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CAPITAL REGION

Flu reported as prevalent throughout the state

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

State health officials announced on Thursday that influenza has reached prevalent status in the state, but the flu doesn’t appear to be a big problem locally.
 
How cellphones are changing 911
BALTIMORE

How cellphones are changing 911

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
It's a problem that has grown increasingly common across the country: As more people rely on cellphones to communicate with the wider world, more emergency calls are going to dispatch centers in other towns, counties, even states.
 
Schenectady County resident being tested for Zika virus

Schenectady County resident being tested for Zika virus

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
A Schenectady County resident is being tested for the Zika virus, according to county officials.
 
What science says about long-term damage from lead

What science says about long-term damage from lead

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Michigan, where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may not show up until long after the cameras have left town.
 
Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack

Chest pain is not the only symptom of a heart attack

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Chest pain is a common symptom of a heart attack, but there are other indicators—and they sometimes vary between men and women.
 
Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’ in Americas; 31 cases in U.S.

Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’ in Americas; 31 cases in U.S.

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
The World Health Organization announced today that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively" across the Americas. Meanwhile, the U.S. has 31 confirmed cases in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
 
AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam 'clubhouse' to help fight scourge of heroin

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

This spring, one of seven new “clubhouses” across the state for young people recovering from addiction is set to open in Amsterdam, part of a $1.6 million program announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
 
Panel calls for depression screenings during and after pregnancy

Panel calls for depression screenings during and after pregnancy

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, an influential government-appointed health panel said Tuesday, the first time it has recommended screening for maternal mental illness.
 
SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Schenectady County names interim public health director

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Lisa Ayers started work Monday as Schenectady County's interim director of public health services. Joanne Cocozzoli retired from the position Friday after working for the county since 1983.
 
Study: Eating snow can be hazardous to health

Study: Eating snow can be hazardous to health

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
A timely warning to residents of Mid-Atlantic cities about to get dumped with potentially record-breaking quantities of the white stuff was published in the latest issue of "Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts": snow in urban areas soaks up toxic pollutants in the air, including cancer-causing chemicals like benzene.
 
Centenarians proliferate and live longer
WASHINGTON

Centenarians proliferate and live longer

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
The number of Americans age 100 and older is up by 44 percent since 2000, federal health officials reported Thursday.
 
Health issues not seen at Capital Region Chipotles
CAPITAL REGION

Health issues not seen at Capital Region Chipotles

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Chipotle Mexican Grill locations nationwide will shut down briefly next month as the popular fast food chain attempts to recover from a series of isolated but highly publicized outbreaks of food-borne illness.
 
New Dietary Guidelines spark intense debate among nutrition experts

New Dietary Guidelines spark intense debate among nutrition experts

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
A week after the federal government released its latest recommendations for healthful eating, the 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines have touched off a food fight.
 

Medical tests, health apps: the pluses and minuses

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016
Difficult medical decisions will become more common as tests and health information become unbound from the doctor’s office and move directly to consumers.
 
Nurses return to work at Gloversville hospital
GLOVERSVILLE

Nurses return to work at Gloversville hospital

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
Registered nurses returned to work at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville this morning after five days on the picket lines as the nurses’ union and management continue to spar over contract negotiations.
 
 

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