Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced that The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has been endowed as one of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The federal initiative to select research institutes dedicated to the study of Parkinson’s and create a Center of Excellence was started to advance cutting-edge research on this movement disorder, which affects at least 500,000 in the US, according to NINDS estimates. The addition of two new centers—the Feinstein Institute and Emory University in Atlanta—adds new dimensions to the nine other centers that have been selected since the program began in 1997. The NINDS grants will provide a five-year investment totaling more than $16 million for both research institutes.
David Eidelberg, MD, a pioneer in brain imaging in Parkinson’s, directs the Feinstein Institute’s Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences in Manhasset. Dr. Eidelberg and his colleagues have spent decades using imaging to capture the diseased brain. The images have allowed them to identify discrete large-scale networks damaged in the disease process. By developing a non-invasive method to measure the activity of abnormal networks in brain images from living patients, Dr. Eidelberg’s approach had led to new insights into the natural history of Parkinson’s disease and its treatment.
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center has embarked on two significant children’s mental health research projects in collaboration with Columbia University.
The first project, referred to as CHARMS (Columbia Health and Adverse Reactions to Medication), utilizes a computerized interview to detect possible adverse events experienced by teenagers who take psychiatric medication. Research on medication is typically designed to test whether medication helps with or reduces symptoms for a particular disorder. There is more emphasis on: “Is he or she getting better?” than on: “Are there any side-effects?”
The Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (CECR) recently renovated two patient cre units, totaling 58 beds on the second floor, and expanded its rehab gym at a cost of $2.7 million. Recognized for its expertise in short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation services, the CECR upgraded the facility to meet the growing needs of patients of all ages who need rehab in the areas of orthopedics, cardiology, neurology and complex medical conditions, major service lines of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
The refurbished units, known as 2 NE and 2 SE, have 14 private and 22 semi-private patient rooms. Upgrades include: high-tech, specialty beds designed to reduce pressure ulcers that are also equipped with alarms to prevent patient falls; stylish wood bedside tables; updated visitor seating, new lights and fixtures in the bathrooms; newly painted earth-toned colored walls and corridors lined with colorful abstract artwork, adding to the homelike environment. Unit 2 NE is open and the other unit is slated to open in January.
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