Health

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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5:59am

Fri November 23, 2012
Health

New Medicaid program aims to cut costs, improve care

New York state's attack on ballooning Medicaid costs has started with a program that offers coordinated care for certain Medicaid patients.  State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson says the program called Health Homes, is aimed at the people who have the most complex Medicaid charts.

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4:14pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Health

Flu season starting early in upstate New York

Lance McCord Flickr

The flu is making an early appearance across upstate New York this fall, from the North Country through the Mohawk Valley. With the holiday season approaching, experts say it becomes more important than ever to take precautions.

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9:18am

Fri November 16, 2012
Health

Health officials now say fracking health review nearly done

One day after saying they could not speculate on when a key health review on hydrofracking in New York would commence, the state health department has now announced three university experts have been chosen and will review the data.

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5:14pm

Wed October 17, 2012
Health

$4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination

Eight companies will share in $4.2 million to help streamline patient care coordination and medical record sharing in New York state. The early-to-middle stage health IT companies will receive up to $300,000 each.

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10:21am

Mon October 15, 2012
Health

New designer drug makes an appearance in upstate New York

Now that the abuse of the designer drug bath salts seems to be easing, scientists are warning of a new chemical cocktail. The drug called "smiles" has started making an appearance in upstate New York.

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10:17am

Mon October 15, 2012
Health

Police face higher health risks: UBuffalo study

More than 460 Buffalo Police officers were interviewed for a new study examining the adverse health effects of working in law enforcement. Above, an abandoned Buffalo Police station.
Lake Effects Photography flickr

Due to the stressful nature of police work, law enforcement officers face higher risks of obesity, suicide, sleeplessness and cancer, according to a new study from a University at Buffalo professor who has a unique insight into the issue.

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9:52am

Wed September 19, 2012
Health

Strenghtening New York state's assisted living industry

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed September "Assisted Living Month." The proclamation comes after state officials say more than two million New Yorkers will need some form of long term care by 2015.

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9:55am

Tue September 18, 2012
Health

New cord blood bank to open in Syracuse

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Construction has started in Syracuse on the $15 million Upstate Cord Blood Bank.  It will be the second public cord blood bank in New York state. The blood drawn from umbilical cords after childbirth is used to treat children with dozens of diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia.

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10:03am

Wed August 22, 2012
Health

No aerial spraying in Onondaga County to fight West Nile

With the spread of West Nile Virus across the country, some communities have chosen to spray pesticides to kill the mosquitoes that carry the deadly virus.  Despite the death of an elderly man in Syracuse from West Nile this week, Onondaga County officials have decided against that option.  

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4:10pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Health

Following death from West Nile, governments look to prevention

Local government and health officials met Tuesday at Beaver Lakes Nature Center in Baldwinsville to discuss West Nile prevention.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

In the shadow of the death of an elderly Syracuse man from West Nile Virus this week, local governments continue to try to get the word out about how to stay away from the disease that is carried by mosquitos.

Local government and health officials met Tuesday at Beaver Lakes Nature Center in Baldwinsville to discuss West Nile prevention. The summit was organized by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

"We're certainly going to try to educate the public and reach out to tell people to protect themselves," said Town of Lysander engineer Al Yeager. The town is launching an education campaign on its village website.

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9:49am

Mon August 20, 2012
Health

Area congresswoman focuses on autoimmune diseases

Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) introduced legislation in Congress this week that puts the spotlight on autoimmune diseases. The Syracuse area congresswoman has a personal reason for wanting to boost awareness of these illnesses that range from multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.

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11:51am

Thu August 16, 2012
Health

Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater

Each shale natural gas well requires millions of gallons of water to be fracked.
Matt Richmond WSKG

A new study on managing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing finds the biggest risk of contamination to drinking water supplies occurs during the disposal process.

The report is by Stony Brook University and was published this month in the journal "Risk Analysis."

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