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National Immunization Awareness Month
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Don’t Miss Your Shot National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations
BY JENNIFER FAUCI
he hot-button debate of getting children vaccinated isn’t going away any time soon. With anti-vaxers protesting that injecting bacteria into the human body is wrong for several reasons, some of them may not even know the details or consequences of not getting immunized. One woman has made it her life’s mission to shed light on how crucial vaccinations are, after an unspeakable tragedy resulted in the loss of her teenage daughter. Patti Wukovits is a medical professional and executive director of the Kimberly Coffey Foundation (www.kimberlycoffeyfoundation.org), which was established after the death of her daughter Kimberly, who contracted Meningitis B several years ago. “In 2012, Kimberly was a vibrant, perfectly healthy 17-year-old high school senior, looking forward to prom and graduation as well as starting her nursing education. I made sure she received the routine meningitis vaccine (MenACWY), and like most parents, I thought she was fully immunized against bacterial meningitis,” said Wukovits of her daughter, who did not realize that the MenACWY vaccine does not include protection against Meningitis B. “It was not until 2014 that Meningitis B vaccines became available in the U.S. My daughter contracted this now vaccine-preventable disease two years too early because I could not protect her in 2012. Had a vaccine for Meningitis B been available before 2014, my daughter would have been vaccinated. She would still be alive today living her dream as a pediatric nurse taking care of children and helping them live healthy lives by preventing disease with vaccination. Instead, I buried my daughter two days before her high school graduation in the prom dress she did not have the chance to wear.”
to a now vaccine-preventable disease, I know firsthand the devastating consequences of not being protected by vaccination. As a chemotherapy nurse, I have administered chemotherapy to many women with cervical cancer caused by HPV who did not have the opportunity to be vaccinated earlier in their lives because the HPV vaccine had not been available to help protect them.
Do you think technology and social media has helped or made worse the importance of vaccination? Social media is a wonderful platform to promote the importance of vaccination as long as accurate information is provided by credible groups and organizations. It’s critically important that people check the credibility of claims and views about vaccination posted by non-medical individuals Vaccines aren’t just for infants; adolescents and groups, such as celebrities and public figures. and adults need to be protected against disease For credible and accurate vaccine information, I as well. August is National Immunization Awareness recommend organizations such as Vaccinate Your Month, so how can we shed light on the importance Family, the CDC and Nurses Who Vaccinate. For of vaccinations for teens? accurate and credible information about meningoGetting all of the recommended vaccines is coccal disease and meningococcal vaccines, people one of the most important things a parent can may visit The Kimberly Coffey Foundation and The do to protect their child’s health. Giving the HPV Meningitis B Action Project. vaccine to teens now helps protect them against six types of cancer later in life: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, Aside from various illnesses and risk to others, penile, oropharyngeal and anal. HPV is the most what are the consequences of not being common sexually transmitted infection. The key is vaccinated? What does this decision prohibit kids to get vaccinated as a teen before they are exposed from taking part in? to HPV. The challenge for public health officials right Meningococcal disease—more commonly now is that many people are more afraid of known as bacterial meningitis—is a life-threatening the vaccines than the diseases, because they’ve bacterial infection that can affect the lining of the been lucky enough to have never seen the diseases brain and spinal cord or can cause an infection and their devastating impacts. But it’s not luck. It’s in the bloodstream. Meningococcal bacteria are the result of many years of collective vaccination transmitted through the exchange of saliva, which efforts. The New York State meningitis vaccine puts teens and young adults at increased risk as school requirement is for the MenACWY vaccine their social behaviors lend to sharing saliva. There only—leaving teens unprotected against Meningitis are two types of meningitis vaccines. The more B. It is also important to know that Meningitis B has common meningitis vaccine (MenACWY) is given You are an advocate for vaccinations in a been responsible for all meningitis college campus at age 11 and a booster at age 16, which helps time when many people are choosing to be outbreaks since 2011. protect against types A,C,W and Y. The other menanti-vaxxers. Why is this dangerous? Vaccination not only protects the individual, ingitis vaccine is the Meningitis B vaccine (MenB), I advocate for vaccination every single day to but through community immunity, it also protects help prevent another child or family from expe- which is recommended for ages 16 to 23. MenB is others who cannot be vaccinated due to medical an additional vaccine and most have not received it conditions. The immunocompromised depend on riencing the dangerous effects of vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s risky for teens not to get vaccinat- as it has only been available since 2014. Without it, others to be vaccinated, and this is especially imed against diseases such as HPV and meningitis. As you will not be fully vaccinated against the five most portant in the school setting. Simply put, vaccines a mother who lost my 17-year-old, healthy daughter common types of meningococcal bacteria. are safe and effective, and vaccines save lives.
