01/01/15 9:34am
01/01/2015 9:34 AM
Steve Bellone signs the new tobacco law in October, raising the age limit to 21 for tobacco purchases. (Credit: Courtesy)

Steve Bellone signs the new tobacco law in October, raising the age limit to 21 for tobacco purchases. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County officials want residents to know that today, New Year’s Day, marks the first day the 21-or-over law goes into effect for the sale of tobacco and liquid nicotine products.

Prior to Jan. 1, it had been illegal to sell those items to anyone under age 19. (more…)

12/29/14 4:00pm
12/29/2014 4:00 PM
Peconic Bay Medical Center CEO Andy Mitchell. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Peconic Bay Medical Center CEO Andy Mitchell. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Health care reform brought with it a number of changes that affected hospitals nationwide throughout 2014, with quantifiable effects starting to become clear by the end of the first quarter.

We sat down with Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of PBMC Health, to discuss the highs and the lows of the past year and the changes the community can expect come 2015. As expected, there was plenty to talk about.  (more…)

12/28/14 7:00am
12/28/2014 7:00 AM

Under provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, some Medicare recipients are suddenly finding themselves without a safety net when in need of subsequent care at a skilled nursing facility.

It has resulted in the proposal of new legislation in Washington — along with a national class action lawsuit challenging what the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy of Connecticut calls an “illegal policy.”

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12/21/14 10:00am
12/21/2014 10:00 AM

While many folks know a carrot a day can help keep the eye doctor away, few realize that kale is the superior eye-strengthening veggie.

That’s because the vegetable is high in lutein — also known as the “eye vitamin” — and is helpful in preventing diseases of the eye, including age-related macular degeneration, which is virtually untreatable and is the leading cause of severe vision loss among those 50 or older, according to the American Optometric Association.

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12/14/14 7:00am
12/14/2014 7:00 AM

You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after finding someone the perfect gift, helping an older person cross the street or, say, rescuing a wide-eyed kitten from a tight spot?

It’s more than a warming of the heart — it’s your brain’s way of rewarding you for doing something good, said Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.  (more…)