05/24/15 7:00am
05/24/2015 7:00 AM

Growing up, I always knew that osteoarthritis ran in my family. My mother and grandmother struggled with the disease and one of my earliest memories is of my great-grandmother confined to a wheelchair because of her OA. I was too young to do the math and now realize that she was only in her early 60s. To me, arthritis was just an “old person’s disease.”  (more…)

05/17/15 7:00am
05/17/2015 7:00 AM

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Don’t sit too close to the TV or you’ll need glasses. Put down that spicy chili dog or you’ll give yourself an ulcer. These are health claims so pervasive that it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. What should you believe? We asked local medical professionals to weigh in on some of the most popular myths.

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05/10/15 7:00am
05/10/2015 7:00 AM
The author has always been able to crack her knuckles — and almost all her other joints, for that matter. But is the habit bad for your health? (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The author has always been able to crack her knuckles — and almost all her other joints, for that matter. But is the habit bad for your health? (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I’m a crack addict, but it’s not what you’re thinking.

When I was 9, I discovered I could manipulate my ankles with very little effort. My toes, knuckles and elbows soon followed. By the time I was a teenager, I was regularly cracking my back and neck. Now, at 29, I’m a full-blown junkie of the “snap, crackle and pop” variety. It just feels good.  (more…)

05/08/15 8:00am
05/08/2015 8:00 AM
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week's bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover's kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.

“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)

05/04/15 12:54pm
Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival's founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival’s founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Joe Van de Wetering told Central Suffolk’s board of trustees he could earn the hospital $100,000 through an on-campus plant sale, they didn’t believe him.

They rejected the idea, but a year later, after some deliberations, the board approved the project — with some restrictions, however.

His plan to feature a Battle of the Bands?

It would have been too loud, he was told.

His pitch to sell shellfish and other farm goods?

The health department would never go for it.

Still, he organized the first Garden Festival  in 1995.

It raised just $7,000.

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