Sparticus
 

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Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and adopt  “Sparticus”!  He is a handsome 9 month old neutered male. He is a stunning grey domestic short hair with a loving personality. Sparticus enjoys hanging out with his cat friends and playing with his toys. He can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is a big mush! Meow!

Smithtown Animal Shelter

 

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.


 

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Wednesday
Feb042015

County Executive Bellone - Nationwide Measles Outbreak Cause Of Concern

County Executive Bellone, Health Officials Advise Residents to Make Sure They are Up to Date on Immunizations

Nationwide measles outbreak cause of concern

As the United States experiences a large, multi-state outbreak of measles, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator William Spencer, MD, and Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, urge residents to make sure that they are up to date on their immunizations.

Though Suffolk County has not reported a case of measles since 2008, officials are concerned because CDC has reported 102 cases from 14 states, including New York, between January 1 and January 30, 2015. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. Patients have ranged in age from 7 months to 70 years, and most of the patients were unvaccinated.

“When measles gets into communities of unvaccinated people, outbreaks are more likely to occur,” said County Executive Bellone. “We are advising everyone in Suffolk County to do their part in keeping their families and community safe by making sure they and their children have received all recommended immunizations.”

Measles is a serious respiratory disease that is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It starts with a fever and soon after, causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed by a rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spread to the rest of the body. The rash can last for a week, and coughing can last for 10 days. Measles can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and even death. About one in four unvaccinated people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized; about one to two in 1000 may die.

Since 2000, when measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., the annual number of people reported to have measles ranged from a low of 37 people in 2004 to a high of 644 people in 2014. Most of these originated outside the country or were linked to a case that originated outside the country.

“Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine,” said Dr. Spencer. “Before the measles vaccination program, which began in 1963, three to four million people in the U.S. got measles each year and 400 to 500 died. Widespread use of measles vaccine in the U.S. has led to a greater than 99 percent reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era. Immunizations are safe, effective, and necessary for public health.”

As local health departments are the lead in investigating measles cases when they occur, health officials are asking doctors and healthcare practitioners to be on alert.

“One of our concerns is that one in 12 children is not receiving his or her first dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) on time, which causes vulnerability,” said Dr. Tomarken. “I urge all doctors to ensure all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine. It is important to consider measles in patients presenting with a febrile rash illness and other symptoms clinically compatible with measles; ask patients about recent travel; isolate patients with suspected measles and report the case to the Department of Health Services. Finally, be sure to obtain specimens for testing.”

For more information, visit CDC’s Measles Cases and Outbreaks website http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html.

Tuesday
Feb032015

AG Demands GNC, Target, Walgreens, Walmart Stop Selling Dangerous Herbal Supplements

Read The NY Times article

New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR FEBRUARY 3, 2015 12:00 AM

The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.

The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies. read more

Monday
Jan052015

Seeking Stroke And Aphasia Survivors For TV Interview

Seeking Stroke and Aphasia Survivors well enough to be interviewed on TV Show January 17th, 2015…to discuss their experience and bring awareness and education to the public.

Local Studio Suffolk County.

Contact Judy Marlow asap at 631-864-6340

Friday
Jan022015

Health Hints For 2015

January 2015

As of January 1, 2015, it is illegal to sell tobacco, e-cigarettes, and liquid nicotine in Suffolk County to persons under the age of 21. 

Prior to January 1, it had been illegal to sell these products to persons under the age of 19. It is also important to know that since 2009, it has been illegal to use e-cigarettes and similar products in public places where traditional forms of smoking are banned. Anyone who violates these provisions may be fined a minimum of $300. 

If you want to quit smoking, it is best to get support. Suffolk County offers cessation classes at no cost to residents.  The Learn to Be …Tobacco Free program is supervised by a nurse practitioner and provides behavior modification and supportive pharmaceuticals to medically eligible participants. (There may be a fee for medication.)  For a listing of smoking cessation classes, visit www.ow.ly/FVLRQ or call 631-853-4017.

About 20 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

The good news? HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

In recognition of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Suffolk County health officials encourage: 

  • Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21;
  • Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27;
  • Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12;
  • Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22.

Due to changes in national health care law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company. Don’t have insurance? Call Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at 631-548-6320, select option 3. 

Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects

Do you know? One in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Many people believe that birth defects only happen to other people, but birth defects can and do happen in any family.  January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Woman of child-bearing years are encouraged to take the following steps to prepare for a healthy pregnancy:

  • Take a vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) folic acid every day;
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and street drugs; 
  • Keep hands clean by washing them often with soap and water to prevent infections;
  • See a health care professional regularly;
  • Talk with a health care professional about medical problems and medicine use, prescription and over-the-counter;
  • Ask about avoiding any substances at work or at home that might be harmful to a developing baby;
  • Eat a healthful, balanced diet;
  • Avoid unpasteurized (raw) mild and foods made from it; 
  • Avoid eating raw or under cooked meat. 

While Pregnant:

  • Keep up these healthy habits;
  • Get early prenatal care and go to every appointment.

Learn more: National Birth Defects Prevention Network: www.nbdpn.org March of Dimes: www.marchofdimes.org

Wednesday
Dec312014

New Tobacco Laws Become Effective Jan.1, 2015

Suffolk County Law Limiting Tobacco Sales to Persons over Age 21 Takes Effect - Law comprises tobacco, e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine and like products

Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, reminds vendors and residents that as of January 1, 2015, it is illegal to sell tobacco, e-cigarettes, and liquid nicotine in Suffolk County to persons under the age of 21. Prior to January 1, it had been illegal to sell these products to persons under the age of 19.

Dr. Tomarken said that it is also important to know that since 2009, it has been illegal to use e-cigarettes and similar products in public places where traditional forms of smoking are banned. Anyone who violates these provisions may be fined a minimum of $300.

Vendors will be contacted when new 2015 Tobacco 21 signage signs are available at county offices. Vendors may obtain a temporary copy of the signage by visiting the Suffolk County Government website. www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/PreventiveMedicine/OfficeofHealthEducation/SmokingCessation/TobaccoVendorEducationProgram.aspx.

Suffolk County residents who wish to quit smoking are advised to seek support. Suffolk County offers cessation classes at no cost to residents.  The Learn to Be …Tobacco Free program is supervised by a nurse practitioner and provides behavior modification and supportive pharmaceuticals to medically eligible participants.

Babylon Public Library, 24 South Carll Ave., Babylon

Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23, and March 16, 2015.

Contact: 669-1624

Center Moriches Library, 235 Main St., Center Moriches

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, and March 10, 2015

Contact: 878-0940 

Southside Hospital, 301 East Main St., Bay Shore

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 19, 26, and March 19, 2015.

Contact: 968-3587 

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Long Island, 270 Pulaski Road Suite D, Greenlawn

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 17, 2015.

Contact: 351-2385

HRHCare at Coram Health Center. 82 Middle Country Road, Coram

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., January 22, 29; February 5, 19, 26 March 5, and March 26, 2015.

Contact: 320-2220 x 52165

The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there may be a fee for medication if a participant is medically eligible. Call 853-4017 for more information.