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Eight new mosquito samples, including two in Aquebogue, test positive for West Nile virus

by Sep 13, 2023
Eight new mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, including two in Aquebogue, Suffolk County Health Commissioner Gregson Pigott said yesterday.

New cardiac CT-scanner at Peconic Bay Medical Center can quickly detect deadly blockages, saving lives

by Aug 31, 2023
Thanks to PBMC’s ultra-fast cardiac CT-scanner, not only can cardiologists assess a patient’s coronary arteries for blockages without snaking a catheter into the arteries, they can obtain important details about the nature of any blockages and assess blood flow through the heart muscle — details that they previously could not acquire through traditional catheter probes.

Two West Nile virus cases reported in Suffolk

by Aug 29, 2023
The Suffolk County health department yesterday reported two human cases of West Nile virus yesterday, the first cases to be reported this season.

Yale researchers seek participants for study of 1,4-dioxane in Long Island drinking water

by Aug 11, 2023
Scientists studying the poorly-understood “forever chemical” 1,4-dioxane are looking for volunteers on the East End, especially those whose homes have private drinking water wells, for a study of the chemical’s potential health impacts.

‘Oppressive heat and humidity’ forecast, with heat index expected to climb to 101° locally: heat advisory extended through Saturday evening

by Jul 27, 2023
Temperatures in the 90s, high humidity will produce heat index values of 101° or more on Long Island, putting residents at risk of heat-related illnesses. A high heat advisory is now in effect through Saturday evening.

PBMC unveils ambitious $92 million plan for expansion of emergency department and Center for Women and Infants

by Jun 3, 2023
Peconic Bay Medical Center unveiled plans yesterday for the next phase of an expansion it says will lay the foundation for bringing advanced specialized care to the region.

PBMC receives ‘A’ rating in patient safety from watchdog group

by May 9, 2023
Peconic Bay Medical Center has received an ‘A’ rating in patient safety by Leapfrog, a nonprofit watchdog group that grades hospitals based on patient services.

Riverhead ambulance will begin billing for all transports in the next 60-90 days to cover the rising costs of emergency rescue...

by May 1, 2023
Bills for ambulance transports will be sent directly to patients’ medical insurance companies and no collection actions will be taken against people without insurance, officials said.

Marine biotoxin found in Terry Creek & Meetinghouse Creek triggers temporary ban on shellfish harvesting

by Apr 13, 2023
The ban is in response to the presence of saxitoxin, a marine biotoxin that accumulates in shellfish and can sicken people who eat shellfish affected by the toxin.

Air quality health advisory issued for Friday, affecting 46 counties in New York, including Suffolk

by Apr 13, 2023
The pollutant of concern is ground-level ozone, a major component of photochemical smog. People, especially young children and those who have respiratory disease, such as asthma, are urged to take precautions.