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New York among states considering ban on cancer-linked food additives: Lucky Charms, Doritos, and Gatorade would need overhaul

Safety advice If you visit the grocery store
New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois are advancing legislation to ban certain food additives found in popular snacks, following concerns over their potential health risks. This move comes after the so-called 'Skittles ban' which prohibited ingredients ... more
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Albany Diocese challenges New York abortion coverage mandate

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, along with other religious groups, challenged a New York regulation in the state's highest court on Tuesday. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a mandate that requires health insurance policies ... more
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Record tick season underway in New York: How bad will it get in 2024?

Ticks proving to be a massive problem in the Finger Lakes
The 2024 tick season in New York and the Northeast has started off with unprecedented activity, as evidenced by the highest number of tick bite-related emergency room visits for March in recent years. This surge ... more
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New York could be first to offer prenatal paid leave if state budget is approved

New York could be first to offer prenatal paid leave if state budget is approved
Governor Kathy Hochul's latest budget proposal, if passed, will position New York as the first state to offer paid prenatal leave, marking a significant step in supporting expecting mothers. The budget, detailed in recent negotiations, ... more
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Hepatitis A exposure prompts vaccination clinics in Penn Yan

Hepatitis A exposure prompts vaccination clinics in Penn Yan
Yates County Public Health has announced a free vaccination clinic following a hepatitis A exposure linked to a restaurant employee at Main Deck in Penn Yan. The employee's positive test prompted health officials to recommend ... more
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Thompson Health expands specialized wound care services in Canandaigua

Police: Violent incident at F.F. Thompson Hospital leads to several charges against Rochester man
UR Medicine Thompson Health announced the expansion of its wound care services, led by Dr. Suzamie Jo Farnsworth, at the Marilyn Sands Outpatient Clinic in Canandaigua. Dr. Farnsworth, a seasoned expert with nearly 30 years ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Is there a mental health crisis in the Finger Lakes? (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Is there a mental health crisis in the Finger Lakes? (podcast)
How serious is the mental health crisis here in the Finger Lakes? The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year; and the U.S. has seen its ... more
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New Yorkers can benefit from early health care decision planning

New Yorkers can benefit from early health care decision planning
Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and New Yorkers have reason to start early planning. A new report cites rates of Alzheimer's disease growing among the state's 65+ population, with a projected 460,000 older New Yorkers being ... more
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Bipartisan push in Albany to declare state of emergency amid overdose crisis grows

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A bipartisan group of 50 New York state lawmakers last week urged Governor Kathy Hochul to declare a state disaster emergency in response to escalating drug overdose deaths. Despite the use of $335 million in ... more
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Seneca County launches initiative to combat overdose crisis

Lawmakers want President Biden and Governor Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for opioid overdose
Seneca County's Opioid Task Force, in collaboration with Truth Pharm, is rolling out several projects funded by Opioid Settlement Funds to address the overdose epidemic. These initiatives aim to engage the community and provide educational ... more
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EPA sets historic drinking water standard to combat PFAS pollution

Toxic waters? Drinking water standards in New York worry some advocates
The Biden-Harris Administration, in a groundbreaking move, has established the first-ever national drinking water standard aimed at safeguarding communities from the dangers of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly referred to as "forever chemicals." Announced by ... more
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Mental health assessment for first responders launched to identify needs

SAFETY MOMENT: Mental health important during difficult times
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced New York's first mental health needs assessment for first responders, a crucial step toward understanding and improving the mental health support for public safety professionals. This initiative, in collaboration with ... more
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When can you take eclipse glasses off during total solar eclipse? Only for brief moments during totality

When can you take eclipse glasses off during total solar eclipse? Only for brief moments during totality
With the total solar eclipse approaching on Monday, questions arise about the proper use of eclipse glasses. According to doctors it's crucial to wear eclipse glasses to avoid eye damage, emphasizing the dangers of direct ... more
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How to spot fake eclipse glasses as total solar eclipse gets closer?

How to spot fake eclipse glasses as total solar eclipse gets closer?
With the upcoming eclipse, the market is flooded with eclipse glasses, prompting a crucial consumer alert on distinguishing between real and fake protective eyewear. Authentic eclipse glasses are crafted from black polymer, designed to block ... more
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Wegmans announces recall for frozen green beans over potential pest contamination

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Wegmans has announced a recall for its Food You Feel Good About frozen cut green beans in 16-ounce bags, citing concerns of pest contamination. The supermarket chain has urged customers to check the “best if ... more
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FEND Off Fentanyl Act: What is it? How would it impact opioid crisis?

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the House of Representatives to pass the "FEND Off Fentanyl Act," aimed at combating the opioid epidemic by targeting cartels responsible for importing drugs into the United States. The legislation ... more
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Steep cost of poverty in the Finger Lakes: A decline of health and life expectancy

Steep cost of poverty in the Finger Lakes: A decline of health and life expectancy
The Finger Lakes region is known for its picturesque landscapes and tourism, but a silent crisis is unfolding. A recent report by Common Ground Health, supported by data from the New York State Department of ... more
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Cayuga County offers free caregiver support program

Cayuga County Office Building closed: Gould expects it to reopen on Tuesday
The Cayuga County Office for the Aging has announced a new initiative aimed at supporting family caregivers by offering the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" program. Scheduled to start on April 19, 2024, this educational series ... more
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REPORT: Cayuga Health has major economic impact on Schuyler and Tompkins counties

REPORT: Cayuga Health has major economic impact on Schuyler and Tompkins counties
Cayuga Health System significantly impacted the economies of Schuyler and Tompkins counties, with an annual contribution of $675 million, an 8% increase from the previous year, according to a report by the Healthcare Association of ... more
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