Health

6:41am

Sat April 6, 2013
Health

Wearable sensors could unlock secrets to epilepsy, stress and autism

Picard attaches a wrist band with a sensor in it to a student to measure his emotions and physical reactions
Sue Weisler/RIT

It’s exactly what it sounds like. "Wearable technology" involves sensors that are worn in something like a bracelet that gather information and sends the data to a computer via Bluetooth. This technology is now being developed for use across a range of health-related applications. New research suggests that it could be used to help prevent seizures in people living with epilepsy.

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3:38pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Health

Images of the brain could unlock learning difficulties

Brain and cognitive sciences research assistants talk to 4-year-old Mason Ray
University of Rochester

Researchers in western New York have been using brain scans to add to our understanding of how humans comprehend numbers. The new data could have implications in diagnosing learning disabilities earlier on, and aid in our understanding of why some kids struggle at school.

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10:03am

Fri April 5, 2013
Health

Startup uses sensors to find cause of knee pain

Sonostics CEO Chuck Schwerin says his company's treatment offers a way to resolve knee pain before going to surgery.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Tim Cortesi is a software engineer at a downtown Binghamton company called Sonostics. At the company's offices in Binghamton's startup incubator, he sticks four small patches attached to wires onto the muscles around his knee.

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5:34am

Sat March 30, 2013
Health

Local health experts promote workplace wellness programs

Stickley, Audi and Co. could be a poster child for workplace wellness. The 900 employees at the Manlius furniture making company lost a collective 2,600 pounds during its last round of a Biggest Loser contest, inspired by the popular TV show.

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4:13pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Health

Deaths from Alzheimer's disease increasing in the region

More and more people across the country are dying from Alzheimer's disease -- and central New York is not immune to the trend.

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7:04am

Sat March 9, 2013
Health

HIV screening crucial for pregnant women

Sebastian Czapnik/Dreamstime.com

The reported cure of a baby girl born with HIV in Mississippi has sparked excitement in the medical community. Doctors say the apparent disappearance of her infection is due to very early treatment of the infant with standard drug therapies. They say the case is a proof of concept that HIV infection could potentially be curable in infants.

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4:10pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Health

New health clinic founders want to give back to community

Members of the Muslim American Care and Compassion Alliance at the Rahma Health Clinic.
Credit Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

The grand opening of a new health clinic on Syracuse's South Side was held over the weekend. A group called the Muslim American Care and Compassion Alliance started the free clinic with the goal of treating preventable diseases in an under-served community.

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3:49pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Health

Some Central NY ambulances to receive EKG modems

This kind of 12-lead electrocardiogram modem will be put in 37 ambulances in central New YOrk
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Time is critical when it comes to treating a suspected heart attack. That's why local EMTs and emergency room doctors are happy about new cardiac technology getting into more ambulances.

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4:00pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Health

Local activists seek to educate black community about HIV/AIDS

Half the people who contract HIV in the United States are African-American, according to statistics released last year. Advocates hope  National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is today, leads to more education about the disease in the black community.  Locally, there will be a push to do just that in Syracuse this weekend.

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6:58am

Wed January 23, 2013
Health

New York state now requires notification of dense breast tissue

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Letters have started going out from radiologists to women, after normal mammograms, to alert them to a condition that might make it harder for doctors to find breast cancer.  A state initiative called the "Breast Density Inform" bill ultimately may force women to have a deeper discussion with their doctors about their risk factors for breast cancer.

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9:03am

Thu January 17, 2013
Health

Clarkson team hopes autism research could lead to earlier diagnosis

Doctoral student Izabela Sokolowska demonstrates the mass spectrometer, one of the pieces of equipment the Clarkson University team uses to study proteins in autistic children.
Credit Joanna Richards

About one in 88 children in America are thought to have some form of autism. Usually, the illness that affects communication and social abilities is diagnosed when autistic children show slower language development than other kids. But a team at Clarkson University in Potsdam is hoping their research into the disease might make earlier diagnosis and intervention possible.

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8:55am

Thu January 17, 2013
Health

New York gets mixed grades in tobacco report

The American Lung Association has published its annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, and New York state did not fare well.

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5:04pm

Sun January 13, 2013
Health

Schumer touts return of rural hospital funding in Lewis County

Senator Charles Schumer announces the restoration of funding for low-volume and Medicare-dependent hospitals Friday at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville.
Credit Joanna Richards

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was at Lewis County General Hospital on Friday, touting the return of funding for New York's rural hospitals. The funding had been suspended for three months by Congress, and Schumer worked with Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa to reinstate the funding as part of Congress's fiscal cliff deal.

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3:11am

Fri January 11, 2013
Health

Some mental health experts worry about gun control proposals

It was no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address focused on the issue of gun control in New York. Following several tragedies in recent months, Cuomo put forward a list of proposed laws to tighten gun control. But one part of the proposal in particular may prove controversial.

