health

6:46am

Fri September 13, 2013
Politics and Government

Environmentalists say decline in pollution enforcement can harm New Yorkers' health

An environmental group says budget cuts at the state’s environmental agency has meant up to 75 percent fewer inspections of polluters like power plants and hazardous waste sites.

David Gahl, with Environmental Advocates, says years of budget cuts at the state Department of Environmental Conservation, known as the DEC, has led to a one-third reduction of staff, and an even greater decrease in the number of inspections of potential polluters.

“DEC is looking less and finding less,” Gahl said.

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7:00pm

Sun September 8, 2013
Health

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Kevin Maloney

We’ve all been told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In the over 150 years that saying has been around, many have taken it as common health knowledge. But are apples really that good for you?

According to Joan Rogus, a registered dietician from central New York, the reason the saying has stood the test of time is because of the truth behind it. When asked what health benefits an apple can provide, Joan believes an easier question to answer would be, “What doesn’t an apple do for us?”

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4:09pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Health

Digital tools helping to keep off the "Freshman 15"

Jeremy Wilburn Creative Commons License

It used to be the "Freshman 5." Now it’s the "Freshman 15." But students who started college this fall now have new digital tools available to help them stay healthy.

On-demand digital health information being provided by colleges seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergraduates can put on.

Dietician Colleen Dour evaluated the effectiveness of a computer-based wellness program in a study for Syracuse University. The program focuses on wellness and body image, rather than dieting.

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5:59am

Tue September 3, 2013
Health

Mobile app could track foodborne illness with a single tweet

Shawn Campbell/flickr

Upstate researchers have found a way predict the likelihood of getting sick after visiting a particular restaurant. The system is called Nemesis and monitors tweets made by restaurant patrons on the popular social media website, Twitter. It then detects likely cases of foodborne illness in close to real-time.

Many people tweet on devices that are GPS enabled, and Nemesis uses this to figure out which restaurant they ate at. It continues to track their tweets for 72 hours after a restaurant visit, to detect whether or not they’ve become ill.

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11:10am

Thu July 25, 2013
Health

Medical Disclaimer

Information on this broadcast is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.

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5:38am

Fri July 19, 2013
Science

How humans are "wired for story"

Humans are different from other mammals in many ways, but scientific evidence shows that one of the greatest distinctions is that the human brain is hard-wired to learn through storytelling. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke to writer Lisa Cron who wrote a book on why people crave and need stories.

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8:10am

Mon July 15, 2013
Health

Operation Medicine Spoon launches in Syracuse

Upstate Poison Center Communication Director Gail Banach shows the Operation Medicine Spoon handouts
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The Upstate New York Poison Center wants to make sure parents are giving their children the proper doses of medicine.

A recent study shows that 40 percent of parents are giving their child the wrong amount of medicine, something that can lead to a possible overdose. The reason? They are using a teaspoon out of the kitchen drawer as a measuring tool, instead of a calibrated medicine spoon, according to Upstate Poison Center Communication Director Gail Banach.

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10:51pm

Sun June 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki celebrates milestones for Syracuse VA hospital

Secretary Shinseki helps hospital officials cut the ribbon symbolizing the grand opening of the new spinal cord wing of the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse last week, to mark the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center. He also helped to formally open a new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center. 

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7:01pm

Sun June 9, 2013
Health

Sneezing and sniffling your way through the seasons

Credit Leah Landry / WRVO

Dry eyes? Itchy skin? Sneezing and coughing every other second? Yes, it’s allergy season for over 14 million Americans. But what’s the science behind these summer pests? This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Juan Sotomayor, an expert on allergies, asthma, immunology and pulmonary disease who has his own private practice in Syracuse.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Juan Sotomayor.

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7:00pm

Sun June 9, 2013
Health

Apps for travelers

Phil Roeder Flickr

Before you go on vacation you take out the trash, check the weather, pack a suitcase, but are you updating your smartphone? This week on “Take Care,” we spoke to About.com senior travel writer Nancy Parode on how smartphone applications can help travelers with everything from finding an urgent care to overcoming jet lag.

