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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.

App readers, please click the link below to take the quiz.

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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.

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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