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Year of Awareness: UV safety

?It?s well documented that UVA and UVB rays

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The season of deep tans, warm weather and hot sun lends itself to more outdoor activities, and inevitably, more skin bared.

And while bottles of sunscreen are a staple in most beach bags, how well are we really protecting ourselves against the sun’s harmful UV rays?

“It’s well documented that UVA and UVB cause changes in your skin that contribute to the development of skin cancer,” said...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Lactose intolerance

A shopper reaches for a milk product in

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Virtually everyone either is directly affected by lactose intolerance or knows someone who is. This is because the majority of adults have some degree of lactose intolerance.

Despite this being so common, most patients have little understanding of what their problem actually is. For example, I’ve heard many people say they are “allergic” to lactose, but lactose intolerance is not an allergy.

Lactose...

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SkinneePix offers slimmer selfies, shaves pounds off appearance

Sue Green demonstrates the SkinneePix app, which allows

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Is a slimmer selfie worth 99 of your cents? For those willing to part with almost a dollar to see a thinner version of their face smiling back at them, there’s SkinneePix. The app uses facial recognition technology to allow users to shave five, 10, or 15 pounds from their photos.

Sue Green and Robin Phillips made SkinneePix — which has been downloaded roughly 65,000 times — for selfies and...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Kidney stones — the ins and outs

The kidneys continuously produce urine, which contains many

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My friend Theresa was once enjoying her morning coffee when she suddenly doubled over in excruciating pain, feeling like she had been stabbed in the back with a very sharp knife. Fearing the worst, she managed to call 911 and was rushed to the hospital, screaming in pain during the entire ambulance ride. Eventually she was told what the problem was: She was passing a kidney stone.

The kidneys...

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Exercises for seniors on Long Island

Seniors participate in a Zumba class through the

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When I ask my grandparents on the phone what’s new, they usually answer that they’re sticking to the routine: going to the gym three times a week, spending time with my younger cousins, and sprinkling in a lecture, film screening, or day trip. I’m always impressed by their dedication to exercise long past retirement age, and every time, I make a mental note that I should be (at least) matching their...

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Teen sensations The Vamps talk being fitness role models

The Vamps, pictured left to right: Tristan Evans,

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When their first U.S. single “Somebody to You” featuring Demi Lovato slammed one million YouTube views in 24 hours last month, British teen music sensations The Vamps were ecstatic.

“We [had just] gotten back from Australia -- we were so tired and jet-lagged, we had no idea what was going to happen,” guitarist James McVey said of the group who has 2.2 million Facebook likes, 4 million combined...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Jaundice

Jaundice develops when there is a problem in

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Jaundice

"My father’s eyes are turning yellow. I think he’s got that disease you call jaundice. How will they treat it?” asked my friend Brian, who had been caring for his sick father.

I had to explain to him that, although jaundice is a serious problem, it is not a disease; it is what is called a sign, meaning an abnormality that can be observed on physical examination. Jaundice is...

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Toddler takes first steps with prosthetics

Kayden Kinckle takes his first steps with the

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Talk about adorable.

In a video recently posted to YouTube, 2-year-old Kayden Kinckle stays positive, exclaiming "I got it!" as he takes his first steps with the help of prosthetics and a walker.

According to the the toddler's mother, Nikki, who posted the video, Kayden was born with omphalocele -- a condition where a baby's internal organs stick out of their belly button, only being...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Insulin

Registered nurse Susan Eager, right, teaches a diabetic

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When I first met my brother-in-law, Leo, he was experiencing a personal crisis: He had just been told that he had diabetes and would have to inject himself with insulin for the rest of his life. Initially in a state of shock, he eventually became quite comfortable with the procedure and now doesn’t think twice about injecting himself in front of family and friends. But what exactly is he injecting...

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CDC launches new anti-smoking ads

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced

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Long Island’s many existing smoking cessation programs might soon get a slew of calls from smokers attempting to quit. So they hope, at least. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced a new set of anti-smoking ads -- several more in the style of  “Tips from a Former Smoker” -- which began airing on TV and radio on Monday, as well as appearing in newspapers and magazines,...

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