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4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Researchers: Smoking Causes Even More Illness Than Previously Thought

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A new report on the harmful effects of smoking says an estimated 480,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use in the United States each year.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, said there were 14 million Americans who suffered from at least one serious smoking-induced illness in 2009.

This is despite the fact that smoking rates among adults and teens are dropping.

Scott McIntosh, associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester, says that is not a contradiction.

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Health
2:22 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

RHIO Recieves National Accreditation

Two New York State regional health information exchanges have been nationally accredited for the security of their systems. 

The Healthcare Information Xchange of New York and Rochester RHIO were recently accredited by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

The commission evaluated the regional exchanges for the privacy, security, and confidentiality of a program that directly alerts primary care doctors when their patients have been treated, for example in an emergency room.

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Health
11:06 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local Researcher Will Study How Stress Impacts Alzheimer's Patients

Vankee Lin, PhD RN
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A researcher at the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been awarded a grant to study how stress impacts the mental abilities of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Nurse researcher Vankee Lin, PhD,  will receive the $100,000 reward from the Alzheimer's Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region at a ceremony in Corn Hill on Saturday before the start of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Lin says high levels of stress may contribute to the damage of death of brain cells, and people with Alzheimer's do experience stress on a daily basis.

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Health
3:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Free Breast Cancer Screenings Scheduled for Saturday

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This weekend a free mammography event is schedule to ensure more women detect breast cancer early.

This Saturday Cancer Services Program of Monroe County will provide free mammography at two clinics: Highland Breast Imaging and Strong West in Brockport.

Director Candice Lucas told WXXI 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but the disease has a 98 percent survival rate when it’s found early.

“We want women to live long, healthy lives and if we can find it early and take care of it that's what we want to do,” said Lucas.

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Health
3:33 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

URMC Researcher Awarded Highest Honor for Young Investigators

Michelle C. Janelsins, Ph.D., M.P.H.
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The National Institutes of Health’s awarded a University of Rochester cancer researcher their highest honor for young investigators.

Michelle Janelsins, of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, recently accepted a 2.3 million dollar grant to continue her research on so-called “Chemo-brain.”

According to Janelsins, about 80% of patients in cancer treatment report memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and mental fogginess related to chemotherapy. The doctor’s research will test the hypothesis that inflammation could be to blame.

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Health
10:28 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Service Workers At The University Of Rochester Have Tentative Contract

Service workers at the University of Rochester have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract.

Officials with the U of R and SEIU Local 1199 say the agreement capped nine sessions of collective bargaining.

The talks began in September and a federal mediator was involved. The previous contract expired September 21st and was extended while negotiations continued.

No details of the new pact have been released yet. That will happen after a vote by the union membership which is scheduled for October 16.

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Health
8:40 am
Thu October 9, 2014

URMC Gets $4 Million Grant To Study Sepsis

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have received a $4 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study sepsis. That's an immune response to an infection which leads to organ failure and death in about one third of patients.

Beyond administering antibiotics and other supportive measures, doctors have no specific treatment to stop the syndrome.

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Health
9:20 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Area Hospitals Face Medicare Readmission Penalties

Medicare readmission penalties to reimbursements from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Four area hospitals face penalties for the number of Medicare patients that check back in within a month after certain conditions and procedures. This is the case for 80% of New York hospitals.

This is the third consecutive year the federal government has cut Medicare reimbursements—up to a 3% maximum. The average penalty in New York State is 0.73%.

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Connections
3:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Connections: Alternatives to Halloween For Kids

For parents who love their kids but hate Halloween, what are the alternatives? Not to be all buzzkill, but Halloween pushes children to worship at the altar of "Big Candy". For parents trying to celebrate real food and healthy eating, Halloween is an obstacle. Fortunately, there are options, and we'll explore them with our panel:

  • Christina Le Beau, former D&C reporter, now the author of the Spoonfed blog about kids and healthy eating
  • Heather Fiore, registered dietician for URMC
  • Deb Ross, creator of KidsOutandAbout.com
  • George Walker of Holiday Hollow in Pembroke
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Health
10:55 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Officials Say NY State Health Exchange Ready for Open Enrollment

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Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say 27 million dollars will go to help assist residents connect with insurance—the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act — starting November 15th.

National health care advocates worry that most states will be investing less on support staff to help sign people up for insurance, than was invested last year.

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