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10:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Health Advocates Discourage "Fat Talk" This Week

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October 21-24 has been designated “Fat Talk Free Week”, a campaign raising awareness about the damaging affect negative self-talk can have on people’s personal body image.  Organizers are encouraging a focus on healthy diet and lifestyle choices and bringing attention to the impact the “thin ideal” has for our society. 

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Health
5:20 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Flu Season to Begin Soon

County officials remind residents to get their flu shots, as the season fast approaches. Between 50-60% of residents are regularly vaccinated against the highly preventable illness.

Mid- to late October is the time of year when flu begins to appear in the region.

Although there hasn’t been a confirmed case of the disease this year, spokesperson for the Monroe County Department of Public Health, John Ricci said the flu is on its way.

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Health
4:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Survey: More Area Businesses Offering High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans

Employers in the Rochester area are increasingly using high-deductible health plans as a way of  trying to  provide health care coverage to their employees at a reasonable cost.

That according to Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance which just released a survey about how its members are providing health benefits in the coming year.

She says high deductible plans do make employees more conscious of how much health care costs, but those kinds of plans may also discourage some people from seeking medical attention.

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Connections
3:18 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Ebola

This hour of "Healthy Friday" is also part of Second Opinion LIVE!. We discuss Ebola with Dr. Mark Shelly from the University of Rochester Medical Center. We also hear from Nancy Writebol, she was Ebola patient #2, and was a guest on a special edition of Second Opinion that focused on Ebola.

Connections
3:11 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday- Physician Assistants, Love in Senior Years

In this hour of "Healthy Friday" we first have a conversation with Cynthia Zink from the University of Rochester Medical Center, she will tell us the role physician assistants play in your health.

Then we talk with filmmaker Steven Loring about his film "The Age of Love" which chronicles adventures of thirty Rochester seniors who take part in a speed-dating event.

Health
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

URMC Designated As One Of The Hospitals Preparing To Care For Ebola Patients If Necessary

(AP & WXXI)  New York Gov. Andrew says the state is ready to tackle Ebola, even if it never arrives. 

Cuomo said Thursday that eight hospitals across the state are especially prepared with go-to teams who've been drilled in anti-Ebola protocols. 

One of those hospitals is the University of Rochester Medical Center.

In addition, officials said public transportation systems including New York City's subways and buses are on the alert for possible passengers carrying the virus. 

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Health
7:38 am
Thu October 16, 2014

State Senate Leader Wants Review Of Ebola Readiness

(AP)  The Republican leader of the New York state Senate says he wants the state to review its readiness for combating Ebola and release a comprehensive plan to respond to the deadly virus within a month. 

Sen. Dean Skelos and two other Republican senators on Wednesday called on state health and emergency preparedness agencies to ``immediately develop'' a plan to respond to any cases of the deadly virus. 

Skelos, of Long Island, says the review should focus on plans for patient isolation, health worker safety, waste management and even burial. 

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Health
6:27 am
Wed October 15, 2014

2nd Health Care Worker At A Dallas Hospital Tests Positive For Ebola

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DALLAS (AP) — A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.

The department said in the statement emailed early Wednesday and posted on its website that the worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediate isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

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Health
1:37 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Local Doctor Appointed To New Statewide Task Force On AIDS

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(WXXI News & AP) A group of doctors, public health experts and community advocates is launching an ambitious effort to end New York State’s three-decade AIDS epidemic. 

The task force was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the intention to reduce new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020, down from an estimated 3,000 HIV cases expected this year and 14,000 new cases in 1993. 

The epidemic will be considered over when the number of new cases diagnosed annually falls below the number of AIDS deaths. 

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Health
8:20 am
Tue October 14, 2014

WXXI's Second Opinion Program To Explore Ebola Issues

(Update: You can watch the program by clicking here.) 

The death of the first United States-diagnosed Ebola patient has heightened concerns about Ebola across the country. 

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