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5:02 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Connections: Lila Rose of Live Action

Our guest is Lila Rose of Live Action, considered one of the most influential people in the pro-life movement. She spoke at Roberts Wesleyan College today. Rose says the pro-choice movement is the "culture of death." We'll talk to her about the quest to make abortion illegal.

Note: We invited representatives of Planned Parenthood to the program, and they will appear on the program at a later time.

Health
4:01 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NY State Health Exchange to Launch Site in Spanish

The state department of health plans to launch a Spanish-language website in the upcoming open enrollment. National observers recommend that New York learn from mistakes made on the federal Spanish language website.

CuidadoDeSalud.Gov opened to controversy when it launched late in last year’s open enrollment period, and included poor translations and grammatical errors.

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Health
1:07 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AAP Issues Birth Control Guidelines for Teen Girls

Credit advocatesaz.org

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for teenage girls who use birth control.

The physicians group says long-acting contraceptive devices-the I.U.D. and hormonal implants -should be the first choice for teen girls who don't want to practice abstinence.

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Health
4:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Founding Member Of The Wilmot Cancer Institute Has Died

Dr. Philip Rubin, professor and chair emeritus of radiation oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center has died.

Rubin was 87. He was among the founding members of what is now the Wilmot Cancer Institute and officials say he was a pioneer in research on the effects of radiation exposure and surviving cancer.

He joined the URMC faculty in 1957 and created the Department of Radiation Oncology. Rubin also did research for the National Cancer Institute on the effects of radiation on different organs in the body.

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Health
11:12 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Enterovirus in Monroe County Likely More Common Than Reports Show

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Monroe County health officials are not issuing any specific guidelines to schools to prevent the Enterovirus.

County Health Department spokesman John Ricci says the advice for school administrators and parents to try to keep the respiratory illness from spreading is the same advice given to prevent colds or the flu.       

"And that's thorough and frequent hand washing, cough etiquette - meaning covering your cough and sneezes, disinfecting surfaces, and staying home from work and school if sick with either diarrheal illness and or respiratory illness that includes fever."

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Health
2:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Judy Collins Talks About Alcoholism And Recovery

Judy Collins at Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Credit Alex Crichton

Legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins was the keynote speaker today at the annual East House Hope and Recovery Luncheon in Rochester.

Collins, who's a suicide survivor, says she came from a family of alcoholics and has been in recovery herself for the past 36 years.

She lost her son 22 years ago when he took his own life.

Collins says it's very important to break the taboo and talk about mental health, depression, alcoholism and other issues that were once kept in the shadows.

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Health
2:28 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Medicare Advantage Costs Increase Across Nation, State

Credit HealthPocket.com

Many New York seniors who use Medicare Advantage will pay more for both their premiums and they prescriptions starting in January.

Recently released national Medicare data show the average cost of premiums for Medicare Advantage will increase by 2% in 2015, according to an analysis by HealthPocket.

Statewide, the average premium is up just less than 3 and a quarter percent. In 2014, the average premium in New York for Medicare Advantage was $55.02. 

In 2015, that figure will go up to $56.80.

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Health
7:11 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New York Launches Website to Combat Heroin Addiction

Credit combatheroin.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has put up a new website with information about heroin and prescription opioid addiction and where to go for help. 

According to state officials, admissions last year statewide for abuse and addiction treatment for those drugs rose to more than 89,000 with the largest increase among people between 18 and 24. 

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Health
7:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Federal Officials To Hold Local Meeting About Compensation For Radiation Exposure

Federal officials will be in Rochester later this week to help former workers in the nuclear weapons industry find out about compensation they may be eligible for.

The U.S. Labor Department says that from the 1940s through the 1980s, workers in the nuclear weapons industry may have been exposed to radiation while performing their jobs. That includes 15 facilities in Western New York, including an atomic energy project at the University of Rochester. After World War II, that operation focused on the biomedical aspects of nuclear energy.

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Health
6:23 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Sen. Schumer Calls On CDC To Provide More Support For Dealing With The Enterovirus

New York Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to send more resources to hospitals and schools around the state to help them combat the Enterovirus, which causes respiratory problems.

Schumer says with the strain of that virus known as “D68” affecting more and more children and leading more kids to be taken to hospital emergency rooms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should provide help.

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