6:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Rochester's High Infant Mortality Rate Focus of PBS Report


According to the Centers for Disease Control, more babies are dying before they turn 1 year old in the United States than in most of Europe and several other developed countries. 

And in the City of Rochester, the numbers are even more alarming. This is the focus of a PBS America by the Numbers report airing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15 on WXXI-TV.

Reporter Maria Hinojosa said, in a list of infant mortality rates worldwide, where number one represents the fewest number of deaths, the U.S. ranks 56th.  If Rochester were a country, it would rank 95th.

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5:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Many New Yorkers Responding To A New Poll Satisfied With Health Marketplace

A majority of respondents to a recent survey report satisfaction with their new health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace.

Last month, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 250 New York State residents new to insurance through the state exchange.

92 percent of those polled report being somewhat or completely satisfied with their coverage.

David Sandman, Senior Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation, says they were surprised by some of the results.

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3:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Connections: Science Roundtable - Pharmaceuticals

It's our monthly science roundtable! A University of Rochester chemistry professor just received a $1.5 million dollar NIH grant to study an alternate method of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. The results could lead to more options for patients -- a better chance to find something that works. It's also possible that we'll see cheaper drugs on the market, easier drug testing and trials, and more. We discuss the impacts of this with our panel:

2:05 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

At Age 93, Serving Meals to Those in Need

Rosa Wims helping prepare meals at her annual dinner
Credit Alex Crichton

Rosa Wims began serving a pre-Thanksgiving meal in a one room storefront back in 1985. 

She served up a meal with all the trimmings to small group of people.

Wims says they served 300 people last year, and it's expected 400 people will take part this year.

Wims is the first African-American nurse's aide to Rochester General Hospital.

She's also founder and former Executive Director of the Faith Community Health Awareness, where she began distributing food and clothing to those in need.

Wims has dedicated her life to serving others.

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3:05 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Time for a replay?: Protesters waited outside the Supreme Court for decisions in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:48 pm

Once again the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Defying expectations, the court announced Friday it has agreed to hear a case that challenges the heart of the law: subsidies that help people pay their insurance premiums. In about three dozen states, the federal government runs the online marketplaces (exchanges) where individuals can find health plans.

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2:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

URMC Developing Map of Microscopic Lung Structures

Credit URMC

A new project at the University of Rochester Medical Center will have lung researchers breathing easier.

URMC has launched a 5-year effort to develop the Human Lung Molecular Atlas Program, or LungMAP.

Doctor Gloria Pryhuber, professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, explains the project will give researchers a better understanding of the development and functioning of the lungs on a microscopic level.

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11:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

New Law Gives Schools Greater Access to EpiPens for Students With Severe Allergies


A new law just signed by Governor Cuomo gives schools greater access to epinephrine, a medication that could potentially save the life of a student suffering from a severe allergic reaction.

The measure allows schools to keep EpiPens on hand to be administered to students who suffer from an anaphylactic reaction, even if they don't have a prescription for the medication and have never had a previous attack.

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8:53 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Kelly Now Fighting Staph Infection

Jim Kelly honored at Miami Hurricanes' game Saturday
Credit Univ of Miami

He's cancer-free again, but Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is now fighting a staph infection in his bones.

Kelly told the Miami Herald he came down with MRSA, following twelve biopsies in his jaw.

Kelly says he'll get eight weeks of antibiotics and as he puts it - excellent care from his wife, Jill.

Another MRI will check for any cancer again in a couple of weeks.

Kelly was an honorary captain for his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes, Saturday.

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5:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo Defends Ebola Policy

Credit CDC

Governor Cuomo is defending the state's policy of calling for a 21 day quarantine for people who have come into contact with an Ebola patient.

There has been some criticism of a policy announced recently by Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by public health officials and others who worry it might discourage health care workers from going to West Africa to fight Ebola.

During a campaign stop in Rochester Friday, Cuomo said it's a prudent way of dealing with this crisis.

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3:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Connections: Dying with Dignity

Dying with dignity: 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon so she could end her life on her own terms. She has incurable brain cancer. She's become a kind of spokesperson about the right to die with dignity. Will other states follow Oregon? Only three other states allow similar actions, and New York is not one of them. We discuss this with our guests: Dr. Timothy Quill, University of Rochester Medical CenterBarbara Mancini, who was featured on a recent 60 Minutes report; she was arrested when her elderly father chose to end his life with pills at home. 
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