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Monroe County has extended the hours of its immunization clinic for students who are at risk of being withheld from school because they don't have the necessary vaccinations.

Starting today, the clinic at 111 Westfall Road is open for walk-in appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments will be accepted on Tuesdays from 9 to noon.

Those hours continue through next Thursday, September 22.

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Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York is planning a big upgrade for its Rochester and Syracuse centers.

As the organization nears its seven million dollar goal of a fundraising campaign it also names Michelle Casey as new president and CEO. Casey was previously the chief program officer at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

“I think as health care has changed it's really more of a team based sport than it used to be,” Casey says, is partly why optimal configuration of physical space can make a difference for patient care.

 

It was a busy summer for environmental safety workers at the school district in Rochester, New York, where employees sampled over 2,000 school water fixtures and replaced nearly 20 percent of them, after finding problematic levels of lead.

 

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You would think that when parents are told of a vaccine that could prevent future cancers in their children, they would leap at the chance to protect them. Statistics show that isn’t always the case for the shot that prevents human papilloma virus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection.

No Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine This Year

Sep 8, 2016
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If you're accustomed to getting the flu vaccine through a nasal spray, prepare to roll up your sleeves for a shot this year, instead.

The Centers for Disease Control has deemed FluMist isn't as effective as a shot, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agreed, and has updated its guidelines.

Spokesman for the Monroe County Department of Public Health, John Ricci, says for many years people have had the option of an injectable form of the vaccine, and for the past decade or so, there's been a nasal spray mist variety.

Rochester General Hospital has a new president.

The parent organization for the health system, Rochester Regional Health, has announced that Nancy Tinsley will fill the spot left vacant when Rob Cercek left in the summer for an executive position at a Cincinnati health system.

Tinsley is a registered nurse and most recently was at University Hospitals in Cleveland where she served as president of the 325-bed Parma Medical Center. 

(AP)  Schools in New York state will now be required to test their drinking water for lead contamination. 

Under the legislation signed into law Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will require school districts to report test results to local and state officials and parents. Schools found to have high levels of lead will have to develop plans to fix the problem. 

Exposure to the toxic chemical can cause significant neurological problems for young children. 

Taking Health Care to the "Nth Dimension"

Sep 5, 2016

The University of Rochester Medical Center is using a program designed to address the shortage of women and minorities in medicine.

It's called "Nth Dimension," and it gives medical students who may be considering orthopedics the chance to get some valuable experience in that field.

Spinal surgeon at URMC, Dr. Addisu Mesfin mentors students in the program.

He says as in all medicine, there is a need for enough physicians that reflect the population.

The Rochester City School District says it has completed its testing for lead in water in all school buildings and district facilities. Officials say results show that about 19 percent of drinking water fixtures showed lead levels above an EPA threshold for schools and child care centers.

In early August, initial tests had showed 11 percent of water fixtures in 22 schools had been above the EPA threshold.

The district says that over the summer, it replaced all fixtures that had lead levels above the safety guideline.

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An RIT professor has received a federal grant for research in the effort to develop new drugs to combat the rise in the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Associate Professor Andre Hudson has been awarded a nearly $437,000 grant to look into the concept of using a certain enzyme to help develop antibiotics that do a better job of targeting specific bacteria. Hudson is with RIT’s Gosnell School of Life Sciences.

He says current antibiotics are designed to kill a wide variety of bacteria, and that can cause problems.

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