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AgeWell New York Names New Executive Director, Other Key Promotions
hairman of the Board of Managers for AgeWell New York, Michael N. Rosenblut, was delighted to officially name Patricia Connelly, RN, AgeWell New York’s new Executive Director. Connelly, a registered nurse for more than 25 years and veteran in the healthcare industry, has been with the health plan since its inception in 2012 and has been responsible for leading the successful growth of the Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Program (MLTC). The MLTC plan helps those with chronic illness and disability needing health and long term care services and has a special focus on care management and supporting members’ access to benefits across the continuum of care. “Patricia has been a key part of growing AgeWell New York’s membership and has always portrayed exemplary leadership qualities,” said Rosenblut. “We are thrilled to have her expertise guide us in the company’s future growth.”
Other notable key employee promotions include Joyce Little, RN, named Associate Executive Director, and Justin Walter as Assistant Executive Justin Director. Little and Walter have also Walter been here since the plan’s inception and have been influential in leading AgeWell New York’s evolution in the healthcare industry. Little plays an integral role in leading the care management team to provide a coordinated plan of care across multiple care settings to ensure members have full access to seamless, high quality health care, and to make the health delivery system as efficient as possible. Walter is responsible for leading daily operations and technology services to bring aggressive practice strategies to optimize health care coverage. Under Connelly, Little and Walter’s Patricia leadership and strategic insights, the Connelly plan has achieved overall 4 star and 5 star ratings for Care Management reCongratulations to these executives flected in the 2018 MLTC Consumer’s in their new roles. AgeWell looks Guide. forward to their visionary expertise,
Michael N. Rosenblut compassion and dedication to deliver pioneering healthcare. —Submitted by AgeWell New York
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Children, like Liam, see us differently. Because we care for them differently. When Liam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a toddler, Dr. Speiser provided him with world-class care and helped his family manage the condition. And now? Liam is enjoying a typical life as a 5-year-old kid. But for Liam, Dr. Speiser will never be a typical doctor—she’s his trusted defender. “She teaches me how to take care of myself,” he said. “I follow the doctor’s orders like an army man follows the general’s orders.”
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NYU Winthrop Hospital Receives National Rankings
YU Winthrop Hospital achieved national rankings in six adult specialties for the year 2019-20. National rankings highlight specialty programs that place among the top 50 in the country. The hospital was also ranked the number 7 hospital in New York State, according to the latest results from U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. NYU Winthrop Hospital ranked nationally in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Urology. In addition to these six, NYU Winthrop also ranked as “High Performing” in Geriatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology and Lung Surgery. “This is a wonderful achievement for NYU Winthrop and everyone who contributes to the high quality of our
care,” said John F. Collins, president and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital. “Nearly 10 years ago, we committed to achieve national prominence for Winthrop, now NYU Winthrop Hospital. Coupled with our focus on improving quality and quality reporting, we worked hard to secure recognition for our improvements, such as in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. To achieve national ranking in six specialties is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff at NYU Winthrop.” The rankings were based on data from 2015-17, combined with quality and performance measures. Rankings were published on U.S. News & World Report’s website. For more information about NYU Winthrop Hospital, visit www. nyuwinthrop.org. —Submitted by NYU Winthrop Hospital
NYU Winthrop Hospital was recently ranked number 7 in New York State (Photo by Chris Cooper)
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he liver is the largest internal organ and unlike the kidneys or the lungs, there is only one in the body. It is a metabolically active organ that has several general functions and is often called both the body’s manufacturing center and its filtering plant. The liver produces many important compounds. It makes bile, which is responsible for the digestion and absorption of fats, cholesterol and the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. It manufactures proteins such as albumin and most of the clotting factors which allow the body to clot when it is injured. It also produces angiotensinogen, a hormone involved in blood pressure regulation. The liver also acts as a storage warehouse. It stores ferritin, which is involved in the production of red blood cells. It stores vitamins such as A, D, E and K and B12 as
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well as the mineral, copper. Complex sugars are stored in the liver so that the liver can break them down into glucose and release them into the bloodstream when needed to maintain normal glucose levels in the blood. All blood flows through the liver. The liver acts as a filter to detoxify the blood. It removes many different compounds from the blood such as hormones and alcohol.
