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Tequila ingredient aids in weight loss, study says

K Pacho Cocina and Tequila in New Hyde

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Break out the shot glasses, it looks like National Tequila Day may be coming early.

At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, a study was presented that shows  that agavin, a sweetener created from the same plant used to make tequila, possesses a number of health benefits.

Researchers found that agavins can help lower blood glucose levels for those suffering from type...

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Timeflies band members talk balancing health and fitness with music career

Cal Shapiro, left, and Rob Resnick bonded over

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Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick bonded over a love of music when they met in college. The duo went on to start their band Timeflies, which performed at Lollapalooza in 2013, and now finds that another common interest adds to their success.

Shapiro, 25, and Resnick, 24, both rank health and fitness as a priority and push each other to achieve their goals despite busy schedules.

Shapiro, a...

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Tina Truglio, former LIer, has baby-teeth sized stones removed from gland

Dr. Mark Marzouk of Stony Brook University Hospital

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For years, Tina Truglio, 32, dealt with constant pain and infections in her salivary glands. Misdiagnosed for almost 10 years, the Arizona resident finally found herself back on her native Long Island to find a resolution.

After an initial CT scan showed three stones in Truglio’s right salivary gland, a condition that affects only about .5 to 1 percent of the population, she began researching...

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Health experts offer snow shoveling risks, tips and tricks

Will Henle of Northport shovels the sidewalk in

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The cold and snow are not just an inevitable inconvenience of winter, but pose the risk of injury, too.

Brian P. Krebs, a physical therapist with the North Shore-LIJ Rehabilitation Network, said anyone stuck with the shoveling or snow-blowing duties should take precautions to reduce risk of injury.

“First and foremost, it’s the back,” he said of common injuries, explaining that bending...

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Ski patroller offers slope safety tips

A skier enjoys opening day at Arapahoe Basin

(Credit: AP/Colorado Ski Country USA)

With snow seemingly always coming down and Presidents Week upon us, it's a popular time for local families to hit the slopes. But before you click into your ski boots, it's important to remember the potential dangers associated with skiing and snowboarding.

Over the past 10 years, an average of 45 serious injuries, such as paralysis and head trauma, have occurred among skiers and snowboarders...

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Elderly LIers' 'broken' hearts mended for Valentine's Day

Coram’s Rita and Howard Kleiner have been married for 61 years, and thanks to modern medicine, they are able to enjoy this Valentine’s Day together.

“It was a complete shock that I would have to have bypass surgery,” said Rita, 82, adding, “I’m on the mend, of course.” 

The pair’s story of broken and then mended hearts began last January when Howard, 86, had a valve replacement...

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Year of Awareness: Eating Disorders

Liana Rosenman, of Commack, and Kristina Saffran, of

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Kristina Saffran said she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of 10; Liana Rosenman at age 12.

They are part of a growing -- and startling -- statistic. The number of children under the age of 12 to be hospitalized for eating disorders has increased by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006, according to the latest information available from the National Eating Disorders Association.

After...

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'Biggest Loser' winner Rachel Frederickson's weight loss doesn't deserve criticism, expert says

This Feb. 4, 2014 photo released by NBC

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It wasn’t long after Rachel Frederickson won Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” (and its $250,000 prize), that a firestorm began throughout the media (and in social media).

Competing for and winning top honors on the weight-loss show, Frederickson dropped an incredible 155 pounds during the show’s 7-1/2 month taping period. With a beginning weight of 260 pounds, Frederickson’s final weigh-in...

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Super Bowl snacking: Tips for staying healthy

A seven-layer potato skin snack might show up

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Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a day that showcases skill, strength and perseverance.

On the football field, sure, but what we’re talking about is what it takes to resist all the snacks that come with the game. After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is next up on the list of days when Americans are likely to consume the most calories (and don’t forget, on Thanksgiving, the average person has 3,000...

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Former Olympian Louie Vito looks ahead to X Games

Former Olympian and Dancing With the Stars competitor,

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When snowboarding great and Red Bull athlete Louie Vito hits the snowy grounds of Aspen, Colo., this week for the 2014 Winter X Games, he will be following a dream that began at the age of 5.

The 25-year-old's journey to be among the world's elite has been one of sacrifice and success. Vito is the current reigning Winter Dew Tour, U.S. Grand Prix and X Games SuperPipe overall champion. He...

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