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2:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Low Radiation Imaging Comes to Rochester

Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Young patients with spinal problems in upstate New York now have local access to imaging technology that substantially decreases their exposure to radiation, thanks to a new machine located in Rochester.

Madeline Luttinger has to get five to 10 x-rays each year to track a curvature of her spine known as scoliosis, a condition that affects millions of children and adolescents in the U.S. each year.

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12:11 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Watching Out For Frostbite & Hypothermia

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With wind chills well below zero Friday  into early Saturday morning, area medical professionals have some advice. Dr. Michael, who is Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center says the most important thing to do  is to cover up.

"Exposed skin and extremities are really at risk when it is this cold and when there is a wind chill, so being conscientious of that and dressing in layers, warm socks, gloves or mittens, hat, even covering your face if you are going to be outside for a really long period of time are really important things. "

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1:05 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Watching Out For Frostbite & Hypothermia

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With bitterly cold wind child temperatures in the forecast, officials at Rural Metro ambulance are trying to get the word out about protecting yourself  if you are outdoors. That's especially true Tuesday night when a lot of people will be going out for New Year's Eve, or maybe watching the fireworks celebration in downtown Rochester.

Rural Metro spokesperson LaShay Harris says you really need to dress properly to avoid frostbite.

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10:33 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Norovirus Seen in Rochester Area

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A nasty stomach bug is being reported in the area.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray, of the Pediatric emergency department at Strong Hospital, says it's a form of the Norovirus. “All over the country, the numbers seem to be up a bit. It’s hard to know if it’s really that much worse in our neck of the woods yet, but we’ll see.  We know that in the winter the stomach bug seems to be a little more prevalent with people traveling and visiting people in other parts of the country. Perhaps the numbers are going up a little bit.”                

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11:32 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Cold Weather Alert for Rochester's Homeless

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Expected cold weather and snow for the coming week concerns some who operate homeless shelters in Rochester.

On Sunday, Christopher Scribani of the Open Door Mission issued a “code blue” alert. Code blue is used when winter weather conditions pose a risk of hypothermia for anyone exposed to the cold for an extended period.

Under code blue, participating shelters are allowed to add beds to provide more warm places for the homeless.

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1:29 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Doctors and Compassionate Behavior

urmc.rochester.edu

University of Rochester researchers are studying compassionate behavior between doctors and their patients.

23 oncologists volunteered to be recorded during visits with their advanced cancer patients. 

Senior investigator for the study, Dr. Ronald Epstein says compassion is different than empathy, which is a reflection of how someone is feeling.

Compassion, he says, lets the patient know the doctor is with them every step of the way in their treatment.

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1:35 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Anti-Smoking Group: New York "Short Changing" Smoking Prevention Efforts

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New York State is spending only about 15-percent of the amount of money the Centers for Disease Control recommends spending on smoking cessation programs.  

That's according to the group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

They say New York is spending about 39 million dollars on such programs.

The CDC recommends 254 million in yearly funding.

Vice president for Communications, Vince Willmore, says New York has made progress in smoking prevention, but funding for such programs continues to be cut.

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4:11 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Smartphone App Can Check Cholesterol in 60 Seconds

Cornell University

Researchers in upstate New York have created an app that will allow users to test their cholesterol levels through a blood sample that’s analyzed directly through their smartphone.  

“What’s been really transformative over the last few years is that now everyone is carrying around with them this incredibly powerful computer that they use all the time, are very familiar with, and have already paid for,” says David Erickson, professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell University, and one of the developers of the app.

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8:19 am
Wed December 25, 2013

New York's Health Exchange Numbers Grow

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With health insurance through New York's marketplace scheduled to start next year, thousands of policyholders have to change coverage while even more uninsured are signing up for new policies.

Facing a late influx of applications, the exchange pushed back enrollment deadlines twice, most recently to midnight Tuesday for policies effective Jan. 1. Unlike the federal marketplace operating in 36 states, New York established its own, which has had some but fewer software problems.

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10:47 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Researchers Say Tree Nuts Are Okay for Pregnant Women

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A new study is supporting the recent theory that it's okay for pregnant women to eat tree nuts.

Researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say there was no increase in peanut allergies in children born to mothers who ate nuts when they were pregnant. 

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