An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)
What was intended as a smoking cessation aid is the new smoking trend among Long Island’s youth, say health experts and local school officials, who are seeing an uptick in the number of students using electronic cigarettes.
Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti said he has recently seen firsthand an increase in the number of students using e-cigarettes. (more…)
A woman born today has roughly a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during her life.
On the other hand, the chance that a woman will never have breast cancer is 87.6 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. (more…)
Perhaps it’s a leftover painkiller from recent dental work or a magical stress reliever saved for a future airplane ride.
Or maybe you just didn’t know what to do with it all.
October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, a good time to take five minutes to check out your household’s stock of prescription medications and get rid of what’s no longer needed. You’d be surprised by what you might find. (more…)
Experts say the uncommon respiratory virus that’s sending hundreds of children to hospitals in the Midwest could “certainly” make its way here. But those same experts are quick to note that the viral infection no more serious than your common winter-season flu. (more…)
When packing up the kids for college, it’s almost a requirement to send them off with what seems like an unlimited supply of ramen noodles — those instant noodles that any freshman can make on his or her own. Add water, find a microwave, and eat up. (more…)
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It’s a constant struggle during the teenage years. The kids fall asleep late at night, then struggle to wake up hours later, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with minimal time to catch the bus.
Experts agree that it might be time to allow teenagers more time to sleep. (more…)
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An expanding selection of powdered products is opening up some dangerous doors, according to federal officials who are warning consumers not to get caught up in the novelty.
The Suffolk County health department, too, is urging buyers to stay away from one product in particular: powdered pure caffeine.
A single teaspoon of the powder is roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 25 cups of coffee, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning following the death of a teenager who used the product in July. (more…)
It’s a way of keeping in touch with friends and family — a way to enhance professional relationships and sometimes even cultivate romantic ones. I’m referring to Facebook, which has revolutionized the way we communicate with one another. (more…)
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You either love ’em for their easy breezy fit or loathe ’em for their unappealing sight and smell.
I’m referring to flip-flops — the unofficial footwear of summer. (more…)
If you get stung by a jellyfish, choose your remedy wisely. (Credit: NVTOfficeClips)
The next time a friend makes his way up from the bay, writhing in pain from a jellyfish sting, do him a favor and keep your bottoms buttoned. The widely known fix of peeing on a jellyfish sting to stop the pain is nothing but a myth, and could actually intensify the pain, medical professionals say.