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Blog Roundup: The New Outbreak of Pertussis in Babies

See what some Patch bloggers are saying this week.

Patch bloggers take time out of their busy days to let you know about some things going on in their neck of the woods. Here, we've gathered what a few of them from around the area had to say. (If you'd like to start your own blog on Patch, click on the Blogs tab at the top of this page and then click on "Start your own Blog")


Billy Martin Inks Letter of Intent to Wagner

Huntington High School senior Billy Martin has signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to attend Wagner College and play lacrosse the Seahawks on a scholarship.

“My decision to go to Wagner was a simple one,” Martin said. “I wanted the feel of a big city school, but with the small school benefits. Wagner College has both. New York City is a free 20 minute ferry ride away and it’s a small school in a country setting for my studies.” 

Nobel Prize Winners Offer Investing Lessons

A trio of American scholars were recently awarded the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen, professors at the University of Chicago, and Robert Shiller, a professor at Yale University, will share the honor and the $1.2 million award.

The three economists made far-reaching discoveries related to the workings of financial markets, asset prices, and behavioral finance. Here’s a closer look at how their research contributed to the formation and refinement of fundamental concepts in portfolio management and long-term investing practices.


The New Outbreak of Pertussis in Babies

Over the past decade, there has been a large increase in the incidence of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, with over 40,000 cases being reported in 2012.  What is of great concern is the large number of infants being affected.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that most pertussis hospitalizations and deaths occurred among children under 3 months old.  Babies do not receive their first pertussis vaccine until two months of age, and they are not fully protected until after their third shot, which comes at about six months.  Over the first six months of life our babies are at a high risk of getting very sick if they develop this bacterial infection.

The Facts About Shoulder Arthroscopy

Your shoulder is an important part of your body. It helps to move your arm, so that you can perform tasks such as lifting, writing and more. The shoulder is made up of many important parts, including three different bones (humerus-upper bone, scapula- shoulder blade; the clavicle- collar bone; and the sternum), ball-and-socket-joints (sternoclavicular joint, glenohumeral joint and the acromioclavicular joint), cartilage, membranes (bursa) and muscles, including the rotator cuff. Since the shoulder is made up of various parts, issues such as torn cartilage rings, rotator cuffs, and bone spurs can arise and affect its performance.

Holiday Dinner at The Vanderbilt Estate

Last evening the annual holiday dinner was held at the Vanderbilt Estate. We recreated the Vanderbilt's favorite night club El Morocco. With blue and white zebra banquets and white Art Deco 8 foot palms and a life size cut out of the Vanderbilt's sitting amongst the guests it made for a fun evening. We also floated silver and blue orbs in the reflecting pool, and dressed the statues which surround the pool in festive garlands! 


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