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Health
4:16 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Health Officials Say An Algae Bloom Identified In Conesus Lake

Livingston County health officials say that a blue-green algae bloom has been found at the Northeast area of Conesus Lake and may also be located in other areas of the lake.

The health department says that contact with the algae may result in some health effects such as itching or rashes. You are advised not to drink or use the water in Conesus Lake for cooking and do not come into direct contact with the algae in that water.  If that happens, wash with soap and clean water.

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Health
4:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

West Nile Found in Erie County

West Nile virus has turned up in mosquitos in Erie County.

John Ricci of the Monroe County Health Department says New York officials have confirmed one case of West Nile Virus in a human this year.

According to Ricci, most people are asymptomatic.

"In about 20 percent of the cases people develop what's called West Nile Fever. That's sort of a flu-like syndrome whereby people develop fever, headache, body ache, sometimes swollen glands, but within several days get better even without medical care."

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Health
7:48 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Thrift Shops Warned About Drawstrings On Kids' Clothing

Credit consumeraffairs.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003. 

The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs, playground equipment and vehicle doors. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received reports of 26 deaths and 58 other incidents involving drawstrings on children's clothing from 1985 through April 2011. 

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Health
11:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Strong West Emergency Dept. For Brockport Gets State Approval

Credit www.urmc.rochester.edu

The NYS Health Department has given its approval for an off-campus Emergency Department at the former Lakeside Hospital in Brockport.  That location is now run by UR Medicine as their "Strong West" site.

The current urgent care center will switch over to become Strong West Emergency as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Officials say this will mean a return of high-level, 24 hour emergency care to the Brockport area, which has lacked emergency services since Lakeside closed in the spring of last year.

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Health
6:16 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Concussion Clinic, Screening, Offered for Student Athletes

Credit newswise.com

In just a few weeks, another school year begins and with, it fall sports. A program called "Choose your Brain, Not the Game" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, to educate student athletes, and their coaches and parents about concussion. 

The Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College is offering free baseline testing Tuesday to 200 area middle and high school athletes.

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with the organizer of the event, Dr. Pam Mapstone, Assistant Professor in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

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Connections
3:29 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Healthcare In Our Rural Communities

Improving healthcare in rural areas.

This hour focuses on delivering healthcare to people living in rural communities. We also discuss how the Affordable Care Act affects those living in rural areas.

Our guests weigh in:

  • Dr. Daniel Mendelson, Highland Hospital
  • James Kennedy, Finger Lakes Community Health
  • Erika Ziller, Maine Rural Health Research Center

We also spoke with Katherine Hempstead of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the impact of the ACA.

Connections
3:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Take As Directed Campaign

Why we should take our medications as directed. Then, talking about issues with depression and bipolar disorders.

A new public awareness campaign tries to get people to “Take As Directed.” That means take their medications the way they were prescribed. 50 percent of people don’t do that and the health care system says problems with medication adherence cost health and money. We talk with Dr. Mona Chitre, VP and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Excellus about this issue.

Then, the recent death of Robin Williams gave one Rochester psychiatrist pause: Dr. Adrian Leibovici is chief of psychiatry at Rochester General Health System. He talks through the issues of depression and bipolar, and answers questions about the societal issues surrounding these clinical conditions.

Health
12:53 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connection Between Parkinson's, Depression is Well Known, According to URMC Neurologist

Credit heart-valve-surgery.com

Comedian Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he took his own life earlier this week, according to his widow. 

A local neurologist says it has long been known that Parkinson's is linked with depression. Dr. Irene Richard of UR Medicine is a scientific advisor to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.

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Health
10:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Former Judge Shares His Experience With Depression

Michael Miller

 The suicide of comedian Robin Williams has sparked discussion about major depression, one of the most common mental disorders affecting Americans.

A former Monroe County Family Court judge went public with his story after successfully battling depression for two years.

Michael Miller, also former chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, finally found the right combination of medications that worked for him. He wants to encourage others who are struggling with the illness, and end the stigma so often associated with mental disorders.

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Connections
3:59 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Connections: Depression and Suicide

Remembering Robin Williams

The passing of Robin Williams took the world by surprise. It also has brought the spotlight on depression and suicide. 

In this hour, we first remember the career of Robin Williams with film critics Jack Garner and Mike DiGiorgio. Then we talk about the affects of depression and suicide with 2-1-1/Lifeline Program Manager Shye Louis.

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