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What’s making kids at a New York high school sick?


Norovirus outbreaks have happened on cruise ships, and what makes it different from other gastrointestinal bugs is how highly infectious it is. Dr. Sharon Nachman is the division chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Strong Snowstorms Prevented Tens of Thousands of Antarctic Seabirds From Breeding

Smithsonian Magazine

Still, the loss of one breeding season may not necessarily make much of an impact on overall populations of Antarctic petrels, snow petrels and south polar skuas. These birds can live for a long time—between 15 and 25 years—and, as a result, have “many chances to breed successfully throughout their lifespan,” says Heather J. Lynch, a conservation biologist and statistician at Stony Brook University who was not involved in the study, to New Scientist’s Jason Arunn Murugesu.

Spotting Opioid Overdoses Before They Happen, With AI

Innovate LI

Stony Brook University computer professor with an AI algorithm that detects substance abuse through language has refocused the impressive prediction technology on opioids – with startling results.

Health experts sound alarm about ticks as warmer weather heads our way

News 12

“Lyme Disease is definitely the one that’s the most common and we’re seeing over the past decades that it is becoming more and more common. As we’re seeing warmer climate, the ticks are able to thrive a little more and have shorter winters. So that allows them to become infected themselves and then bite humans and get those infections into humans,” says Dr. Andrew Handel of Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital.

New fossil shows dinosaur with longest neck ever


A international team led by Stony Brook University palaeontologist Dr Andrew J. Moore, and including Prof. Paul Barret from the London’s Natural History Museum published their findings about the Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum in the journal of system Palaeontology,

A “Black Tax” causes cities to have less money for programs and schools

NBC News Now

Stony Brook University Research Professor Matthew Wynter weighs in about “the black tax,” and believes it has cost Memphis more than $100 million.

How food insecurity impacts Long Island’s Jewish, Muslim communities


Haylee Hebenstreit, professor at the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, said food pantries, soup kitchens and other types of emergency feeding methods serve as a Band-Aid but don’t address the root causes of hunger.

Psychiatric, Learning Disorders Common in Students Who Make School Threats

Psychiatry Advisor

Deborah M. Weisbrot, M.D., from Stony Brook University in New York, and colleagues assessed characteristics of students who make threats toward others at school. The analysis included child and adolescent psychiatry threat assessment evaluations of 157 consecutive school-referred youths in kindergarten through grade 12 between 1998 and 2019.

What to know about kefir, one of the original gut-friendly foods

Washington Post

“Probiotics produce bioactive compounds, such as short-chain fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory effects that can help systemic issues like cholesterol management and neurotransmitter synthesis,” says Sotiria Everett, clinical assistant professor of family, population and preventive medicine at Stony Brook Medicine in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Answering your questions about the dangers of ticks and diseases they carry


When you spend time outside, such as hiking in a wooded area, experts recommend you tuck in your shirts and pull socks up over pant legs to prevent ticks from climbing under clothing. Insect repellent can be used on clothing but people should read instructions carefully. The Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital suggests that people check for ticks under arms, in and around ears, behind knees and other places where they can be found. Wash and dry clothing on high heat after spending time outdoors. Shower as soon as possible.

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