08/10/14 7:00am
08/10/2014 7:00 AM
Lone star ticks at different stages of their life cycle, with recently hatched larvae at right. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control)

Lone star ticks at different stages of their life cycle, with recently hatched larvae at right. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control)

You can recognize it easily by it’s distinguishing white spot. It’s the lone star tick, a noteworthy creepy crawler that meat-lovers now need to be especially aware of.

Instead of tick-borne diseases like Lyme or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, this tick’s bite can cause its host to develop an allergy to red meat, according to experts, including Dr. Erin McGintee, an allergist at ENT Allergy & Associates in Riverhead.  (more…)

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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06/29/14 7:00am
06/29/2014 7:00 AM
The dining room table set for the holiday dinner at Jack and Patricia Orben's Aquebogue home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The dining room table set for a dinner at Jack and Patricia Orben’s Aquebogue home. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

With so few hours in the day and so much to accomplish, the daily activity of eating dinner as a family can sometimes fall by the wayside.

But nutrition and mental-health experts agree that it’s one activity that shouldn’t be neglected as family dinners offer much more than a full stomach.

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06/21/14 7:00am
06/21/2014 7:00 AM
Area youth group organizers discussed access to mental health services during a forum last month. (Credit: Carrie Miller,

Area youth group organizers discussed access to mental health services during a forum last month. (Credit: Carrie Miller,

Recent studies have shown that more young adults are seeking hospital treatment for mental health issues than ever before. That’s due in part due to the availability of better insurance coverage with healthcare reform, according to researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities.

Locally, mental health providers say there simply aren’t enough services available to help youth in need.  (more…)