07/27/14 6:00am
07/27/2014 6:00 AM
The pool on a property in Southold.

The pool on a property in Southold.

It seems that every summer, amid all the poolside, bayside and oceanside fun being had, you hear about a few startling water accidents no one ever saw coming.

Dr. Maribeth Chitkara, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, took a few minutes to share some tips, and dispel a few myths, that can help ensure that your family plays it safe in the water this summer.  (more…)

07/12/14 4:00pm
07/12/2014 4:00 PM
If you get stung by a jellyfish, choose your remedy wisely. (Credit: NVTOfficeClips)

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.

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05/31/14 9:00am
05/31/2014 9:00 AM
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Two deer feeding at one of the '4-poster' tick control stations on Shelter Island.

Deer feeding at one of the ’4-poster’ tick control stations on Shelter Island. (Times/Review file photo)

Get the bug spray ready: Ticks are emerging and looking for warmblooded beings like you and me to snack on. And all too often, the critters leave behind harmful pathogens that put people at risk for illnesses like Lyme disease. (more…)

05/18/14 6:00am
05/18/2014 6:00 AM

FACE

In about the time it takes you to read this column, three people will have suffered a stroke. Stroke — which occurs when a clot or ruptured vessel interrupts the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain — attacks someone every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association, which is celebrating National Stroke Awareness Month during May.  (more…)

05/11/14 10:00am
05/11/2014 10:00 AM
The Riverhead varsity cheerleaders placed 20th at Nationals today in Orlando, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

The Riverhead varsity cheerleaders placed 20th at Nationals earlier this year. (Credit: courtesy)

It’s an activity in which strained tendons, split lips and the occasional concussion are expected — and your safety relies wholly on trusting your teammates to back you up and catch you when you fall.

It’s cheerleading — which last week was unanimously recognized as a sport by the New York State Board of Regents. To this I say, it’s about time.

Here’s why, based on my firsthand experience.  (more…)