Health & Medical News

Highland Hospital Unveils Expansion

21 hours ago
Alex Crichton

Staff and officials at Highland Hospital took the wraps off a major expansion project Wednesday.

The 127 year old hospital now has a two-story addition on the south side of its campus.

Chief Operating Officer Cindy Beck says this new part of Highland furthers their mission of providing outstanding patient and family centered care.

"Six brand new OR's, that'll be almost 700 square feet, and on the second floor is a 26-bed observation unit. So these are rooms for patients that need to be observed over 1 to 2 nights, they're all private rooms," she said.


In an effort to prevent breast cancer from claiming more lives in Rochester, staff at Jordan Health have now added mammograms to the list of services they offer.

The clinic kicked off its Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign on Monday with a news conference at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center on Holland Street. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Joe Robach joined a handful of elected officials who spoke about how early detection of cancer increases the chances of successful treatment.

Courtesy of Columbia Care

A new pill is on the market in New York state:  a medicinal marijuana pill. Manufacturer and distributor Columbia Care, which has a location in Rochester, says they are the first in the country to put this kind of pill on the market.

Instead of using a chemically synthesized product, Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita says, the pills contain a natural botanical extract from cannabis plants grown in Rochester.    

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In a world where digital screens are everywhere, the American Academy of Pediatrics has relaxed its recommendations for how much media exposure is safe for babies and toddlers.

The old rule was no screen time before the age of 2.

The new guidelines say for babies younger than 18 months, that's still true, with one exception: live video chats.

From 18 to 24 months, AAP suggests parents may introduce toddlers to educational programming for brief periods.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is requiring more health insurers to cover the cost of medications used to help those struggling with opioid addiction.

The steps announced Wednesday by the Department of Financial Services apply to those covered under large-group insurance policies. State officials say they "mirror" the rules already covering small-group and individual policies.

The state will also require insurers to cover inpatient substance abuse treatment in in-network facilities.


The nine-county Finger Lakes region is making gains in the battle against childhood and adult obesity, as well as the effort to get more children immunized.

Those are some of the findings from the latest measurements that follow the progress of a set of key health indicators.

The childhood obesity rate, based on the percentage of children who have a BMI of 30.0 or greater, was 16.1 percent from data collected in 2012-2014.  That’s down from 18 percent in 2010-2012.


The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for platelet donations.

Communications Manager for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region Patty Corvaia says there are 2 main reasons for the recent shortage.

One is that seasonal colds and flu have prevented regular donors from giving, and the second is Hurricane Matthew.

"Because of Hurricane Matthew we've had to cancel over 100 blood drives in the areas affected, and that has made us lose about 3,100 units that we would have expected to collect in those communities."


A Rochester doctor received the first Golisano Health Leadership Award on Thursday, for his decades-long career helping medically underserved communities.

Dr. Steve Sulkes, a professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital, works with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. Sulkes has also focused extensively on increasing access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities.

Family Abduction Victim Tells His Story

Oct 11, 2016
Alex Crichton

A Rochester man is sharing his story of being the victim of a family abduction.

28 year old David Rodriguez is an Air Force fighter pilot, with a wife and two children.

But he almost didn't have the opportunity to live out his dream.

When he was three, he was abducted by a man named Wes, who was going through a divorce from his mother.

Wes kidnapped Rodriguez to Florida where he lived for three years.

Dennis Rodgers flips over a bright pink piece of paper and rattles off his choices:  “Attempt resuscitation or do not attempt resuscitation... to do limited intervention or to take no medical intervention… whether to intubate or not to intubate.”