated that they had albuterol in their possession that was confiscated and replacements were not supplied,” said Dr. Noy Halevy-Mizrahi of Stony Brook University, coauthor of the report in Pediatrics. “We wanted to bring awareness to this topic. Our main message is one of advocacy. We wanted to make sure to alert other physicians who might be caring for these patients.”

Considering a FSA, HSA or HRA? Learn how the employer plans differ


“It’s so dependent on individual situations,” said Dr. Norman Edelman, a professor in Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine and a core faculty member in the public health program. In general, though, “If you choose a high deductible plan, an HSA is the way to go. The HRA is probably good if the employer is being generous. The FSA kind of covers everybody else.”

5 ways climate has changed on Long Island and beyond


How have fisheries in Long Island Sound been affected by climate change The group of species there has changed, with a tendency for more warm water species and less cold water ones, said Janet Nye, an associate professor in the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in an email.

2 newborns sickened by tick bites could signal an increase in infections among babies


Two newborn babies experienced illnesses rare for their age group after they were bitten by ticks, according to a case study published Wednesday in the medical journal Pediatrics. The infants, one girl and a boy, were taken to hospitals in New York because they were experiencing common signs of infection: rashes, fever and irritability. What wasn’t common to the doctors who treated the babies were the more unusual symptoms: anemia, an elevated heart rate and a low blood platelet count. The doctors, from Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Hampton Community Healthcare in New York, said that the infants were suffering from tick-borne infections that are rare in newborns because of limited exposure.

“Water We Going To Do?” – Eighth Annual Conference

The State of Our Waters

Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, set the stage for the conference by providing an overview of the water quality problems that exist throughout the Island.

The 3 Core Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships


“We may know what a healthy relationship looks like, but most people have no idea how to get one — and no one teaches us how to do so.” That’s what Joanne Davila, a professor of psychology and the director of clinical training at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, contends in a TEDxSBU talk.


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