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The Age of Distracti-pression

Harris Stratyner, a psychologist in New York, says that of his 70 patients, 46 of them started medications in the last two years. “A lot of patients have told me that they feel like they can’t get up in the morning,” he said. Dr. Stratyner’s colleague (and daughter), Alex Stratyner, echoed her father’s observations. “I think what a lot of people are trying to avoid talking about is trauma: People were traumatized by Covid,” she said. “Millions of people have died. There has not been a processing on a grand scale of what it is we just endured.”

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East Harlem Clergy/Community Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Kristal Bayron Nieves Ponce Bank and the  New York City Chamber of Commerce were supporters

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Amsterdam News: Jacqueline Gathers, Home inspector extraordinaire

      The COVID-19 pandemic caused a mass exodus as people moved out of New York City in favor of more space and more relaxed restrictions. Lower housing prices have people now scrambling to buy in the city, and home inspector Jacqueline Gathers is taking advantage of the trend. A report by Douglas Elliman Real Estate brokerage released in April showed that Manhattan home-buying increased 2.1% in the first quarter of 2021 from the same time last year. While prices aren’t exactly dirt cheap, more people at all income levels are looking at options to buy. Read the full article via Amsterdam News

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This Westchester neurosurgeon has coronavirus. Here’s what he wants people to know

A little more than a week ago, Ezriel Kornel caught a cold. He woke up with a little bit of congestion and some minor discomfort on Monday, March 9. No fever, no cough. So Kornel, 66, went to work. He’s a neurosurgeon who works both in Westchester County and in the New York City area, and he’d been consistently watching the news and talking with colleagues about the novel coronavirus. He knew the symptoms — fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath. And he had none of them. “To me, it’s important that people understand that they don’t have to start with a fever,” Kornel said. “Because it was so mild, there was no reason for me to think that I had anything other than a cold.” Read the full article on Lo-Hud: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2020/03/19/westchester-neurosugeon-coronavirus-ezriel-kornel-doctor/5072426002/

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New York Daily News Mental Health Tips for coronavirus quarantine Psychologist Harris Stratyner PhD

Even the nicest four walls can feel like a prison while self-quarantining during the coronavirus outbreak, mental health experts warn. Social isolation, confusion and mounting concerns about financial and physical well being can take its toll on a person. “People are really getting cabin fever, they’re scared,” said Dr. Harris Stratyner, an associate professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “What happens is our imaginations run away with us, so we build on all of these psychosocial and environmental stresses. And we start to worry,” Stratyner explained. Read the full article at New York Daily News: https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-experts-share-mental-health-tips-for-coronavirus-quarantines-20200318-qxxehbpapncj3m65sicn3ltvx4-story.html

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Therapy Reverses Alzheimer’s Brain Plaque Buildup — in Mice (HealthDay)

Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents’ intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack of beta-secretase (BACE1), an enzyme critical in the formation of the plaques, said senior researcher Riqiang Yan. There’s reason to be hopeful because BACE1 performs much the same function in mice and men, said Dr. Ezriel Kornel, director of The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northwell Health’s Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “That enzyme for sure is active. It’s not just in mice. It makes sense it might be applicable to humans as well,” Kornel said. “Because we know what the enzyme does and it is the same, it may well have a similar effect in humans.” Read the full article here at HealthDay: https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/alzheimer-s-news-20/therapy-reverses-alzheimer-s-brain-plaque-buildup-in-mice-731098.html

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‘Stress Hormone’ Tied to Worse Memory in Middle Age (HealthDay)

Middle-aged people with higher-than-average levels of the “stress” hormone cortisol may have fuzzier memories, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 2,000 adults, found those with relatively high cortisol levels in their blood tended to perform worse on memory tests. They also showed less tissue volume in certain areas of the brain, versus people with average cortisol levels. “This is an interesting finding that clearly needs to be investigated further,” said Dr. Ezriel Kornel, an assistant clinical professor of neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He wasn’t involved with the study. But, Kornel emphasized, the research does not prove that cortisol — or, ultimately, daily stress — is the culprit. For example, Kornel said, there could be some third factor that caused the higher cortisol levels and lower brain tissue volumes. It’s also possible that the brain changes came first, which then raised people’s cortisol levels, he said. It’s not only daily psychological stress that boosts cortisol, Kornel pointed out. Certain health conditions and medications can do that, too. Read the full article at HealthDay: https://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/stress-health-news-640/stress-hormone-tied-to-worse-memory-in-middle-age-738928.html

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