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Doctor's Diagnosis: Ovarian cancer

An international analysis has uncovered 23 previously unknown

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My mom was “old school” and never complained as she experienced the various aches and pains that are a normal part of the aging process.

So it was very alarming when she started having vague abdominal pains, and complained of feeling bloated after eating small meals. Eventually we discovered the source of her problems: she had ovarian cancer. Despite surgery and chemotherapy, she eventually...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Narcan

A kit with naloxone, also known by its

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It’s no secret that Long Island has recently experienced a large increase in deaths from heroin overdoses. Years ago, when my friend Raymond became a police officer in Suffolk County, he underwent extensive training in the traditional techniques law enforcement uses to deal with this type of problem. Recently he got called back for additional training: He needed to learn how to use Narcan.

Narcan...

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Health in the news: How much do you know?

A patient in which NYC hospital was suspected

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How well have you been paying attention to the health-related stories in the news this week?

Take our quiz for the week of Aug. 4 to find out.

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Hidden risks in using spray sunscreen for kids

Consumer Reports released a warning last month not

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Think before you spray this summer. Your spray-on sunscreen may pose some hidden risks.

Consumer Reports released a warning last month not to use spray sunscreens on or around children, which comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2011 revised sunscreen guidelines pointed out that there was not sufficient data about sprays, as compared to lotions, oils and creams. The FDA called...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: M is for melanoma

Certain skin cells produce a pigment that gives

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While enjoying one of Long Island’s great pleasures — sunning myself at the beach — my good friend Greg ruined everything by telling me, “Hey, Steve, that mole on your neck needs to be checked.” Eventually, I did get around to having it examined and it’s a good thing I did: It was a melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers.

Certain skin cells produce a pigment that gives the skin its color....

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Health in the news: How much do you know?

A "historic" outbreak of this virus has recently

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How well have you been paying attention to the health-related stories in the news this week?

Take our quiz for the week of July 28 to find out.

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French hospital to open wine bar for terminally ill patients

A hospital in south central France is set

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Ah, the French. If the Internet is to believe, they just do everything a little bit cooler, don’t they? A quick search will reveal how the French raise children better, eat better, look better and now …. take care of their terminally ill better.

A hospital in south central France is set to open a wine bar for terminally ill patients next month.

The bar will offer fine wines, champagne...

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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.

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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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