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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.
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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
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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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Health
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Unity Hospital Expansion Complete

There will be some proud healthcare workers this morning in Greece.

Four years, and 180-million dollars later, Unity Hospital unveils results from its largest expansion.

If you haven't seen Unity's campus lately, here is some of what's new:

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Health
2:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Area Non-Profits Seek to Feed More Children Over Summer Months

Non-profits in the Greater Rochester Area want to be sure children are getting enough to eat while school is out for summer vacation. Schools, community centers, and libraries will have free meals for school-aged kids starting at the end of the month.

Nearly 13% of Monroe County residents are at risk of going hungry, and Rochester has the 7th highest rate of child poverty in the nation.

The Summer Meals Planning Committee wants to serve more than the 352 thousand free meals served last year.

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Health
11:38 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Local Advocates of Medical Marijuana are at the "Edge of Their Seats"

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Local supporters of a medical marijuana bill say they're at the edge of their seats, waiting to see whether the measure will be voted on in the State Senate and the full legislature before the end of the session next Thursday.

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Health
8:01 am
Fri June 13, 2014

End Of Session Battle In Albany Over GMO Food Labeling

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Agricultural, food and beverage companies have spent millions of dollars to defeat legislation in New York state that would require labels on food containing ingredients from genetically modified crops, highlighting the state's key role in the debate about what Americans should know about the products they consume. 

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