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4:30 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

American Cancer Society Says NYS Needs To Do More To Prevent Smoking

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking.

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.

While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in funds for programs to prevent tobacco use.

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Health
10:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New At-Home Test Screens For Colon Cancer

Credit gastroendonews.com

About a third of Americans aren't up to date on their colon cancer screening.

A new at-home test may help detect cancer in people who aren't willing or able to get a colonoscopy.

The FDA recently approved the Cologuard test, which can detect blood and eleven different molecular markers in the stool that can indicate cancer or precancerous lesions in the colon.

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Health
8:10 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Algae Blooms Persist On Conesus Lake

The Livingston County Health Department has issued an update on the blue-green algae blooms recently discovered on Conesus Lake.

Officials say the blooms continue to be found throughout the lake, primarily at the northern end of the lake. That could have some impact on recreational activities for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

The health department warns that contact with the algae may result in health effects including itching and rashes and if you are in Conesus Lake in areas where the blooms are visible, avoid direct contact with water in that area.

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Connections
4:20 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Connections: The Next Steps For Medical Marijuana in NYS

What are the next steps for medical marijuana in New York state?

Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for medical marijuana use goes into effect in January 2016, but many wonder what are the next steps for New York State, and some are pushing the state to act quickly. Tonight at 7 p.m., there will be a community forum on medical cannabis at Monroe Community College. Two of the panelists that will be at the forum join us to talk about medical marijuana in New York State, Dr. Luke Peppone from Wilmot Cancer Institute and Julie Netherland of Compassionate Care NY.

Health
12:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Not Too Early to Get Flu Shot

Credit blog.rphonthego.com

Because of increased demand, companies that manufacture the flu vaccine have started producing more of it. This year, the vaccine has been delivered a bit earlier than usual.  According to the chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Rochester, that's because there weren't many changes in the formula this year.

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Affordable Care Act
10:44 am
Wed August 27, 2014

We Are Looking For Someone Like You!

We're looking for certain people to highlight our reporting on "Understanding the Affordable Care Act". We are looking for the following people to share their experiences with us about the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare): 

  • Female, divorced, mid-50's, uninsured, may have health concerns
  • Male, engaged, late-20's, uninsured, may have health concerns
  • Female, single, early-30's, uninsured, exercises regularly, generally healthy
  • Male, married w/children, late 30's, uninsured, exercises regularly, generally healthy

If you fall into one of these categories and want to share your ACA experience with us, here's how to contact us:

Connections
3:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Connections: Can Obese People Find Love?

How hard is it for obese people to find love and intimacy?

In this hour, we welcome NPR contributor Sarah Varney. Her new book is called XL Love, and in it, she writes about the challenges faced by obese people. In particular, Varney targets love and intimacy. 

Health
12:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Pediatrican Group Calls For Later School Start Time

Credit educationnews.org

The organization representing pediatricians around the country has a suggestion for schools: start classes later for kids in middle and high schools.

The new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics comes after years of concern that teens aren't getting enough sleep.

More than 40 percent of the nation's public high schools begin classes before 8 a.m. The AAP is suggesting that be pushed back until at least 8:30.

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Health
12:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Lower Well-Being Among LGBT Community

Credit gayalliance.org

Gallup has released results of a UCLA School of Law study which shows lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Americans have a lower overall sense of well-being than their non-LGBT counterparts.

The survey included questions in five broad areas: purpose, social, financial, community and physical well-being.

The data show LGBT adults, particularly women, trail non-LGBT adults in all those areas.
The results of the study come as no big surprise, according to Scott Fearing, Executive Director of the Gay Alliance.

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Health
11:26 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Free Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Offered to Public

Credit yourblogondrugs.com

Police departments and safety officers on college campuses carry them.

And now, with the surge in heroin and opioid overdoses, members of the general public can be trained to use overdose reversal kits.

UR Medicine's Strong Recovery is beginning a monthly program for those who have friends and family members they know or suspect of using the drugs, or addicts who want to be able to help their friends.   

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