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Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

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 treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... Read More »

What You Should Know About Skin Cancer

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 cancer affects people of all colors and races, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin, a ... Read More »

Now More than Ever Is the Time to Check for Ticks

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 t-shirts and shorts, leaving bare skin vulnerable to these bloodsucking pests. Recent news reports ... Read More »

Phelps President Touts Hospital’s Latest Advances

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 DoubleTree Hotel, attended by local political and business leaders. Blum noted that a recent statewide hospital survey of ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – What Goes Into a Hip Replacement?

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 implants? The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket (acetabulum) is part of the pelvic bones, and ... Read More »

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

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 effects, there is a lack of interest and funds for long-term research to eliminate these viral infections, and the ... Read More »

Phelps Hospital Educators Provide Emergency Training Overseas

by Rick Pezzullo Since 2009, educators from the Hoch Center for Emergency Education at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow have formed a special bond with a little-known country in the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas to provide medical training overseas. In early November, Anne Castioni and Emily Kaplan spent two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a ... Read More »

Ask the Doctor – Facts About Diabetes

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 (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a progressive medical condition in which the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, ... Read More »

Q&A on Alzheimer’s Disease

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 modification, following a healthy diet (e.g., Mediterranean diet), and regular physician care to lower cardiovascular risk may be beneficial. Safety issues, such as ... Read More »

ASK THE DOCTOR – What is 3D Mammography?

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 an X-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is easier ... Read More »

Safety Measures Stressed in Hudson as Boating Season Begins

by Thomas Staudter It was the lull before the unofficial boating season begins on the Hudson River and Tarrytown. Harbormaster Kevin Lustyik, as usual, had safety on his mind—and for good reason. In March, a tugboat crashed into a barge parked near the Tappan Zee Bridge where a new span is under construction, and three crewmembers lost their lives. From ... Read More »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Schools Increase Focus On Concussion Awareness

by Robert Kimmel In contact sports just a generation ago, a hard jolt to the head and its harmful consequences were mostly regarded as a temporary “time-out” to be followed by a quick return to the playing field. No longer is that the case. “The world has finally caught up with what we’ve known for decades, that head injuries are ... Read More »

Is a Gluten-Free Diet for You?

by Maria Ann Roglieri Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro, kamut, einkorn, rye, barley, and triticale. It is used in breads and many unexpected products such as soy sauce, malt vinegar, couscous, beer, broths, etc. Even foods that don’t naturally contain gluten, such as oats, can be contaminated with gluten in the ... Read More »

100-year-old Sleepy Hollow Woman Still Has Sense of Humor

|by Stefanie Sears| Miriam Frandsen, who turned 100 years old last month, hasn’t let the years dim a noteworthy part of her personality. Frandsen has a very rich, happy life, and if there is anything about her that impacts the life of her daughter, Carole St. Mark, it is her “wry sense of humor,” St. Mark said. And Frandsen’s full-time, ... Read More »

Examining a Disease Found More Frequently in Women

|by Robert Kimmel| Quick Quiz: What health problem is four times more prevalent in women than in men? Osteoporosis is the answer; a common ailment, but many people with the disease don’t realize they are suffering from it until they fracture a bone. Millions of Americans suffer from the condition, defined by loss of bone density and bone mass. Older ... Read More »

Local Restaurant News

| by Linda Viertel | The Taco Project has recently obtained its liquor license and will now be serving Mexican beers, predominantly Spanish red, white and rose wines, plus Argentinian chardonnays and red and white sangrias. Owner Nick Mesce is excited about this next phase of the restaurant’s development, noting that eventually brunch specialty drinks such as mimosas and micheladas ... Read More »

Riverstone Yoga in Tarrytown

| by Elizabeth Nutig | As daily life becomes more chaotic and interconnected, allowing time to cool down to be with ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually is essential, and one of the most credible ways to do that is through yoga. Fortunately, a yoga studio in Tarrytown has what’s needed for residents to revive themselves. With the iconic hum of ... Read More »

County Health Department Urges Precautions to Avoid West Nile Virus

|  by Bob Kimmel  | While no mosquitoes found so far this year in Westchester County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the County Health Department is recommending some precautions regarding the disease. Primarily, it is urging residents to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes collected in Rockland County, in Queens and Staten Island have tested positive for the ... Read More »

Ticked Off! A Small Bug Looms Large in Summer Season

|  by Krista Madsen  | These things are certain: death, taxes…and, here in the Northeast add to this dreadful list: ticks. Judging from the fast and abundant feedback I got when I started asking who’s out there in our midst suffering from Lyme Disease, these tiny critters have had a huge impact on the lives of so many here, and ... Read More »

Tarrytown Director Films Documentary on Investing in Humanity

Sherry Saturno

  |  by Stefanie Sears  |   Inspirational. That is one way to describe social worker Sherry Saturno’s new documentary Human Investment. Educational is another. The 20-minute film consists of individual interviews with a group of social workers in the healthcare field that were all participants and speakers at the Care Management Summit at Binghamton University last year. They each ... Read More »

Proper Weight Vital for Staying Healthy

|  by Robert Kimmel   |   Shedding those extra pounds is a key to a healthy lifestyle, but apparently many Americans have not mastered the necessary strategies to lose weight — or just don’t make the effort. Recent national studies show that about two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 are overweight, and nearly a third of all ... Read More »

Castle Hotel & Spa: A Place of Peace and Tranquility

|  by Fabienne Schneuwly  | On a Tarrytown hilltop, with a breath-taking view of the Hudson River and surrounded by acres of manicured gardens, sits a picturesque castle built in the 19th century. The majestic building, formerly belonging to General Howard Carroll, a respected playwright and businessman, known as “The Castle,” has been newly renovated and refurbished. Continuing its tradition ... Read More »

Spring Into NaturalFit Pharmacy in Irvington

|  by Dylan Etzel  | It’s been almost eight months since NaturalFit Pharmacy opened at 104 Main Street in Irvington. Spacious shelves now brim with new products, ranging from cold remedies to locally crafted candles. Customers fill and refill prescriptions, as NaturalFit serves the health requirements of not only Irvington but also patrons of surrounding towns seeking a local solution ... Read More »

Like Second-Hand Smoke, Idling Engines Harm Our Children

| by Greg Galloway|   Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council When it comes to idling in your car or truck, what you don’t know can definitely hurt you, your car, and your pocket book. Not to mention potentially get you in trouble with the law. There was a time when engines worked more efficiently after warming up for a few minutes, ... Read More »

The Art of Doing Nothing at Buddhist Center in Irvington

| by Krista Madsen | Dharma teacher Robert Chender was talking about the neuroscience behind meditation, among other heady topics, at a recent Sunday morning gathering at Irvington’s Westchester Buddhist Center (WBC), when a flock of geese outside the grand riverfront windows momentarily stole the show. Chender paused and smiled as the rows of attendees turned their heads to admire ... Read More »

Fifth Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon on Tap

Looking for a change of pace? The 5th Annual Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has the best of fun and scenery. It is the perfect event if you enjoy running for fun or are gearing up for a spring marathon! If you are Boston Bound – Better run here first! The Sleepy Hollow Half-Marathon, presented by ... Read More »

Tarrytown Yoga Studio to Offer Innovative Course

| by Fabienne Schneuwly |   Starting on March 14, Riverstone Yoga, a popular studio in Tarrytown known for its wide array of classes, will be offering a new and special course: The MELT Method. This groundbreaking self-treatment system, whose letters stand for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, was created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. As described in her best-selling book named ... Read More »