04/26/15 7:00am
04/26/2015 7:00 AM

About a year ago, prospective customers kept walking into Shelly Scoggin’s Greenport health store, The Market, asking for obscure supplements they had heard Dr. Mehmet Oz endorse as weight-loss breakthroughs on his eponymous CBS television show. They were looking for items like white kidney bean extract and African mango seed.  (more…)

04/17/15 6:00am
04/17/2015 6:00 AM

• The 20th annual East End Garden Festival to benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, the PBMC Campus in Manorville and on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach.  (more…)

04/12/15 8:00am
04/12/2015 8:00 AM
Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Chances are if you don’t have Lyme disease you know someone who does.

Taking the necessary steps to prevent tick bites when you venture into the great outdoors becomes second nature here when the weather warms up. We all know the drill — wear light clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, conduct full-body checks for ticks after a day in the park, etc. Or just avoid wooded areas all together. (more…)

03/21/15 6:00am
03/21/2015 6:00 AM

• Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Long Island Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will present an Insulin Pump Therapy Seminar Monday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor Conference Room A. This hands-on seminar on the T1D Series is appropriate for those using or just considering such therapy. RSVP by March 20 to [email protected] or 631-768-3389.  (more…)

03/14/15 7:00am
03/14/2015 7:00 AM

• The Mattituck Fire Department and Mattituck Lions Club will jointly sponsor a blood and eyeglass drive at the Pike Street firehouse Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those between 16 (with parental permission) and 76 who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not received a tattoo in the last 12 months are eligible to donate blood. Walk-ins welcome. Please bring valid ID and Social Security number. For information or to schedule an appointment, call Rob Nine (516-644-6143) or Jim Murphy (631-300-5520).

• A support group for caregivers who look after the elderly or chronically ill will meet Tuesday, March 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Southold Town Senior Center on Pacific Street in Mattituck. Call 298-4460 for information.

• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead has announced the addition of Jenny Cabas-Vargas, M.D., to its orthopedics team. A specialist in arthritis and autoimmune conditions, Dr. Cabas-Vargas will serve the hospital as director of rheumatology and immunology.

• San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport has named C.N.A. Susan Stabile, a 10-year member of its recreation and nursing team, as employee of the month for March. In a release, co-workers said Ms. Stabile’s “bubbly and effervescent personality is integral to her role at San Simeon.” In describing her job responsibilities, Ms. Stabile said, “I try every day to brighten someone’s life.”

• Peconic Landing in Greenport has named Vincent Tirelli as its March employee of the month. In a release, director of environmental services Darryl Volinski said he has shown “leadership and commitment” and “goes above and beyond for Peconic Landing and our residents.”

Mr. Tirelli has “taken the lead during emergency situations,” Mr. Volinski said, and “exemplifies honesty and fairness with his staff as well as his peers.”

• The 23rd annual Eastern Long Island Hospital Golf Classic, honoring the life and legacy of the late John Romanelli, will take place Wednesday, May 15, at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island. The event, which benefits the ELIH emergency department, features 18 holes of golf (with tee times at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.), hole-in-one prizes, a barbecue lunch, grab-and-go sandwiches at halfway, cocktails, dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost for individual golfers is $295; dinner tickets only are $100 per person. Vital sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 477-5164 or visit ELIH.org/Golf.

To send Health Beat news, email [email protected], fax to 298-3287, or mail to Times/Review Newspapers, P.O. Box 1500, Mattituck, NY 11952. Copy deadline: Friday at 5 p.m. to appear the following week.

03/08/15 7:00am
03/08/2015 7:00 AM
Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty 'helps you to eliminate faster and more completely' by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty ‘helps you to eliminate faster and more completely’ by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

One of 2014’s hottest holiday items wasn’t an expensive electronic device or an innovative kitchen gadget. It was a $25 plastic toilet stool called a Squatty Potty — and it sold out on shopping websites like Amazon.com before many people even had a chance to add it to their virtual wish lists.  (more…)

03/07/15 7:00am
03/07/2015 7:00 AM

• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead will host an epilepsy support group Monday, March 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the resource room off the front lobby. The group provides encouragement, acceptance, comfort and empowerment. Patients, friends and family are all welcome. For information, or to recommend a speaker, contact Charlie Petersen at [email protected] or 728-2804.  (more…)