Health

Connections
3:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Connections: Genetically Modified Food

Should GMO's be labeled in New York state?

The New York state legislature did not pass GMO labeling this year, as Vermont did, but a bill was considered. Proponents say everyone should know what's in their food, and where it came from. Opponents say GMOs are being unfairly demonized.

We'll talk to Jane Andrews of Wegmans, and we'll hear from the local farming community, including local farmer Elizabeth Henderson. We'll also hear what big companies -- who have paid big money to stop the bill in NY state -- are saying.

Connections
3:46 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Connections: The Breastfeeding Debate

The debate on breastfeeding.

Democrats in the Monroe County legislature are asking for more designated space for mothers to either breastfeed or pump breast milk. We'll talk to Carrie Andrews, Democratic leader of the legislature, who will explain the proposal. More broadly, we'll talk about American hangups with breastfeeding in public spaces with Diane Cassidy, board member of a new nonprofit organization called Parenting Village.

Health
7:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

LISTEN: Conference Explores Health Concerns Facing Refugees

Friday is World Refugee Day. In Rochester, it marks the second day of the 2014 North American Refugee Health Conference.

Health care providers from across the United States and Canada come together to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.

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Health
4:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Records Show More DWAI Arrests Over Past 10 Years

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A recent Freedom of Information Law request shows a surge in the numbers of arrests in drivers under the influence of drugs.

In the period between 2004 and 2013, busts for Driving While Ability Impaired increased 128 percent in the Finger Lakes.

Peter Pullano, partner at Tully Rinkey Law Firm, says he’s seen many teens who say they’re more comfortable in the car with a driver under the influence of marijuana than they are with a driver who is drunk.

In Monroe County, the number of DWAI arrests more than doubled over the 10 year period.

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Connections
4:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Refugee Health Issues

The unique health issues of refugees are being discussed at the 4th annual North American Refugee Health Conference.

The 4th annual North American Refugee Health Conference started in Rochester on Thursday. The conference pinpoints best practices in refugee health, and highlights the unique health issues affecting between four and five million refugees in the U.S. 

WXXI News reporters Michelle Faust and Matthew Leonard attended the conference's opening day and talked with various attendees about the major health issues discussed at the conference.

Connections
3:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Dementia and Skin Cancer

Talking about dementia, and sun safety in the summer months.

In the first part of this "Healthy Friday" program, a deep discussion on dementia, which affects nearly five million people in the U.S. Our guest is Dr. G. Allen Power, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and author of a book on the topic.

Then, as the summer months are upon is, the chance for skin cancer or melanoma goes up. Dr. Brett Schulman, head of the Center for Dermatology at Rochester General Health System explains how to protect yourself while enjoying the summer sun.

Health
11:05 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Lawmakers Take Aim at Lyme Disease

Deer ticks can be carriers of Lyme disease.
Credit Scott Bauer / USDA

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York senators are proposing several measures to deal with tick-borne Lyme disease that appears to be spreading across the state. 

The task force report cites 462 cases reported through the first week of June in New York and a recent federal estimate of 300,000 new cases annually with only a fraction actually reported. 

The bacterial infection, usually treated with antibiotics, is spread through the bite of infected ticks that are often carried by mice or deer. 

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Health
4:21 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New York Insurance Rate Review Process More Transparent Than Other States

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Advocates say protections for insurance consumers in New York State are stronger than in many other states.

New York residents can view proposed insurance rate changes on the Department of Financial Services website.

Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, Elisabeth Benjamin says many other states have a process that is less transparent.

Consumer advocates across the country say a process that is open to insurance consumer review is the model for states to follow.

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Health
11:08 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Rochester Hosts Refugee Health Conference

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Health care providers from around the world are gathering in Rochester over the next several days to learn how to better care for refugees.

The city is hosting the fourth annual North American Refugee Health Conference at the Radisson Riverside Hotel. 

Conference organizer Jim Sutton is a physician assistant at Rochester General Health System. He says this community has a global reputation when it comes to refugee health care.

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Health
2:39 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

"New" Unity Hospital Opens

Unity entrance
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to mark completion of a four-year, 180-million dollar renovation and expansion at Unity Hospital.

Unity CEO Warren Hern says it means private rooms for all patients, a new fourth floor with more inpatient beds, a new joint replacement center, the Golisano Neurology and Rehabilitation Center, new endoscopy unit, hundreds of additional free parking spaces and more.

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