It All Adds Up

A recent study by two Princeton University professors has revealed that death rates for middle-aged white males nationwide has climbed significantly in the past two decades. The study dovetails with Long Island’s heroin problem. Such numbers also included a spike in white male suicide rates. Sympathetic pundits have cited the dominance of corporate power in America, which they blame for the continued loss of blue collar jobs overseas and the four-decades-long decrease in real wages. But wage deflation affects all Americans. Certainly the permissive culture that prevailed in the’60s and ‘70s has plenty to do with the increase in the death rate. Why did the white male suicide rate take such a jump? [Read more…]

DA Race Was In The Bag

You need not have been an expert on Nassau County politics to predict the result of the District Attorney race won handily by Madeline Singas. Cross off the “Acting” part of her title. She’s the real thing now. [Read more…]

Less Tricks, More Treats for Halloween

Halloween_102115ABY STEPHANIE Sorkin

I can vividly remember the excitement of Halloween as a child. The chill in the air. The colorful decorations. The costumes. Most of all, I remember the tradition of trick or treating, getting as much candy as humanly possible, while eating tons of it on the way. I remember proudly pouring my loot onto the floor into what resembled a mountain, then separating it into groups of chocolate and non-chocolate. Lastly, I’d trade the undesirables with my brother. While I vaguely remember hearing something about apples and razor blades, I had no fear whatsoever of eating the candy. [Read more…]

Warnings Over Screen Addiction

EW_093015ABy Dr. Elaine Kanas

Periodically I will take the liberty of sharing articles I run across that I think might be of interest to you. Two such articles are Jane E. Brody pieces from the Personal Health section of the New York Times on screen time and children, Screen Addiction is Taking a Toll on Children, July 6, 2015 New York Times and Limit Children’s Screen Time, and Your Own, July 14, 2015 New York Times. The July 6 article presents some thought-provoking research and concerns regarding problems inherent in not limiting recreational screen time (phones, T.V., internet, video games, etc.) for children and teenagers. The July 14 article provides recommendations for planning device-free family activities that help parents control children’s screen use more effectively. [Read more…]

Second Chances


I generally tend to steer clear of Washington, D.C. politics in these letters with you. It’s seems a strenuous enough task for me to navigate our collective boats through Albany waters. To also muse on the gridlock taking place on the Potomac might just be asking for trouble, especially these days, when discussing national politics brings out the worst in people on both sides of the aisle. [Read more…]

Averting Tragedy


These days we hear the word “tragedy” thrown about frequently in the press. Every natural disaster, calamity or heartbreaking accident gets immediately tagged in headlines as being tragic. While there’s certainly enough bad news to go around, I can’t help but think back to what I learned in high school literature class: that a “tragedy” in its truest sense was some downfall or ruin caused by the character himself, that the person was somehow responsible for his or her own undoing. [Read more…]

The Benefits Of A PMR

Robin_072215By Robin Liebowitz

A Personal Medical Record (PMR), is a tool used in collecting, tracking and sharing past and up to date information about one’s health. It may be either in paper form which can easily be stored at home with other important documents, or in electronic form which is the most current and appropriate.

Keeping a PMR is important because it encourages you to be proactive and more informed in your personal health. It is worth noting that it is inevitably impossible that you’ll only have one doctor throughout your life time as most of us change doctors and are being followed by several doctors simultaneously. It’s prudent to keep a PMR because you can bring it with you on scheduled visits to specialists, new doctors, or an impromptu trip to the emergency room. The question is what type of information should one keep in a PMR? The following is pertinent information that needs to be contained in a PMR:

• Bio Data: Name, contacts (address and telephone), date of birth, social security number, blood type and emergency contacts

• Physicians Visited: This includes name and contacts of Opticians, Dentists, and other practitioners visited in the past

• Documentation and Dates of Specific Surgeries and /or Illnesses: Include important documents, hospital addresses and dates

Information on Health Insurance

• Vital Diagnosis and Results: Such as optical and dental results including dates tested

• Advice of Specialists Visited: Include dates

• Results of Past Diagnosis and Screenings: Include dates

• Physical Examination and Results: Include dates

• List of Medications and Drugs Administered to date: Treatments, Immunizations, among others, with dates

• Reactions/Allergies to Certain Drugs and/or food

• Authorization of Organ Donation: Include documentation with dates

• Family Hereditary Health History: Include important events and dates such as, lost mother to breast cancer at 48, father has high blood pressure and other pertinent information

Medical practitioners or health care institutions that provide PMR’s must do it in line with laws that protect patient’s medical privacy such as the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA, and also have lay down standards to ensure that medical information is properly secured.

Although the American Health Information Management Association (AHMA) provides a software or web-based personal medical record, there are also numerous software and apps for keeping track of personal medical info, a handful are free and others are low cost and are mostly available in iOS and Android gadgets some of which are: Track My Medical Records, iBlueButton, Capzule PHR, My Medical, among others. After putting together your PMR, perhaps with one of the aforementioned tools, you should try as much as possible to always update it with future medical records.

In all, a PMR, provides easier means for your personal health history to be conveniently accessible by health care providers and most times, this information can save you time and money in carrying out routine medical tests and can also help avert any detrimental health contingency. To get better control of one’s health, it is important to keep a PMR. To receive a complimentary PMR Booklet, please contact me at


Earth Day At North Side

By Dr. Elaine Kanas,

East Williston School District

EW_062415AOn June 12, North Side held its biannual Earth Day Extravaganza. Every two years North Side dedicates a day in the spring to celebrate Earth Day in a big way. Each grade has a special schedule throughout the day with varied activities that teach Earth Day themes and concepts. The activities are developed and presented by the North Side staff and several outside entities, including programs put on by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island Science Center, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Mad Science, Nature Nick, PAWS and Eric Powers. [Read more…]

A Prompt Reply

This is the subject of a letter written recently to Village of East Hills board members, one that was published in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News. It is with much appreciation that I write to thank Steve Kafka, chairman of traffic and safety; Clara Pomerantz, board of trustees and Michael Koblenz, mayor, for their immediate and constructive response to a concern of many.

The letter was addressed within days — by phone, in writing, and in a driveway visit. How impressive and encouraging is this response to the safety and well-being and quality of the life of our residents.

To address the casual disregard of the speed limit on the longest street in the community, speed monitors have been temporarily placed in various locations on Salem Road. It is hoped that this will serve as a reminder to slow down when in the community and respect and obey the speed limit of 25 mph.

Joan Auerbach


Safety Precautions For Salem Road

Salem Road is the longest street in the East Hills community. It is a straightaway used by resident drivers as a fast route. It is sometimes used by commercial vehicles as a detour. School bus drivers go shockingly fast once they discharge their passengers. Cars drive by at sometimes alarming speeds, leaving in their wake children, dog walkers, joggers, cyclists and baby strollers. Heads turn and necks crane when people hear the whoosh of a vehicle speeding by. [Read more…]