08/28/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dragging for ticks at Mashomack to count them.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last month a plan to expedite the approval process for a vaccine to ward off Lyme disease. (more…)

10/29/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills)

COURTESY PHOTO Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills)

We all know about the horrors of heroin and the addictive pain-killing drug oxycodone, but what do we know about U-47700? (more…)

09/15/15 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the most common form of laser vision correction surgery — LASIK, orlaser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis — improves vision by using a laser or blade to cut a thin flap in the cornea. Doctors then fold back the flap and remove a very specific amount of corneal tissue using a laser. Doing so “improves the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina at the back of the eye,” the AAO says. (more…)

03/24/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

Between the dreaded preparation and procedure itself, no one would call getting a colonoscopy a barrel of laughs.

But reluctant would-be patients should take heart: In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cologuard, the first non-invasive DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. (more…)