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Liver Lines: November 3, 2011

Written by David Bernstein, MD, FACP, FACG Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

I must say that the newly approved hepatitis C treatments have been a pleasant surprise. In May of this year, the FDA approved two new combination therapies for patients with hepatitis C. These therapies are a combination of two older medications, pegylated interferon and ribavirin and a new pill class of medications called a protease inhibitor. The two new protease inhibitors are named boceprevir and telaprevir. These new medications are pills, which a patient must take every eight hours for a time period ranging from three months to 44 weeks.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 27, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

The Retirement Years

When I retired from dentistry on November 4, 1994 (but who’s counting?) I was positive that some whiz-bang American company would pick me up and hire me for a position that I would enjoy.

Here it is, 17 years later, and that wonderful offer has not shown up yet. After all, I consider myself talented and interesting and I ran a successful dental practice for 48 years. What is the matter with these tycoons and industrialists?

 

Parenthood Plus: October 27, 2011

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Connections Count

There are times that I feel as if I am being buried alive, one tablespoon of tabloid dirt at a time. It would be redundant to name the culprits. Besides, they all blur together in blaring headlines accompanied by a steady beat of sneering and self-righteous talking heads.

I wonder what young people think of the endless parade of public figures —government officials, businessmen, entertainers and professional athletes—crashing and burning before their eyes. Then again, maybe they have other things on their minds.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 20, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

‘America, America’

Europe – too expensive?

The Euro – too strong versus the dollar?

Language Problems?

The Hudson River Valley is “the landscape that defined America.”

How about a railroad trip up the Hudson River? Lorraine and I are going to a Bar Mitzvah in Albany, the state capital.

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: October 13, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

77

Men usually gauge their lives by the amount of years that their father lived. When they approach that number, they get uneasy and a bit uncomfortable. It has no rational basis, but it is just a rule of thumb or a bad guess.

My birthday is Oct. 13, 1934. That calculates out to 77 years on Thursday. Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America day is Oct. 12, 1492. I always joked that “I was born on the day after Chris discovered America.” “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue!”

 

A Bird’s Eye View: October 13, 2011

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Migrating Raptors Leave ‘Footprints’

Last year, the first Saturday in October had the makings of a big day at the Fire Island Hawk Watch. The wind was out of the northwest and a cold front had come through after a previous day of rain, indicating that a large number of migrating raptors should be flying by.

The hawk watch platform itself is a two-tiered wooden structure designed for hawk watchers to count migrating raptors during the fall. The upper tier has an excellent view of the horizon, but today space there is scarce. I stay below where there are three photographers. During the course of the day, the images on their camera screens are going to change how I think about bird photography and will have an unconscious effect on me that I won’t realize for nearly a year.  

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: October 6, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

Friendship

Friends fall into three categories:

There are the childhood friends, early-adult and just married friends, and the recently acquired senior friends.

The kindergarten and public school chums are a delight because they unleash memories of early and carefree years that have faded from our daily existence. Hopefully, they are in good health so that illness does not change or impinge on the relationship. Old stories and old deeds come to mind and seeing them triggers a whole mental scenario. They are irreplaceable and they understand us in depth as we appreciate and comprehend them.

 

From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: October 6, 2011

Written by Assemblyman Charles Lavine Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remember those who have lost the battle to breast cancer and support those who continue the fight daily. Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, more women are winning the fight against breast cancer. As we continue to progress toward a cure, we’re also learning more about how to prevent the disease.

 

Over 60…And Getting Younger: September 29, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Life Is Beautiful!

In my last column, I must have sounded very despondent. The column was called “Inner Thoughts” and in it I sounded as if I were complaining about growing older and losing some of my life skills.

I was rejuvenated by three e-mails from three of my compassionate readers who picked up on my insecurities. I am thankful for the three messages that tried to cheer me up. Each letter made me get a hold of myself and stop public weeping and feeling sorry for myself. Their names are mentioned here: Beth, Rick Feinstein, and Phyllis and Jerry Tenenbaum.

 

Parenting Plus: September 29, 2011

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Hurricane Hangover

Although I am a month behind the news cycle, I have hurricane hangover. The soundtrack of my life during the build up to Irene was like the theme from Jaws, that universal jingle of impending doom. I live in Long Beach, close to the bay and canal and a few blocks from the ocean.

I am not one of those who thought the warnings were overhyped or unjustified. I think it was the right thing to do, to warn people and issue orders for mandatory evacuation. I did evacuate my family. And, although we did not suffer any damage I do not regret evacuating. I felt the same way decades ago when hurricane Gloria blew in. I wanted my children then, who are young adults now, to know that they should take hurricanes seriously.

 

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