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11:17 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Gay Alliance Leader Applauds State Effort to Track LGBT Demographics

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Governor Cuomo says New York State is the first state in the nation to launch a coordinated effort to collect demographic data for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Eight state agencies either currently collect or will begin to collect LGBT demographic information in an effort to address health disparities that affect that community.

Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester's Gay Alliance, says it's critical that the state is taking the lead on an initiative like this.              

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Health
10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Agreements Approved For United Memorial & Clifton Springs Hospital To Join New Health System

Definitive agreements have been finalized for two area hospitals to join the Rochester Regional Health System. United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and Clifton Springs Hospital are both expected to join the hospital system by the end of the year.

The agreement was developed by Rochester General officials prior to the recent merger between RGH and Unity Health System.

RGH has worked with both United Memorial and Clifton Springs in various clinical collaborations for a number of years.

The new Rochester Regional Health System will service a 14 county region.

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Connections
4:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: More on Migraine Headaches

More on headaches with Dr. Catherine LaVigne.

Carlet Cleare guests hosts this hour of "Connections". Our subject is headache, cluster headache, and its evil cousin migraine. When we covered this subject on our show recently, we couldn't get to all the calls and online questions. The director of URMC's Headache Center, Dr. Catherine LaVigne, asked if she could return to the show to address the additional questions, and to focus more on cluster headaches. 

Health
12:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Life Saving Training for Law Enforcement Officers

Officials demonstrate how naloxone is administered to reverse heroin or opioid overdoses
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

The State Division of Criminal Justice Service is joining other state agencies in training law enforcement officials on how to use naloxone.

It's a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin or opioid overdose.

Mike Green, head of the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, says officers are often the first on the scene responding to a report of an overdose, and with the proper training, they now have a life-saving tool.

The naloxone is administered as a nasal spray.

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Health
11:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Cool Sweep Tuesday and Wednesday

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The heat will be on the next couple of days, so Rochester mayor Lovely Warren has put Cool Sweep operations into effect Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures are expected in the mid 80s.

The program, in conjunction with Rochester Gas and Electric, offers residents a number of ways to get relief from the heat: at fire hydrants and spray parks, extended hours at City pools, or at Durand Eastman Beach.

Here's the schedule from the city of Rochester:

Hydrant Locations (noon to 4 p.m.):

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Health
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donors

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The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood and platelet donors in our area.

Spokesperson Cara Noble says donations are down about 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. "And that's resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations that expected. And you know, hospital patients, they don't take a summer vacation, so the blood supply can't take a summer vacation. We really want to get the word out there that we really need donors to come out so we can prevent an emergency situation in the coming weeks."

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Health
5:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NYS Ranks Among The Top State's For Children's Health

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012.

New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children.

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Health
4:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Medical Marijuana

The controversial topic of medical marijuana.

This hour of "Healthy Friday" is coincides with the public television health series "Second Opinion LIVE!". We discuss the controversial topic of medical marijuana, which just became legal in New York State. With us is Dr. Timothy Quill from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Connections
4:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Foot Health

All about foot and ankle health.

It's a "Healthy Friday" program. In this hour, tackle a topic that’s mostly overlooked until it’s a problem...foot and ankle health. We find out how to keep our feet healthy with Dr. David High, podiatrist at Metro Footcare Associates and Amy Kates, MS, RN-BC, Nurse Navigator at Unity Foot & Ankle Center.

Health
11:59 am
Fri July 18, 2014

DNA Technology Will Help Track Illness More Accurately, Quickly

Credit wired.com

The next time there is an outbreak of food poisoning, the state health officials have a tool to track the source of the illness more quickly and accurately.

The New York State Department of Health says new genome sequencing equipment can be used to track the DNA of pathogens often associated with food borne illness, such as salmonella, listeria or e-coli.

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