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3 Reasons Home Allergy Tests Probably Won’t Help You

If you deal with allergies, you know it’s not always easy to figure out what’s causing an adverse reaction. But is a home allergy test the best way to pin that down? Probably not, says allergist/immunologist Lily Pien, MD, MHPE. Millions of Americans wrestle with allergies based on the season, exposure to pets or dust, or specific foods. Treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are and which allergy triggers (allergens) are involved. Dr. Pien explains three main reasons why home allergy tests are not the best tool for pinpointing your problem. 1. You may not get accurate results “A true allergy is defined as experiencing allergic…

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4 Late-Night Snacks That Are Actually Good for You

You like munching on something as you wind down the day with TV. But you’d rather not binge on calories late in the day. What are some late-night snack options you won’t regret? Our dietitians share their personal favorites: 1. Dark chocolate with dried apricots and tea “I love to sip on a comforting mug of hot decaf Earl Grey and read at night,” says Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE. A splash of unsweetened almond milk takes the bitter edge off the unsweetened tea. She pairs it with an individually wrapped half-ounce square of 86 percent cacao dark chocolate — which has only 60 calories and…

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5 Things About Spinal Stenosis You Need to Know

Spinal stenosis is one of the most common conditions that cause low back and/or neck pain in adults. Here, we provide the answers to 5 important questions about spinal stenosis. #1. What is spinal stenosis? Stenosis is a Greek word that means “narrowing.” Spinal stenosis develops when the spinal canal and/or neuroforamen become narrow and compress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Compression of the cord/nerves causes inflammation and pain. The spinal canal is a round vertical hole down the middle of the spinal column. Neuroforamen are nerve passageways created by the discs between the upper and lower vertebral bodies. Nerve roots exit…

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Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

Some of us wait all year for the Black Friday shopping season, our heads filled with the promise of scoring the best price of the year on a new TV, tablet, printer, or high-tech gadget. But don’t let all the Black Friday hype fool you. You might end up overpaying if you get taken in by so-so prices masquerading as fantastic bargains, and you can miss out on great deals because you didn’t do your research. Our top 10 Black Friday shopping tips below will help you get the best deal on the items you want and keep frustration—and overspending—to a minimum. 1. Start…

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Sleep Well With Back or Neck Pain

Anyone who’s had back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or any other chronic spine condition will tell you: Their pain is much more than physical. Chronic pain can cause mental and emotional issues, and its complex nature can come between you and a good night’s sleep. If you’ve had a long-term spine condition and struggle with getting quality rest, you’re not alone—as many as two-thirds of chronic pain sufferers have sleep disorders. Sleep is a key element to good health, so the importance of addressing your sleep issues cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, getting restful slumber is more complicated when you…

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How to Survive Thanksgiving as a Vegan

A day of giving thanks, a day of spending time with loved ones and a day of gathering around a large cooked turkey as a dinner centerpiece. The first two will appeal to vegans and vegetarians, but that last part can be a serious downer. It is not uncommon for ethical eaters to feel sadness and helplessness when Thanksgiving rolls around—especially if they are invited to a meal where an animal is served as the main course. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a super-stressful time, however. Preparing for the holiday is essential and there are several steps that can be taken…

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Group Workouts Mean a Better Quality of Life

Exercise can do a body good, but it can also be a chore. Workouts can get boring, daily commitments can shift and the stresses associated with exercise sometimes seem like they outweigh the benefits. New research tells us, however, that working out as a group can improve quality of life way more than working out solo. That’s right—group classes can not only get your blood pumping, but can reduce stress and make you happier day to day. Researchers from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine published a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association which detailed their findings. They…

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3 Myths About Spine Surgery

 1.  Spine surgery requires months of recovery and I won’t be able to work for quite some time.   In today’s age of modern spine surgery, this is just not true. The use of minimally invasive techniques allows for smaller incisions and minimizes muscle trauma, significantly reducing post-operative pain and complications. Recovery time is considerably shortened and many patients are able to go home the same day. More extensive procedures may require a few days in the hospital, but patients are usually out of bed and walking the day after surgery. Time off from work varies based…

Daniel E. Choi, M.D. Joins Long Island Spine Specialists.

Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. is proud to welcome Daniel E. Choi, M.D., as an outstanding addition to our prestigious team of professionals dedicated to the care and management of the spine.  LISS offers our patients technologically advanced medical treatment and procedures, as well as, conservative options to restore patients to a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Choi is an orthopaedic spine surgeon who has been fellowship-trained at the esteemed Harvard Medical School, where he worked closely with world renowned spine surgeons. …

Veterans Day 2017

LISS proudly supports our troops! Happy Veterans Day to all of the brave men and women who have made sacrifices for our freedom! #veteransday2017 #usarmy #oorah #hooah#supportourtroops #LISS