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5:56 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Substance Abuse; Affordable care Act

This hour we touch on addiction and substance abuse. First we talk with Judy Collins and her challenges with substance abuse. Then we talk with Greg Soehner from East House. Then we talk about the Affordable Care Act with Bowen Garrett, research fellow with the Urban Institute.
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Connections
5:47 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Domestic Violence

The national conversation about domestic violence has been dominating the headlines since the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then fiance, Janay Palmer, in a hotel elevator. We discuss the definition of domestic violence, the causes, the resources, and how to create more awareness of the issue.

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Health
5:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Wayne County To Spray To Try And Control Mosquito-Borne Virus

Officials in Wayne County say they are getting ready to have some aerial spraying done to try and control the spread of  a mosquito-borne virus .

Health officials announced the spraying of the pesticide in parts of Wayne County next week after three horses located on the same farm in the Town of Rose tested positive for the virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis also known as ‘Triple-E.”

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Connections
1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: How Do You Want to Die?

Here's a question you may not think about until you're asked, "How do you want to die?" Answers usually range from "peacefully", "in our sleep", to "surrounded by my family." Some use treatments to prolong their lives trading off a poorer quality of life for longevity. Is there a right way to handle this? What would a doctor choose if they faced this scenario. We have a health care panel from the University of Rochester Medical Center to weigh in on these issues:

  • Dr. Tim Quill, director of Palliative Care Program
  • Laura Hogan, nurse practitioner
  • Emilee Langfit, nurse for Strong’s Sussman Palliative Care Inpatient Unit
Health
11:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

UR Medicine's Wilmot Cancer Institute Awarded $18 Million Grant

UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute has been awarded an $18.6 million grant to help lead a nationwide clinical research network which will investigate cancer-related side effects.

The award from the National Cancer Institute to researcher Gary Morrow is among the five largest grants received by a UR Medical Center researcher in the past 10 years.

The five-year grant will fund work that revolves around supportive care for patients coping with side effects during and following cancer treatment.

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Health
8:19 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New URMC Leader says ACA Challenges Funding Models

School of Medicine and Dentistry Dr. Dean Mark Taubman will take over University of Rochester Medical Center’s lead role starting at the beginning of next year. The CEO-designate recognizes the position comes with challenges as the country changes health care funding models.

Taubman thanked Berk, saying he is leaving at the top of his career with a strong and supportive culture at URMC. It’s a culture Taubman says he will emulate.

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Health
11:18 am
Wed September 17, 2014

URMC CEO Steps Down, Will Lead New Institute at URMC

University President Joel Seligman stands with Dr. Brad Berk to announce Berk's new role as head of the Rochester Neurorestorative Institute.
Credit Michelle Faust

Dr. Brad Berk will step down as CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and senior vice president for Health Sciences on December 31 to head the new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at URMC. 

Berk has served as CEO of URMC since 2006. He suffered a spinal cord injury while biking near Canandaigua Lake in 2009. Dr. Mark B. Taubman, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry served as interim CEO during Berk's absence, and will take over Berk's role. 

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Connections
3:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Connections: Parental Punishment

We look at corporal punishment in light of the Adrian Peterson case. What is appropriate and what is not? What do the studies show about long-term impact? We discuss this with our panel: 

  • Deb Rosen, director of children and family services, Child Protective Services
  • Mary Whittier, Executive Director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Health
12:03 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Possible Enterovirus in Rochester Area

Credit npr.org

As an illness known as Enterovirus D68 makes its way across the country, there are some children being treated locally who have symptoms consistent with the virus.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a pediatrician with UR Medicine, says the virus starts out like a common cold before more severe symptoms show up.

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Health
11:30 am
Tue September 16, 2014

MVP Announces Cuts to Medicare Advantage

Denise Gonick, President and CEO of MVP Health Care
Credit MVP Health Care

MVP Health Care announced cuts to its Medicare Advantage products Tuesday morning.

The community health insurer will discontinue 2 of its 5 Medicare Advantage plans used by 17,000 customers in the Greater Rochester Area. Statewide 19,000 customers will be affected.

The remaining 3 plans will have rate increases between 50 and 100 percent of current premiums.

The company sited federal cuts in subsidies which have traditionally covered 85 percent of the cost of Medicare Advantage expenses.

MVP also announced they project to run a deficit in 2015.

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