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More than 500 take part in Bike to Work Day Challenge

CAPITAL REGION

More than 500 take part in Bike to Work Day Challenge

More than 500 people pedaled more than 5,000 miles Friday as part of the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge, the Capital District Transportation Committee announced Wednesday.

St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam surpasses fundraising goal

AMSTERDAM

St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam surpasses fundraising goal

When St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam conducted a study in 2013 on their fundraising potential for a future capital campaign, estimates ranged from $4.2 million to $5.6 million.

BROADALBIN

Memorial Day bike ride in Broadalbin to raise money for vets

A Memorial Day bike ride in Broadalbin is being organized to benefit veterans in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

SCHENECTADY

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

Eight-year-old NyAisha Linen brought her whole family to the sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida in Schenectady’s Central Park on Saturday, organized by the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY).

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Summer's right around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here to remind you that there's nothing like a dip in a public pool - a place where you might encounter tiny bits of fecal matter, parasites like Cryptosporidium and volatile chemicals that can irritate your eyes or respiratory tract.

AMSTERDAM

Elevated lead levels detected in water at Amsterdam schools

Water tests at three elementary schools showed elevated levels of lead, the Greater Amsterdam School District said on Tuesday.

State task force on opioids holds session in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

State task force on opioids holds session in Schenectady

Individuals suffering from heroin addiction need quicker access to care, better access to the medications that will help them succeed and better support when they run into trouble, speakers at a stateside heroin task force meeting in Schenectady said Tuesday.

Stop hyping stem cell science, scientists in the field say

Stop hyping stem cell science, scientists in the field say

For decades, scientists and quacks alike have been touting the promise of stem cells-nascent cells that can be manipulated to grow into many different types of tissue, potentially to treat disease. Now a group of stem cell researchers wants to tone it down.

House GOP wins ruling on Obama's health law

House GOP wins ruling on Obama's health law

A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers.

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.

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