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Geneva to enhance drinking water protection with state assistance

Drinking water supplies around Owasco test high for treatment byproduct
Geneva has been selected as one of 39 municipalities in New York State to receive specialized technical assistance aimed at safeguarding its public drinking water sources. This initiative, part of the Drinking Water Source Protection ... more
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Health officials investigate chlorine incident at Ithaca Holiday Inn Express

Health officials investigate chlorine incident at Ithaca Holiday Inn Express
A chlorine exposure incident at the Holiday Inn Express in Ithaca, which resulted in nine children requiring hospital treatment, is currently under investigation by local and state health departments. The children, who were attending a ... more
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CDC alerts healthcare providers after RSV vaccine confusion

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a notice to healthcare professionals following over 150 instances where pregnant women and children were mistakenly administered the incorrect Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine. The ... more
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CDC says new COVID vaccine is 54% effective at preventing symptomatic infections

Rochester expert addresses vaccine concerns for pregnant women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that the updated COVID-19 vaccines are 54% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in adults. These newer vaccines, introduced to counter recent coronavirus variants, have shown ... more
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Life expectancy declines in New York, study finds

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Life expectancy in New York has seen a significant decrease, mirroring a national trend exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While New Yorkers previously enjoyed a higher life expectancy than most of the United States, with ... more
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Advertising agency settles for $350M over opioid crisis role

Advertising agency settles for 0M over opioid crisis role
Publicis Health, an advertising firm involved in marketing campaigns for OxyContin and other opioids, has agreed to a $350 million settlement to avoid potential trials over its contribution to the opioid epidemic, according to state ... more
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Schumer advocates for fast-tracking RSV vaccine amid shortage

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer visited Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse to address the critical shortage of the RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine. Nationwide, doctors face challenges in accessing this lifesaving shot, significantly impacting families ... more
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Geneva introduces free Naloxone vending machines to combat opioid crisis

Geneva introduces free Naloxone vending machines to combat opioid crisis
Geneva has launched a new initiative to combat opioid overdoses by providing free access to the opioid antidote naloxone, known as Narcan. In partnership with Trillium Health of Rochester, a vending machine dispensing Narcan kits ... more
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Finger Lakes research conference to address environmental, health issues

Sunken ship located 500 feet below Seneca Lake’s surface
The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is set to host the 2024 Finger Lakes Research Conference on January 31. The conference, themed "Science to Action," aims to explore informed solutions for ... more
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Firefighter cancer crisis: Urgent call for action as more fall to aggressive cancers

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The United States faces a growing crisis as young firefighters increasingly fall victim to cancer, raising questions about the adequacy of their protective gear and insurance coverage. January, recognized as Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, sheds ... more
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State budget would end COVID-19 sick leave in July

COVID-19 guidance is changing according to the CDC, but what does this mean?
New York State's COVID-19 Sick Leave Law, a key measure providing sick leave for employees affected by quarantine or isolation orders, is slated to end on July 31, 2024. This decision, included in Governor Hochul's ... more
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NY’s tobacco control efforts receive mixed reviews from American Lung Association

New York officially raises tobacco, e-cig age from 18 to 21
New York State's approach to tobacco control has garnered mixed grades in the American Lung Association's recent State of Tobacco Control report. The state is grappling with significant healthcare costs and deaths due to smoking, ... more
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What’s up with that persistent, unexplained cough? Lingering symptoms plague New Yorkers

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A mysterious, lingering cough is sweeping through New York, baffling both residents and health professionals. Doctors across the state are reporting a significant increase in cases of this dry, hacky cough, which is distinct from ... more
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Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services launches NARCAN training program

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services launches NARCAN training program
Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (C.A.R.S.), in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, has launched the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) as part of its effort to combat the national opioid crisis. The ... more
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Fentanyl crisis tops agenda at U.S. mayors’ conference

Yates County getting $150,000 in opioid lawsuit settlement money
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has highlighted the alarming rise of fentanyl as the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 49. Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors' 92nd Winter Meeting, Blinken ... more
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Wegmans recalls Bright Farms salad kits over Listeria concerns

Wegmans recalls Bright Farms salad kits over Listeria concerns
Wegmans has issued a recall for Bright Farms salad kits in seven states due to a potential risk of Listeria contamination, as alerted by the FDA. Customers who have purchased these salad kits should immediately ... more
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Horseheads CSD reviews athletic placement process amid concerns about physical exams

Horseheads CSD reviews athletic placement process amid concerns about physical exams
The Horseheads Central School District is revising its implementation of the New York State Education Department's Athletic Placement Process (APP), which allows students to play sports above or below their grade level after undergoing physical ... more
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New York cosmetologists will be required to learn textured hair styling

New York cosmetologists will be required to learn textured hair styling
Starting May, cosmetologists in New York will be required to learn how to style all hair types, including textured hair. Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill mandating that cosmetology training include skills for handling curly ... more
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Nursing homes face financial crisis in New York amid Medicaid issues

Residents from hard hit nursing home in Steuben County being moved to Waterloo
Bob Hurlbut, owner of 11 nursing homes in New York, is raising concerns about the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing home care. He argues that the rates, which have not seen a significant increase ... more
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State Health Department intensifies efforts against teen vaping

Cuomo’s 15th proposal for 2020: Stricter rules for vaping, crackdown on vape ads
The New York State Department of Health is stepping up its campaign against vaping among teens and young adults. State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald emphasized the risks of nicotine addiction and its harmful effects ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Official talks local impact of failed WellNow-Excellus deal (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Official talks local impact of failed WellNow-Excellus deal (podcast)
What happens now that WellNow Urgent Care, one of the most-readily available healthcare assets across Upstate New York, is out-of-network for Excellus subscribers? The two sides had been locked in contentious negotiations, and on January ... more
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