Perhaps one of the most important functions of the liver is to metabolize drugs into either active or inactive metabolites, depending on the medication. Blood tests used to evaluate the liver can be divided into those representing liver cell damage, cholestasis or liver function. The serum aminotransaminases, alanine aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST or SGOT) are part of most automated blood chemistry panels. Elevation of these enzymes is caused by damage to the hepatocyte or liver cell. The degree of elevation may be important in acute disease but is unimportant in chronic disease. The most common causes of elevated aminotransaminases are fatty liver, viral hepatitis, medication induced hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. The tests are
a reflection of cell damage and death but are not liver function tests. Although many patients and physicians refer to these tests as “liver function tests”, this term is incorrect as they do not reflect the liver’s ability to either synthesize or metabolize various chemicals. Therefore, an abnormality in these tests does not mean that the liver is not functioning. In fact, the vast majority of patients with elevated aminotransaminases, regardless of degree, have normal liver function. Cholestatic liver diseases are any conditions leading to the obstruction of bile ducts in either the liver or biliary tree. Elevations of the alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase are indicative of this type of disease. Conditions that commonly lead to the elevation of these enzymes include primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and
gallstone disease. Albumin and blood clotting factors are proteins made in the liver. Blood tests such as the serum albumin and prothrombin time are measures of these proteins. As these tests evaluate the functional integrity of the liver, they can be correctly called “liver function tests”. Abnormalities of these tests are of concern and are indicative of extensive liver damage. The adequate interpretation of laboratory test results is very important in the evaluation of liver disease. Unfortunately, in many cases, blood tests are unable to predict current disease stage or possible disease progression. Therefore, despite all these advanced tests, the performance of a liver biopsy cannot be emphasized enough as this is the best test to accurately stage the disease and predict disease progression.
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Back To School Guide For Ditching The Freshman 15
ugust means that the start of the new college semester is among us. Whether you are leaving for your first year of school or are already a year or two into your college career, weight management can be difficult while you are in college. Several major changes happen during the first few years of school—you’re no longer living at home or with your parents, you have to navigate dining hall food, and you’re in the process of making new friends. Late nights studying, going out with friends, and enjoying the typical college food indulgences (e.g., insomnia cookies, late night pizza, the list goes on and on…) can make the “Freshman 15” come on quicker than expected. Here are a few key tips to keep you healthy and active
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while at school and ditch the “Freshman 15.”
activity thermogenesis), which is basically the energy that you expend for all activities besides sleeping, eating, and exercising. NEAT encompasses activities that you already do, like walking to class or even washing the dishes. Simple tasks like parking your car a bit farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help maximize your NEAT. If you are moving more throughout the day, you are more likely to achieve your health and wellness goals. Try to challenge yourself to get moving throughout the semester and experience all that college has to offer.
hydration for students. Purchase a reusable water bottle that you love, and keep refilling it throughout the day. Every single cell in your body needs water to function, and water is an especially important weight management tool to help you avoiding mistaking thirst for hunger.
Commit to a fitness routine
With a set schedule of classes, the semester is the perfect time to get settled into a Maximize fitness routine. Gyms on your NEAT college campuses are always Sitting in your dorm watching offering affordable membermovies or scrolling through ships for students, and many social media can lead to college gyms have awesome Stay hydrated excessive sedentary behaviors fitness classes. No form of throughout the week. Try to get Most college campuses exercise is perfect—the truly moving on campus and maxinow have refillable water perfect workout is the one you mize your NEAT (non-exercise bottle stations to help promote enjoy and will stick to. Try a
few fitness classes and see what works best for your body and schedule. Grab a friend and make a habit of going to the gym at least three times a week if you want to see actual results! You can even join an intramural league if you hate the gym and sports are more your thing. Whatever you choose, commit to a fitness routine and get moving.
