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Post Concussion Problems in the Classroom

May 20, 2016
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A new University of Rochester study looks at whether students are experiencing problems in school after suffering a concussion compared to other sports-related injuries.

The study shows females and those who have suffered 2 or more previous concussions are still having problems academically one month after their injury.

Erin Wasserman  is a sports injury epidemiologist at UNC Chapel Hill.

She was lead author of the study at the U of R. 

The research group is also from the U of R.

Annual Ride for Missing Children

May 20, 2016
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Over 300 people are cycling around Monroe County today in the annual Ride for Missing Children, a fund raising campaign for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Executive Director Ed Suk says the 100 mile ride ride includes stops at some 22 schools in the region.

"We've gone in ahead of time to those elementary schools and we've provided a full complement of educational services to the kids on abduction prevention, exploitation prevention and internet safety,"  he said.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  New York health insurers have proposed premium increases averaging 17.3 percent for next year in the market for individuals and 12 percent for small groups. 

The Department of Financial Services often reduces proposed increases before approving them. Approved rates are expected in early August. 

The amounts posted Wednesday by the department are averages for an insurer's various plans, including those offered on the New York Health Exchange. 

Diabetes Prevention Forum at JCC

May 12, 2016
Alex Crichton

The Jewish Community Center welcomed Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and the American Diabetes Association as they hosted a community forum on diabetes prevention.

Morelle says that more than two million people in New York have diabetes -- that's 12 percent of the state's population.  He says one in two seniors also have prediabetes.

The message at the forum was that small lifestyle changes can help prevent the onset of the disease.

13thirty Cancer Connection

A local nonprofit that provides support for young people battling cancer is expanding its mission.

13thirty Cancer Connect is the new name of the organization that used to be known as Melissa's Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation.

Executive director Lauren Spiker says the new name reflects the age range of the young adults and teens they're serving.

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An official from the United States Department of Agriculture says Rochester's Public Market is an example for the rest of the country.

Kevin Concannon is the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. He says the public market is among their favorites, because it is one of the largest redeemers of SNAP or food stamp benefits, which is good for two reasons.

"One, it promotes healthy eating, less processed food, and it puts those dollars right back in the local economy."

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Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

freeimages.com/Carl Dwyer

Today is National "Get Fit Don't Sit Day".

The American Diabetes Association initiative encourages everyone to get out of their chair at least every 90 minutes throughout the work day. 

Beth Smythe, from the association's Rochester office, says the average person spends five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work and research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time has been linked to obesity, and increased blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels.

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 Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia takes a big physical and emotional toll, and, according to a recent study, it also carries a significant financial burden. 

In its 2016 Facts and Figures report, the Alzheimer's Association found that nearly half of caretakers have had to cut back on their own expenses for food, transportation and medical care to be able to afford dementia-related care for their loved one.

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A Rochester radiologist is part of a team of doctors encouraging people to switch to a vegan diet.

Dr. Ted Barnett says a plant-based diet is a prescription for combating chronic health problems such as obesity and diabetes.

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