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5:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo Defends Ebola Policy

Credit CDC

Governor Cuomo is defending the state's policy of calling for a 21 day quarantine for people who have come into contact with an Ebola patient.

There has been some criticism of a policy announced recently by Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by public health officials and others who worry it might discourage health care workers from going to West Africa to fight Ebola.

During a campaign stop in Rochester Friday, Cuomo said it's a prudent way of dealing with this crisis.

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Connections
3:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Connections: Dying with Dignity

Dying with dignity: 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon so she could end her life on her own terms. She has incurable brain cancer. She's become a kind of spokesperson about the right to die with dignity. Will other states follow Oregon? Only three other states allow similar actions, and New York is not one of them. We discuss this with our guests: Dr. Timothy Quill, University of Rochester Medical CenterBarbara Mancini, who was featured on a recent 60 Minutes report; she was arrested when her elderly father chose to end his life with pills at home. 
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Health
3:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Implantable Biosensor Developed at URMC

A new device created at the University of Rochester could provide physicians with real time information about the health of their patients.

The implantable biosensor can be customized for each patient and the part of the body it is monitoring.

Spencer Rosero, Associate Professor of Medicine, created the device—about the size of a watch battery.

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Health
3:48 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

FDA Warns Against Mixing Supplements and Medications

Pharmacists warn mixing dietary supplements and prescription medication can be life threatening.

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update warning against the potential danger of mixing supplements and pharmaceuticals.

Curtis Haas, URMC Director of Pharmacy, explained it’s important to ask about any interactions.

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Health
2:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Former URMC CEO Pledges $1 Million For Endowed Professorship

A former CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center is committing one million dollars to help establish an endowed professorship in support of the university's orthopaedic education.

The gift will create the Dr. C. McCollister Evarts Professorship in Orthopaedics.  McCollister, or  " Mac " as he's known, was appointed CEO of the medical center in 2003. He retired three years later.  

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Health
9:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Batavia Hospital Has To Temporarily Divert Some Emergency Patients

A problem with flooding in a lab has forced some temporary changes at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

It happened early  Tuesday morning, and a hospital spokeswoman says because the lab is needed to process emergency room patients, the ER was temporarily closed to new patients. Instead, they will be diverted to nearby hospitals until the issue is resolved.

Most other hospital departments are functioning, but surgery at the Batavia hospital was delayed for a couple of hours.

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Health
11:42 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Cuomo Outlines Ebola Quarantine Policy

NYC Mayor de Blasio & Gov. Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night outlined guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered two days earlier, bringing the state closer in line with federal protocols.

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Health
9:16 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Strong Hospital Stays The Course After Word Of The NYC Ebola Case

Credit TWC News

The chair of emergency medicine at Strong says he's more concerned about flu and other diseases than he is about Ebola.

Dr. Michael Kamali says there are other health concerns far more pressing than the virus, which now has been confirmed in New York City. Officials at Strong aren't doing anything different, now that a case of Ebola has been confirmed in New York City.

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Connections
2:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Benefits in ROC and How Bad Data Can Disadvantage the Poor

The Rochester Business Alliance's 2014 Health Benefits Survey is out and it shows that more employers are offering high deductible health plans. What does this mean? We'll discuss this with Eric Bond, CEO of Bond Financial Network and an RBA member.

Then we talk with Daniel Castro, the director of Center for Data Innovation about how poor quality data can disadvantage poor and underrepresented communities.

Connections
2:41 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Health Costs

We get an update on the New York City Ebola case with Dr. Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Then we talk with Jeanne Pinder, she is the founder of ClearHealthCosts.com and a former New York Times journalist. 

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