“Unfortunately it took a pandemic to even realize how important and exciting this field of research is,” says environmental chemist Arjun Venkatesan at Stony Brook University in New York.
By providing medical advice or care such as diagnosing symptoms or writing prescriptions, “I would be assuming the role of the patient’s physician without having established a doctor-patient relationship, which is unethical,” said Joshua Miller, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of diabetes care at Stony Brook Medicine and an assistant dean for clinical integration at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “When people come to you for your opinion because they value and trust you, and if I haven’t fully established a doctor-patient relationship and fully evaluated them, it would be wrong to provide direct medical care that could affect their lives.”
Lyme disease is transmitted through deer ticks, which carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme, explained Dr. Luis Marcos, an infectious disease specialist at Stony Brook Medicine, which is located in New York’s Suffolk County at the epicenter of tick-borne diseases. Lyme also happens to be one of the most common vector-borne diseases in the United States
Kevin Reed, a climate and hurricane scientist at Stony Brook University, said it’s important to understand the differences between frequency changes versus storm characteristics. In April, Reed published a study that found climate change supercharged the rainfall in hurricanes during the record-breaking 2020 season.
As medicine becomes increasingly personalized, Stony Brook University Hospital is planning to provide the kind of personal services and connections that they hope will benefit the Hispanic population.
Benzoyl peroxide is a topical antibiotic that has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and exfoliative properties, dermatologists Dr. Katherine Lee of Stony Brook Medicine and Dr. Angela Guerrero of the University of Pittsburgh told us.
The impact of the expressway on the development of Nassau and Suffolk counties cannot be overstated, according to Stony Brook University Adjunct Professor Richard Murdocco. “The LIE fundamentally reshaped Long Island,” said Murdocco, an expert on land use, waste management, economic development and planning. “At the time of its completion it was monumental, earth-shattering in its impact. It allowed for the complete overhaul of both the natural and built environment: commercial development, shopping malls, strip malls, office parks, housing … It also led to sprawl; the suburbanization of Suffolk County, maybe the urbanization.”
Reached for comment, Allison Eliscu, MD, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York, said the findings have immediate implications for clinical care.
“The idea that you could have a Hope Spot so close to a major metropolitan area is pretty significant,” said Ellen Pikitch, Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.
But climate change is also increasing both the number and the intensity of storms, says Kevin Reed, an associate professor and associate dean for research at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. “There is more and more published research, including some by my team here at Stony Brook, that suggests recent seasons and recent storms have become more intense from a rainfall perspective due to climate change,” Reed says.