Don’t neglect rest During college, sleep may be the last thing on your mind. Important final papers and difficult exams take priority, and the pressure to do well can leave you pulling all-nighters or just staying up very late during the week. Couple that with going out with friends on the weekends, and you have seven days of
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little to no sleep. But many of us don’t realize that sleep is truly like nutrition for our brain. We need that time to reset and let our body recover. Not getting
enough sleep can lead to poor decision making, decreased impulse control, and spikes in cortisol, which is the stress hormone. When you are tired,
you’re more likely to reach for sugary beverages or junk food for a burst of energy. Quality sleep is important for keeping your brain sharp and
metabolism speedy. Shut off Talk to a screens at least 30 minutes campus nutritionist before you want to fall asleep, and try to commit to going to Some schools actually hire a dietitian or nutritionist to help bed at a decent time to give students during the year. If you your body the rest it needs. are looking for a structured meal plan or more guidance, Navigate inquire with your school’s the dining hall health and wellness center and Many dining halls offer see if they offer any complibuffet-style eating, which mentary nutrition services. can be overwhelming and Even meeting with a dietitian lead to excessive portions. just once can be extremely Before you put anything valuable and help you manage on your plate, survey all of your health for years to come. your options and decide Incorporating some of these what looks best. Try to fill simple tips can make a huge at least half of your plate difference when it comes to with vegetables, a quarter of your health and wellness. Try your plate with lean protein your best to stay active and such as chicken or fish, and healthy while at school, and leave the last quarter of your remember to always eat mindplate for healthy carbs like fully. Wishing you a happy and brown rice or sweet potato. healthy semester. If the mac and cheese looks delicious or you are dying Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, for a slice of lasagna, it’s CSO, CDN, CPT, is a Clinical okay to eat these things in Dietitian and Certified moderation. Just sub out the Personal Trainer. She also quarter portion of carbs on provides private nutrition your plate for whatever “fun counseling at her office in Great food” you are craving. You Neck. Visit www.stefhealthtips. can still mindfully indulge com for more information or while maintaining a healthy, call 516-216-9909 to schedule balanced meal. an appointment.
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Feinstein Institute’s Summer Concert A Success A
merican singer-songwriter Usher recently headlined Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research 14th annual summer concert, raising more than $3.4 million to support medical innovations. “We are grateful to our benefactors and philanthropists—their support enables us to achieve our not-forprofit mission to produce knowledge to cure disease,” said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institutes. Over the last 14 years, the Feinstein Concert has raised more than $25 million to drive research innovation and growth. This event helps Northwell continue to pioneer solutions and unearth new discoveries that are impacting the trajectory of medicine around the world. At this year’s event, on July 11 at Old Westbury Gardens, Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, a reproductive
psychiatrist, and Theodoros Zanos, PhD, a neural engineer, spoke about the need to rapidly surface clinical answers and develop innovative treatments to improve health care and save lives. Dr. Deligiannidis mentioned her innovative and improved approaches to treating depression, particularly postpartum depression, and Dr. Zanos discussed pursuing the field of bioelectronic medicine to develop customized, drug-free treatment for people suffering from a wide range of autoimmune diseases. “As Northwell continues to grow, philanthropy is even more important to fulfilling our mission of improving the health and the lives of the people in our communities who rely on us,” said Michael Epstein, chairman of Northwell’s Board of Trustees. “Through the continued generosity of our organization’s supporters, staff and leadership, we are positioned to propel our philanthropic energy
Usher was the headliner at Northwell Health’s annual summer concert. behind research to new heights. I’m excited to help lead that charge.” Upscale décor and catering for the Feinstein Institutes Summer Concert was provided by Lawrence Scott Events.
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THOUGHT GALLERY Consider these recommendations for upcoming talks, readings and more in and around New York City:
Just Announced | The Festival of New: A Night of Philosophy Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. The New School 66 W. 12th St. 212-229-5108 www.newschool.edu
That Saturday you can stay up through the wee hours with A Night of Philosophy. During a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, encounter the diversity of philosophical research, beginning with the Art of Change opera and the John Cage Musicircus (free).
From Oct. 1 through 6, The New School will be hosting The Festival of New, a broad range of programming that covers talks, screenings, and performances.
For more information about lectures, readings and other intellectually stimulating events throughout NYC, sign up for the weekly Thought Gallery newsletter at www.thoughtgallery.org.
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Film Noir Classics Hosted by Dean of Film Noir, Foster Hirsch: Woman on the Run Monday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Cinema Arts Centre 423 Park Ave., Huntington 631-423-7610 www.cinemaartscentre.org Catch a rare screening of a lost noir classic (the only American print had burned, but a recent rescue effort has produced a new 35mm print). Enjoy an on-location thriller with “perhaps the best cinematic depiction ever of mid-20th century San Francisco.” With reception and music by Moontide ($16). Screening of Walking on Water Sunday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. Southampton Arts Center 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton, NY 11968 631-283-0967 www.southamptonartscenter.org Bulgarian filmmaker Andrey Paounov brings a miracle to life in his 2018 documentary Walking on Water. Catch a screening that tells the backstory behind Christo’s long-planned The Floating Piers, mounted in 2016 on Italy’s Lake Iseo, revealing the complex logistics required to manifest an artistic vision ($12). 203283 B
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