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Managing Eating Disorders During the Holidays

Nov 24, 2016

The holidays are here, but for millions of Americans with an eating disorder, this can be the most challenging time of the year.

But by planning with family members and the people they trust, patients can manage.

That's according to Dr. Mary Tantillo, director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders.

She says planning is key, because patients will feel much better, and feel more successful in terms of getting through the holiday if they have friends and family they can plan with who they trust.

Four SUNY Geneseo students have confirmed cases of the mumps. These four students did have the proper two dose vaccination, which is supposed to immunize a person from the virus.

Dr. Steven Radi, medical director of health services at SUNY Geneseo, says 15 students who have not received the vaccine have been told to stay away from campus for about a month. But because the four students who got the mumps had been vaccinated, it’s hard to know who exactly is at risk.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Health Department says it has filed amendments to medical marijuana regulations to authorize nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients for medical marijuana.

Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says more than 10,500 patients have been certified by more than 740 registered physicians to date. Allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients is intended to improve patient access.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal auditors say New York improperly used as much as $150 million in grants to set up its insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's health care law and enroll people for coverage.

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services says in the report provided to The Associated Press that the state used inflated population figures to claim funding, effectively saying every New Yorker would benefit from coverage through the exchange.

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The New York State Department of Health continues to push for breastfeeding initiatives. On Monday, the department announced it will allocate more than $7 million toward promoting breast feeding.  

The $7.2 million grant will be split between six health centers that serve communities with higher than average rates of poverty and obesity, which are associated with lower rates of exclusive breastfeeding, according to the state health department. The University of Rochester is one of the six centers that will receive part of the grant money.

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Researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health have linked electronic cigarette vapor with gum disease. 

Fawad Javed, a co-investigator of the study, says that the use of electronic cigarettes is increasing and people might be under the wrong impression that they are far less harmful than conventional ones.

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There is an event scheduled for Saturday at RIT to raise money for research into pancreatic cancer.

That effort means a lot to Steve Whitman, who is honorary chair of the  Step It Up! Cure Pancreatic Cancer 5K Walk & Family Fun Day.

That’s because he’s a pancreatic cancer survivor. He recently turned 65 years old and calls that his 6th ‘bonus birthday’ since pancreatic cancer usually has only a five percent survival rate past six years.

Whitman remains positive in his outlook, noting that research has made a lot of strides in terms of treatment. 

New Medication Disposal Campaign Announced

Nov 17, 2016
Alex Crichton

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College collaborating with the Rochester Area Society of Health System Pharmacists, State Senator Rich Funke, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on a unique way to dispose of unused prescription medications.

Dr. Matthew Zak with the School of Pharmacy and president of RASHP, says they're working together to distribute some 7-thousand medication deactivation pouches, that use activated carbon to render the medications useless.

Rochester Regional Health officials say  that Constellation Brands President & CEO Robert Sands, the Sands family foundations and Constellation Brands have made a $20 million gift commitment in support of the construction of a new building on the Rochester General Hospital campus.

The  new building will be named the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care.

Karen Shakerdge

People find themselves in all kinds of unexpected situations on or leading up to Election Day —including ending up in the hospital.