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11/25/14 8:00am
11/25/2014 8:00 AM
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

The new Red Cross Blood smartphone application allows users to schedule an appointment for blood donations and also gives donors the ability track their individual donation to see where the blood is being used to help others. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Like many Long Island residents left without power in the days following Hurricane Sandy, Cutchogue resident Syd Dufton was in search of a live outlet and an Internet connection.

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11/14/14 2:00pm
11/14/2014 2:00 PM

There’s a lot facing the young women of today: peer pressure, relationship troubles and unrealistic body expectations broadcast on television screens and social media sites.

With so much to keep up with, it can be easy for girls to lose their sense of self, and the bigger picture of the woman they hope one day to become.  (more…)

11/10/14 11:30am
11/10/2014 11:30 AM
Baggies of Hollywood-branded heroin seized by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

Baggies of Hollywood-branded heroin seized by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

Tuition and books will be cheaper over the next three years at Suffolk County Community College for students looking to study drug and alcohol counseling.

SCCC recently received nearly $850,000 from the federal government to go toward its Chemical Dependence Counseling program, which “prepares students for employment or advancement in the field of chemical dependency counseling.” (more…)

11/09/14 7:00am
11/09/2014 7:00 AM

Everybody gets to the point when they have to make “doo.”

For some, it’s once, maybe twice a day; but for others, it could be just once or twice a week.

It’s not often discussed — as it’s a bit taboo to talk about poop — but it’s probably safe to say that many have wondered if their bowel movements are normal.  (more…)

11/06/14 4:05pm
11/06/2014 4:05 PM
Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, left, and County Executive Steve Bellone shake hands after the law is signed. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, left, and County Executive Steve Bellone shake hands after the law is signed. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County has banned the sale of pure caffeine products to minors, while becoming the first county in the nation to limit the potentially deadly substance.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued a warning about pure caffeine products — which are marketed as energy boosters that can enhance mental focus — earlier this year. The law was signed by County Executive Steve Bellone Wednesday.

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10/26/14 10:00am
10/26/2014 10:00 AM
An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)

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…)