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NY baby screenings add test for virus causing deafness


The New York State Newborn Screening Program, which is used to screen for dozens of disorders, is required unless parents say they have a religious objection in writing, the state said. The newborn screening, used to test for dozens of disorders, is typically collected 24 to 36 hours after a child’s birth by pricking a heel to get a blood sample. It’s a “monumental step,” said Dr. Andrew Handel, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, of the additional screening.

What an orphan owl taught an ecologist about bird intelligence


Carl Safina, an endowed professor for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, “Alfie & Me” is the story of how Safina and his wife rescued a baby owl and became entangled in its life. Although they had initially planned on only keeping Alfie for a short period, a chain of random events — most notable among them the COVID-19 pandemic — conspired to keep humans and owls constant in each other’s orbit.

Isolation during pandemic associated with greater depression, study says


Victoria Del Vecchio eventually got help at the new Stony Brook Medicine Post-COVID Clinic in Lake Grove, where she has been attending the “Long Haul COVID Support Group” for the past two months.

SBU conducts education campaign for National Hazing Prevention Week

Times Beacon Record

Amid the start of a new academic year, Stony Brook University will host a program during National Hazing Prevention Week. This annual program takes place during the last full week of September, designed to raise awareness, educate students and promote hazing prevention.

COPD Patients See Promise of New Therapies to Ease Discomfort, Aid Breathing

Reach MD

Dr. Norman Edelman, a pulmonologist and professor of internal medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., describes how lungs function using a 3D model at the pulmonary clinic at Advanced Specialty Care at Lake Grove, N.Y. Photo by John Griffin/Stony Brook University

Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center empowers and educates local families


“Research shows that students who are supported do better at school,” said Nicole Galante, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Community at Stony Brook University. “These students, particularly K through 12, are more prepared emotionally and mentally when they have access to after-school opportunities and engage in real-world activities with their peers under the supportive direction of adults.”

How modern medicine was made, part 1: The importance of medical imaging

Medical Economics

In 1971, chemistry professor Paul C. Lauterbur at the State University of New York at Stony Brook wrote down his ideas about magnetic fields, radiofrequency currents and sensors to detect energy at the molecular level. With components assembled into a scanner for humans, the results were images different from X-rays and CT.

Stony Brook Professor Alexander Zamolodchikov shares 2024 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics

Times Beacon Record

Stony Brook University might need to rename a wing of the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics the Breakthrough Prize alley. That’s because theoretical physicist Alexander Zamolodchikov recently shared a $3 million prize in fundamental physics, matching a similar honor his neighbor on the floor and in the department, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, earned in 2019.

Many Common Cleaning Products Contain Harmful Chemicals—It’s Safer to Go ‘Green’


Exposure to VOCs can cause many short-term adverse effects, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, and some respiratory issues for people who might have a history of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Arie Francis, MD, an emergency medicine physician who specializes in medical toxicology and emergency medicine at Stony Brook Medicine, told Health.4

Pharmacists ring alarm over websites selling drugs used for weight loss

ABC's "Good Morning America"

Stony Brook Medicine’s Dr. Konstantinos Spaniolas identified that websites selling drugs for weight loss seem to be operating illegally by not requiring a prescription and operating without a license.

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