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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.

Chasing Away Those Holiday Blues

Written by Dan Rosett Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Happiness pervades the media at this festive time of year in broadcasting and publications. Parties, laughing people, dancing, foods and all things joyful are seen. The expectation is that we all should feel this way during the holidays.

“Unfortunately, this isn’t true for all of us. In popular terms, many folks seem to develop “Holiday Depression” or the “Holiday Blues,” says Mark Russ, MD, director of Acute Care Psychiatry at Zucker-Hillside Hospital. “Essentially, the sadness often springs from a mismatch between expectations and realities in our lives.”

“The good news is that it tends to be mild and treatable,” adds Martin Kluger, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Great Neck. Both agree that the condition often disappears on its own, largely without special treatment, as soon as the holidays are over.


Facing and Fighting Bone Marrow Disease (MDS)

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 19 November 2010 17:39

One LI Woman and Her Family on the Need for

Bone Marrow Drives and Fundraising

Long Islander Eve Haim has been bravely facing and fighting an affliction called MDS or Myelodysplastic Syndrome. This manifests in different ways, but results from a failure in the bone marrow to produce healthy blood cells. Research shows links to leukemia in certain cases of MDS.

While the initial symptoms are not always so bad, in fact Eve did not even know she had it, learning that you are living through a potentially life-threatening illness can wear the nerves thin very quickly once a patient is diagnosed. Further, the treatment - in Eve’s case, chemotherapy - can be grueling and painful.

But Eve has not let this struggle slow her down. She is actually very lucky to have found a donor for a bone marrow transplant relatively quickly. Some patients never do. As she gets ready to go into that month-long procedure at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, she and her family feel so lucky for this gift that they are working harder than ever in their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and funding related to bone marrow failure diseases.


CW Post Students Combat the Stigma of Mental Illness

Friday, 19 November 2010 17:42

In support of Mental Illness Awareness week (October 2-9, 2010) CW Post Health & Education Majors raised $862.86 for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Queens/Nassau while raising awareness on campus about mental illness.

“The impetus for the fundraiser was a talk Lorraine Kaplan, Breaking the Silence; Teaching the Next Generation About Mental Illness (BTS) co-author, gave to our methods class about the need to educate all students about mental illness. Kaplan introduced the class to the innovative BTS teaching materials and shared her moving personal story about her son’s mental illness. She explained that her son’s psychiatrist told her not to tell anyone that her son had schizophrenia. (If she did, no one would ever look at her son or her family in the same way again.) Unfortunately, until finding NAMI, she did just that and suffered in silence. The entire class was captivated and became very passionate about helping those suffering with mental illness. We immediately formed a 2010 NAMIWalks team but wanted to do more. With the support of Professor Gail Weintraub and campus administration, the Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science Majors Club was determined to raise awareness on campus and funds for NAMI Queens/Nassau”, shared Elyssa Pascrella, President of the Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science Majors Club at C.W. Post.


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