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Editorial: A Shot That Could Save Your Life

Memorial Day has passed, marking the official start of the summer season, a season that is above all about warm sunshine.

The sun is an astonishing presence in our lives. It is a primary, primal, life-giving force on this planet. Humans, like many species, are drawn to bask in its warmth. We miss it in winter, falling prey to sadness—officially seasonal affective disorder—in the months when Apollo’s chariot arcs low in the sky.

And summer is a time to be outdoors. Whether your vacation preference is for the mountains or the seaside, whether your leisure choice is gardening or baseball, whether you’re at the amusement park or the mall parking lot, the sun shines on us all.  

But that glorious sunshine puts us at risk for deadly melanoma and other skin cancers. Recent news found skin cancer more prevalent among the well-off. Those who vacation in St. Bart’s and spend weekends playing tennis get an extra dose of ultraviolet rays.  

So wear sunscreen. Every day. And don’t skimp: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a full shot-glass’ worth of sun screen for each application.

News

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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