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Experts Call Vaping by Children a Looming Health Crisis

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by Elaine Marranzano –  “Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances of all time. If these kids start using it in the seventh or eighth grade – by the time they get to high school it’s all done.” — Dr. Richard Stumacher The skyrocketing popularity of vapi... More »

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Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

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by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is tre... More »

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

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Who gets skin cancer, and why? Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but some cancers develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Exposure to environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although skin cance... More »

Now More than Ever Is the Time to Check for Ticks

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by Camille Cunningham  For anyone living in the northeast, summer is the time to look out for ticks and the diseases they frequently carry. Ticks are most active late spring through early fall, but when the weather turns hot, jeans and long sleeves give way to... More »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

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by Robert Kimmel In assessing the past year at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, its President and CEO Daniel Blum had a good number of successes to report. The account of those achievements came recently at the Hospital’s Annual Community Breakfast at the Doub... More »

Ask the Doctor – What Goes Into a Hip Replacement?

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by Dr. Jason Hochfelder, Phelps Hospital Close to 1 million hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, but very few patients know how the replacement parts are constructed or what materials are used. Can you provide some details about the ... More »

Ask the Doctor – Starve a Cold; Feed a Fever?

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by Dr. Craig Zalvan, otolaryngologist Why isn’t there a vaccine to prevent the common cold? Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses, so a single protective vaccine would be difficult to develop. Since most people recover from colds without lasting ef... More »

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Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

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According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to have either Type I or Type II diabetes in 2012, of which 21 million cases were diagnosed. About 86 million American adults had pre-diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes (al... More »

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Q&A on Alzheimer’s Disease

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Q. Are there any activities or lifestyle changes that are helpful for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? A. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia should be encouraged to increase their mental, physical and social activities. Lifestyle modificati... More »

ASK THE DOCTOR – What is 3D Mammography?

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This month’s “Ask The Doctor” is the first in a continuing series planned to keep our readers up-to-date on health issues. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve selected a timely first topic. Q. What is mammography? A. Mammography is a... More »