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1:08 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Data On "Health Communities" Effort To Help Those With Intellectual Disabilities

Credit Special Olympics/Golisano Foundation

Special Olympics has released data which  officials say shows that the Healthy Communities initiative has narrowed the health care gap for people with intellectual disabilities.

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3:56 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Consumer Group Focuses on Child Safety

The Empire State Consumer Project recommends not allowing babies to sleep on pillows designed for nursing.
Credit ESPC photo

You might learn a little more about child safety from the Rochester-based Empire State Consumer Project, which just released its 2014 children's products safety report.

What's on the list?

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4:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins With 'Window Shopping'


The second year of open enrollment for health insurance in both state and federal exchanges begins Saturday.

U.S. Health and Human Services opened early with a new “window-shopping” feature.

Jessica Kendall, the Director of the Enrollment Assister Network for FamiliesUSA, says the changes intend to make the process of purchasing health insurance easier.

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1:20 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Addressing the Diabetes Epidemic


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, while 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease within ten years.

A summit in Rochester aims to educate the medical community about ways to prevent diabetes, diagnose prediabetes and look at the standards of care in diabetes management.

Executive Director of the Upstate New York American Diabetes Association, Travis Heider, says there's still no cure, but people can take preventive measures.

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12:18 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

NY Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Begins Saturday

The state health department expects 350 thousand new people to enroll in insurance through the New York State Marketplace before February 15th.

The second Open Enrollment for the state health insurance exchange begins Saturday.

Executive Director Donna Frescatore explained to reporters Wednesday the state is ready with an outreach campaign intended to bring in New Yorkers from all ages.

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6:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rochester's High Infant Mortality Rate Focus of PBS Report


According to the Centers for Disease Control, more babies are dying before they turn 1 year old in the United States than in most of Europe and several other developed countries. 

And in the City of Rochester, the numbers are even more alarming. This is the focus of a PBS America by the Numbers report airing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15 on WXXI-TV.

Reporter Maria Hinojosa said, in a list of infant mortality rates worldwide, where number one represents the fewest number of deaths, the U.S. ranks 56th.  If Rochester were a country, it would rank 95th.

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5:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Many New Yorkers Responding To A New Poll Satisfied With Health Marketplace

A majority of respondents to a recent survey report satisfaction with their new health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.

Last month, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 250 New York State residents new to insurance through the state exchange.

92 percent of those polled report being somewhat or completely satisfied with their coverage.

David Sandman, Senior Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation, says they were surprised by some of the results.

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3:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Connections: Science Roundtable - Pharmaceuticals

It's our monthly science roundtable! A University of Rochester chemistry professor just received a $1.5 million dollar NIH grant to study an alternate method of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. The results could lead to more options for patients -- a better chance to find something that works. It's also possible that we'll see cheaper drugs on the market, easier drug testing and trials, and more. We discuss the impacts of this with our panel:

2:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

At Age 93, Serving Meals to Those in Need

Rosa Wims helping prepare meals at her annual dinner
Credit Alex Crichton

Rosa Wims began serving a pre-Thanksgiving meal in a one room storefront back in 1985. 

She served up a meal with all the trimmings to small group of people.

Wims says they served 300 people last year, and it's expected 400 people will take part this year.

Wims is the first African-American nurse's aide to Rochester General Hospital.

She's also founder and former Executive Director of the Faith Community Health Awareness, where she began distributing food and clothing to those in need.

Wims has dedicated her life to serving others.

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3:05 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Time for a replay?: Protesters waited outside the Supreme Court for decisions in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:48 pm

Once again the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Defying expectations, the court announced Friday it has agreed to hear a case that challenges the heart of the law: subsidies that help people pay their insurance premiums. In about three dozen states, the federal government runs the online marketplaces (exchanges) where individuals can find health plans.

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