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EPA begins Hudson River dredging review

SARATOGA SPRINGS

EPA begins Hudson River dredging review

If people eat fish caught from the Hudson River, do they have less chance of developing cancer than they did a decade ago?

Schenectady school district to test water sources

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady school district to test water sources

The Schenectady City School District hopes to test for lead contamination at every water source in all of its schools this summer, Superintendent Larry Spring said this week.

FDA issues long-awaited e-cigarette regulations

Washington

FDA issues long-awaited e-cigarette regulations

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued long-awaited regulations that for the first time place e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other new tobacco products under federal oversight.

Steinmetz bust to be unveiled at site of scientist's home

SCHENECTADY

Steinmetz bust to be unveiled at site of scientist's home

Charles Proteus Steinmetz was every bit the electrical genius of Thomas Edison or Nicolas Tesla, but without the ego. That’s the opinion of Joe Hayden, the adopted great-grandson of the man often called the Wizard of Schenectady

Skidmore students push for additional mental health services

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Skidmore students push for additional mental health services

A smattering of Skidmore students called on school officials today to boost mental health services by adding counselors, expanding a 24-7 hot line and providing walk-in support for students in “crisis situations.”

EPA begins review of Hudson River dredging

SARATOGA SPRINGS

EPA begins review of Hudson River dredging

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is starting a new review of its recently completed $1 billion cleanup of PCBs in the upper Hudson River.

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady to go purple to aid people battling cancer

The city will go purple later this month to raise money for people affected by cancer.

New discovery means more US states will face a risk from Zika

During the summer months when U.S. mosquito populations are at their peak, albopictus is more ubiquitous than the Aedes aegypti mosquito that has been the primary vector of the spread of Zika elsewhere in the Americas. Unlike the aegypti mosquito, which is mostly present in southern United States and along the Gulf Coast, the albopictus has a range as far north as New England and the lower Great Lakes.

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Between January 2010 and July 2015, the analysis found, inspectors identified 3,016 home health agencies - nearly a quarter of all those examined by Medicare - that had inadequately reviewed or tracked medications for new patients. In some cases, nurses failed to realize that patients were taking potentially dangerous combinations of drugs, risking abnormal heart rhythms, bleeding, kidney damage and seizures.

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

ALBANY

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

The University at Albany aims to diversify its graduate faculty and student population and focus increased attention on health disparities research with the help of a $10 million federal grant.

Reacting to Flint crisis, EPA launches US drinking water study

Reacting to Flint crisis, EPA launches US drinking water study

The public health crisis caused by high lead levels in Flint's water and the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie in recent years are among the threats being cited by federal environmental officials who called for a comprehensive look at how to better protect the nation's drinking water Tuesday.

Volunteer firefighters discuss legislative concerns at conference

EDINBURG

Volunteer firefighters discuss legislative concerns at conference

While the location of Saturday's legislative conference of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York was out of the way, some of the things the members talked about are central to the health and safety of the state’s more than 100,000 volunteer firefighters.

Smoking ban coming to Saratoga Springs' public housing

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Smoking ban coming to Saratoga Springs' public housing

The 339 apartments owned by the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority will go smoke-free as of May 1, officials said. The ban will go into effect as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development considers a national ban on smoking in public housing complexes.

In Schenectady, state announces climate smart grant money

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, state announces climate smart grant money

To kickoff Earth Week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in Schenectady on Monday a total of $11 million in climate smart community grants for municipalities.

CDC: Teen e-cigarette use up tenfold in 4 years

CDC: Teen e-cigarette use up tenfold in 4 years

If an average high school class contains 30 students, at least seven of them were tobacco users in 2015, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E-cigarette use by U.S. teenagers rose last year, report says

E-cigarette use by U.S. teenagers rose last year, report says

E-cigarette use continued to rise among young teenagers and preteens in the United States last year, according to new federal data, but cigarette smoking overall did not increase, suggesting that, at least so far, fears that the devices would hook a new generation on traditional cigarettes have not come to pass.

State AG brings suit against CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

ALBANY

State AG brings suit against CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

The state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that it is suing Albany-based health insurer CDPHP over its coverage of treatment for chronic hepatitis C patients.

White House: Zika threat wider than originally thought

Washington

White House: Zika threat wider than originally thought

The Zika virus is a threat to more states than first feared, underscoring the need for Congress to approve the Obama administration's nearly $2 billion funding request, senior health officials said Monday.

Albany student makes music video about her chromosome disorder, 22Q

ALBANY

Albany student makes music video about her chromosome disorder, 22Q

Taylor Swift’s song “22” has special meaning for Saint Rose freshman Amy Maiorano, who remade the song in a video to advocate for Deletion 22q, a disorder she lives with.

Nation’s largest insurer tries boutique-style health plan

Nation’s largest insurer tries boutique-style health plan

UnitedHealthcare is betting $65 million that it can profit by making primary care more attractive.

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