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11:35 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Approaches To Autism

The co-directors of Nazareth College’s Specialty Program in Autism have some new approaches to helping people.

Associate Professor Shanna Jamanis and Assistant Professor Dawn Vogler-Elias were guests Wednesday on Connections with Evan Dawson.

Among the practices Jamanis says are occurring, is how people will describe themselves as “living with autism,” rather than saying they are “autistic.”

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11:23 am
Thu December 4, 2014

CDC: Flu Vaccine Less Effective This Year

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The flu vaccine won't be as effective against some of the viruses making the rounds this season.

The CDC says that's because the virus has mutated or "drifted."

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Alexandra Yamshchikov of Rochester Regional Health System says you should still get a flu shot if you haven't already.

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5:47 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Cuomo Says NYS Making Good Progress In Ending AIDS Epidemic

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor says the state is well on its way to ending its AIDS epidemic. Andrew Cuomo delivered the update on the state's plan to fight AIDS on Monday, World AIDS Day.

The state wants to reduce new HIV infections to 750 per year by 2020, down from an estimated 3,000 HIV cases expected this year. The epidemic will be considered over when the number of cases diagnosed annually falls below the number of AIDS deaths.

The state hopes to get there by focusing on at-risk groups and expanding access to testing and treatment.

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3:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Don't Be Afraid to Discuss End-of-Life at Thanksgiving

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Health care professionals encourage Americans gathering with extended family for the holidays to have frank, honest conversations about their wishes in the event of a serious disease.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York asks families to include palliative care in those discussions.

Palliative care emphases improving quality of life while a person copes with chronic and serious health conditions.

Michael Burgess, New York government relations director of the American Cancer Society, said the conversation is important enough NOT to put off.

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7:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Rochester Regional Health System Launches Center For Refugee Health

A first-of-its kind primary healthcare center for refugees in Rochester has officially dedicated

Director of Community Medicine for Rochester Regional Health System, Jim Sutton, says since 2008, Rochester Regional has been the primary care home for newly arriving refugees.           

“What we found over time is that the newest of the new refugees really need some highly specialized care and some culturally appropriate care and that’s what led to the concept of having a dedicated center”

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1:08 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

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

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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.
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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'

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

U.S. Health and Human Services opened HealthCare.gov 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

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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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