Health & Medical News

Rochester Regional Health is the latest local hospital system to implement visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the flu virus from spreading.

As of Noon Monday, visitors at Rochester General and Unity Hospitals will restrict visitors to no more than two people per patient at a time.

All visitors must be at least 14 years old, and you are asked not to visit at all if you are ill , including having things like a sore throat, fever, runny nose or a cough, even if you have been vaccinated against the flu.

Some local human service providers are learning a new way to work with clients who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Trauma-informed care is different from the traditional approach that focuses on a client's problems, such as alcoholism, sexual abuse, neglect, structural racism and community violence.

The new approach is centered on the individual's strengths and how they can build on them and move forward.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which means organizations are talking about cervical cancer, HPV and prevention.

As the number of flu cases rise across the country, at least one local hospital system will begin visitor restrictions to try to limit its spread.

Officials at UR Medicine said these restrictions will be in place at Strong Memorial, Highland, Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Wilmot Cancer Center as of Noon on Wednesday.

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It was standing room only, as hundreds gathered at the Workers United building on East Avenue in Rochester and flooded into the hallways in support of the Affordable Care Act.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act and majority Republicans in Congress have begun the process of repealing.

Local supporters are reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to step forward and assist child sex abuse victims.

Cuomo unveiled his 2017 policy initiatives in a book, which included a plan for the Child Victims Act. The proposal would do away with the statute of limitation on prosecutions of those who abused children.  Further, it would allow victims to bring civil lawsuits for 50 years from when their attacks took place.


New York State residents will have a little more time to enroll in the state’s health exchange, called Marketplace.

According to officials with New York State of Health, consumers have three additional days to enroll in a health plan if they want coverage to start February 1st.  The deadline has been extended until midnight on January 18th. The previous deadline was January 15th.


Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he would chair a panel to review vaccine safety, at President-elect Donald Trump's request.

The claim, however, is drawing criticism from vaccine experts at the University of Rochester School of Medicine who fear the panel would influence people to believe debunked theories.

“I would fear not. The currently licensed and sold vaccines are excellent,” said Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, a professor of pediatrics who specializes in studying infectious diseases.

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University of Rochester medical students gathered to protest a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They are one of many groups of medical students across the country signing a petition to express opposition to an overhaul of the health care reform act without a meaningful replacement.

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The number of New Yorkers signing up for health insurance through the state health exchange continues to climb. In recent weeks nearly 3.5 million people enrolled in plans.

It’s  just about a month away from the Open Enrollment period wrapping up and participation in the state’s official health plan Marketplace, has increased more than 22 percent compared to last year.