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ALBANY

NY legislators approve delay in electronic prescriptions

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
New York legislators have voted to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack the required federal approval to do that for painkillers and other addictive drugs on the government list of controlled substances.
 
ALBANY

NY colleges taking part in national policy issue simulation

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Several New York universities and colleges are participating in a national competition that has students come up with a solution to a simulated health care policy problem facing local, state and federal legislators.
 
Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push
NEW YORK

Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.
 
NISKAYUNA

Family sues over Niskayuna man's death in assisted living facility

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
The family of an 87-year-old man who died a year ago at a Niskayuna assisted living facility is alleging he died because a nurse failed to examine him when asked to and instead left her shift early.
 
ALBANY

Court: Not disclosing HIV before sex is a misdemeanor

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
An HIV-positive man who told a partner that they could safely have unprotected sex should face a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge, not a felony, New York's highest court ruled Thursday.
 
2 dead, 179 exposed after 'superbug' outbreak at Los Angeles hospital
LOS ANGELES

2 dead, 179 exposed after 'superbug' outbreak at Los Angeles hospital

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
 
JOHNSTOWN

'Baby Jax' back in Minnesota for treatment

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Three-year-old Jackson Baldwin of Johnstown, affectionately known as “Baby Jax,” is back in Minnesota with his mother this month for ongoing treatment of a rare skin disorder more than two years after undergoing an experimental bone marrow transplant.
 
ALBANY

NY health exchange extends application deadline

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
New York's health exchange says it is extending the Feb. 15 application deadline for another two weeks for those who have begun the process.
 
ALBANY

NY legislators seek delay in electronic prescriptions

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
New York legislators want to postpone until next year the deadline for doctors to issue only electronic drug prescriptions, saying many still lack needed federal approval.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Measles revives vaccine debate in area

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
What do elementary schools in Glenville, Bethlehem, Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville have in common?
 
Hack hit Empire BlueCross customers
CAPITAL REGION

Hack hit Empire BlueCross customers

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Nearly 123,800 Capital Region residents with Empire BlueCross plans may have had their personal information stolen in a massive data breach at Anthem.
 
Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP
DENVER

Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans.
 
Ellis CEO Connolly announces retirement
SCHENECTADY

Ellis CEO Connolly announces retirement

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
After eight years leading Ellis Medicine and its 2,800 employees, president and CEO James Connolly announced Thursday he was retiring from the Schenectady-based hospital system.
 

Schneiderman gets price cut, cap for heroin antidote

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to cut and cap the price of a heroin overdose antidote for state agencies.
 
UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people
LONDON

UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Britain moved Tuesday toward allowing scientists to create humans from the DNA of three people. The technology aims to liberate future generations from inherited diseases, but critics say it crosses a fundamental scientific boundary and could lead to "designer babies."
 
 

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