Category Archives: Health Reference

If It’s February…

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…then it’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  Come in and see our main floor display which covers the African- American experience on the road to freedom and their contributions to American art and culture.

We also have a display for AWARD WINNERS which includes Adult Fiction books awarded the Pulitzer, National Book Award or Man Booker Prize.  Authors awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature are included as well. Of course our paperback collection has many romance novels to read on VALENTINE’S DAY and for the rest of the month.

If it’s February…then it’s AMERICAN HEART MONTH. Our health reference librarian has gathered lots of books and handouts with the latest information on maintaining a healthy heart.   Also at this time of year we are getting ready for the OSCARS.  Want to know the history of the Oscar and its winners? We’ve got a book display for that. Both of these displays can be found on the third floor.

Remember: Syosset Public Library honors our patrons’ purchase requests for items.  If we don’t purchase an  item for you, we will make every effort to interloan it from another library.

-posted by Betty, Reference Services

Health Program: Colon Care Awareness



A series focused on health issues

and healthy lifestyles presents:

Colon Care Awareness

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11 AM


colon-cancer-ribbonColorectal cancer, cancer of the colon and rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US for both men and women combined. Colorectal surgeon, David Rivadeneira, MD, will speak about the signs and symptoms, when to see a physician, screening opportunities, and the quest for a cure.


This program is free and all are welcome.

No registration requried.

– posted by Sonia, Health Reference Services


November is National Diabetes Month


Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.  One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts you might like to know about the disease:

  • Prevalence
     Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
     Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
     Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
  • The Toll on Health
     People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
     Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
     More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
     More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy,greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • Cost of Diabetes
     The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States
    is $245 billion.
    o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3
    times higher than those without the disease.
    o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
     One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
     One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

American Diabetes Month can make a difference by raising awareness about diabetes risk factors and encouraging  people to make healthy changes.  These changes include: eating healthy,  increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

If you would like to  learn more about diabetes please visit our library either in person or online.  Stop by the National Diabetes Month display on the third floor for materials on the subject.  Our Health Reference librarian is also available to research any questions you may have about the disease.  Online, we have many health related research tools you can use to investigate diabetes. These can be accessed on the Health Reference and/or the Articles & Databases pages of our website.

– posted by Sonia, Health Reference

Monthly Book Discussion

In honor of April is Autism Awareness Month the Syosset Public Library’s Health Reference is presenting this month’s Monthly Book Discussion:


by Daniel Tammet

with Susan Santa, Health Reference Librarian

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1 PM and 7:30 PM

Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today – guided by its owner himself. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. Born on a Blue Day is a triumphant and uplifting story, starting from early childhood, when Daniel was incapable of making friends and prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity.

 This program is free.  Books are available at the circulation desk.

– posted by Susan Santa, Health Reference

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is traditionally a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  Those who have so bravely served deserve to be remembered on this day, and every day.  We must also remember those who currently serve.  These women and men have taken leave of their loved ones, traveled far and put themselves in perilous circumstances.

For those they have left behind there is a  publication, A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment.  Divided into three distinct sections:  pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment, each segment explores topics related to relationships, self-care, communication and staying informed. Sample topics include:

  • What to expect during a deployment

  • Tools to keep your family and community strong throughout a deployment

  • Skills to strengthen or repair relationships

  • Tools to create open lines of communication with your spouse/partner/child

This handbook is available free from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at

A comprehensive resource regarding Veterans and Military Health is MedlinePlus.  The National Library of Medicine staff has compiled links to information on Latest News, Coping, Specific Conditions, Related Issues, Tutorials, Videos, Financial Issues, Organizations, Statistics, and so much more.

For those who serve, and for those we’ve lost we hope for peace.


When the last voyage is ended,
  And the last sail is furled,
When the last blast is weathered,
   And the last bolt is hurled,
     And there comes no more the sound of the old
           ship bell-
     Sailor, sleep well!
When the last Post is blown,
     And the last volley fired,
When the last sod is thrown,
    And the last Foe retired,
     And thy last bivouac is made under the ground –
       Soldier, sleep sound!
                                                                  – Joseph Lee
– posted by Susan, Health Reference Services


Got a health question?

Ask a Health Reference Librarian

 Come visit our


Consumer oriented Health Reference Center

located on the 3d floor


The consumer health reference librarian can research any health topic and send you a packet of information that is personalized just for you. Books, articles, databases, can be provided for you.

Our new service is designed to meet the growing need of the Syosset community for simplified, quality health information.

For the latest news on Health topics visit the NEW Health Reference blog at

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services

Sneezing? Itchy, Watery Eyes?

Yes, it’s that time of year- allergy season!

For those of us with seasonal allergies this is the best of times and the worst of times.  We have a love/hate relationship with spring. After a long hard winter it’s wonderful to see buds on the trees, the grass turning green, the magnolia blossoms gently swaying in the breeze.  We want to get outside and garden, take long walks and enjoy the weather, but our bodies betray us.  Instead of enjoying the greening we cough, sneeze, suffer with headaches, feel tired all of the time, and just generally feel awful.

Some resources to help get you outside:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation has information on seasonal allergies including general information, Gardening with Allergies, Over the Counter Medicines, Pollen & Mold Counts, Rhinitis & Sinusitus, Sinus Problems, Alternative Treatment and so much more.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has information on pollen counts and current research.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is yet another resource for seasonal allergy sufferers.  A section of its website is dedicated to hay fever which provides links to treatment options.

Visit MedlinePlus for information regarding seasonal allergies symptoms and treatment.  There’s an interesting article Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies.

Need more information?  Visit the Syosset Public Library.  We have books and databases with allergy resources.  Browse the collection in person or online.  For articles about seasonal allergies, see Syosset Public Library’s Online Databases.  Here you can access magazine and journal articles, newspapers, and reference books 24 hours a day using your Syosset Public Library library card.

For the latest news on Health topics visit the NEW Health Reference blog at

-posted by Susan, Health Reference Services