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10:45 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Good Diet May Protect Against Chemical Exposure

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Rochester area day care providers heard from a leading environmental health researcher this week about how toxic chemicals can impact our health.

Dana Dolinoy, head of the University of Michigan's Environmental Epigenetics and Nutrition Laboratory, says they've done research with pregnant mice that were exposed to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).  It showed that their offspring were adversely impacted by that exposure.                  

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Health
5:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

University Of Rochester Gets A Major Research Grant To Study Longevity

The University of Rochester is getting a major grant to lead a research project to study longevity.

The U of R will be doing the research into how a person's lifespan can be extended in cooperation with scientists from Harvard and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The grant is for $9.5 million, and lead researcher and U of R biology professor Vera Gorbunova  says that money from the National Institute of Aging is quite significant.

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Health
11:41 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Local Project Seeks Better Mental Health Care for Rural Seniors

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Seniors living in rural areas of New York State often have to travel long distances to get medical care when they need the services of a mental health specialist.

A local initiative is aimed at bridging that barrier.  Project "Echo" will pair specialists at UR Medicine with primary care physicians in 23 Western and Central New York counties.

Project leader Michael Hasselberg, a UR psychiatric nurse practitioner, says they'll meet by videoconference every two weeks to confer on individual cases and share knowledge.             

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Connections
9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Connections: The Link Between Environment & Mental Health

We examine "root shock."  The Rochester Regional Community Design Center hosts another event in their Reshaping Rochester series, and this time the guest is Mindy Thompson Fullilove. She explains how tearing up city neighborhoods hurts the families that live there. 

Also in the discussion,  Joni Monroe and Roger Brown, of the Reshaping Rochester series.

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Health
2:58 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Several Local Activities Scheduled To Mark Earth Day

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There are a number of ways that local organizations will be marking “Earth Day on Tuesday. 

Earth Day started in 1970, on April 22nd when about 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks, rallying for a more sustainable environment.

The event may not be as high profile as it was in 1970, but there are still plenty of events in the Rochester area on Tuesday. They include:

--A vigil on the Pont de Rennes  bridge from Noon to 2:00 p.m, to draw attention to the condition of the Genesee River.

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Health
3:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Wegmans Looks For The Federal Government To Help Clear Up Questions About GMO's

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Wegmans wants the federal government to standardize the labeling and certification regarding genetically modified foods, or GMO’s.

Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager Jane Andrews says the supermarket chain used to get maybe 40 or 50 comments  a month about GMO's, mainly from consumers who wanted to know if a product they wanted to buy was made with genetically modified organisms.

But since another Wegmans official, Mary Ellen Burris recently blogged about the company's views on the issue, Andrews says it brought hundreds of comments to the grocery chain.

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Connections
10:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Child Sexual Abuse

A discussion of child sexual abuse and the story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis.

A recent article tells the  story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis. Curtis is in prison, convicted on multiple felony counts of child sex abuse. Curtis, who caught the final out of the 1999 World  Series, was convicted of molesting teenage girls who trusted him for athletic training. The author of a recent story, Greg Hanlon, joins us to explain how he convinced Curtis to sit down for a jailhouse interview.

Guests also include Ed Suk of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Mary Whittier of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.   

Health
2:03 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Rochester: A Climate Smart Community

The Sierra Club encourages one community at a time to make changes to prevent the advance of climate change.

Peter Debes is the chair of the Rochester regional group of the Sierra Club. He says New York State is taking a proactive approach to the global problem.

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Health
10:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Off-Season For Football Players May Not Be Long Enough To Recover From Head Injuries

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A new study that involves a local researcher says that the typical off-season for a football player may not be long enough for the player's brain to heal from head injuries.

The lead author of the study is Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Bazarian investigated the brains of 10 U of R football players before the start of the 2011 season, at the conclusion of the season, and after six months of no-contact rest.

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Health
2:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Looking For "Bold Moves" To Help People With Disabilities

A number of local organizations are trying to change the way that people with intellectual and physical disabilities are perceived. Officials with these groups realize there are some longstanding assumptions that have to be challenged.

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