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2:28 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Medicare Advantage Costs Increase Across Nation, State

Credit HealthPocket.com

Many New York seniors who use Medicare Advantage will pay more for both their premiums and they prescriptions starting in January.

Recently released national Medicare data show the average cost of premiums for Medicare Advantage will increase by 2% in 2015, according to an analysis by HealthPocket.

Statewide, the average premium is up just less than 3 and a quarter percent. In 2014, the average premium in New York for Medicare Advantage was $55.02. 

In 2015, that figure will go up to $56.80.

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Health
7:11 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New York Launches Website to Combat Heroin Addiction

Credit combatheroin.ny.gov

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has put up a new website with information about heroin and prescription opioid addiction and where to go for help. 

According to state officials, admissions last year statewide for abuse and addiction treatment for those drugs rose to more than 89,000 with the largest increase among people between 18 and 24. 

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Health
7:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Federal Officials To Hold Local Meeting About Compensation For Radiation Exposure

Federal officials will be in Rochester later this week to help former workers in the nuclear weapons industry find out about compensation they may be eligible for.

The U.S. Labor Department says that from the 1940s through the 1980s, workers in the nuclear weapons industry may have been exposed to radiation while performing their jobs. That includes 15 facilities in Western New York, including an atomic energy project at the University of Rochester. After World War II, that operation focused on the biomedical aspects of nuclear energy.

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Health
6:23 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Sen. Schumer Calls On CDC To Provide More Support For Dealing With The Enterovirus

New York Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to send more resources to hospitals and schools around the state to help them combat the Enterovirus, which causes respiratory problems.

Schumer says with the strain of that virus known as “D68” affecting more and more children and leading more kids to be taken to hospital emergency rooms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should provide help.

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Connections
5:56 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Substance Abuse; Affordable care Act

This hour we touch on addiction and substance abuse. First we talk with Judy Collins and her challenges with substance abuse. Then we talk with Greg Soehner from East House. Then we talk about the Affordable Care Act with Bowen Garrett, research fellow with the Urban Institute.
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Connections
5:47 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Domestic Violence

The national conversation about domestic violence has been dominating the headlines since the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then fiance, Janay Palmer, in a hotel elevator. We discuss the definition of domestic violence, the causes, the resources, and how to create more awareness of the issue.

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Health
5:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Wayne County To Spray To Try And Control Mosquito-Borne Virus

Officials in Wayne County say they are getting ready to have some aerial spraying done to try and control the spread of  a mosquito-borne virus .

Health officials announced the spraying of the pesticide in parts of Wayne County next week after three horses located on the same farm in the Town of Rose tested positive for the virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis also known as ‘Triple-E.”

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Connections
1:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Connections: How Do You Want to Die?

Here's a question you may not think about until you're asked, "How do you want to die?" Answers usually range from "peacefully", "in our sleep", to "surrounded by my family." Some use treatments to prolong their lives trading off a poorer quality of life for longevity. Is there a right way to handle this? What would a doctor choose if they faced this scenario. We have a health care panel from the University of Rochester Medical Center to weigh in on these issues:

  • Dr. Tim Quill, director of Palliative Care Program
  • Laura Hogan, nurse practitioner
  • Emilee Langfit, nurse for Strong’s Sussman Palliative Care Inpatient Unit
Health
11:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

UR Medicine's Wilmot Cancer Institute Awarded $18 Million Grant

UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute has been awarded an $18.6 million grant to help lead a nationwide clinical research network which will investigate cancer-related side effects.

The award from the National Cancer Institute to researcher Gary Morrow is among the five largest grants received by a UR Medical Center researcher in the past 10 years.

The five-year grant will fund work that revolves around supportive care for patients coping with side effects during and following cancer treatment.

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Health
8:19 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New URMC Leader says ACA Challenges Funding Models

School of Medicine and Dentistry Dr. Dean Mark Taubman will take over University of Rochester Medical Center’s lead role starting at the beginning of next year. The CEO-designate recognizes the position comes with challenges as the country changes health care funding models.

Taubman thanked Berk, saying he is leaving at the top of his career with a strong and supportive culture at URMC. It’s a culture Taubman says he will emulate.

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