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Some Signs of Hope in Effort to Bring Shinnecock Bay Back from Brink

Two years into a $3 million effort to boost the ability of western Shinnecock Bay to absorb the abuse of development along its shores, scientists from Stony Brook University say they are hopeful that some subtle changes in environmental patterns could be the first small successes of their labors.

Group rides with hope

Times Beacon Recod

Chris Pendergast’s doctors gave him five years to live when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1993, but he has somehow beaten the odds and is a 21-year survivor of the disease.

Hope for an S-Shaped Back

New York Times Blog

I wore a hard plastic brace around my torso from ages 8 to 16 to treat scoliosis, or spinal curvature. Bracing has been standard treatment in children for the past five decades, and I wore my brace diligently, if awkwardly, in the hope that it would contain my S-shaped curvature and stave off the need for spinal fusion surgery.

Patricia Wright of Stony Brook Wins Indianapolis Prize


Stony Brook University professor and primatologist Patricia C. Wright is the winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, a prestigious award given every two years to recognize global leaders in animal conservation.
Wright, 69, of Sound Beach, won for her work in protecting the endangered lemurs of Madagascar. She is the first woman to win the prize, sponsored by the Indianapolis Zoo, that carries with it $250,000 and a medal.

You’re as young as your handshake

The Washington Post

Age was always an artificial construct.
What difference, really, does it make how many times the Earth has revolved around the sun during your lifetime? A 60-year-old in a poor village in India is likely to be a lot "older" than someone the same age in an affluent community in the United States when it comes to things that matter, like how much longer and more comfortably he or she might live.
"You’re as young as you feel," while uplifting, isn’t very useful either because it’s kind of hard to measure.
Try instead: "You’re as young as your grip" — as in hand-grip.

LI New Mom Looking Forward To Mother’s Day Following Rare Open Heart Surgery


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sunday will be an extra special Mother’s Day for a young mother on Long Island.
Sharon Savino nearly died before she could deliver her baby and had to undergo open heart surgery while pregnant.

Know the Signs of Stroke


Some reminders about detecting and treating strokes are offered as Stroke Awareness Month continues.
Dr. Henry Woo and Dr. David Fiorella, co-directors of the Stony Brook University Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center, say the most important thing is to remember the FAST rules about stroke symptom

Stony Brook hires Shawn Heilbron to be new athletic director


Seizing the opportunity to move Stony Brook athletics to the next level, university president Dr. Samuel L. Stanley on Thursday announced the hiring of Oregon State’s Shawn Heilbron as the school’s new athletic director.

Stony Brook lacrosse sisters visit cancer patient

News12 LI

Kate and Kelly Keurner, sisters on the Stony Brook lacrosse team, visit Marissa at the Stony Brook University Cancer Center each week.

Excessive nitrogen harming LI storm-buffering salt marshes, says DEC


Excessive levels of nitrogen from wastewater, septic systems and other sources are increasingly harming Long Island salt marshes that provide protection from storm surges and flooding, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said yesterday.
Christopher Gobler, a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, said studies have shown that high levels of nitrogen weaken the salt marshes — a crucial storm buffer.

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