Health & Medical News

Area universities are dealing with some illnesses.  At the University of Rochester, the health service says that in the last 10 days  they have become aware of about 16 students, mainly on the River Campus, who have had sudden onset of symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

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Religious leaders gathered in Albany to show their support for aid in dying legislation. The event was part of a larger campaign advocating for terminally ill patients to have the right to ask for medical assistance to die.

Reverend Richard Gilbert, a retired minister of the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, spoke at the rally.  

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Computer users get daily warnings about the vulnerability of their personal data or their own identities if their device is not secure.

But for those who use a medical device such as an insulin pump, hacking threats could be a matter of life and death. 

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For community health centers, the Affordable Care Act has brought significant financial changes. For one, more insured patients show up for care, which brings higher reimbursement rates to clinics. But centers, like Jordan Health, have also benefited from the government pumping more money into the section 330 grant.

“The number of folks that we now have added to the team to make sure that our patient is healthier has been major,” says Dr. Janice Harbin, president and CEO of Jordan Health, a community health center with 10 locations throughout Rochester and Canandaigua.

Naples School District

The Naples School District is mourning the loss of an elementary student, apparently due to complications of influenza. The Ontario County Health Department confirmed the death.

Health officials say while relatively rare, there are a handful of deaths involving children due to the flu across the state each year, and the number of local flu cases appear to be hitting their seasonal peak.

Naples School District officials have identified the student as Madeline Barton, a 6th grader at the school. The 11 year old died Wednesday.

SUNY Geneseo is dealing with another case of mumps.  The university saw an outbreak last fall, although there had been no new cases since classes resumed last month, until this latest case that was confirmed Thursday.

Officials say it involves someone living on campus. That brings the total number of cases up to 26 since the outbreak began.

Geneseo spokesman Dave Irwin says officials have the usual advice to students and staff.

The Monroe County Health Department reports that three adults have died this winter from the flu.

There have been more than 800 cases of the flu confirmed so far, and nearly 170 people have been hospitalized.

At this time last year, there were just over 30 hospitalizations and no deaths.

Monroe County  Health Commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza, said it’s hard to compare from year-to-year because the strain of the flu changes, but it is true that the spike is happening earlier this winter.

The use of an electric surgical device to perform a minimally invasive hysterectomy is what Frank Interlichia of Brighton, and others in similar cases across the country, claim caused the death of their loved ones.

The window to sign up for health insurance through the New York state Marketplace has come to a close.

Even though there are lots of questions about what may happen to the current health care system - the marketplace was busier than ever.

In the final two days of the open enrollment period just over 45,000 New Yorkers signed up for health insurance.

January 31st - the deadline to sign up was the busiest day ever for the Marketplace’s website - with nearly 3 million page views.


Emergency rooms must care for anyone who shows up, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Amy Pollard, CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center’s Noyes Hospital, in Dansville, knows that federal law well.

“If you had no health insurance, but you felt ill and you presented to an emergency department here we have to take care of you. And we have to take care of you knowing we may not get paid anything for that care,” Pollard said.

But with the Affordable Care Act a lot more people -- an estimated 20 million -- got health insurance. That means hospitals haven’t been eating costs as much.