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10:00am

Thu January 3, 2013
Health

Upstate Medical to work with other universities on MS treatment

A consortium of three upstate medical schools is to receive $12.1 million in funding to try to create a treatment for people living with multiple sclerosis.

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5:26pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Health

Nutrition program to help HIV/AIDS patients stay healthier

Advancements in AIDS treatment means that people with the illness are living longer than ever. That means they need to take better care of their long-term health. A new program for AIDS patients in the north country focuses on improving their nutrition.

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4:21pm

Fri December 28, 2012
Health

Reasearchers working on dyalisis machine small enough to hold in your hand

Imagine a dialysis machine small enough that a patient could wear it. A super-thin filtering material may allow researchers at the University of Rochester to revolutionize dialysis for patients with kidney disease.

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9:32am

Fri December 28, 2012
Health

Multi-sensory room gives children respite from hospital treatments

Multi-sensory room at Galisano Children's Hospital is a get-away for kids undergoing treatment
Galisano Children's Hospital

In the midst of treatments, tubes and needles, there's a place for patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse to go and find some peace.  A one-of-a-kind multi-sensory room takes kids away from the stress of a hospital setting.

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3:19pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Health care

Some hospitals worry as Affordable Care Act becomes reality

Some of the larger hospitals in New York state are worried about one aspect of the Affordable Care Act: academic medical centers are slated to lose millions of dollars in a particular kind of Medicaid payment over the next few years.

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8:30am

Sat December 22, 2012
Health

Could a mobile app beat the flu?

Twitter Health is a new app that aims to track illness by using social media.
Adam Sadilek

8:36am

Fri December 21, 2012
Health

In the Adirondacks, a new model of primary care

Sherman Hurlbert, Moreau Family Health Center patient, Hudson Falls.
Sarah Harris NCPR

On a Monday afternoon in December the Moreau Family Health Center, just south of Glens Falls, is packed. The doctor’s seeing patients back-to-back - and so is care coordinator Jessica Casey. 

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4:05pm

Thu December 20, 2012
Health

Simple Admit tries to make those pre-op screenings a little easier

Dan Coholan, left, and Mike Horning founded the web-based surgical admisson system Simple Admit three years ago.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

You don't have to know the answer to every question. And a little cartoon dog named Sam will pop up to let you know if you messed something up.

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8:14am

Thu December 20, 2012
Health

Can a warmer office make us healthier?

A heat dummy at Cornell University's Ergonomics Center, used to study the affects of different environments on the body.
Matt Richmond WSKG

At Cornell University’s Ergonomics Center, Professor Alan Hedge demonstrates new designs for a computer mouse. One looks like an old-fashioned desktop penholder. There’s one that looks like the throttle on a airplane. And another is long and flat.

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5:56am

Wed December 19, 2012
Health

A hospital invests not only in new buildings, but a neighborhood

Team building exercises are part of a tryout to get into a Green Train program sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Construction cranes poke above the already looming structure of St. Joseph's Hospital on the north side of Syracuse. Women in hospital scrubs and men in reflective vests and hard hats walk past, but Dominic Robinson is facing the other direction.

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6:18am

Tue December 18, 2012
Health

UAlbany expands research into RNA

Most of us know all about DNA, the genetic building blocks that make us unique. But in recent years, there’s a lot of interest in RNA— a molecule that controls how our genes are expressed.

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6:11am

Mon December 17, 2012
Health

Information technology improves health care in the North Country

Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in the health care in the state’s rural North Country.  

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6:30pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Health

Zoe Wool on the Campbell Conversations

Zoe Wool is a researcher and writer who has been working with war-injured American soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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5:07pm

Fri November 30, 2012
Health

World AIDS Day remembered, activists worry disease is often forgotten

Ellen Abbott WRVO

World AIDS Day was remembered in Syracuse this morning during a service of remembrance. Participants say they are worried that the disease, which has been around for over 30 years now, has become forgotten.

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5:31pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Health

Scientists predict flu outbreaks with weather forecasting techniques

Experts say vaccinations are the best way to prevent the flu. But now weather data has helped scientists predict the peak timing of flu outbreaks more than seven weeks before they happened.
Credit USACE Europe District / via Flickr

Someday your local weatherman may also be able predict the latest flu outbreak. That's according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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7:57am

Sat November 24, 2012
Health

Does watching TV reruns create better mental health?

The growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is one of main reasons folks in western New York have hope for the region's economic future. Entrepreneurs are trying to translate research into new businesses that sell the next big thing in medicine. But not all research at the campus will cure cancer or create a corporation. Some experiments focus on aspects of life that are less life-or-death.

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