CBD products are on the rise on Long Island

The Long Island Capital Alliance (LICA) gathered investors and cannabis businesses in Melville, New York  for the Cannabis Capital Forum on Friday Dec. 7. Newsday reported that among the businesses and trends presented at the forum, CBD was the most prevalent. Attorney Neil Kaufman, 58, of Dix Hills, NY, has…

Let’s talk about sex (therapy)

Seeing Barbara Streisand play a fictional sex therapist in the 2004 movie “Meet the Fockers” resonated with then 16-year-old Rosara Torrisi. “If I could be her, I would be so happy,” she recalled years later after founding the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy in Plainview. Her clients have recently…

Coalition educates Massapequa School District parents about substance abuse

By Ashley Gagen On Nov. 28, the Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) held a vaping presentation at Massapequa High School with the Parent Teacher Student Association. Vaping products stimulate the feeling of smoking cigarettes and can be used to vape marijuana. The U.S Food & Drug Administration states that 3.62…

Speech therapist helps transgender clients find their voice

Sitting at her office desk, Karen Sussman spoke into a microphone attached to a computer.  The screen displayed a program to record and measure voice pitch. “Hi. It’s very nice to see you,” she said in a low, clipped monotone as the computer recorded. As she listened to it again,…

Former addict fights for music and art therapy recovery program

After Elif Binger gave birth to her second child in 2007, she sought psychiatric help with what she reflects on as postpartum depression, but what she said her doctor falsely diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Trusting her doctor’s judgment, she followed his instructions. “Instead of going to therapy to deal with…

As National Diabetes Awareness Month closes, Type 1 diabetics still feel misunderstood

Jenna Smith, 10, has never had a sleepover. Her mother, Kim Dasilva, has a strict rule: Jenna’s friends must sleep over their house, or no sleepovers at all. Dasilva’s worry stems from the fact that Jenna is coping with an autoimmune disease. Jenna’s had Type 1 diabetes since she was…

Put a little spice in your life: First NY location of the Spice & Tea Exchange opens

By Anna Correa Every time a customer walks into the Spice & Tea Exchange in Port Jefferson, the ambrosial aroma of apple cinnamon and mint wafts across their faces, welcoming them into a store filled with rows of spices, teas, sugars and herbs. This past summer, the spice boutique, which…

The rising popularity of Juul, an e-cigarette: a public health menace?

By Rosemary An A sleek electronic cigarette resembling a USB drive has become a trend in both cigarette smokers struggling with addiction and people who have never previously smoked in their life. Juul is an electronic cigarette introduced in 2015. Unlike other e-cigarette companies that purport to help users quit…

Magii makes no plans to opt out of birth control

by Jasmine Ganaishlal Working a minimum wage retail job at 19 years old, Renee Bracey Sherman often struggled to come up with the $120 to pay for her birth control every few months. After having to postpone picking up her prescription because she couldn’t afford it — and misinformation she…

Pregnant and addicted to opioids: Study finds deaths more than double

It had been six months of constant breastfeeding when postpartum depression consumed Shanna Lintz. She stayed clean throughout her pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but she desperately needed an escape. She laid her 6-month-old baby down in her crib and snuck off to the bathroom to stick a needle in her…

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