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On the ground floor of the National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) in Rockville, Maryland, a $10-million automated laboratory spends all day and night screening chemicals at speeds no team of human researchers could ever match. In a week, depending on the nature of the assay, it can yield up to 2.2 million.



Newsday: Paterson Signs Product Laws Protecting Babies Safety

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Publication date: Friday, July 30, 2010

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By Delthia Ricks

Gov. David A. Paterson has signed two laws affecting what babies put into their mouths and where they sleep.

Paterson approved the measure banning the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and other products containing the plasticizing agent Bisphenol-A. He also signed into law a measure that does away with drop-side cribs.


Megan Hansen, Joshua Solomowitz and the H.O.P.E Award

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Megan Hansen and Joshua Solomowitz were recognized by HOPEpciJoshMegan12resizeGreater Huntington Civic Group with a H.O.P.E. Award. HOPE stands for Huntington's Organizations, People & Places of Excellence. Megan & Josh were chosen for their work in the area of cancer research. The Greater Huntington Civic Group HOPE Award is bestowed upon an individual, organization or business that has displayed outstanding service to the community of the Township of Huntington, New York, and/or has, through good works or endeavors, enhanced the reputation or renown of the Township on a local, regional, national or international level. They recieved their award along with five others at the HOPE Award Gala held April 21, 2012.

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Greater Huntington Civic Group Inc. President Steven Spucces announced today that seven distinguished Honorees have been selected by the Group’s Executive Committee as the very first recipients of the Greater H.O.P. E. Awards for outstanding service, good works or other charitable endeavors that reflect favorably on the Township of Huntington. H.O.P.E. stands for Huntington’s Organizations, People & Places of Excellence.

“We are pleased and proud to announce our first-ever honorees who have distinguished themselves by their service to the community,” said Mr. Spucces. “They represent what makes our Township great – people and organizations that have an unwavering dedication and commitment to serving the needs and interests of our unique and diverse community with an impact that, in some cases, reaches far beyond the Township’s borders.”

The Honorees are:

  • James W. Polansky, Superintendent of Schools, School District #3, Huntington.
  • Rev. Jerry Artis, U.S. Veteran and clergy leader who creates outreach programs for minority youth.
  • Juli Coraor, Huntington High School senior who was named a semi-finalist in the National Intel Science Talent Search Contest.
  • Marta Smith, a leader of the Latin Task Force and Clergy Task Force, which look to support revitalization efforts within the area’s Latin community.
  • Alfred Sforza, D.D.S., lifelong Huntington resident and Township historian and author.
  • Megan Hansen, Huntington High School junior who conducted breast cancer research in Boston and created a cancer-prevention program aimed at middle school students.
  • Josh Solomowitz, Huntington High School junior who conducted breast cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Newly Published Research shows Early Onset of Puberty

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Newly released study adds further evidence that girls are entering puberty at an earlier age. As you may have heard and printed online today, pediatricians are evidencing girls are entering puberty as early as 7 years of age. Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco have recruited over 1,200 girls age 6 to 8 years of age and have witnessed a proportion of girls who have breast development at ages 7 and 8 showing the age pubertal onset is decreasing. Research conducted in the past put average age of puberty between 10 and 11 years. This group has been working together and are part of a 7 year Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers (BCERC) network investigating the influence of environmental exposures on mammary gland development. Please take a moment and check out the link below which leads to the Wall Street Journal Article published Aug. 9 2010.


Senators Flanagan and Martins Honor Long Island Students For Cancer Research

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Senators John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Jack Martins (7th Senate District) joined together to recognize Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang for their efforts to study experimental nanoparticles in an effort to better treat and diagnose cancer in human. The tw

o students were honored by the full Senate and presented with New York State Senate Resolutions for recently being recognized nationally for their joint project and for their dedication in the fight against cancer.

Senator Flanagen, Kayla Neville, James Engledrum


Neville and Yang spent last summer working together, under the supervision of biomedical engineering professor Balaji Sitharaman, at Stony Brook University in a project that was jointly sponsored by the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition and the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition. In the study, the two young scientists injected the experimental nanoparticle into human cells and discovered that the human body could tolerate the material.

If approved to be safe and not toxic for humans, these experimental nanoparticles could be injected into a patient before an MRI to help make an image clearer and easier to read. This could lead to a greater ability for doctors to find previously hidden tumors and earlier detection for some.

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