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3:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Wegmans Looks For The Federal Government To Help Clear Up Questions About GMO's

Credit nongmoproject.org

Wegmans wants the federal government to standardize the labeling and certification regarding genetically modified foods, or GMO’s.

Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager Jane Andrews says the supermarket chain used to get maybe 40 or 50 comments  a month about GMO's, mainly from consumers who wanted to know if a product they wanted to buy was made with genetically modified organisms.

But since another Wegmans official, Mary Ellen Burris recently blogged about the company's views on the issue, Andrews says it brought hundreds of comments to the grocery chain.

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Connections
10:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Child Sexual Abuse

A discussion of child sexual abuse and the story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis.

A recent article tells the  story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis. Curtis is in prison, convicted on multiple felony counts of child sex abuse. Curtis, who caught the final out of the 1999 World  Series, was convicted of molesting teenage girls who trusted him for athletic training. The author of a recent story, Greg Hanlon, joins us to explain how he convinced Curtis to sit down for a jailhouse interview.

Guests also include Ed Suk of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Mary Whittier of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.   

Health
2:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Rochester: A Climate Smart Community

The Sierra Club encourages one community at a time to make changes to prevent the advance of climate change.

Peter Debes is the chair of the Rochester regional group of the Sierra Club. He says New York State is taking a proactive approach to the global problem.

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Health
10:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Off-Season For Football Players May Not Be Long Enough To Recover From Head Injuries

Credit urmc.rochester.edu

A new study that involves a local researcher says that the typical off-season for a football player may not be long enough for the player's brain to heal from head injuries.

The lead author of the study is Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Bazarian investigated the brains of 10 U of R football players before the start of the 2011 season, at the conclusion of the season, and after six months of no-contact rest.

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Health
2:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Looking For "Bold Moves" To Help People With Disabilities

A number of local organizations are trying to change the way that people with intellectual and physical disabilities are perceived. Officials with these groups realize there are some longstanding assumptions that have to be challenged.

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Connections
4:15 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Connections: Organ Donation Program; High Falls Film Festival

A change in the organ donation program; Also, a preview of the High Falls Film Festival.

New York is changing the way organ donations are established and handled. It’s an effort to get more people – a lot more – signed up. Guests include: Rob Kochik from Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and Dr. Mark Orloff, transplant surgeon at URMC.

In the second half-hour, the High Falls Film Festival is six months away, but later this month they’re presenting a film produced by a Rochester native. Guests include Mary Manard Reed, Executive Director of the festival and and Producer, Mike Critteli.

Health
11:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Organ Donation is Up in Monroe County; Officials Say an Easier Process Should Help Even More

Credit urmc.rochester.edu

Twenty-six percent of Monroe County residents have signed up as organ donors on the statewide registry. That's an 8 percent increase in just the last few years.

But officials say that number would be much higher if the registration process was easier.

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Health
12:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Local Researchers Get Grant to Study Flu

Credit scientificamerican.com

A $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Rochester to continue developing ways to make the flu vaccine more effective.

David Topham is co-director of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence. It's a collaborative network of universities, including the U of R. 

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Connections
9:04 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Connections: Maternity & Paternity Leave

We look into maternity and paternity leave in the United States. Last week, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made headlines when he took two days off for paternity leave. The headlines, to be fair, came from sports talk radio hosts, who declared that Murphy was taking too much time off. One host said that he should have told his wife to have a C-section last month to avoid missing baseball games. We'll look at the value of parental leave to care for children.

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Health
9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

More NYS Children Have Health Insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday shows the percentage of children without insurance dropped from 5.6 percent in 2008 to 4.3 percent in 2012. 

Nationally, the percentage of uninsured children declined from 9.7 percent to 7.5 percent. The report by researchers at the University of Minnesota is based on U.S. Census date. 

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