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An expanding selection of powdered products is opening up some dangerous doors, according to federal officials who are warning consumers not to get caught up in the novelty.
The Suffolk County health department, too, is urging buyers to stay away from one product in particular: powdered pure caffeine.
A single teaspoon of the powder is roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 25 cups of coffee, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning following the death of a teenager who used the product in July. (more…)
Those who are allergic to gluten can soon feel confident that products being advertised as “gluten-free” are truly safe enough to eat. (more…)
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…)
It’s a way of keeping in touch with friends and family — a way to enhance professional relationships and sometimes even cultivate romantic ones. I’m referring to Facebook, which has revolutionized the way we communicate with one another. (more…)
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…)
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You either love ’em for their easy breezy fit or loathe ’em for their unappealing sight and smell.
I’m referring to flip-flops — the unofficial footwear of summer. (more…)
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.
heese, beer and stinky feet all attract mosquitoes to the skin. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)
It’s time to set the record straight on the laws of attraction — for mosquitoes, that is.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no ingestible remedy one can take to repel the little buggers. (more…)