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6:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Business Leaders Consider Health Care

Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance
Credit Michelle Faust

In an effort to better understand how the Affordable Care Act affects local employers, the Rochester Business Alliance held a conference Thursday morning.

The majority of RBA members offer health coverage to their employees. Chris Wiest, RBA Vice President, says the organization is dedicated to making the process easier.

"It's the number one issue among our member companies. The number one concern they have in doing business in New York State: rising health care costs have been a huge challenge," said Wiest.

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Connections
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Abortion - The Pro-Choice Side

A few weeks ago, we talked with Lila Rose of Live Action, an influential voice in the pro-choice movement. Today we have a conversation with those on the pro-choice side. We start with Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won a case you might know called Roe v. Wade. She's coming to Rochester next week. Then we talk with Planned Parenthood's Dr. Rachael Phelps

Health
2:11 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Preparing for Ebola at Strong Memorial Hospital

Protective gear to be worn in response to Ebola
Credit Alex Crichton

The chances of the Ebola virus in Rochester are slim, but if a case was confirmed here, health officials at Strong Memorial Hospital say they're confident both caregivers and the patient would be well protected.

Director of Adult Critical Care, Dr. Michael Apostolakos, says that first responders are undergoing training in the use of personal protective equipment, and they are prepared now to protect caregivers and patient in the unlikely event Ebola is found here.

Up to 100 first responders are being trained, and Dr. Apostolakos is one of them.

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Health
10:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Health Advocates Discourage "Fat Talk" This Week

Credit cnn.com

October 21-24 has been designated “Fat Talk Free Week”, a campaign raising awareness about the damaging affect negative self-talk can have on people’s personal body image.  Organizers are encouraging a focus on healthy diet and lifestyle choices and bringing attention to the impact the “thin ideal” has for our society. 

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Health
5:20 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Flu Season to Begin Soon

County officials remind residents to get their flu shots, as the season fast approaches. Between 50-60% of residents are regularly vaccinated against the highly preventable illness.

Mid- to late October is the time of year when flu begins to appear in the region.

Although there hasn’t been a confirmed case of the disease this year, spokesperson for the Monroe County Department of Public Health, John Ricci said the flu is on its way.

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Health
4:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Survey: More Area Businesses Offering High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans

Employers in the Rochester area are increasingly using high-deductible health plans as a way of  trying to  provide health care coverage to their employees at a reasonable cost.

That according to Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance which just released a survey about how its members are providing health benefits in the coming year.

She says high deductible plans do make employees more conscious of how much health care costs, but those kinds of plans may also discourage some people from seeking medical attention.

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Connections
3:18 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Ebola

This hour of "Healthy Friday" is also part of Second Opinion LIVE!. We discuss Ebola with Dr. Mark Shelly from the University of Rochester Medical Center. We also hear from Nancy Writebol, she was Ebola patient #2, and was a guest on a special edition of Second Opinion that focused on Ebola.

Connections
3:11 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday- Physician Assistants, Love in Senior Years

In this hour of "Healthy Friday" we first have a conversation with Cynthia Zink from the University of Rochester Medical Center, she will tell us the role physician assistants play in your health.

Then we talk with filmmaker Steven Loring about his film "The Age of Love" which chronicles adventures of thirty Rochester seniors who take part in a speed-dating event.

Health
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

URMC Designated As One Of The Hospitals Preparing To Care For Ebola Patients If Necessary

(AP & WXXI)  New York Gov. Andrew says the state is ready to tackle Ebola, even if it never arrives. 

Cuomo said Thursday that eight hospitals across the state are especially prepared with go-to teams who've been drilled in anti-Ebola protocols. 

One of those hospitals is the University of Rochester Medical Center.

In addition, officials said public transportation systems including New York City's subways and buses are on the alert for possible passengers carrying the virus. 

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Health
7:38 am
Thu October 16, 2014

State Senate Leader Wants Review Of Ebola Readiness

(AP)  The Republican leader of the New York state Senate says he wants the state to review its readiness for combating Ebola and release a comprehensive plan to respond to the deadly virus within a month. 

Sen. Dean Skelos and two other Republican senators on Wednesday called on state health and emergency preparedness agencies to ``immediately develop'' a plan to respond to any cases of the deadly virus. 

Skelos, of Long Island, says the review should focus on plans for patient isolation, health worker safety, waste management and even burial. 

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