Health & Medical News

Monroe County has its first reported death related to the flu for this season.

According to a report from the county’s health department, the death involved a person between the ages of 50 and 64 and it happened sometime between October 1 and December 30.

No other details about the person were available.  That quarterly report also said there were 607 confirmed flu cases, and 175 people who were hospitalized.

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Children with asthma who received a combination of telemedicine support and school based medication therapy were half as likely to need a trip to the emergency room or hospital for their asthma.

That’s according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center in partnership with the Rochester City School District.


A new year is a popular time for people to start new diets.

1,300 school district employees in the Finger Lakes region are taking a very specific, challenge starting today.  For the next ten days, they will eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.


Health officials are urging people take precautions as some dangerously cold wind chills in the 20 to 25 below zero range are in the forecast for tonight and Friday.

Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza says people can get frostbite in just a few minutes in weather like this.

Confirmed cases of influenza double in one week

Jan 2, 2018

Health officials are advising people to take precautions to avoid catching or spreading the flu, which is currently circulating at a high level in Monroe County.

Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza says as of December 23rd, there were 365 confirmed cases, sending 109 people to the hospital.

That's double from the prior week, and there are several more months left in flu season.

Cold weather and your pet

Dec 26, 2017

The cold weather is here, and pet owners should be making sure their dog or cat isn't spending too much time outside in the frigid air.

"Some animals are a little more acclimated to cold weather than we are but at the same time a great rule of thumb to use is that if it's too cold for you, generally it's too cold for your pets to be outside," said Ashley Zeh, Associate Director of Communications at Lollypop Farm. "Making sure that they are getting in and staying warm, those things are going to be very important over these next few days, and throughout the winter."

Open Door Mission issues Code Blue Alert

Dec 26, 2017

The Open Door Mission has issued a Code Blue Alert with frigid temperatures expected over the next several days.

"Please everyone be alert, and be compassionate to those outside.  Let them know there is a place to go to be safe," said Assistant Development Director Christopher Scribani.

Winter is in full swing, and with single digit temperatures in the forecast, these are especially difficult times for the area's homeless.

New law mandates four year degree for RNs

Dec 22, 2017

New York has become the first state to require registered nurses to have a bachelor's degree.

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to strengthen the educational requirements for RNs based on studies showing a direct link between higher degrees and improved care and outcomes for patients. 


Rochester Regional Health is announcing a new partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities to support families whose children are receiving healthcare.

Officials cut the ribbon today on a new Pediatric Family Lounge at Rochester General Hospital.

President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, Kelly McCormick-Sullivan, says the new lounge will provide a respite space for families of pediatric patients, and an opportunity for families to take a break from the clinical environment.

Flu cases on the rise statewide

Dec 14, 2017

The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in New York state, which means health care workers who haven't had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients.

Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says everyone over 6 months old is encouraged to get a flu shot.

The agency says there have been over 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties.