Health & Medical News

The American Red Cross anticipates a blood shortage this holiday season.

Spokeswoman Cara Noble says there are plenty of reasons donations drop off in the summer months: Not only do high schools and colleges with regular drives shut down, people go on vacation. She says more than 40 percent of blood and platelet donors will be away over the holiday.

"Right now we're asking eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment right now so we can help prevent summer shortages. Patients don't get a summer holiday or a vacation from needing blood or platelets."

Hospitals could be penalized by the federal Occupation Safety and Hazard Administration for risking injury to nurses. OSHA announced it intends to issue fines for ergonomic hazards in hospitals. The nursing profession has the highest rate of on-the-job injuries of any other in the country.

Jennifer Chesebro is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nurse Practitioning at Brockport. She says she thinks hospitals want to do more to protect nurses, and this push from OSHA might incentivize them to do so.

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A "virtual ribbon cutting" ceremony was held this morning at the new downtown Rochester headquarters for VisualDx.

That company provides software so physicians can use its digital resources and imaging to improve

diagnosis, suggest treatment and help with medical education worldwide.

"For years, we've asked physicians to memorize everything, we know that's impossible. So now, physicians go online and so they grab information on their desktop computer or their phone, and it helps them make better decisions," company CEO Art Papier said.

People who handle the daily task of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are attending a conference hosted by the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester & the Finger Lakes Region on Monday.

They’re learning about some coping strategies to deal with what can be a long and difficult journey.

Across New York an estimated million or more family members and friends are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.

Children from low-income families may face a big hurdle when they get ready to start school.

Some of them are exposed to stresses that have been linked to elevated or lower levels of the hormone cortisol – a change associated with impaired cognitive function.

Researchers at the University of Rochester recently published a 3-year study of 2, 3 and 4-year-old children and their mothers at Mount Hope Family Center.

Wegmans Recalls Spring Water

Jun 20, 2015

Wegmans is recalling some of its "Food You Feel Good About" Spring Water.

According to a company statement, the recall affects only 16.9 ounce bottles and multiple pack sizes with Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario, CA on the label, the UPC listed below and Best Used By dates 10 Jun 16 through 18 Jun 16.

Only the following products are included in the recall:

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning reports a 30-percent decline in the number of children reported with elevated blood lead levels in the past year, and an 85-percent reduction in Monroe County in the past decade.

Mel Callan is a family nurse practioner at Highland Family Medicine Center and co-chair of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning.

She says the anti-lead poisoning effort in Rochester has truly been the most remarkable community collaboration that she's ever been involved with.

Bad Brownies Sicken Four Students

Jun 13, 2015

Someone brought homemade brownies to a Rochester school that sent four students sick to the hospital.

Rochester Police tell WXXI that several students at the Rochester Early College International High School were exposed to the brownies, laced with an unknown substance.

Three of the students were treated and released, but one was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Police say they are interviewing people who may know about the brownies, and welcome any tips to 9-1-1.

Schumer: Feds Need to Do More to Fight Lyme Disease

Jun 12, 2015

The number of cases of Lyme disease are on the rise, and Senator Charles Schumer says it's time the federal government gets more involved.

He's proposing legislation to boost funding to research, identify and treat the disease.

That's good news to Corky Trombley of the Finger Lakes Lyme Disease Support Group.

She says she knows first-hand how devastating this disease can be.

Agita Over Heartburn Study

Jun 11, 2015

A study from Stanford University raises concerns that some heartburn drugs, when used for long periods of time, can increase your risk of a heart attack.

Dr. Chris Cove is a Cardiologist at URMC. He suggests you not change your antacid based on this report. But he is impressed by one aspect of the research.