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Annual Gateway to Healing Art Showcase and Auction

May 1, 2015

Local artist and burn survivor Albert Paley is hosting an annual auction to benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association this Saturday night.

Paley was seriously burned in an accident 13 years ago suffering 3rd degree burns to about a 30 percent of his body.

Proceeds of the event go the the Burn Association and Paley says one of their main functions is to raise funds to send child burn survivors to summer camp.

Some local dentists are volunteering their time Saturday to offer free treatment to people 18 and older who don't have dental insurance.

Registered dental hygienist Carla Rumble is the coordinator of tomorrow's event, sponsored by an international organization called "Dentistry from the Heart".

"We just can't imagine only treating those who can afford it,” Rumble said. “We are here because we love what we do and we just want to see that we can help as many people as possible whenever we can get the opportunity to get the volunteers to help us."


Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher was in Rochester Thursday to help present awards that focus on community health.

Satcher is no stranger to Rochester.  He completed his medical residence at URMC in 1972, and his career included serving as Surgeon General from 1998 to 2002.  He still comes back to Rochester from time to time, as he did this week for the annual Community Health Improvement Awards that were named after him.

A two-day summit on child abuse begins Thursday in Rochester.

Professionals who prosecute child abuse cases and treat victims will be hearing from a panel of adults who endured childhood abuse.

One of them is Marisol Ramos Lopez, Commissioner of Rochester's Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

To hear her story, click on the audio link above.

The American Lung Association has released its “State of the Air” report for 2015.

In counties with monitors, levels of ozone and short-term particle pollution and long-term particle pollution were measured.

It shows Western New York and the Southern Tier have some of the best and worst levels of ozone in the state.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that the same marketing restrictions that apply to traditional tobacco products should be expanded to cover e-cigarettes.

He cited a recent report indicating that while traditional tobacco use is down among teens, the use of e-cigarettes is up.

Patients Rate Area Hospitals

Apr 23, 2015 has released rankings of area hospitals based upon surveys of patients.

The surveys include eleven different measures, from noise levels and clean rooms to how well their doctor communicated about medication and care after they left the hospital.

Strong Hospital received the highest overall ranking in the region, at "four stars."

Chief Operating Officer Kathy Parrinello says the five star rating is a high bar to achieve, but these kind of patient surveys serve a useful purpose.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking for people who may be due money from that insurer.

The Rochester-based company says that more than 13,600 people and companies in the state have "forgotten" more than $2.66 million in checks issued by Excellus Health Plan. That's in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2011 to members and providers.

New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman has filed lawsuits against two tanning chains, including one that serves the Rochester area.

The lawsuits are against Total Tan, which has 3 locations in the Rochester area, and Portofino Spas which has locations in Manhattan.

The suits accuse both franchises of false advertising by denying or minimizing scientific evidence linking tanning to an increased cancer risk and promoting indoor tanning as a safe way to reap the benefits of vitamin D and other supposed health benefits.

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The outbreak of canine flu which has sickened more than a thousand dogs in the Midwest has not been reported yet in New York State.

"But all it takes one dog to be sick and be transported and cause the virus someplace else," said Dr. Dean Snyder, a Hilton veterinarian and president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

There is not a vaccine for the H3N2 virus seen in dogs in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.  The illness cannot be transmitted from dogs to humans, but Snyder says cats can contract the virus and so can ferrets.