Author Archives: splhealthreference

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

According to the National Library of Medicine Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a type of movement disorder. It happens when nerve cells in the brain don’t produce enough of a brain chemical called dopamine. Sometimes it is genetic, but most cases do … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act – Enrollment Closing March 31, 2014

Just a quick reminder that open enrollment ends March 31, 2014. You can get help in numerous ways.   Visit New York State of Health – http://www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/ There is a chat feature that will connect you with a representative, or you … Continue reading

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Effects of Lack of Sleep and Exercise on Teens

We as parents are used to being warned to watch out for the warning signs that our teens might be abusing drugs and alcohol as well as the negative effects these substances might have on their mental health.  A new … Continue reading

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Acetaminophen Dosage Concerns

According to a safety alert released by the FDA on January 14, 2014: FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or … Continue reading

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Searching for Health Information

Many patrons come in to the library not knowing where to search for information or they’ve begun their search and have gotten confused with the amount of health websites available. Others have gotten advice from a friends or family that … Continue reading

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Safety in the Snow

We’re bracing for a blizzard here on Long Island.  While the snow is pretty to look at sitting in the warmth of your living room but once you step outside all bets are off. Winter Driving Stay off the roads … Continue reading

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FDA to Take a Closer Look at Antibacterial Soaps

OK, I apologize I’ve been absent for a bit, but please come back and I’ll try to regain your trust. There have been questions regarding the safety of antibacterial soaps and body washes for quite a while in the scientific … Continue reading

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