New York State Department of Health http://wrvo.org en Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research http://wrvo.org/post/healthcare-professionals-against-fracking-urge-state-look-more-research <p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:13:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58699 at http://wrvo.org Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-becomes-legal-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York is now the </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state to allow medical marijuana, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58483 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York Onondaga County Medical Society calls health program realignment a poor decision http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-medical-society-calls-health-program-realignment-poor-decision <p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:15:12 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54996 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's Hospital responds to allegation of patient abuse http://wrvo.org/post/st-josephs-hospital-responds-allegation-patient-abuse <p></p><p><strong>Updated, 3:40 p.m.:</strong></p><p>St. Joseph's Hospital is responding to allegations of misbehavior against a former doctor, saying it reacted quickly and thoroughly.</p><p>The hospital said it became aware of complaints involving inappropriate actions and vulgar language -- reportedly involving the slapping of sedated patients -- in its operating rooms in December.</p><p>The hospital faces sanctions and disciplinary actions over the charges, stemming from a federal investigation.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:48:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53871 at http://wrvo.org St. Joseph's Hospital responds to allegation of patient abuse Cuomo wary of wider marijuana legalization http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-wary-wider-marijuana-legalization <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:56:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49564 at http://wrvo.org Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site http://wrvo.org/post/public-helps-shape-state-study-health-patterns-near-air-brake-site <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.07in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Earlier this week, a researcher from the state Health Department met with Watertown residents from the neighborhood near the New York Air Brake plant. The Health Department has agreed to study the area’s disease patterns because residents suspect that pollution from the plant has made people sick.</span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:57:33 +0000 Joanna Richards 46094 at http://wrvo.org Public helps shape state study on health patterns near Air Brake site UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue http://wrvo.org/post/update-north-country-childrens-clinic-gets-last-minute-rescue <p></p><p>A last-minute deal was struck Thursday to rescue a long-standing health care safety net for needy north country children. The North Country Children&#39;s Clinic in Watertown <strong><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-clinic-closes-temporarily-under-financial-hardship">announced Tuesday</a></strong> that it would close suddenly, at the end of the week, because of dire financial problems. Now, the clinic has gotten at least another month of life.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:05:47 +0000 Joanna Richards 45491 at http://wrvo.org UPDATE: North Country Children's Clinic gets last-minute rescue Anti-fracking group sues NY Department of Health http://wrvo.org/post/anti-fracking-group-sues-ny-department-health <p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:48:44 +0000 Kate O'Connell & Karen DeWitt 44393 at http://wrvo.org Anti-fracking group sues NY Department of Health Ontario County nursing home sale approved http://wrvo.org/post/ontario-county-nursing-home-sale-approved-0 <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Ontario County is moving forward with the privatization of its nursing home. The board of supervisors voted last week to accept a $2 million bid for the Hopewell facility, but concerns remain about the level of care a private owner would provide.</p><p>The sale makes Ontario the latest in a string of counties in upstate New York looking to privatization as a solution to the rising costs of operating a nursing home.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:41:52 +0000 Kate O'Connell 42310 at http://wrvo.org Ontario County nursing home sale approved DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations http://wrvo.org/post/dec-may-miss-deadline-fracking-regulations <p>New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens suggested Monday that the state may miss a February 27 deadline to complete its proposed fracking regulations. And that could stall a decision on gas drilling for months. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 32862 at http://wrvo.org DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations Report from state Health Department says fracking could be done safely http://wrvo.org/post/report-state-health-department-says-fracking-could-be-done-safely <p>A document from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration assessing the health impacts of hydrofracking, written less than a year ago, says the gas drilling process is likely safe if proper precautions are taken by the governor’s environmental agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:48:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31374 at http://wrvo.org Report from state Health Department says fracking could be done safely Will there be fracking by February? http://wrvo.org/post/will-there-be-fracking-february <p>The Cuomo Administration could be headed toward approval of hydrofracking in New York by the end of February, when a 90-day extension on a rule making process ends. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:58:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30305 at http://wrvo.org Legal experts say fracking decision delay could be smart move http://wrvo.org/post/legal-experts-say-fracking-decision-delay-could-be-smart-move <p>A legal expert says that the Cuomo administration’s move to delay for another 90 days the decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York makes sense. Meanwhile, some health care professionals say a review underway on the health effects of fracking is a sham. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29805 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo: State to miss fracking deadline on Thursday http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-state-miss-fracking-deadline-thursday <p>The state’s environmental agency confirms it will miss a key deadline and delay approval of hydrofracking in New York once again. Anti-fracking forces see an opportunity in the new delay, while those waiting to benefit economically from the gas drilling process are feeling frustrated. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:42:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29737 at http://wrvo.org Progress slow on fracking health review http://wrvo.org/post/progress-slow-fracking-health-review <p>Hydrofracking could once again be delayed in New York, unless the state Health Commissioner is able to complete requirements to contract with outside health experts and conduct a health review by November 29. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:02:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29139 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says health study could speed up fracking decision http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-health-study-could-speed-fracking-decision <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says he supports his administration’s internal health review on hydrofracking in New York, and he says it could even hasten the gas drilling process in the state, should fracking ultimately be approved. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:03:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26536 at http://wrvo.org Health impact study on fracking raises questions http://wrvo.org/post/health-impact-study-fracking-raises-questions <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo’s environmental commissioner announcement that he is rejecting calls for an independent health analysis of hydrofracking has left more questions than answers. Commissioner Joe Martens says he will conduct an internal health review instead. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:27:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26471 at http://wrvo.org DEC tries to calm fears over industrial site's health effects http://wrvo.org/post/dec-tries-calm-fears-over-industrial-sites-health-effects <p>A toxic waste site in Watertown is drawing renewed attention from residents and city leaders. New York Air Brake's chemical dump on the north side of town was cleaned up in the 1990s. State environmental officials say it's been monitored since then and they're convinced it's safe for neighbors and wildlife. But people who live nearby believe they have health problems traceable to the site. And they fear it still poses a health risk. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:57:05 +0000 Joanna Richards 26351 at http://wrvo.org DEC tries to calm fears over industrial site's health effects Police, hospital say bath salts drug cases down in Watertown area http://wrvo.org/post/police-hospital-say-bath-salts-drug-cases-down-watertown-area <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none">This summer, the synthetic drugs known as bath salts alarmed emergency responders all over upstate New York, including in Jefferson County. In Watertown, they dealt with unstable, violent users several times a day. But lawmakers and law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels have been responding with crackdowns on the drugs. Now, both police and hospital officials in Watertown say cases are down sharply.&nbsp; Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:04:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 26024 at http://wrvo.org Local officials welcome state regulations on bath salts http://wrvo.org/post/local-officials-welcome-state-regulations-bath-salts <p>The New York State Department of Health regulations outlawing&nbsp; bath salts in New York state come on the heels of several local laws banning the designer drug.&nbsp; The new regulations were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, but there could be more laws coming down the road.<br />&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:04:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23945 at http://wrvo.org