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1:02 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

NYS Changes Law Regarding Unconventional Treatments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including Lyme disease.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure this week, saying it was conditioned on legislators agreeing to additional legislation to ensure the Office of Professional Medical Conduct can investigate certain complaints that put patients at risk.

The law applies to treatments "not universally accepted by the medical profession."

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6:32 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Strong Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions Due To Flu

Strong Hospital in Rochester has implemented some restrictions on visitors due to high levels of flu that have been seen locally and nationally.

They include:

--No visitors under age 14 permitted in the hospital

--No more than two family members/visitors at any time for each patient.

--People who are ill with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or sore throat) are asked NOT to visit     hospitalized patients at all.

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5:08 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fallen Rochester Police Officer Remembered at Blood Drive

Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson was memorialized Friday during a blood drive at the Locust Club, headquarters for the police union.

Last September, Pierson was fatally shot during a traffic stop. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and two young children.

In his memory, the American Red Cross held a blood drive. Friends of the family and fellow officers dropped by to show their support, donate, and share stories over cookies and apple juice.

Locust Club President Ralph Gagliano was among the first to arrive.

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4:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pediatricians Weigh In on NIH Decision to Cancel Children's Study

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s lead pediatrician agrees with the National Institutes of Health for their decision to cancel a long term study.

This National Institutes of Health recently announced a decision to pull funding from the National Children’s Study—even after spending more than a billion dollars over 10 years of the project.

Nina Schor is the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She says the NIH had to make a cost benefit analysis and decided the project would not give enough useful results to justify continued funding.

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12:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

NYS Smoking Rates Highest Upstate According to Excellus Report


A new report from Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield says the prevalence of smoking is higher for adults in Upstate New York than the state as a whole or nationally.

The report says almost 21-percent of Upstate adults smoke, compared to just over 16-percent statewide and 18-percent across the U.S.

New York smoking rates peak in the age group between 25 and 34. Smoking is more common in adults who don't have a high school diploma and who have incomes below $15,000.

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1:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Bivona Center Starts Renovations in Historic Rochester Building

Bivona Executive Director Mary Whittier stands with elected officials and other partners at ceremonial groundbreaking at their new location - the Old Stone Warehouse at 1 Mt Hope Ave.

The Bivona Child Advocacy Center begins renovations on its new location today.

The center is moving to the historic Old Stone Warehouse on One Mount Hope Avenue. The Rochester landmark is almost 200 years old, and poses some challenges to its renovation team.

Charlie Kelly is the owner of CP Kelly and Associates. His company was hired as the general contractor on the project. Kelly says despite the difficulty working on an old building like this one, he's excited to work on such an historic building, especially for Bivona.

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5:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Managed Care Plan Announced for 22 NY Counties

Sankar Sewnauth, board chair for iCircleCare, announces the new plan.
Credit Michelle Faust

New York Medicaid users with chronic illnesses and disabilities will now have an option for tailored health services that makes it easier to live at home, not in a facility.

17 community-based organizations announced their collaboration Thursday for a new managed long-term care plan---iCircleCare.

The idea is to come up with a tailored plan with services that may include: home care, rehabilitation therapy, dental services, and other health and social service needs.

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8:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Western NY Nursing Home Patients Use, Need More Antipsychotic Drugs

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A current NPR news investigation shows high usage of Antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities for the elderly. The national average usage rate is 19 percent. In New York, it averages 17 percent.

Drawing on NPR’s data, WXXI found high rates of antipsychotic drugs being used in facilities in the Rochester area-near 30 percent in some places, which almost twice the state average.

Rochester Geriatrician, Daniel Mendelson explains the reason is not misuse, but high need. The region leads the nation in care for elderly patients with substantial and complex needs.

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10:42 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Doctors Remind Snow Shovelers to Use Caution

Credit WXXI News

With the new snowfall in the area, doctors are reminding people to take some precautions if you pick up a shovel.               

"Avoid shoveling immediately after you wake,” said Dr. Zafar Shamoon of the Rochester General Hospital Emergency Department. “Most heart attacks occur in the morning when the blood is more prone to clotting. Don't eat a heavy meal.  If you eat a heavy meal, what happens is, the blood is diverted from the heart to the stomach."

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6:32 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Three Rochester Area Individuals Brought Together by Organ Donation

From left to right: Gates Orlando received a heart transplant from the late Paul Guyette; Mary Guyette holds an image of her late husband; Laurie LoMonaco donated a kidney to a stranger in 2013, inspiring her friends.

When Laurie LoMonaco decided to donate one of her kidneys in 2010, she had no idea just how many lives she was affecting.

"We share a very deep bond that will never be broken by time or distance."

Laurie says it was difficult to tell loved ones about her decision, but that her best friends Paul and Mary Guyette were inspired by her donation. Laurie recalls her friend Paul even telling her, "You rock."

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