Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
So the holidays are over and now it’s time to get back into the daily grind, but lurking around on your desk, the light switch, doorknob, telephone, computer keyboard or those shopping carts could be an unwanted surprise, the flu. According to the Center for Disease Control, 44 states are now experiencing flu outbreaks and 18 deaths have already been reported, one of the youngest being a teenager in Texas who contracted the flu during the Christmas break and later died from complications of pneumonia.
The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Its symptoms can be mild with fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and fatigue. In worst case scenarios it can cause death.
Let’s face it, it’s been a tough couple of weeks. First the onslaught of Sandy and its aftermath of destruction, long cold nights without heat or power, then we got hammered by the nor’easter dumping a foot of snow on top of the damage, and now the holiday season is in full swing. If you feel more like the holiday Grinch you may not be alone. Who wouldn’t under these circumstances, but it is also possible you may just be suffering from SAD, seasonal affective disorder.
West Islip High School sophomore Vincent Macaluso knew in middle school that he would pursue a career in medicine. After being diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor at 11 years old, he decided he wanted to be a doctor and help save lives, like his physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital. Vincent is a triplet and has always had a lot of influence over his two brothers, Gianni and James. Being as close as they are, their mother, Margaret, was not surprised when all three boys signed up in the junior volunteer program at Good Samaritan.
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