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April 2015 marks 29th Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

Laughter may be the answer

My mom used to say that when things were not up to par, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.” She also used to sing a song with the words, “Get your hat and get ...

Touro students learn team care in Harlem

On a recent Thursday morning, across 125th Street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, pharmacy and medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy gathered for the first session of a course titled “Introduction to ...

Aspirin: Foe or friend?

Aspirin is a wonderful drug, but it has its complications.

Casey’s Crisis

Casey Bardowell is 3 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and is 9-years-old. She takes up to 40 medications daily because she suffers from a severe form of graft-versus-host disease.

Lincoln Medical receives ‘baby-friendly’ designation

Lincoln Medical Center, located at 234 E. 149th St. in the Bronx, became the first hospital in the Bronx to be designated “baby-friendly.”

Carrots, not carats, are a girl’s best friend

If you look at a bunch of carrots, they look like beautiful, golden orange fingers, although they do not have any 24-carat diamonds wrapped around them. These fingers, however, contain nutrients that will enrich your life.

Four plants that can cure what ails you

A fever, stomach pains or a simple case of the sniffles can send people rushing to the pharmacy for a drug to battle their symptoms. But Mother Nature provides a number of medicinal plants with healing properties that also can ...

Skin irritation or contact dermatitis?

Do you have “dishpan hands?” Actually, persistently rough, red hands are a sign of contact dermatitis. According to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, 9 percent of office visits to dermatologists are for dermatitis.

Chicken pox redux: Shingles

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., It seemed like everyone got that viral disease known as “chicken pox.” It was a welcome condition that allowed you to stay home from school and be relieved of the ...

Asthma: Food for thought—and lungs

Taking up most of the space in our chests are two beautiful organs called the lungs. Yes, they breathe, providing our bodies with the needed oxygen to keep the other organs, such as the heart, kidneys and brain, alive.

Forum outlines challenges for fighting HIV and AIDS

Feb. 7, Douglas Brooks, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, participated in a forum on the “State of HIV in Black America,” held at Harlem’s Schomburg Center.

Greater NY Links holds seminar for seniors

The Greater New York Links’ Health Advocate Committee for Seniors partnered with Health Advocates for Older People, the New York Foundation for Senior College and the AARP to hold an ongoing geriatric seminar for seniors about preventing falls and what ...

How good is your soil?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ planted his seeds of love in the (soil) soul of God. In three ways, he was resurrected in all his glory!

Pediatric fatty liver disease clinic opens at Montefiore 

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore announced that it has opened a clinic to treat children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a buildup of fat in the liver.

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