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7:09 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

26 Young Mothers Graduate County Nurse-Family Program

Shdora Massey stands holding her daughter, 2 year-old Xi'ona, next to her nurse-mentor, Deb Dachille.
Credit Michelle Faust

"When I was pregnant and homeless you weren't trying to help me," said 23 year-old Shdora Massey, referring to the father of her, now, 2 year-old daughter. But she wasn't completely without support.

"Ms. Deb was there every part of the way. She supported me every which way I went. It doesn't matter where I was at. If was in the shelter or if I was in Canandaigua, she was there."

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Health
11:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New York State Smoking Rates Remain Flat

Credit uhaweb.hartford.edu

According to a report from the American Lung Association, there were 25,432 deaths attributed to smoking in New York State in 2014, 7,602 of them from lung cancer.

ALA spokesman Mike Seilback says smoking rates have dropped dramatically compared to what they were 20 or 30 years ago.

"However, over the past two or three years, we're not seeing that downward trend anymore. It's kind of stalled. We know the main reason for that is we're not investing enough in ways to help prevent kids from starting to smoke, and to help New York smokers quit."

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Health
8:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

NY Health Exchange Tax Statements Going Out

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's health exchange says it is sending out more than 300,000 tax statements to households where someone enrolled for private health coverage through the exchange last year. 

The statements required under the federal Affordable Care Act are for use in filing federal tax returns for 2014 by those who enrolled through the exchange in a qualified insurance plan and are taking tax credits.

Forms are scheduled to be sent by Jan. 31 and accompanied by a cover letter in English and Spanish. 

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Health
2:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Initiative to Increase Organ Donors

Ad Council President Todd Butler
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

The Ad Council of Rochester and the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network have a plan to get more New Yorkers to sign on as organ donors.

Rob Kochik is executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. He says there are over 122,000 people on the organ waiting list.

"And when I think about them -- each of them woke up this morning, and are wondering if today's going to be the day."

Richard Perez waited 10 months for his liver. He doesn't know anything about his deceased donor, but he has a message for them and their family:

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Health
2:24 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Connections: Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Brain Injury

Our series of shows on Dialogue on Disability continues with a look at the importance of staying active after a brain injury. 

The Panel:

Paul Akers of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc
Anita O'Brien of Rochester Rehabilitation

Health
2:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Connections: Considering A More Plant-Based Diet

We're post-holidays, and everyone is joining gyms... and some people are doing "juice cleansing."

A discussion of what the science says about that, and we'll talk about how to build a permanent eating regimen that is more plant-based. Panel in studio:

  • Dr. Vicky Hsiao, UR Medicine endocrinologist
  • Rachel Reeves, UR Medicine dieticians
  • Damaris Pinedo, owner of Just Juice 4 Life
  • Dr. Ted Barnett, co-coordinator of the Rochester Area Vegan Society  

Health
12:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

"Community Store" Opens on Jay Street, Offering Healthier Fare

Credit www.nyrp.org

Foodlink has teamed up with a business owner on Rochester's Northwest side to turn an existing corner store into what they're calling a "community store."

Mitch Gruber, Foodlink’s community food access manager, said Stop One Meat Market on Jay Street was redesigned to be more attractive to shoppers.

"One of the things we did, for example, is we took away the traditional fortress-like counter at the corner store. We took away the bars and the fences on the windows and actually turned it into a place with a lot of natural light that is an inviting place for people to be."

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10:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

7 Flu Deaths Reported in Monroe County; 65 and Older Hit Hardest

Credit www.blackchristiannews.com

It's been a very active year for the flu around the country and locally.

As of January 3, there were 2,500 confirmed cases of influenza in Monroe County.  The vast majority  were the Influenza A virus. 

562 of those patients were sick enough to be hospitalized. There have been seven deaths in the county since the flu season began late last year. There was a spike in reported cases around Christmas, but the illness is trending downward since then.

The age group hit hardest in terms of both deaths and hospitalization from the flu is those over 65. 

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Health
1:50 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Code Blue Alert Extended Through Friday Night

The Open Door Mission has extended its Code Blue Alert message for tonight, Thursday and Friday nights because the extreme cold poses a risk for hypothermia for those who are exposed to the elements for any length of time.

Assistant Director of Development, Chris Scribani, says it's been a tough week for staff and tenants at the facility.

And shelters are running a little low on items such as hats, gloves, hand warmers, thermal socks and thermal underwear.

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10:51 am
Wed January 14, 2015

More Evidence Links Breast Cancer Survial to Race, Ethnicity

Credit Damian Dovarganes/AP

A large, new study offers more evidence that a woman's chances of surviving invasive breast cancer may depend on her race or ethnicity.

The latest study followed the outcomes of more than 373,000 women with invasive breast cancer and found that the 7-year risk of death for stage 1 breast cancer was highest for African American women.

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