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Planned Parenthood says a recent national survey shows persistent confusion among women about when and how often they should be screened for breast and cervical cancer.

Those screenings used to be recommended annually, but guidelines have changed depending upon a woman's age and risk factors.

The survey also shows that Black and Hispanic women have additional barriers to screening for breast and cervical cancer.

University of Rochester Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health is giving the University of Rochester Medical Center $19 million.

This is the third round of funding for the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which supports scientific research, health care data analysis and improvements in patient care.

"It’s a very significant award for us. The National Institutes of Health, traditionally has focused on basic research," said Joel Seligman, president and CEO of the University of Rochester.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's attorney general says an indoor tanning company with locations upstate and in Pennsylvania has agreed to stop making misleading health claims.

The agreement is the latest in a series since Eric Schneiderman's office began an investigation of indoor tanning claims in 2013.

Schneiderman says Wednesday that Total Tan Inc. will no longer describe tanning as a good source of vitamin D and a treatment for a variety of diseases.

(AP & WXXI News) New York regulators have approved health insurance rates for 2017, hiking premiums about 8 percent for small group plans and almost 17 percent for individual plans. 

The Department of Financial Services said rising health care costs and the federal reinsurance program's termination are pushing up rates. The approved increases overall are about one-fourth less than what insurers' originally proposed. 

Ontario County Public Health Department

Swimmers looking to beat the heat at Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake will have to look elsewhere.

The presence of blue-green algae in the lake has closed the beach for swimming, according to the Ontario County Public Health Department. It will remain closed until the New York State Department of Health clears the area for swimming, officials said.

The Red Cross typically sees its blood supply diminish in the summer months, but officials say the blood shortage is now critical both locally and nationally.

The Rochester chapter of the agency has less than the minimum five-day supply of blood on hand. Barros Mendonca


The Rochester school district sent bottled water to four summer programs today after test results showed lead levels above the EPA threshold.


The initial tests show 11 percent of water fixtures in 22 schools -- 98 out of the 881 tested -- have more than 20 parts per billion level of lead.


UR Taking Dental Care on the Road

Aug 2, 2016

UR Medicine's Eastman Institute for Oral Health has unveiled its new SMILEmobile, which will bring oral care services to patients with special needs.

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman cut the ribbon on the new mobile dental unit, SMILEmobile, which unlike its three predecessors, it can be driven to those patients.

He says it will serve older adults, people with developmental disabilities and other medically complex conditions, and it will go where the needs require, as far as Watertown.

"We anticipate as many as 35 hundred visits per year," he said.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators say they'll be watching to see that insurers don't discriminate against people needing treatment for mental health disorders and addiction.

The Department of Financial Services, in a letter this week, reminds health insurers they're responsible for providing the same level of coverage for those treatments as for medical and surgical care.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his administration will have "zero tolerance for insurance companies that seek to shirk their obligations."

Almost nine million New Yorkers have signed up for a network that gives providers across the state access to their health care data.

According to Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), patients are onboard and practitioners have been slow to join.

"So about 98% of the time when somebody is told, “hey if you sign this form, I as your provider can see  all of your other records, will you sign it ? 98% of the time the patient signs the form -- they want their doctor to have all of their data."