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New York health insurers seek whopping increase for 2019

New York health insurers seek whopping increase for 2019
The state's 14 private health insurers are requesting on average a 24 percent increase in rates for individuals next year, citing growing costs and a major looming change to federal health care. The insurers on ... more
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Substance abuse film screened in Moravia leads to discussion on recovery

Substance abuse film screened in Moravia leads to discussion on recovery
Kevin Jones said his life has never been the same since May 10, 2013. That was when his stepdaughter, Jessica Gentile, died of a drug overdose. Jones later founded the Heroin Epidemic Action League, which ... more
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Credibility of top Upstate Medical University official questioned

Credibility of top Upstate Medical University official questioned
The credibility of a top Upstate Medical University official is being questioned after his account of narrowly escaping a car bombing in Afghanistan and some other dramatic claims he made in a 2017 videotaped speech ... more
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Study says more kids are thinking about suicide

Study says more kids are thinking about suicide
Shocking statistics show more kids are thinking about suicide and trying to hurt themselves. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found the number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide ... more
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Svante Myrick wants Ithaca to be New York’s fifth pilot site for supervised injection facilities

Svante Myrick wants Ithaca to be New York's fifth pilot site for supervised injection facilities
With talk of creating four pilot supervised injection facilities in New York City, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve Ithaca to be the fifth pilot site. "Here in Tompkins County ... more
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Thompson honors Nurses of the Year

‘Broadway Princess Revue’ benefits St. Peter’s Arts Academy
UR Medicine Thompson Health celebrated several of its associates at its annual National Nurses Week Celebration Dinner on the evening of May 10. Honored as Nurses of the Year within the hospital were: Theresa Edwards, ... more
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Several people bit by suspected rabid fox in Ithaca

Several people bit by suspected rabid fox in Ithaca
Several people were bitten by a fox suspected of being rabid this weekend in Ithaca, the Tompkins County Health Department says. A suspected rabid fox was reported Friday afternoon on Kendall Street near Ithaca College's ... more
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Schuyler County joins legal battle against ‘Big Pharma’

Schuyler County officials are formally taking “big pharma” to court. On Friday Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman filed a nearly 250-page Summons and Complaint against manufacturers and distributers of prescription opiates for damages to the ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Talking substance use disorders in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Talking substance use disorders in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
In the last week, two individuals were revived after near-fatal overdoses by a drug called Naloxone. Frequently referred to as NARCAN, it acts as a simple means to revive and block those who are overdosing ... more
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How to protect you and your family from ticks and Lyme disease

How to protect you and your family from ticks and Lyme disease
As spring sets in, it's time to head outdoors and enjoy the dearly missed sun. But it's also time to take precautions against Lyme disease. While the data on Lyme disease cases in Broome County ... more
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Addiction treatment legislation gets green light in Senate

Addiction treatment legislation gets green light in Senate
The State Senate approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, to further combat the heroin and opioid epidemic spreading throughout the ... more
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Poll: 24% of NYers prescribed opioids in last 2 years; Only half were warned about risks

Poll: 24% of NYers prescribed opioids in last 2 years; Only half were warned about risks
A quarter of New York residents have been prescribed opioids over the last two years, and of those, only half were told by a doctor about the risks associated with those opioids, a new Siena ... more
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Will New York raise the smoking age to 21?

Advocates and state lawmakers this year are again making a push to change the smoking age to 21 in New York. Efforts to raise the age from 18 to 21 failed in the state Legislature ... more
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April 28 will be National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 28 will be National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, reminded area residents that Saturday, April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies across ... more
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Mental health satellite office opens inside Wayne Central High

Mental health satellite office opens inside Wayne Central High
Last month, students at Wayne Central School District held a walk-in to support the victims of the Florida school shootings. Now, the district is making a big move to help its own, students here who ... more
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Tompkins opts to dismiss Human Rights Director Karen Baer

Tompkins opts to dismiss Human Rights Director Karen Baer
Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has decided to dismiss Karen Baer, director of the Office of Human Rights, effective immediately. Molino's determination was sent to Baer on Monday. In a letter to Baer, which The ... more
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Poll: Most New Yorkers blaming doctors for current opioid epidemic

Poll: Most New Yorkers blaming doctors for current opioid epidemic
New Yorkers are blaming doctors who over-prescribe opioids as the most responsible contributor for the current opioid crisis, according to a new Siena College poll. The poll, released on Sunday, found that 80 percent of ... more
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Despite waiver, lack of detox beds leave some with nowhere to go

Despite waiver, lack of detox beds leave some with nowhere to go
The opioid epidemic is showing no signs of easing, even as Monroe County has only 25 detox beds. This is despite the fact the state eased the requirements for hospitals last month, allowing them to ... more
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Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse

Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, was awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to respond to the opioid epidemic. The funds come from the William ... more
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Urgent Care expands hours in Geneva to better serve community

Urgent Care expands hours in Geneva to better serve community
If you think Geneva’s Urgent Care, located at 789 Pre-Emption Road in Finger Lakes Health Commons is an overall positive for the community — then there’s some good news on the way. Finger Lakes Health ... more
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Reed visits GCH to learn more about telehealth

Tom Reed stopped by Geneva Community Health March 29 for a visit. Like all patients to the upper Washington Street facility, he entered through the waiting area. On his way to a presentation involving telehealth ... more
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