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FLH names new nurse manager at transitional care program

Dr. Luke Chen joins Finger Lakes Health, will continue practicing in Seneca Falls
Finger Lakes Health has named Jodi Heavner-Ortiz, RN-BC as Nurse Manager of Unit 1 at Geneva Living Center South in the Transitional Care Program. Heavner-Ortiz is licensed and certified as a registered nurse, and is ... more
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Lawmakers pushing for bill to allow reusable food, beverage containers at restaurants

Lawmakers pushing for bill to allow reusable food, beverage containers at restaurants
New legislation seeks to reduce the amount of single-use food containers and cups at New York State restaurants. “We now use 16 billion coffee cups a year,” Pat Fahy, NYS Assemblymember, said. In order to ... more
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NY Assembly to hold hearing on potential ban on youth tackle football

NY Assembly to hold hearing on potential ban on youth tackle football
Testimony will be heard Tuesday morning by the New York State Assembly Health Committee Chair about the effects of a potential ban on tackle football for youth football. The hearing will focus on the effects ... more
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Recall on the popular anti-anxiety medication, Xanax

Recall on the popular anti-anxiety medication, Xanax
There is a recall on the popular anti-anxiety medication, Xanax. Thousands of bottles of the medication is being recalled because the drug was supposedly “not strong enough.” According to the Food and Drug Administration, Mylan ... more
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NY lawmakers considering a ban on kids under 12 from playing tackle football

NY lawmakers considering a ban on kids under 12 from playing tackle football
New York State lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban kids twelve and younger from playing tackle football. State lawmakers met in New York City Tuesday morning to hear testimony on youth tackle football ... more
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Why nursing homes just sued NY over Medicaid cuts they say threaten patients, staff

Why nursing homes just sued NY over Medicaid cuts they say threaten patients, staff
A coalition of health care trade groups has accused state officials of illegally cutting $352 million in Medicaid funding for nursing homes in New York. The groups announced a lawsuit Friday that claims many nursing homes could be ... more
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Senator Chuck Schumer calls for hemp farming regulations

Senator Chuck Schumer calls for hemp farming regulations
Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for new regulations for a booming business in our area — hemp farming. Forbes says hemp farming has quadrupled in the country this year, and there are a number of ... more
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$700M deal reached to settle marketing opioid in New York, other states

$700M deal reached to settle marketing opioid in New York, other states
New York and five other states on Wednesday reached a settlement with pharmaceutical distributor Reckitt Benckiser Group after the firm was accused of improperly marketing a drug that led to misuse using of state Medicaid ... more
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Family from Penn Yan threatens another lawsuit over religious exemption battle involving autistic child

Family from Penn Yan threatens another lawsuit over religious exemption battle involving autistic child
The 11-year-old boy with severe autism whose medical vaccine exemption was denied earlier this year was denied once again. This year, for the first time, Thorn Schwartz had his medical exemption from vaccines denied, so ... more
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Local researchers working to develop E. coli vaccine

Local researchers working to develop E. coli vaccine
Rochester Clinical Research is working to develop an E. coli vaccine. Researchers say E. coli causes hundreds of thousands of infections in the U.S. each year. While many are harmless, some strains have developed a ... more
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New York State Health Department offers services to help e-cigarette users quit

New York State Health Department offers services to help e-cigarette users quit
As the vaping crisis shows no signs of slowing down, the New York State Health Department is now offering ways to help people kick the habit. The state Smokers’ Quitline is offering nicotine patches, gum, ... more
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Urgent need for blood donations

Urgent need for blood donations
The New York Blood Center has issued an urgent call for donors because the state’s blood supply has dropped significantly. Those with the center say that there’s been a major drop in regular blood donations ... more
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Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food
Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals. Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take ... more
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Amish family files lawsuit over religious exemption ban in vaccination fight

Amish family files lawsuit over religious exemption ban in vaccination fight
An Amish family has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn New York’s state law banning religious exemptions to vaccinations for students. The case involves unvaccinated children attending Cranberry Marsh School, a private Amish-run school in ... more
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People with the flu can spread virus one day before any symptoms show

People with the flu can spread virus one day before any symptoms show
Doctor Melanie Conolly's family practice office in Spencerport received their flu vaccines in the office at the end of September. As of last week, her office administered 500 doses of the flu vaccine. "We’re getting ... more
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Longer waits for high-dose flu shot older adults are encouraged to receive

Longer waits for high-dose flu shot older adults are encouraged to receive
Dr. Emil Lesho is an infectious disease physician at Rochester Regional Health. He says, when it comes to flu season, there is one thing experts can always count on. "It's predictably unpredictable," Lesho says. Based ... more
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New York pharmacies now required to inform people about drug recalls

New York pharmacies now required to inform people about drug recalls
A new state law requires pharmacies to inform people of class 1 drug recalls made by the Food and Drug Administration within seven days. A class 1 recall means the drug has a high probability ... more
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New York State studying “safe-staffing” at nursing homes, hospitals

New York State studying “safe-staffing” at nursing homes, hospitals
Should nursing homes and hospitals be required to have a set number of nurses to cover the care of patients? That’s what New York State is trying to determine right now. While most patients and ... more
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Cuomo, other Northeast officials team up to push pot, vaping regulations

Cuomo, other Northeast officials team up to push pot, vaping regulations
The governors from several Northeastern states say they want to work together to regulate marijuana and vaping. Democratic governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania met Thursday in New York City with health ... more
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Gov. Cuomo signs legislation to prevent excessive out of network emergency room charges

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday to protect patients from excessive out of network emergency room charges. The new law requires health insurance companies to ensure when patients receive care from a non-participating provider, they ... more
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Experts say now is the time to get your flu shot

A couple of people in the region have already tested positive for the influenza virus, prompting the health department to remind everyone to be ready. Influenza activity usually starts to increase in late fall and ... more
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