7:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Efforts Increase as Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance Nears

Jenny Torres-Diggs in a Bilingual IPA Navigator who says most of her clients prefer to communicate in Spanish.
Credit Michelle Faust

Steve Howard is in good spirits, because today he qualified for health insurance for the first time in 37 years.  He’s one of 47 people who attended a two-day open house run by Monroe County’s largest navigator agency.

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5:43 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Connections: Dealing with PTSD

Dr. Kathy Platoni, a longtime colonel who worked with the U.S. Army Reserve on the effects of war, talks about dealing with PTSD. Then we discuss how you can be a friend to a friend who is sick.

There are many of us that either are, or knew a person, dealing with PTSD. On this Connections we talk with Dr. Kathy Platoni, a longtime colonel who worked with the U.S. Army Reserve on the effects of war, or PTSD. She’s speaking at Hobart and William Smith about PTSD in modern warfare.

Later on, how can you be a friend to a friend who's sick? Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of the popular book How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick is coming to the JCC, joins us on the phone and Lori Harter of the JCC joins us in studio.

12:47 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Advocates Say Senate Support is Growing For Medical Marijuana


A local coalition supporting the legalization of medical marijuana says it now has enough support to pass in the State Senate.

But it's uncertain whether the Compassionate Care Act will make it to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast cancer Coalition of Rochester, and other local supporters went to Albany this week to win more votes for the legislation. It would allow seriously ill people to gain limited access to marijuana under medical supervision.

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12:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Conversation with a Caregiver: Greece Woman Ends Career to help Dad Diagnosed with Alzheimer's


According to a report released this week by the Alzheimer’s Association, there 2.5 times as many women than men who are providing around the clock care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses.

Those caregivers are often immediate family members, but they can often be other relatives or friends.  Caretakers can face stresses related to their schedule, career, and financial resources.

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11:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

MVP Reaches Settlement With NYS Over Mental Health Benefits

This area’s second largest health insurer has agreed to pay a civil penalty after a settlement with the state over an issue involving mental health benefits.

MVP Health Care has agreed to pay a penalty of $300,000 after State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said an investigation by his office uncovered widespread violations of mental health parity laws. That law, which was enacted in New York State in 2006, requires that insurance companies provide mental health coverage that is at least equal to coverage provided for other health conditions.

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4:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Connections: Reducing the Rate of C-Sections

A discussion about a report that calls for a reduction in the rate of C-section births.

We examined a new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that calls for a reduction in the rate of C-section births. One method they recommend is bringing more doulas into delivery rooms. What’s a doula?

We heard from Kim Guck, a local doula, along with a client of hers. And we heard from Dr. Marcy Mulconry, an OB-GYN at Highland Hospital, along with Helene Thompson-Scott, a midwife with the University Midwifery Group. 

4:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

A Call For Pharmacy Chains To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a number of other attorneys general around the U.S. are hoping to pressure major pharmacy chains to stop selling tobacco products.

Schneiderman and his counterpart in Ohio, Mike DeWine, have co-authored a letter signed by 26 other attorneys general calling on several chains to follow the lead of CVS , which recently said it would be removing tobacco products from its shelves.

Schneiderman says notes that tobacco-related disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

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2:37 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Connections: The Over-Prescribing Of Antibiotics

A discussion about a study on the over-prescribing of antibiotics.

The CDC has a new report out that says doctors are over-prescribing antibiotics. This is leading to unnecessary infections, along with a growing list of microbes that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. So what should doctors and patients do? We sat down with Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati and Dr. Paul Braman, infectious disease specialists from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dumyati helped write the CDC report.  

12:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Winter Blues? You're in Good Company


Is the seemingly endless winter taking a toll on your patience and good mood?

You're not alone.  Dr. Aaron Black, a Rochester clinical psychologist, says nearly everyone he speaks to has become winter weary. "Certain kinds of depression are related to helplessness. I think what happens is that when the weather pounds us like this, it's such a force outside of our control. When it goes on long enough, the kind of internal helplessness that we feel becomes really pronounced."

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11:57 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Storm Brings Weather Channel to Town

Weather Channel Crew by the bridge
Alex Crichton/WXXI

It must be bad out there if the Weather Channel is in town.

On camera meterologist Mike Seidel provided live updates on the storm from one of the stormiest spots -- right by the Irondequoit Outlet Bridge.

They're calling this latest storm "Vulcan," and it appears it will live long and prosper.

Seidel says conditions will worsen during the day and into this evening, with heavy snowfall, wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, and falling temperatures.

Visibility will be down to a quarter mile or less, and a blizzard warning remains in effect until 5 am Thursday.

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