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New York Mom with Cancer Sees Son Wed in Emotional Hospital Wedding: ‘It Brought Us All Together’

People Magazine

"I was just so sick and I didn’t know what was happening to me. The oncologist came in and said, "Mrs. Holm, I think you have leukemia,’ " Catherine tells PEOPLE of her diagnosis. "I was in shock. They moved me to Stony Brook University Hospital the day after Easter." When doctors told Catherine – who is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant – that flying could compromise her immune system, the caring staff at the hospital joined forces with her son, Mark Holm Jr. and his fiancée, Joanna, to plan the perfect wedding.

Could You Come Up With $400 If Disaster Struck?


If a financial emergency struck — say, a health problem or a car that needed repair — would you be able to come up with $400? According to the Federal Reserve Board, 47 percent of Americans would have trouble doing so — they would have to sell something, borrow money or simply couldn’t pay. And this is true even for people who consider themselves middle class. Neal Gabler is one of them. He’s a successful writer with five books under his belt, and he’s a visiting professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

A New Family Tree For One Of The World’s Most Endangered Mammals


With 106 living species and almost every single one of them endangered, Madagascar’s trademark mammal, the lemur, is in dire need of conservation. But how can studying their past inform scientists about their future? New research out today in Systematic Biology by James Herrera of the American Museum of Natural History and Professor Liliana Dávalos of the Stony Brook University reveals how the most complete lemur family tree ever constructed can begin to help these iconic creatures.

Can Whales And Humans Collaborate On Research?


In "A Conversation with Whales" in The New York Times this past Sunday, James Nestor raises the tantalizing possibility of full-on collaboration between human observers and wild whales in research on whale communication…Carl Safina Safina, too, is comfortable with the free-diving practice: "I think the team assembled, as described in the article, is capable of doing good science. I have zero difficulty with the ethics. On a related note, I don’t think it’s good ethics to exile ourselves from all interactions with free-living animals, because they crucially need us to know them better."

The Flu (Influenza): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Live Science

Are there some cases where a seemingly healthy person may die of the flu? "There are some thoughts that a very robust immune system can have an overly exuberant inflammatory response to influenza, that could be potentially detrimental to the patient," Dr. Susan Donelan, medical director of health care epidemiology at Stony Brook Medicine.

Stony Brook University launches ‘Far Beyond’ branding initiative


Stony Brook University launches a multiyear rebranding campaign Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that includes new campus banners and installations, such as those shown in this rendering. The effort has been in the making for two years and cost an estimated $650,000. Photo Credit: Stony Brook University

Couple holds wedding ceremony at New York hospital for mother battling cancer

Fox News Health

Catherine Holm, of Long Island, N.Y., had picked out a dress and couldn’t wait to fly to Puerto Rico for her 24-year-old son Mark’s wedding on Saturday, April 23. But 58-year-old Holm’s plans changed in March, when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Holm spent three weeks in the bone marrow transplant unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, in Stony Brook, N.Y., where some of her nurses suggested an early ceremony at the hospital– an arrangement that would allow Holm to see her "baby boy" get hitched while awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

Get High on Energy with a Seaweed Smoothie

Muscle and Fitness

"The calcium in seaweed helps muscles contract, aids in cell communication, and contributes to nervous system function," says Jennifer Fitzgibbon, R.D., of the Stony Brook Cancer Center. "Both kelp and wakame, a seaweed served in soups and salads, contain 60mg of calcium [6% of your daily needs]."

Long Island Cancer Patient Gets to See Son Wed in Hospital Ceremony


Catherine Holm had bought a shimmering dress and a plane ticket to her son’s wedding in Puerto Rico before doctors gave her the bad news: she couldn’t travel from New York because she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia…But nurses at the bone marrow transplant unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, where she’d spend weeks, decided the party would go on, so they organized a wedding in the hospital’s chapel.

Listening In on Scientific Data

"Science Friday"/NPR

When it comes to analyzing scientific data, there are the old standbys, plots and graphs. But what if instead of poring over visuals, scientists could listen to their data–and make new discoveries with their ears? That’s one of the goals driving the emerging field of sonification, the process of transforming data into sound. Sonification specialist Robert Alexander talks about his work giving voice to solar wind with the University of Michigan’s Solar Heliospheric Research Group. And cellist and composer Margaret Schedel explains why scientists at Brookhaven National Lab may soon be listening to nanomaterials.

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