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Cayuga Medical Center boosts emergency preparedness with $10M grant

Patient from NYC dies of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center
Cayuga Medical Center is set to enhance its emergency response capabilities with the addition of two new generators and a dedicated storage facility, funded by a $10,450,800 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ... more
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New report highlights social isolation challenges post-pandemic in Finger Lakes

New report highlights social isolation challenges post-pandemic in Finger Lakes
A recent study by Common Ground Health reveals that adults, particularly those aged 50-64, are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness following the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, derived from the 2022 "My Health Story" survey ... more
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CDC to soon change COVID-19 isolation guidelines stirring up new debate

COVID-19 guidance is changing according to the CDC, but what does this mean?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may soon update its COVID-19 isolation guidelines, a move that is sparking discussions among Central New York's medical community. Reports suggest that the new guidance, expected to ... more
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EXCLUSIVE: How should Upstate NY deal with primary care shortage?

Healthcare: Thousands see $1,536 premium increase
Community health center leaders from New York and across the nation are meeting in Washington this week. They'll be strategizing about how to address the country's primary-care crisis. This means examining solutions to workforce shortages, ... more
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Understanding ADHD: Causes, misconceptions, and management

Study: More children, teens seeking mental health help at emergency rooms
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a widely recognized mental health condition, yet it is often surrounded by misinformation regarding its causes and treatments. Contrary to some beliefs, ADHD is not caused by dietary choices, ... more
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Flu season isn’t over yet, health officials warn

Ontario County Flu Cases
As winter progresses, New York isn't out of the woods with flu season yet, according to health professionals. Officials say a typical pattern where after an initial spike in flu A cases, a second surge ... more
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Innovative memory care unit opens in Auburn, offering new hope for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients

Innovative memory care unit opens in Auburn, offering new hope for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients
Loretto has unveiled its fourth Memory Special Care Unit in Auburn, NY, to address the increasing demand for specialized memory care services in the Finger Lakes region. This new unit, part of a concerted effort ... more
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URMC, Five Star Bank launch telemedicine initiative in three rural Finger Lakes communities

URMC, Five Star Bank launch telemedicine initiative in three rural Finger Lakes communities
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is launching a pioneering telemedicine initiative aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility for residents in rural communities. In collaboration with Five Star Bank, URMC plans to install telemedicine stations ... more
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Unusual flu reported across NY this year: When will flu season end?

Excellus: Prevalence of flu down this year
New York is experiencing a prolonged peak in flu infections this year, with about 95,000 cases reported in January alone, significantly higher than last year's 30,000 cases for the same month. This resurgence, alongside the ... more
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Wegmans Harissa Hummus recalled

Wegmans Harissa Hummus recalled
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall for Wegmans-brand Harissa Hummus due to the presence of sesame, which was not declared on the product's label. This recall affects consumers in nine states, including ... more
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New York hospitals and nursing homes face funding crunch

New York hospitals and nursing homes face funding crunch
Governor Kathy Hochul's latest budget proposal has left New York's hospitals and nursing homes in a bind by not increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate, despite mounting pressures from overcapacity and rising healthcare costs. Last year ... more
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DEA highlights alarmingly high fentanyl seizures in New York

DEA highlights alarmingly high fentanyl seizures in New York
In 2023, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made alarming discoveries regarding drug trends across the United States, notably in New York. The agency seized an unprecedented amount of fentanyl, enough to pose a deadly threat ... more
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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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