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Finger Lakes VA expands volunteer transportation network

Finger Lakes VA expands volunteer transportation network
The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System has expanded its volunteer transportation network to include Yates County, improving access to medical care for local veterans. This extension, which started on March 29, is part of the ... more
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New York takes action to remove PFAS from water, products

New York takes action to remove PFAS from water, products
The state of New York is removing forever chemicals from various places, just as the Environmental Protection Agency issued limits on PFAS in drinking water. In the state of New York, 548 public water systems ... more
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NY medical aid-in-dying bill gains broader support

NY medical aid-in-dying bill gains broader support
New York's medical aid-in-dying bill is gaining further support. The Medical Society of the State of New York is supporting the bill. New York's bill allows terminally ill people with only six months to live ... more
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Advocates: State budget boosts human services, but leaves cost of living challenges unaddressed

Claims for mental health services skyrocketing since start of Coronavirus Pandemic
New York has passed its FY 2025 budget, aiming to improve conditions for marginalized communities with significant investments in human services. The $237 billion budget was praised for its enhancements to wages for human service ... more
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New York implements new rules for dairy cattle imports amid bird flu concerns

DEC investigating after massive manure spill at Genoa dairy farm
New York has introduced temporary import requirements for dairy cattle due to the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in several other states, the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Monday. The new ... more
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Canandaigua’s water supply ranks among best in the state, per new report

Toxic waters? Drinking water standards in New York worry some advocates
Canandaigua's water supply, sourced from Canandaigua Lake and treated at the city's West Lake Road facility, consistently meets or surpasses state and federal standards, according to the latest water quality report. This annual evaluation by ... more
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Tompkins County ends free COVID test distribution

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Tompkins County Whole Health announced that their program distributing free COVID-19 test kits ended on April 4, after providing over 275,000 kits since January 2022. The initiative, which distributed test kits through community libraries, municipal ... more
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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

NY Democrats call on state to
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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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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