Click "Read More" to hear Nancy Parode's take on traveling apps.

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10:24am

Thu June 6, 2013
Health

Upcoming topics: allergies, apps to keep you healthy and the leading authority on aspirin

Leah Landry WRVO

Coming up on Take Care, we'll talk with an allergist to see if there's any relief in sight for seasonal sufferers. With symptoms like itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat, the living isn't easy for those with allergies the summer.

Plus, a national travel writer gives advice on easy ways to stay healthy while you're away from home.

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7:36am

Wed May 29, 2013
Health

Stricter ban and penalties proposed on synthetic drugs

Lee Livermore, Public Education Coordinator at the Upstate Posion Control Center, holds up new brands of synthetic drugs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York lawmakers have introduced new legislation to expand the ban on synthetic drugs and increase penalties in the state by addressing the mislabeling and chemical swapping of the drugs.

Synthetic drugs, often known as "bath salts" and sold under various other names, in New York have been banned since August last year following multiple cases of violent overdoses.

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11:49am

Thu May 23, 2013
Health

Future topics: patient privacy rights, the farmers market and traveling healthy

Justin Sewell Flickr

Join us this Sunday on Take Care for a discussion on patient privacy rights. What happens when you surrender privacy for lower insurance premiums at work? A national patient's rights advocate warns us of the risks involved.

Then, got back pain? As many as 80 percent of Americans do at some point in their lives. A leading back expert explains how to minimize back pain and offers tips on prevention. Plus- coming soon to a farmer's market near you: tender lettuce, sun-warmed strawberries, and red ripe tomatoes. Get expert tips for smart shopping from a local producer who heads up a year-round farmer's market.

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11:36am

Tue May 14, 2013
Health

Cynthia Morrow on the Campbell Conversations

When it comes to health, what does the region do well, and what does it do poorly? What are the next frontiers in making the community healthier? In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow reflects on recent statistics about the county's health, discusses different approaches that communities and government can take toward improving health, and speculates about possible futures.

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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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5:16am

Wed April 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Fracking overshadows other issues on Earth Day

On Earth Day lobby day at the state Capitol, whether or not to allow hydrofracking in New York continues to be the dominant issue.

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4:19pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Events like Boston Marathon bombing can have psychological effect on everyone

Central and northern New York may be hundreds of miles from Boston, but there is still a psychological fallout for people in this region and across the country from the marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. 

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3:50pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Agriculture

Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban

WBFO

A coalition of farmers and foodies are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet throughout the week to alert the public to the risks they believe fracking poses to the state’s agricultural viability.

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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

Credit Jean-Christophe Destailleur

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.

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

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12:48pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Station Announcement

Take Care debuts this Sunday evening

WRVO Public Media is adding a new half-hour program to its Sunday evening broadcast schedule. "Take Care," a conversation on health and wellness, will be co-hosted and produced by Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen.

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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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8:49am

Fri February 15, 2013
Politics and Government

Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer

New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation delayed its environmental review of fracking until the go-ahead is given by the Dept. of Health
Marie Cusick/Innovation Trail

On Tuesday, New York state officials announced another delay of their final decision on hydrofracking. The Department of Environmental Conservation will wait for a report on the health protections in its environmental review of fracking. Then the environmental review can be completed. The delay could be less than a month or it could be much longer. But one thing is clear - the delayed health review is now the key factor in deciding whether or not fracking will go ahead in New York.

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6:05am

Tue January 1, 2013
Technology

New technologies can help seniors "age in place"

AgeLab agelab.mit.edu

As the number of seniors citizens in America grows each year, the issue of how to make life easier for older people is growing in importance as well. One researcher, Joe Coughlin, has made it his passion to use technology to help people live longer and live better. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Coughlin, who has roots in upstate New York, when he was in Syracuse this fall.

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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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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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