Health

4:25pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Health

A step closer to online patient portals

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The state is one step closer to giving patients access to their medical information online. The New York e-Health Collaborative has announced nine finalists in their competition to design an online patient portal.

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7:01pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Health

Hidden hazards in household products

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Are there hidden hazards in your home? Are you bringing in other substances that are unknowingly causing us harm? On this week’s Take Care, Sloan Barnett, a New York Times bestselling author and consumer reporter, talks about the potential harm in everyday household products like cleaners,  deodorizers, and even makeup --  as well as her personal experience with converting her home to a more natural, heath conscious environment.

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7:00pm

Sun May 5, 2013
Health

When does public health intervention work?

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This week, “Take Care” explores the issue of government intervention into public health – something that often causes controversy.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Tracy Fox.

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9:47am

Fri May 3, 2013
Health

Keeping the country healthy: The government's role in public health

Leah Landry WRVO

When New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed banning large sugary drinks, there was a lot of public backlash. But this country actually has quite a history of government intervening in the name of public health. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's weekly health show "Take Care," spoke with nutrition policy expert Tracy Fox who argues this kind of intervention is sometimes warranted - and often works.

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8:05am

Tue April 30, 2013
Health

Schumer calls for curbing of hydrocodone prescriptions

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks about curbing prescriptions of hydrocodone Monday in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is continuing his assault on the misuse of prescription drugs with a proposal to tighten control over the painkiller hydrocodone.

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7:01pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Health

Prostate cancer: to treat or not to treat?

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This week on Take Care, Dr. Anthony Scalzo talks about the diagnosis of the most common cancer for men -- prostate cancer -- and its treatments. Dr. Scalzo is a medical oncologist at Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, and medical advisor for the support group Man to Man, which helps men cope with prostate cancer and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

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7:00pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Health

Berry, berry good for you

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They’re small, sweet and easy to eat.  Just pick, rinse, and pop one in your mouth. Not only do berries taste good, they’re good for you as well.  Regardless of shape or size, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries -- any berries -- experts say they provide significant health benefits, which is why some people call them the new super fruit.

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9:06am

Fri April 26, 2013
Health

Prostate cancer: when to screen?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. But many of those malignancies develop so slowly, the patient is never effected by it. That fact has started a debate over who to screen for the disease, and when. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's weekly health show "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a medical oncologist at Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York, about how men should deal with this issue.

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9:17am

Wed April 24, 2013
Health

Researchers to gather in Syracuse to discuss emerging threat of Dengue fever

Biomedical researchers from across the world will converge in Syracuse Friday to discuss a disease that is usually associated with tropical climates. Dengue fever, which is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the tropics, has turned up in the United States.

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9:02am

Wed April 24, 2013
Health

Privatizing aged care is controversial, as counties feel the financial pinch

The Civil Service Employees Association, or CSEA, is currently involved in several law suits across New York state with counties, including Onondaga County, that are trying to get out of the business of running nursing homes. Now Ontario County may now face legal action from the union over its decision to put its county-run nursing home on the market.

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7:10pm

Sun April 21, 2013
Health

Joint replacement surgery has come a long way

Dr. Seth Greenky
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) sosbones.com

This week on “Take Care,” an interview with Dr. Seth Greenky on joint pain and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Greenky is the department chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and associate professor at SUNY Upstate medical College.

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7:05pm

Sun April 21, 2013
Health

Take your medicine -- but in what form?

It can be overwhelming  -- even for a well person -- to stand in the cold and flu aisle at the pharmacy wondering what version of a medication is best to take. Powdered packets, syrups, capsules, chewable tablets, gel tabs, dissolving tabs, coated pills -- there are endless options of ways for you to take your medicine. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lindsay McNair helps us understand the significant differences in how these formulas work.

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10:28am

Fri April 19, 2013
Health

Joint pain may be inevitable, but staying active is key to prevention

Two of the most common surgeries among people over 65 are knee and hip replacements. Baby boomers in particular are seeking relief because they often don't want joint pain to slow them down.  Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show, "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Seth Greenky, the chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, about the causes of joint pain and what to do about it.

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7:05pm

Sun April 14, 2013
Health

Just 20 minutes: The surprising science of exercise

This week on Take Care, an interview with Gretchen Reynolds, journalist, author and fitness advocate. Her most recent book “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer” explains that being fit doesn’t have to mean running a marathon. In fact, just getting up and moving around regularly can greatly reduce your risk of dying prematurely.

(click on "Read more" for the podcast of this interview and more information)

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7:00pm

Sun April 14, 2013
Health

Heel thyself

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This week on Take Care, an interview with Dr. Neal Blitz on the negative effects wearing high heels can have on posture, the spine, and the wearer’s over-all orthopedic and podiatric health. Dr. Blitz is chief of foot surgery and associate chairman of orthopedics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City, and a leading authority on bunion surgery.

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4:34pm

Fri April 12, 2013
Health

Research study could lead to new test for colon cancer

Dr. David Halleran is participating in a nationwide study of a new way to screen for colon cancer.

Researchers at Upstate Medical Center are helping in a nationwide study that could change the way people are screened for colon cancer, and the potential to change the way one of the most dreaded medical screening tests is used.

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5:37am

Fri April 12, 2013
Health

It may take less exercise than you think to improve your health

It seems like new studies come out all the time that offer evidence for how long, when, or what kind of exercise you should do. But fitness expert Gretchen Reynolds says it may take a lot less exercise than you think to see benefits to your health. The author of "The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer” spoke with Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, the hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show "Take Care."

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9:17am

Thu April 11, 2013
Health

Organization tries to encourage organ donation

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

New York state has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the country, at 20 percent. Donor boosters are trying to get the word out that donating an organ is something most everyone can do to save a life.

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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

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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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