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Hepatitis Advisory From Seneca County

Nov 14, 2015

The New York State Department of Health warns of possible exposure to Hepatitis A from a restaurant in Waterloo, Seneca County.

The health department advises that an employee worked while infectious with the liver disease on October 31, and November 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8th.

If you got something to eat or drink from the McDonalds on Mound Road in Waterloo on those dates - you may wish to check with your doctor or health department.

The Seneca County Health Department offers vaccines at clinics today and tomorrow at Mynderse Academy.

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Researchers at the University of Rochester have figured out a new way to track teenage drinking using Instagram, and they hope to advance the study to equip educators with more effective tools to prevent it.

The first thing you do when you decide to compile a ton of data about teenagers is pick a social media platform.

"We decided we were going to use Instagram, which is the most popular social media platform for teenagers."

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In response to a class action lawsuit filed against them just over a year ago, the United States Soccer Federation has released a set of initiatives to address concerns about head injuries among young players. They tackle education, substituting, and return-to-play protocols for kids, but the most controversial part of the new guidelines are the so-called heading bans.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo while the state works out the details of its full medical cannabis program.

The measure will create an expedited approval process for people facing degenerative diseases and those who further face the risk of death or serious harm without the drug. It also authorizes state health officials to work with regulated producers who can provide marijuana to patients as soon as possible.

The UR Medicine Network is getting larger.  The regional health system announced on Tuesday that Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and Noyes Health in Dansville will join the UR system.

The affiliation expands UR Medicine's network to five hospitals, including Strong Memorial, Highland and Thompson Health.  UR Medicine has also been working with the leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to preserve its inpatient services and obtain state funding to establish a new facility.

New York State officials are taking additional action which they say is designed to protect consumers impacted by problems involving an organization that was serving some people who use New York’s Health Exchange.

One of the actions affecting a health cooperative called Health Republic is extending the enrollment deadline that customers of that organization have to pick a new insurance carrier.


ALBANY (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new caffeinated peanut butter that targets the athletic and fitness market.

ALBANY (AP) People with AIDS and parents of children with severe epilepsy are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation giving critically ill patients early access to medical marijuana before New York's new medical cannabis program begins.

Advocates for sped-up access say they'll rally outside Cuomo's Manhattan office Tuesday, the day before Cuomo's deadline to sign or veto the bill.

Lawmakers passed the measure earlier this year after some patients and their families said that critically ill individuals shouldn't have to wait any longer for the drug.

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Gregory Peterkin lost his younger sister and his mother in the same month, and he does not have the money to give them a burial.

"It's really hurting the family, we're really confused and we don't know who to turn to. It's just really hard right now."

In cases of those who are homeless or otherwise financially unable to pay for burials, Monroe County provides up to $1,250 for funeral services. According to 2015 survey from the Funeral Consumers Alliance, a direct burial can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000, not including embalming or any memorial services. Andrews

The March of Dimes is giving Rochester a "C" on its first-time report card measuring how states and cities rank for premature births.

In 2013 - which is the latest data available – 10.2 percent of babies born in Rochester were preterm deliveries.

That is the second highest rate in the state and more than a point higher than the statewide average (8.9 percent).

There are also are racial and ethnic disparities, with more Black and Hispanic mothers delivering prematurely.