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1:50 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Code Blue Alert Extended Through Friday Night

The Open Door Mission has extended its Code Blue Alert message for tonight, Thursday and Friday nights because the extreme cold poses a risk for hypothermia for those who are exposed to the elements for any length of time.

Assistant Director of Development, Chris Scribani, says it's been a tough week for staff and tenants at the facility.

And shelters are running a little low on items such as hats, gloves, hand warmers, thermal socks and thermal underwear.

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10:51 am
Wed January 14, 2015

More Evidence Links Breast Cancer Survial to Race, Ethnicity

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A large, new study offers more evidence that a woman's chances of surviving invasive breast cancer may depend on her race or ethnicity.

The latest study followed the outcomes of more than 373,000 women with invasive breast cancer and found that the 7-year risk of death for stage 1 breast cancer was highest for African American women.

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1:44 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Technology to Manage Potential Head Injuries

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It's estimated that as many as 3.8-million Americans experience concussive events as a result of athletic or recreational activities each year.

Now, new technology from a Rochester company can alert people ahead of time and possibly prevent head injuries.

It's called the Linx Impact Assessment System, developed by BlackBox Biometrics, a company that evolved from an incubator at RIT

Company founder David Borkholder says the wearable technology, helps evaluate potentially concussive forces on the playing field.

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11:58 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Scheduled Pre-Term Births are Down at Local Hospitals

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Three local hospitals have been recognized by the State Health Department for reducing the numbers of pre-term births.

Unity and Highland Hospitals in Rochester and F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua participated in a statewide collaborative to reverse the trend of scheduling early deliveries via induction or cesarean for no medical reason.

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12:49 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

State Settles With Excellus Over Copay Issue

The NYS Attorney General’s Office has announced an agreement with Excellus Health Plan, which will require refunds to be issued to thousands of customers for what the state says were excessive copays.

When Eric Schneiderman's  office inquired about the matter, Excellus acknowledged that it issued the Explanations of Benefits erroneously. The investigation began after an Excellus member complained that his provider billed him for specialty care after he already paid the primary care co-pay.

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12:56 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

MorningStar Recalls Veggie Burgers

Morning Star Farms is recalling two varieties of its veggie burgers, sold at Wegmans.

Morning Star says some of its Spicy Black Bean and Chipotle Black Bean varieties may have peanuts not listed on the label.

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1:37 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

The human papilloma virus causes most — but not all — cases of cancer of the cervix.
James Cavallini ScienceSource

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:49 pm

Two medical groups say doctors could replace the Pap smear with a different test to screen many women for cervical cancer.

But that recommendation, included in an "interim guidance" released Thursday, is highly controversial; other experts call it premature.

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4:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Researchers Examine Link Between HIV Treatments and Heart Disease

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In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, a positive diagnosis was virtually a death sentence.  Today, a person taking Anti-Retroviral medications can live long term with the disease as a chronic infection.

Clinical researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center will use a $3.8 million grant to investigate why people treated with Anti-Retrovirals for HIV have higher than average rates of heart disease and stroke.

Doctor Giovanni Schifitto is one of the leaders on the study, which will examine causes of a narrowing of the carotid arteries in these patients.

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2:44 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The "Science" behind Wind Chill

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A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 Thursday morning.

And while wind chill values may go as low as 20 below zero, even meteorologists admit it's not an exact science.

Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says several years ago, the agency changed the way the wind chill temperature index was determined.

He says they changed the formula that was used to compute wind chill values so they didn't sound quite as cold.

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12:34 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Batavia Hospital Joins Rochester Regional Health System

United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia is now a full affiliate of the recently formed Rochester Regional Health System.

The partnership became official on January 1. Plans for the affiliation were first announced in February 2014.

Officials at the Genesee County hospital say even though United Memorial is financially stable, changes in health care present long-term challenges for independent rural health care providers. The partnership follows a nationwide trend among hospitals and health care systems.

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