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10:14 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Health Care Providers Look For Ways to Reduce Medicaid Costs

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A consortium of health care providers in Monroe and 13 other counties is looking for ways to reduce Medicaid costs and improve care for patients at the same time.

A local group of physicians and health care providers met in Rochester Wednesday for an update on these ongoing efforts.

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Connections
3:15 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Connections: Raising Healthy Children

How do we raise healthy children?

We ask the question, “How do we raise healthy children?” We discuss the risk of childhood obesity, healthy eating, and exercise. We also discuss about how to best keep their minds healthy, as well. How much screen time is healthy for kids and what are some of the alternatives to video games and television? Our panel weighs in:

Debra Ross, founder of Kids Out and About

Stephen Cook, UR Medicine pediatrician

Adrienne Furness, Henrietta Public Library

Tonia Burton, children’s services consultant at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Health
12:48 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo: Children With Epilepsy Need Quicker Access to Medical Marijuana

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Governor Cuomo has asked Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker if there's a way to speed up access to medical marijuana to children with epilepsy.

This follows the recent deaths of two Western New York girls who struggled with the neurological disorder. 

A local epilepsy service organization says it has had inquiries from clients about medical marijuana.

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Health
2:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Yorkers Lag as Potential Organ Donors

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Just 22 percent of adult New Yorkers are registered organ donors.

Compare that with a national average of 48 percent.

That's according to a new Excellus BlueCross BlueShield study that also reveals 539 New Yorkers died last year waiting for an organ transplant, while another 381 became too sick to be eligible.

Martin Lustick is corporate medical director and senior vice president for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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Health
7:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Warning About A Dangerous Plant

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which can cause blistering and blindness. 

The state Department of Environmental is continuing its ongoing efforts to control invasive giant hogweed plants across the state. It's reminding residents to look out for the plant and report any new locations. 

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Health
1:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Neuromedicine Intensive Care Unit at Strong

Neuromedicine ICU at Strong
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Strong Hospital is set to accept patients Tuesday to its new 12-bed neuromedicine ICU.

A staff trained in treating neurological disorders like strokes, seizures, and traumatic brain injury will be treating patients around the clock.

In the past, those patients would be scattered in other ICU's and receive care from fragmented teams.

That’s from Medical director Dr. Manju Markandaya, who says diseases that impact the brain and central nervous system have a unique set of challenges, not usually found in a traditional intensive care unit.

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Health
1:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Emergency Department in Brockport Set to Open

Strong West in Brockport
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Officials from the University of Rochester are awaiting final approval from the state to open an off-campus Emergency Department at the former Lakeside Hospital in Brockport.

The U of R took over the facility last year, and just last week began operating an urgent care center at the property 24 hours a day.

The plan is to replace urgent care with an Emergency Department on August 4th.

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Connections
4:10 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connections: Is Organic Food Better?

Is organic food really better for you?

Two new studies offer more details about organic food is, and what it is not. So is it worth spending more money on organic produce? What is the certification process for organic growing? What are the evidence-based health benefits? Why is Wegmans so supportive of organic? We discuss this with our panel:

Jane Andrews, Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager
Denis Lepel, Lakestone Family Farm
Todd Lighthouse, Lighthouse Gardens
Anne Ruflin, Executive Director of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York 

Health
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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