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One year later, assessing the local impacts of medical marijuana

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At the end of the first year of operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in New York, including Suffolk's only dispensary located in Riverhead, the debate about the newly legalized drug continues.

Bucking staff recommendation, health committee approves cardiac cath labs for both Riverhead and Southampton

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A state public health committee today decided to ignore the recommendations of department of health staff, which picked Peconic Bay Medical Center as the sole East End site for a cardiac catheterization lab.

A ‘race’ for East End cardiac cath lab: State to decide between Peconic Bay and Southampton for much-needed facility

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“We are in a race to get a cardiac cath lab in the Town of Riverhead,” Supervisor Sean Walter said last week. The state health department will approve only one cardiac cath lab on the East End, he said, but both PBMC and Southampton Hospital have applications pending for cardiac catheterization facilities.

From human disease to environmental destruction, the impacts of oversized deer herd on the North Fork are real

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One East End allergy specialist says she now has more than 350 cases — with new ones being diagnosed every week— of patients with a serious and potentially deadly meat allergy brought on by the bite of the lone star tick.

Suffolk reports first confirmed human cases of West Nile virus this year

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Three people, residents of Brookhaven, Islip and Smithtown, were hospitalized as a result of the illness, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. All three have recovered.

Local infectious disease doctor says Zika epidemic in United States is unlikely

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Zika virus, which has swept through South and Central Americas and has been reported in every state in the continental U.S. except Wyoming, is not likely to reach epidemic proportions in North America, according to Riverhead infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandeep Gandhi.

Health insurance premiums see double-digit rise in 2017; Care Connect rate hike will be twice the state average increase

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New York State mandated a more than 23 percent increase in Care Connect's small group rates — affecting 70,000 members — in part to cover a $13.5 million payment into a risk adjustment pool to offset costs incurred by other health insurance companies.

John Kanas makes $5M ‘cornerstone gift’ to PBMC for its cardiac care facilities

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Northwell Heath's chairman of cardiology will personally lead Peconic Bay Medical Center's cardiac care program, as Eastern Suffolk Cardiology joins the Northwell health system.

Learn everything you need to know about tick-borne diseases threatening local residents at free Saturday morning session

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Chances are that you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Lyme or another tick-borne disease.There have been more cases of tick-borne diseases...

Southold grad, mother of three, battling aggressive multiple sclerosis, turns to experimental stem cell treatment

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At 33 years old, Randi Hubbard, a mother of three, was staring down a diagnosis that could eventually leave her in a wheelchair.