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5:43 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Legislation Would Make it Easier to Donate Organs

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If legislation making its way through the State Legislature is passed, it will be much easier to enroll in New York's organ donor registry.

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3:11 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Coalition: Success of Local Lead Programs at Risk

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The group Coalition for the Prevention of Lead Poisoning says a proposal to cut funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could have a significant impact on the progress in the fight against lead poisoning.

Coalition co-chair Mel Callan says the city and county lead programs currently in place are in jeopardy if that proposal, which would cut lead safety funding to HUD by 60 percent, passes Congress.
Representative Louise Slaughter is leading the fight to make sure that doesn't happen.

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3:58 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Area Emergency Rooms Get Busier With Heat-Related Ailments

Area emergency rooms and paramedics are getting a little busier with calls related to the hot, muggy weather this week.

At Rochester General Hospital, Dr. Bryan Gargano, who is medical director at the E-R, says the first big heat wave of the season often causes problems, partly because people spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures.

He says RGH has already seen an increase in the number of people coming to the emergency room in recent days, especially people who do a lot of work outdoors such as roofers and road construction crews.

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10:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Cool Sweep of the Summer Season

Mayor Tom Richards is announcing Cool Sweep, the city's public safety and consumer service program -- run in cooperation with RG&E -- will run from Monday right through Wednesday as temperatures are expected to be in the upper 8os each day.

City crews will open various fire hydrants and spray parks at locations around the city.

City pools will be open longer hours, and swimming will be extended at Durand Eastman Beach.

There's more information at 428-7888.

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9:28 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Woman Who Helped Scientists Discover Breast Cancer Gene To Visit Rochester

Annie Parker
Credit www.facingourrisk.org

Annie Parker talks to WXXI's Beth Adams

Annie Parker lost her mother, sister and a cousin to breast cancer before she was 30 years old.  Parker, from Toronto, subsequently received her own breast cancer diagnosis and she believed it was no coincidence.  

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1:10 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Rochester Researchers Uncover Secret to Possible Cancer Resistance

Brian Vick/University of Rochester

Researchers at the University of Rochester have identified the chemical that leads to cancer resistance in laboratory animals: naked mole rats.

The discovery could eventually lead to new cancer treatments, and even the ability for cancer resistance in humans according to the authors.

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9:05 am
Tue June 18, 2013

URMC To Buy Lakeside Hospital In Brockport

Less than two months after Lakeside Hospital in Brockport closed, there's word of a new use for that facility.

Lakeside shut down in April due to financial problems. Now, the University of Rochester Medical Center is announcing that it is buying most of Lakeside’s assets and will re-establish urgent care and outpatient services at that location.

The Brockport hospital will soon house urgent care, orthopedic surgeons, urologists and other specialists along with lab, radiology and pharmacy services.

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1:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

"Dismantling Rochester's Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline"

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Children advocates are coming together Thursday to discuss ways to protect Rochester's youth from a life of crime. 

The Children's Defense Fund of New York and the Children's Agenda are hosting the discussion being held at the Thomas P. Ryan Center on Webster Avenue from 3pm-5pm.

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11:07 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Physicians Agree to New Reimbursement System with Excellus, RGHS

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A new payment system intended to cut health care costs and improve patient care has been put in place following an agreement between local physicians, Rochester General Health System (RGHS), and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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3:45 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State Says Monroe Community Hospital Has Fixed Deficiencies

The State Health Department has issued a report which says Monroe County's nursing home  has  corrected deficiencies found in an earlier inspection, and now is in substantial compliance with  state and federal requirements.

County Executive Maggie  Brooks released the letter from the state after the health department had found a patient at Monroe Community Hospital was mistreated by the director of the facility after the patient's wheelchair was taken away.  That director was subsequently fired.

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