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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.  

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12:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Winter Blues? You're in Good Company

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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
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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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2:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Main Entrance for Area Hospital

Part of Unity Hospital's expansion project
Unity Health

Unity Hospital unveiled its new entrance, atrium and concourse today, part of Unity Health's 160-million dollar Modernization and Expansion Project.

Vice President, surgical and ancillary services for Unity Health System, Bob Donahue, says they focused on creating a warm, welcoming environment for patients and visitors.

And that will be their first impression when they arrive.

He says the new entrance contains a bright and open atrium, and expanded drop off area, and 200 additional parking spaces.

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9:24 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Blog Calls Attention to Anxiety Disorder

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 A local man wants to educate people about what it's like to have an anxiety disorder.  Joe Leverone has written a blog entry about his anxiety disorder that was diagnosed when he was 16.

Joe, a producer at WHAM 13 TV, says he wants people to better understand the condition that impacts more Americans than any other mental health disorder. 

Click on the audio link above to hear an interview with Joe Leverone.

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6:03 am
Mon March 10, 2014

URMC Joins In Promising Alzheimer's Research

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Research done partly here in Rochester is making headlines around the world.

A first-of-its kind study says there is a way to predict, through a blood test, whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer's  Disease.

UR Medicine neuropsychologist Mark Mapstone is the lead author of the study.

Researchers found that the levels of 10 lipids, or fats, found in the blood could determine with over 90 percent accuracy which patients would get develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment.

It's hoped that someday the test will be available in doctor's offices.

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6:59 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Schumer Wants To Block Marketing Of E-Cigarettes To Kids

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for legislation that will ban e-cigarette companies from marketing those battery-powered nicotine devices directly to children. Schumer's action comes after a recent study that reveals that children who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to eventually smoke conventional cigarettes than those who do not.

Schumer says that companies are marking their e-cigarettes to kids by adding flavors such as vanilla, bubble gum or cotton candy.

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7:04 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Mother Of Ryan White On The Ongoing Battle Against AIDS

Jeanne White Ginder
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Thirty years ago, Ryan White changed the face of AIDS.

Before the Indiana boy became infected with HIV through a contaminated blood treatment in the 1984, AIDS was widely associated with gay men.

More than 20 years after Ryan's death, his mother Jeanne White Ginder, still crusades for victims of AIDS.  She's speaking this morning at the Catholic Charities Community Services breakfast.

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11:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Giant, Walk-Through Colon Promotes Cancer Awareness

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A giant, inflatable colon will be set up tomorrow at Market Place Mall.

It's a promotion by local health officials to demystify what happens when you get a colonoscopy.  Candice Lucas, director of the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, says getting screened for colorectal cancer just makes sense. "For a cancer that is so highly preventable, a 90 percent prevention rate, there's no reason people should be dying from it.  In Monroe County, we have about 370 cases diagnosed each year. About 140 die from it."

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