05/25/14 12:00pm
05/25/2014 12:00 PM
Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his two-year-old long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Shoshire Kennels co-owner Dwayne Early of Aquebogue and his long-haired Chihuahua Lady Gaga last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The rolling purr of a cat or sloppy kisses of a dog are a simple signs of affection that can go a long way for people, providing pet owners with a sense of companionship and something to look forward to when coming home to an otherwise empty house. (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…)

05/04/14 8:30am
05/04/2014 8:30 AM

Comfort Zone GPS

About a month ago, 82-year-old Jean Taber of Riverside decided to go out for a walk with her dog Freckles — but Ms. Taber, who had been suffering from short-term memory loss, became disoriented and unable to find her way home.

It took more than two days — plus 250 volunteers and the help of a helicopter — to find her body in a wooded area.

But imagine if Ms. Taber had been wearing a GPS locator, a device designed specifically for seniors and those with cognitive impairments and at risk of wandering. With the touch of a button, her family might have been able to locate her within seconds of realizing that she’d left her home. (more…)

04/27/14 5:00am
04/27/2014 5:00 AM

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Shorts and flip-flops are almost mandatory components of the summer wardrobe. But those dealing with hard-to-conceal varicose veins are often left sweating in long pants. Doctors say understanding the cause of varicose veins and responding with the appropriate treatments can help prevent this seasonal dilemma.  (more…)

04/13/14 12:00pm
04/13/2014 12:00 PM

Dark chocolate can be good for the heart. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Everyone knows a taste of chocolate is good for the soul. But not everyone knows that it’s also good for the heart.

Depending on how it’s made, chocolate can be a heart-healthy option that reduces both inflammation of cardiovascular tissues and the risk of stroke, a new study by Louisiana State University has found. (more…)