Tomorrow is World Tuberculosis Day, which marks the day in 1882 when microbiologist Robert Koch announced he had discovered the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. More than two billion people – one third of the world’s population – are infected with tuberculosis.
In Westchester, the county health department closely monitors tuberculosis. In 2011, 38 Westchester residents had tuberculosis, on par with the 37 cases in 2010. Although the number was relatively stable, the county’s most recent cases have been much more complex, either due to drug resistance or because of the settings where the cases occurred and the numbers of people exposed.
“A simple skin test can determine whether you have been exposed to TB,” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health. “I encourage everyone to talk to their doctor about this test, to see if they would benefit from having one. With treatment, a person’s chances of a full recovery are quite good.”Read more
Free sessions of easy yoga to help reduce stress and relieve tension continue to be offered during Monday and Wednesday lunch hours at the New Rochelle Public Library, through June 2012. Monday sessions are held for 30 minutes, from 12:15 - 12:45 pm, and Wednesday sessions are 45 minutes in length, from 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm.
Participants do not need to change out of work clothes, and mats will not be needed for these sessions of breathing and meditation techniques as well as the guided relaxation. The drop-in sessions do not require advanced registration.Read more
New Rochelle, NY – March 8, 2012 – Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce that its Cancer Program has received continued accreditation, with commendation, by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (CoC). This accreditation has been maintained since 2005 and certifies the high quality of SSMC’s comprehensive multidisciplinary oncology care. It also affirms an ongoing dedication to providing the best in today’s cancer treatment.Read more
Westchester County will be joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in co-sponsoring a two-day blood drive for the New York Blood Center/Hudson Valley Blood Services at the County Center on Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The county Department of Health will also hold a blood drive on Tuesday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside its office, 45 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle. The blood mobile will be parked at the front entrance to the building.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- The Pelham Chapter of the Friends of Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) invites the public to celebrate the 17th Anniversary of Accents on Antiques (Accents). The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the shop, located at 125 Wolfs Lane in Pelham.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Recently, The Friends of Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) (Friends) hosted their 2012 Marie F. Vitt Humanitarian Award (Vitt) Dinner and Silent Auction at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.Read more
Iona Prep's AP biology class recently visited the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor to perform a molecular genetics laboratory exercise called DNA Restriction Analysis.
On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Iona Prep’s AP biology class visited the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, NY to perform a molecular genetics laboratory exercise called DNA Restriction Analysis. The discovery of restriction enzymes, the scissors of molecular biologists, allowed for a breakthrough into understanding the genetics of organisms. These enzymes are at the heart of recombinant DNA technology, allowing endless new combinations of DNA to be engineered.Read more
County Executive Robert P. Astorino said today that the time was right for Westchester to seek out private developers to create a research and development complex aimed at supporting the county’s growing medical and bio-tech industries on 60 acres of the county-owned Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.
“This is a jobs-creating initiative with multiple benefits,” Astorino said. “It will strengthen Westchester’s growing medical and bio-technology industries and in so doing, improve the county’s economic foundation and future competitiveness.”
Specifically, the county is issuing a request for qualifications, or RFQ, to developers who are interested in the property. Known as the North 60, the property is adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center, sitting on 60 acres of undeveloped land on the northern portion of the 512-acre Grasslands Reservation.Read more