Health & Medical News

A study looking into ways to reduce the plaque that causes Alzheimer’s disease, wants to attract more African American participants. The clinical trial is taking place in Rochester, Buffalo, and several locations near New York City.

New York Senators are calling heroin and opioid addiction an epidemic in the state.

New Yorkers in recovery for heroin addiction, their families, health care providers, and law enforcement gave testimony Wednesday night at a forum at St. John Fisher College about the escalating problem.

Last year, Monroe County saw a 40 percent increase in overdose fatalities linked to opioids.

Dr. Davina Porock, associate dean for research and scholarship at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, focuses her scholarship on issues related to elderly patients. In this interview with WXXI's Michelle Faust, Porock discusses the person-centered care movement in medicine as it relates to dementia.

A group of local primary care physicians is hoping to improve the outcomes of adult patients who are diagnosed with depression.

Lifetime Health Medical Group, which has between 30,000 and 35,000 patients in the Rochester area, is using a new collaborative treatment program that includes a behavioral health care coordinator and a consulting psychiatrist.

The program, originally developed at the University of Washington, utilizes a problem solving approach, which medical director Robert Cole says, is different from traditional cognitive therapy.

According to a Canadian study, about a third of toddlers who experienced sleep terrors became sleepwalkers later in their childhood.

Annual Gateway to Healing Art Showcase and Auction

May 1, 2015

Local artist and burn survivor Albert Paley is hosting an annual auction to benefit the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association this Saturday night.

Paley was seriously burned in an accident 13 years ago suffering 3rd degree burns to about a 30 percent of his body.

Proceeds of the event go the the Burn Association and Paley says one of their main functions is to raise funds to send child burn survivors to summer camp.

Some local dentists are volunteering their time Saturday to offer free treatment to people 18 and older who don't have dental insurance.

Registered dental hygienist Carla Rumble is the coordinator of tomorrow's event, sponsored by an international organization called "Dentistry from the Heart".

"We just can't imagine only treating those who can afford it,” Rumble said. “We are here because we love what we do and we just want to see that we can help as many people as possible whenever we can get the opportunity to get the volunteers to help us."


Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher was in Rochester Thursday to help present awards that focus on community health.

Satcher is no stranger to Rochester.  He completed his medical residence at URMC in 1972, and his career included serving as Surgeon General from 1998 to 2002.  He still comes back to Rochester from time to time, as he did this week for the annual Community Health Improvement Awards that were named after him.

A two-day summit on child abuse begins Thursday in Rochester.

Professionals who prosecute child abuse cases and treat victims will be hearing from a panel of adults who endured childhood abuse.

One of them is Marisol Ramos Lopez, Commissioner of Rochester's Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

To hear her story, click on the audio link above.

The American Lung Association has released its “State of the Air” report for 2015.

In counties with monitors, levels of ozone and short-term particle pollution and long-term particle pollution were measured.

It shows Western New York and the Southern Tier have some of the best and worst levels of ozone in the state.